Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems: Advances of Robotics in Medical Applications and Healthcare

Guest Editor:

Lidong Wang, Mississippi Valley State University, USA

Cheryl Ann Alexander, Capella University, USA

Robotics plays a growing role in medical applications and healthcare. Robots have already been used to assist humans in repetitive and physical work, such as dispensing medication to patients and moving medical inventory. Medical professionals have also used robots to monitor patient vitals and perform delicate surgical procedures. More and more medical robots will be expected to enter healthcare because they help minimise human work, improve the quality of patient care, and reduce costs.

Robotics has great potential in medical applications and healthcare; however, it is still fairly new to medicine and faces many challenges. In reality, multifunction robots are often a patient’s preference. Robots are expected to have a stronger ability to understand, interact with, and respond to their environments. Robots should be able to recognise danger signals and alert humans in time. Many medical applications of robots are still very expensive. Robotics in some healthcare sectors is still an emerging area, with successes and failures.

The objective of this issue is to examine the advances of robotics in medical applications and healthcare.

Subject Coverage

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Robotics for surgery

Robotics for stroke patients

Rehabilitation robotics

Robot assistive technologies

Robots for medication dispensing

Multi-robot systems

Multifunction robots

Human-robot interfaces and interaction

Human-computer interaction

Medical haptics

Sensory integration and robotics

Multi-sensory data fusion and robotics

Sensors and wireless sensor networks for robot navigation

Mobile robots

Mobile robots and m-health

Mobile robotic systems for telerehabilitation

Telerobotics in telemedicine and telehealth

Telerobots for telerehabilitation

Telerobotics and telementoring

Telerobotic surgery

Robotics and medical/healthcare informatics

Robotics and electronic health record (EHR) Systems

Robotics and electronic medical record (EMR) Systems

Robotics and health information technology (HIT)

Robotics and cloud computing

Robotics and digital hospitals

Barcodes and medical/healthcare robotics

Biometrics and medical/healthcare robotics

Radio frequency identification (RFID) in medical/healthcare robotics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. Please read our information on preparing and submitting articles.

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an email to the following:

Dr. Lidong Wang

Mississippi Valley State University

Department of Applied Technology and Technology Management

MVSU Box 5195

Itta Bena, MS 38941



Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 15 January, 2014

Notification to authors: 15 March, 2014

Final versions due: 25 April, 2014

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DemAAL Summer School: State-of-the-art technologies to monitor dementia

DemAAL Summer School has successfully taken place from 16 until 20 September in Chania, Crete (Greece). Not only many sessions on sensing technologies for monitoring human behaviour in relation to elderly and alzheimer's disease (the main topic of the Dem@Care FP7 project, organising the School), also practical sessions were on offer, providing opportunities for hands-on experience.


Study on Business and Financing Models related to ICT for Ageing Well

The Study aims to show that ICT for ageing well is an area worth investing in, and that it is capable of generating a return on investment. The study has undertaken 20 detailed case studies of the most successful European solutions for sustainable business and financing models related to ICT and ageing well which support the active and independent living of older individuals. This has been supplemented by in-depth investigations of the financial strategies of 5 out of the 20 solutions, as well as by comprehensive desk research and consultation and validation activities with the main stakeholders and experts. The work has focused on the five identified geographic regions of Europe (Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Continental, Mediterranean and Eastern European), all with their own characteristic eldercare regimes, but has also examined both the contrasts within each as well as their similarities across Europe.


And the winners are… SILVER proposals going for gold

SILVER is a pre commercial procurement competition, funded by the European Commission. Its aim is the procurement of new technologies to assist elderly people in their everyday lives. With new robotics technologies, the elderly can continue independent living at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities. Companies of all sizes and from all European countries are challenged to come up with innovative ideas that can help tackle the ageing challenge. In total seven proposals have been selected during the assessment procedure.


"Feasibility Study on an Electronic Identification, Authentication and Signature Policy (IAS)"

The purpose of this project is to study the feasibility of a comprehensive EU legal framework that would apply to all electronic credentials needed to secure electronic transactions as well as the ancillary services needed to use them: electronic identification, authentication, signature, seals, certified delivery and a voluntary official email address.


Final Report "Feasability study on an electronic identification, authentication and signature policy (IAS)"

The Commission adopted on 04 June 2012 a proposal for a Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. Building upon Directive 1999/93/EC on a community framework for electronic signatures (“e-signature Directive”), the proposal seeks to enhance existing legislation and to expand it to cover the mutual recognition and acceptance at EU level of notified electronic identification schemes and other essential electronic trust services. The objective of the legislation is to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities, thereby increasing the effectiveness of public and private online services in the EU.


Building a connected continent for the next generation

FT – Telefonica Millennials Summit, Brussels, 19 September 2013


Monday, September 16, 2013

Workshop on "Making eGovernment work: Improving Organisational Processes"

The European Commission (DG Connect unit H3 Public Services) in collaboration with is organising the "Improving Organisational Processes" event which aims to facilitate the exchange of experience, encouraging re-use of successful solutions and applications and exploring new approaches to support the Member States in improving organisational processes in the public sector and in their interaction with citizens and businesses.