Friday, December 19, 2014

iMobility Challenge videos on benefits of iMobility Systems

This document reports on various short videos and one recap video related to the iMobility Challenge events that took place between 01/10/2012 and 31/12/2014. These videos show the benefits of iMobility Systems to both a professional and a public audience.


UNICEF and Millicom team up for a safer Internet world for children

UNICEF and Millicom have formally agreed to a three-year alliance to improve respect for children’s rights in the telecommunication sector. The partnership will strive for positive change within the industry through pilot implementation of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles and the UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection.


Cooperation on eHealth with Southern Mediterranean countries

On 4 December Morocco hosted the first joint seminar on the benefits, needs and challenges of eHealth solutions in the Southern Mediterranean countries and the EU.


Health is Wealth

This free conference will debate the challenges within the business of healthcare, including medical innovation, quality and delivery of care and demands on services. Robert Madelin (Director General DG Connect) will be one of the keynote speakers.


Blog post: 'Breaking down the Tower of Babel in Medicine'

Prof Dipak Kalra, president of EuroRec and scientific co-ordinator of SemanticHealthNet, wrote a blog post on medical records.


Recent developments in digital health

This meeting will explore the current developments and future applications of digital health across the National Health Service and private settings. Using real world examples, lectures and interactive discussions, this meeting will keep delegates up to date with modern trends and give the opportunity to network with other likeminded professionals.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Communication training for EU-funded projects

EU-funded research and innovation projects can now attend free of charge online courses to improve their dissemination and communication techniques and tools in order to bridge the gap between lab and market. The courses are organised by the support project Haivisio.


Health 2.0 Europe 2015

The Health 2.0 Europe event features the latest and greatest innovations witnessed by digital health investors. Applications to demo your solutions are open until 13 March 2015.


EU Report: How is our health doing?

Patients in Europe are increasingly moving across borders to pursue medical treatment. Life expectancy is rising but so is obesity. Health spending by European countries is going down. These are some of the findings of the latest EU 'Health at a Glance' report.


ECIM Project : the first tests are positive and encouraging

The European project ECIM intends to develop an application combining, as in a Lego bricks set, all the practical information and services in an area: parking, bike-sharing (Vélib'), car-sharing (Autolib'), public transport, car traffic, etc...


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Study: National laws on Electronic Health Records and cross-border eHealth services in EU Member States

How is your country doing when it comes to Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? And what interaction is there with cross-border eHealth services? Find answers and recommendations in a study produced and funded under the EU Health Programme.


Digital Health Assembly: Open Innovation

The Conference welcomes digital health professionals from around the world to unite in a common goal – to accelerate developments in Digital Health through Open Innovation. Focusing on the themes of Big Data, Empowering Patients and Staff and Innovative Business Models, top level global presenters will share their insights and experiences of how they are enhancing the evolution of healthcare through Open Innovation.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Horizon 2020 Info day for Societal Challenge 1

On 5 December 2014 the European Commission organised an Information Day for the National Contact Points. You will find here the presentations done at the event.


A New Start: European Commission work plan to deliver jobs, growth and investment

Today the European Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2015 – setting out the actions the Commission intends to take over the next 12 months to make a real difference for jobs, growth and investment and bring concrete benefits for citizens. This is an agenda for change.


EU interoperability and eHealth: Antilope final conference

Since 2013, key national and international organisations have been working together in the framework of the EU-funded Antilope project. They selected and defined eHealth standards and specifications. And they created, validated and disseminated a common approach for testing and certification of eHealth solutions and services in Europe. During this final conference and hand-over workshop Antilope’s key outcomes will be presented.


Internet usage by individuals in 2014

Internet usage has become very widespread amongst the EU population, and not only are more and more people using the internet, but they also use it more and more often, with almost two-thirds (65%) using the internet daily in 2014, compared with less than a third (31%) in 2006. One out of every five individuals in the EU used the cloud to save files.


