Friday, December 20, 2013

Progress of the Grand Coalition pledges

Launched in March 2013, the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs attracted more than 40 pledges from industry, NGOs, governments. These pledges are already delivering their results.



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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management


Guest Editors:


Nadia Nouali-Taboudjemat, Nadjib Badache and Omar Nouali, CERIST, Algeria


Aris M. Ouksel, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE


Although disasters differ depending on the nature and context in which they occur, their management faces almost the same and repetitive set of challenges. These challenges are mainly related to inter-organisational relationships and the commitments of multiple stakeholders collaborating under severe time and resource constraints.


For this special Issue we are particularly interested in original work on the current state of research and development in collaboration technologies and systems for disaster management. This includes the whole cycle of detection, prevention, readiness, response, and recovery from disasters.


Typically, responding to a disaster or crisis requires multiple distributed agencies, task groups and individuals to be involved in making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. Thus, contributions that improve information technology support for collaboration in disaster management and emergency responses are solicited.


The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.



Subject Coverage


Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


Collaborative information system architectures, frameworks and technologies


Human-computer intelligent interaction


Pervasive middleware/systems for emergency management


Emergency communication systems


Wireless networks and sensors networks for emergency management


Wireless protocols for emergency management


QoS in critical communications


Interactive communication media/content


Distributed/cooperative media


Collaborative decision making under stress, time pressure and limited resources


Internet/web-based systems/products


Service-oriented architectures for collaboration


Cloud computing for disaster management


Ontology-based approaches for collaboration


Contextual and situation-based collaboration


Security and privacy concerns in information sharing


Social media and networks for participation and collaboration


Modelling and simulation of collaboration


Information infrastructure and electronic governance


Public transportation and traffic management


Geospatial information technology and geo-collaboration


Web mapping and geographic information systems (GIS)


Visualisation and visual analytics



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.


All papers must be submitted online.



Important Dates


Submission of manuscripts: 16 July, 2014


Notification to authors: 16 September, 2014


Final versions due: 16 November, 2014


More than 60% of individuals in the EU28 use the internet daily

Internet access and use is widespread amongst the EU population. In the 28 EU Member States (EU28), 79% of households had access to the internet in 2013 and 76% had a broadband internet connection, compared with 55% and 42% respectively in 2007. For most individuals in the EU28, using the internet has become a regular activity, with 62% of individuals using it every day or almost every day and a further 10% at least once a week. On the other hand, 21% of

individuals reported in 2013 that they have never used the internet, compared with 37% in 2007.



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Video European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

Innovation for active and healthy ageing: What did the European partnership achieve so far? And what's next? Watch the video.



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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Smart Energy for Europe: strengthening utilities telecom synergies

EU needs to modernise its electricity grid system to reach the 2020 Energy targets.



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New job profiles and educational needs emerge with AAL technological developments

It is a well-known fact that the ageing of the European population has serious consequences on several sectors (health sector, education, ICT etc.). Thanks to the various research and technological developments, mainly as the result of European funded projects (FP7 and the AAL Joint Programme), the service palette offered to this segment of society is now very rich. Unfortunately the European education system has not kept up to this development and therefore the vocational training needs in relation to those new solutions are not fulfilled adequately yet which would be necessary in order to design, develop, operate and manage these systems and solutions.


The Leonardo da Vinci Programme co-funded CompAAL project has filled this gap and identified five AAL-related job profiles as the most important ones to be targeted. The profiles which have been elaborated by following the e-CF methodology clarify what competencies the five identified professionals shall possess. The five identified job roles cover the whole AAL technology development and maintenance chain starting from AAL system architect and AAL solution and system developer, through to AAL maintenance specialist, AAL community manager and AAL consultant.






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Bridging the gap between EU research results and service provision

How do we get European research results out of the lab? A new project called HAIVISIO will help EU-funded eHealth and active and healthy ageing projects to set a common strategy for joint dissemination and exploitation activities. The project will organise events and training courses and facilitate an online community. The European Commission has granted 399,000 euros for this.






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High level expert group validates achievements of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme

Monday, December 16, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Telemedicine in India

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Telemedicine in India


Guest Editors:


Prof. S. Raghavan, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India


Shri. L. S. Satyamoorthy, Telemedicine Society of India, India


Telemedicine in India has reached a remarkable level globally. Reaching the unreachable in India is made possible through telemedicine. In each and every medical specialty, there are centers which excel in telemedicine. It is the need of the hour.


The aim of this special issue is to consolidate the vast array of activities that are taking place in India in this field of service to mankind, including those in centres which have now gained worldwide recognition. The issue is our earnest attempt to consolidate these telemedicine activities and to also present an amalgamation of medicine, engineering and telecommunication.


Subject Coverage


Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Technology in telemedicine


• Microwaves in telemedicine


• Medical specialties in telemedicine


• Telemedicine standards


• Future perspective


• Recent advances


• Software for telemedicine


• Corporations in telemedicine


• Telemedicine education


• Telemedicine for paramedics


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.


All papers must be submitted online.


Important Dates


Submission deadline: 15 March, 2014


Acceptance/rejection notification: 15 April, 2014


Final paper due: 15 May, 2014