Friday, November 8, 2013

Implementation of the European emergency number 112 – Results of the fourth data-gathering round

This Report provides an analysis of the replies submitted by Member States to the Questionnaire on the Implementation of 112 in the context of the fourth data gathering exercise.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Video: Tool for diagnosis and treatment of COPD disease

The chronic lung disease COPD affects between 4-10% of Europeans, but about 70% of them are underdiagnosed: a major public health problem. By developing a simulation environment of the respiratory system and creating a decision-support system for clinicians, the European research project SYNERGY-COPD wants to improve diagnosis and management of the disease.


Video: Games, virtual reality and telemonitoring for stroke patients

The EU-funded REWIRE project has developed an innovative rehabilitation platform for stroke patients based on virtual reality. This system will be a big help for hospitals being saturated by the large number of stroke victims each year.


Kroes applauds launch of Lithuanian National Digital Coalition

Vice-President Neelie Kroes welcomed the commitment of the Lithuania's government educational, library and digital and ICT sectors to boost digital skills and jobs in Lithuania. Today, 11 partner organisations and associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding officially launching the Lithuanian National Digital Coalition in Vilnius at ICT 2013 , Europe's largest digital innovation event. The Lithuanian Coalition aims to reduce the shortage of IT professionals, to encourage training programmes via a life-long learning approach, and to augment awareness about the importance of digital literacy and ICT skills.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ICT 2013 conference this week - Watch the webstream of the plenary sessions

Web streaming of the plenary sessions will be accessible to all. Should you not be able to make it to Vilnius you can still follow online !


What future do you want? Commission invites votes on what Europe could look like in 2050 to help steer future policy and research planning

In 2050, will the economy be fundamentally altered because home 3D printers mean you can press a button to print your own clothes, a new sofa or kitchen table? Will cancer be a thing of the past thanks to nano-robots which can detect and destroy tumours? What will society look like when many live to over 100 years old?


Monday, November 4, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance

Guest Editors: Frederick Shic, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut & Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Rapid advances in technology are changing the way we work, play, learn, and live. Consumer grade technologies are available today that were the privileged domain of elite research institutions only a decade ago. These same trends are also beginning to accelerate and enhance the ability to better understand and support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This special issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD) explores how advances in technology are changing, and will continue to transform, research and practice in individuals with ASD. This issue will provide an international forum for researchers to present new scientific findings and methodologies, with a specific focus on the impact of modern or cutting-edge technologies on the daily lives of individuals with ASD. Reviews of existing research that provide new perspectives or syntheses on the role of technology in the lives of individuals with ASD are also welcome.

Example topics include investigations of:

-- Modern augmentative and alternative communication applications, especially those with novel practical or theoretical contributions;

-- Automated digital teaching systems, including computer-aided instruction, video games, and robotic platforms;

-- Platforms providing alternative means for instruction or skill acquisition, including virtual reality systems and remote instruction;

-- Systems that facilitate communication and interaction among individuals with ASD and/or their support networks, e.g. studies of web-based social networks, forums, or blogs;

-- Systems that support the daily lives of individuals with ASD, including work on visual schedules, planning applications, prompting, calendaring, and reminder systems;

-- The ability of individuals with ASD to adapt to and leverage new technologies or to utilize existing technologies;

-- The adaptation of experimental methodologies (e.g. eye-tracking, electrodermal activity monitoring, EEG/ERP) to support monitoring of behaviors and/or states in general environments or progress in educational contexts; and

-- Advances in database creation and management and/or analytic methods for dealing with large, multivariate, time-varying data.

Manuscripts should be submitted by February 1, 2014 through JADD’s online editorial manager (

When submitting, please select the article type: “SI: Robotics – Technology and Computer Assistance.”

Submitted manuscripts should be prepared per JADD author guidelines for articles or brief reports only and should include a cover letter that: (1) states the article is intended for the special issue; (2) explains how the article is relevant for this call; and (3) recommends three reviewers. All manuscripts will undergo standard peer review.