A European blueprint for the deployment of telemedicine

To assist "telemedicine doers" in successfully introducing healthcare services at a distance, the Momentum project, co-funded by the EU, released a European telemedicine deployment blueprint.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Online Information Review: Creation, Management and Use of Online Information for Emergency Management

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Online Information Review: Creation, Management and Use of Online Information for Emergency Management

Guest edited by Dr. Samuel Chu, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and Professor Helen S Du, School of Management, Guangdong University of Technology.

This timely special issue looks at the increasing number of incidents and hazards leading to loss of life and property damage over the years, and the urgent need to improve our capacity to handle natural and manmade emergencies. Effective and efficient use of online information has been crucial in dealing with the mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery of various types of disasters and unexpected setbacks. In this special issue we showcase the latest research on the creation, management and use of online information for emergency management. The editors are seeking empirical, theoretical and high-quality innovative papers, both research-based and conceptual, in the relevant topics.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Principles, strategies and practice of creating, managing and using online information for emergency management

• Novel techniques, methods and strategies for handling hazard-related online information

• Theory, application and techniques of using online information for emergency management

• Cultural, organisational and social issues in dealing with online information for emergency management

• Emergency information management

• Emergency knowledge management

• Game-based learning for emergency management

• E-learning for emergency management

• Social media for emergency management

• Big data for emergency management

The editors are seeking empirical, theoretical and high-quality innovative papers, both research-based and conceptual, in the relevant topics. Please feel free to contact either Guest Editor if you have questions or queries about the issue or submissions.

Proposed schedule

• Papers due: 1 September 2015

• First round decisions made: 15 October 2015

• Revised manuscript due: 30 November 2015

• Final decisions made: 15 January 2016

• Publication: OIR volume 40, no 3 (2016)

Submissions guidance

• Every submission must spell out the implications of findings in the paper for online information as distinct from implications for emergency management. (These implications should be mentioned in the introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of your paper.) Papers which focus on findings for specific sectors without adequate attention to the online environment will not be accepted. Only research-based submissions will be considered. Such submissions may be any type of research, including technical or conceptual.

• Please read the publication style guidelines before submitting your paper


OIR generally rejects the following type of submissions:

• Papers that require mathematics to develop, test or analyse concepts or findings (these require non-mathematical explanations for the readership of OIR)

• Questionnaire-based studies based on convenience samples that expand previous studies only moderately (these should focus on a new topic, and argue convincingly that convenience sampling is necessary, to be acceptable)

• TAM or other standard model-based submissions applied in a formulaic way to a limited population and which do not significantly advance our knowledge of the topic

About the Journal

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed (2013 Impact Factor is 1.443) journal devoted to research in the broad field of online information in academic, government, corporate, scientific and commercial contexts. Within this broad framework the journal seeks to provide a forum for experts from a range of information-related disciplines, including information science, information technology, information management, knowledge management and related social sciences.

‘Online information’ encompasses any information that is stored and viewed in electronic form, from e-books to databases, document management systems and any other information-bearing artifacts in electronic format.

OIR focuses on issues relating to online systems, services and resources, and their use, with a particular focus on the processes and procedures involved in creating, managing, utilizing, disseminating and repackaging online information (including social, political and ethical aspects).

Cloud for Europe Launches Tender for Public Sector Cloud Innovation

The Cloud for Europe project has announced the publication of a tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (Joint PCP) for research and development on cloud computing services for public administrations. The purpose is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.


Workshop: RRI-SSH in ICT-related parts of Horizon 2020 WP16-17

At this workshop the Responsible Research and Innovation - Social Sciences and Humanities (RRI-SSH) approach in the forthcoming H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 will be presented and discussed.


RRI-SSH Info Day for ICT-related topics of WP15 in Horizon 2020

This info day will present the needs for responsible research and innovation (RRI) and social sciences and humanities (SSH) in project proposals for ICT-related Horizon 2020 calls with a deadline in 2015.


Information technology for people with Down’s syndrome

An EU-funded ICT research project is producing visual and touch apps to help people with Down’s syndrome become more independent in their daily lives.


Improving dementia care with patient-focused apps

EU-funded researchers have developed new apps that enable healthcare workers to provide more personalised care to dementia sufferers.


Friday, December 12, 2014

116 in Croatia

In Croatia, three of the five 116 numbers are currently operational


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Call for Chapters: M-Health Innovations for Patient-Centered Care

Call for Chapters: M-Health Innovations for Patient-Centered Care


Dr. Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece)

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2015

For release in the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series.

Series Editor: Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece) and Anastasia N. Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

ISSN: 2328-1243

The Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series aims to provide a channel for international researchers to progress the field of study on technology and its implications on healthcare and health information systems. With the growing focus on healthcare and the importance of enhancing this industry to tend to the expanding population, the book series seeks to accelerate the awareness of technological advancements of health information systems and expand awareness and implementation.

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M-Health is increasingly being used in the health care field since its use is becoming a cost-effective method of identifying and monitoring health issues, as well as guiding the formulation of health policies. Programs to support the professional development of people in the health field, using mHealth technology, are becoming readily available. mHealth also provides health professionals with access to patient data as well as access to various information sources, both of which provide valuable assistance in the diagnosis and formulation of treatment. Individuals can use mHealth to access resource materials on health issues. Patients can self-monitor and transmit information to their health care provider making mHealth particularly important to people living in remote areas or those who are physically impaired.

While the timely emergence of mHealth will not resolve all problems, it offers unique opportunities to reduce cost, increase efficiencies, and improve the quality and access to care. Home-based monitoring will help hospitals track patient recovery and compliance, thereby minimizing costly episodes of re-admission. Coordination between departments and providers will reduce wasteful spending and improve quality of care. Moreover, with rapid consumer adoption of smartphones, physicians can now perform two-way videoconferencing. Patients and physicians will have access to medical records and vital signs. Wireless technology will also allow physicians to serve more patients despite geographical limitations.

In this context, the book will explore the emergence of mHealth in the healthcare setting. It will focus on the broad range of technologies available, tackle the effects of mHealth on the industry and stakeholders, explore the infrastructure and architecture needed to support these technologies, discuss the evolvement of various stakeholders and the impact of mHealth on existing technology, and analyze the transformation of the business model. Looking forward, it will demistify the impact of consumer-centric healthcare, and how it might reshape access, quality and treatment.


The book will provide an overview of mHealth technologies that affect quality in healthcare. The proposed book intends to provide a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, it will present chapters (each chapter consisting of 7,000-10,000 words) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to the Interaction of mHealth and quality in healthcare.

Target Audience

This book intends to:

• support students understanding of the effect of mHealth technologies on quality in healthcare

• help healthcare professionals better understand the needs of their patients

• act as an assistant for patients to derive more benefits from their healthcare

• encourage e-health systems designers and managers to ground everyday practice on mHealth technologies

The prospective audience includes undergraduate and extended degree programs students, graduate students of health care quality and health services management, executive education and continuing education, health care managers, and health professionals.

Recommended Topics

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

• Potential of mHealth

• Market potential of mHealth

• Business modeling for mHealth

• Data Protection and Security of data in mHealth

• Big Data and mHealth

• Mobile Telemedicine

• Practical applications of mHealth

• The legal framework of mHealth

• Quality and mHealth

• Patient Safety and mHealth

• Role of mHealth in the healthcare systems

• Interoperability and mHealth

• Reimbursement models of mHealth

• Potential liabilities from the use of mHealth

• Research and innovation in mHealth

• International cooperation and mHealth

• Socio-economic impact of mHealth

• The future of mHealth

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 30, 2014, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by January 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication,M-Health Innovations for Patient-Centered Care. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates

December 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

January 15, 2015: Notification of Acceptance

April 30, 2015: Full Chapter Submission

June 30, 2015: Review Results Returned

August 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification

August 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Dr. Anastasius Moumtzoglou

P. & A. Kyriakou Children’s Hospital

Thivon & Levadias, 11527 Athens, Greece

Tel.: +302132009822 • GSM: +306974558870


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Call for Papers: 28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2015)

Call for Papers: 28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2015)

June 22th to 25th, 2015 Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Important Dates

Abstract submission: January 13th, 2015

Paper submission: January 20th, 2015

Notification: March 10th, 2015

Camera-ready paper submission: April 10th, 2015

Registration for authors: April 10th 2015

CBMS 2015 symposium: June 22nd - 25th, 2015

The 28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2015) will be held at the Mathematics and Computer Science Institute, with the University of São Paulo at São Carlos and at Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, from June 22th to 25th, 2015. Attracting a worldwide audience, CBMS is the premier conference for computational medicine, providing a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and technologies between academics and industrial scientists. The scientific program of CBMS 2015 will consist of technical and poster sessions encompassing the contributions reviewed and selected by an international program committee, as well as keynote talks and tutorials given by leading experts in their fields. CBMS 2015 is organized in 9 areas, as follows:

A - Big and Everywhere Data Management

B - Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery

C - Knowledge Representation

D - Decision Support and Recommendation Systems

E - Systems Integration and Security

F - Signal and Image Processing and Analysis

G - Clinical and Healthcare Services Research

H - Medical Education and Collaboration

I - Robotics

We invite original, previously unpublished contributions that are not concurrently submitted to a journal or another conference. Follows is presented a list of topics. Submissions which do not fit into any of the below categories, but still relate to the use of computing in healthcare and medicine, as part of a CBMS 2015 supported area, are also welcomed and encouraged.

Clinical Decision Support (Expert systems, Computer-Aided Diagnosis, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining)

Collaboration tools (Social media, web apps, patient education)

Content Analysis of Biomedical Image Data

Data processing and analysis (data modeling, data structures, algorithms)

Electronic medical records and systems integration (e-Health)

Handheld Computing Applications in Medicine

Health and Wellbeing

Machine Vision in Medicine

Medical Data Streams

Medical Devices with Embedded Computers

Medical Databases Information Systems

Medical education and patient simulation

Medical Robotics

Medical Image Segmentation/Compression

Multimedia Biomedical Databases

Network and Telemedicine Systems

Ontologies and natural language processing

Pervasive Health Systems and Services

Security and privacy

Signal and Image Processing in Medicine

Software Systems in Medicine

Web-Based Delivery of Medical Information

Call for Papers: MindCare 2015--5th International Symposium on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health

Call for Papers: MindCare 2015--5th International Symposium on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health

September 24–25, 2015 Milan, Italy

MindCare 2015 will continue the tradition of being a place where technological, medical and psychological disciplines meet. It hosts top researchers and practitioners focused on exploiting technological advancements to maintain and/or improve mental health. Technology is allowing the acquisition of new information about individuals’ mental wellbeing, which further leads to an improved diagnosis and a better support to both healthy subjects and patients, ultimately providing opportunities for higher quality of mental patients’ life and extending the theoretical knowledge. In this regard, we are soliciting high-quality papers in the following topics (but not limited to):

Sensing and data processing

Wearable computing

Smart environments

Biomedical devices

Speech Analysis

Big data for individual / public health

Computational Psychometrics

Combined sensing systems and infrastructures

Computer-enhanced self reporting

Machine learning and data mining methods

User experience

Novel interfaces

Usability studies


Augmented reality

Virtual reality approaches


Mental wellbeing support

Stress / Emotional response analysis

Affective computing

Serious games for mental health

Cognitive stimulation

Life-logging methods

Monitoring activities relevant to mental health

Psychological treatments of mental disorders

Systems to support patients and / or caregivers

Using technology to improve the understanding of cognitive processes

Tools for Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation

Mental health promotion and disorders prevention

Important dates

Paper submission due - June 1st, 2015

Acceptance Notification - August 17th, 2015

Camera‐ready deadline - September 1st, 2015

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Information technology for people with Down’s syndrome

Today is the International day of people with disabilities. This article explains how ICT can help people with Down’s syndrome become more independent in their daily lives. It is about an EU research project (POSEIDON), developing visual and touch apps.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Call for Abstracts: Pathways Into Health 8th National Conference

Call for Abstracts: Pathways Into Health 8th National Conference

October 12-14, 2015 Seattle, Washington

Submission Deadline: February 20, 2015

Pathways Into Health invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 8th National Conference on October 12-14, 2015 in Seattle, WA. The theme of the 2015 conference, Uniting and Sustaining Pathways into Health Professions, explores opportunities to unite, enhance, and sustain new and existing pathways into health professions for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and communities.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of individuals and organizations to contribute to the cultivation of a robust American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) healthcare workforce. The conference will present and discuss educational methodologies for AI/AN health professions encouraging Native individuals to pursue health careers by creating awareness among the youngest community members and providing opportunities for adequate preparation and support to succeed.

Our aim is to make the Pathways Conference the premier venue for cutting-edge educational methodologies for engaging AI/AN populations in health professions and for making findings useable by non-scientists. The 2015 conference agenda will have four core concepts of focus:

Cultural Attunement

Interprofessional Education

Distance Learning/Telehealth Technologies

Health career development through the life span

Pathways welcomes abstracts related to successful implementation of programs, initiatives, and policies that engage AI/AN individuals and communities in health professions. We particularly encourage abstracts that address the conference theme and inform strategies for uniting and sustaining pathways into health professions.

Abstracts must focus on one or more of the four core concepts. The abstract should establish that the project is well-developed. Objectives should be stated and abstracts should show concrete results with practical applications.

Abstracts are invited in the following categories:

oral presentations: panel, concurrent breakout sessions

posters: will be accepted from undergraduates, graduate/medical students, and professionals; accepted student posters will be entered into a poster competition*

Questions? Contact us at

Identification of ICT specifications - results

The technical specifications are identified through public consultations. The consultations are based on the advice provided by the European Multi Stakeholdes Platform on ICT standardisation, an advisory expert group on all matters related to ICT standardisation.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Save the Date - European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing

This two day high-level summit and exhibition, organised by the European Commission, will offer a platform to discuss how demographic change can offer new opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs. It will bring together EU representatives across several portfolios, business leaders, national and regional authorities, leading global innovators and media. The Summit will also have a dedicated exhibition area to showcase the achievements of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy ageing (EIP on AHA) and other related research and innovation projects.


Northern Ireland – A leading European region in healthcare system transformation

According to a Commission report on Northern Ireland, the region is one of EU's leading dynamic and forward looking supporters and implementers of eHealth initiatives aimed at creating more efficient, effective and patient-centric healthcare systems.


Discussion big data and healthcare: 'A new knowledge era in the world of healthcare'

Will big data improve medical care, and if yes, how can we protect our personal health data?


Europeans becoming enthusiastic users of online health information

A new EU-wide survey shows that Europeans are hungry for online information about health and healthy lifestyles.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Virtual reality and serious games to improve wellbeing of elderly and vulnerable groups

Experts of the EU-funded VERVE project have developed serious games and virtual reality scenarios that improve the lives of older adults and those living with conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and phobias.


'Health Professionals, it is time to upgrade your (e)Skills!'

The European Commission and the Member States should take steps to ensure that eHealth is part of the curricula of healthcare professionals, notably making use of the new possibilities provided by the updated Directive 2005/36 on regulated professions.


Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council, Thursday 27 November 2014 in Brussels - background note

During the Council Meeting of the Telecommunications Ministers the following topics will be discussed: web accessibility , telecommunications regulatory framework (Connected Continent), Internet governance, network and information security (NIS) and the work programme of the incoming Latvian presidency.


EPIWORK: Ebola forecasting uses model developed by EU project

Forecasters predicting the spread of Ebola are using one of the most sophisticated modeling systems in the world – the result of an EU research project.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Demo video of the PERSSILAA project: An ICT platform to assist with screening, preventing and monitoring of frailty in elderly

The project aims to develop and validate a new service model to screen for and prevent frailty in elderly.


ACCOMPANY project - Integrated robot technologies for supporting elderly people in their homes

Robot companions integrated with intelligent environments can facilitate independent living of the elderly at home. Using the robotic home assistant Care-O-bot 3, the EU-funded ACCOMPANY project develops new solutions for providing services in a motivating and socially acceptable manner.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cluster of FP7 Projects Proposes New Environmental Efficiency Metrics for Data Centres

6 FP7 Projects from the ICT-2013.6.2 Call on Data Centres Sustainability (DC4Cities, RenewIT, Dolfin, GENiC, GEYSER & GreenDataNet), aiming to increase renewable energies use, heat reuse and the utilization of Smart Grids, as well as 2 projects from a previous FP7 Call (All4Green, CoolEmAll), have combined efforts to form a 50 partner global Cluster to develop new environmental efficiency metrics and methodologies to be used to measure common variables, compare results and collectively support standards development.


Call for Papers: 8th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments

Call for Papers: 8th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments

July 1-3, 2015 Island of Corfu, Greece

Important Dates

Workshop Proposal: Dec 15, 2014

Full Paper: Jan 15, 2015

Short Paper: Feb 15, 2015

Poster Paper: Mar 15, 2015

We would like to invite researchers working in the area of healthcare and assisted living to submit their original research findings to the PETRA conference.

Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Healthcare Informatics

Big Data Management

Data Privacy and Remote Health Monitoring

Therapy Games and Rehabilitation

Tools, infrastructures, architectures and techniques for designing, implementing and deploying pervasive applications in assistive environments

Sensor networks for pervasive health care

Mobile and wireless technologies for healthcare information storage, transmission, processing, and feedback

Aging and Health smart devices

Wearable, ambient and home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring technologies

Context aware mobile networks

Healthcare privacy and data security

User interface design for assistive environments

Usability and HCI issues, multimodal interfaces

Reasoning systems and machine learning for assistive environments

Safety and home design for assistive environments

Social impact of the use of pervasive technologies on the user in pervasive assistive environments

Integrative user interfaces and visualization for monitoring and caregiver training

Sensor environments for rehabilitation

Game design for cognitive assessment and social interaction studies

Sensor data stream fusion, feature extraction and pattern analysis

Location tracking

Gesture and motion tracking

Sensing of affect, emotion and cognitive state

Behavior-driven assistance

Intelligent biomedical devices for assistive environments

Affect-aware interfaces

Human-robot interaction

Distributed robotics

Image processing tools and applications in healthcare and aging

User cognitive modeling

Virtual and augmented reality environments for assistive applications

Ambient assisted living and health monitoring

Navigation systems for healthcare

Data modeling, ontologies and information management for pervasive assistive environments

Collaboration and data sharing tools

Social, ethical, legal and e-government issues in pervasive healthcare and aging

Wearable devices, wellness measurement and monitoring technologies

Business cases and cost analysis of assistive environments

Development of standards

Home design for intelligent assistive environments

Drug evaluation and discovery through behavioral pattern analysis

Clinical and brain health correlation to behavior

Global Healthcare and the Citizen

Information Technology and Biomedicine

Telemedicine and biotechnology applications

Human Centered Computing and the Senior Citizen

Building smart environments and tools, for virtual and real spaces

Smart materials for rehabilitation

Machine learning and data mining tools for decision making

Devices and orthotics for physical therapy and rehabilitation


Vocational, Safety and Health

Cognitive Remediation


Open standards for ICT procurement: sharing of best practices

Under Action 23 of the Digital Agenda, the European Commission commits itself to provide guidance on the link between ICT Standardisation and Public Procurement in order to help public authorities use standards to promote efficiency and reduce lock-in.


Monday, November 24, 2014

The Connected Car: Safe, Clean, Secure

This event, organised by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, will feature speeches and panel debates on three key aspects of connected cars: safety, environmental performance and security.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

H2020 LCE 23 – 2015 : Supporting the community in deploying a common framework for measuring the energy and environmental efficiency of the ICT-sector

DG CONNECT is organising an Information Conference Call on 10th December 2014 at 11:00 CET on the call for proposals H2020 LCE23–2015 : Supporting the community in deploying a common framework for measuring the energy and environmental efficiency of the ICT-sector.


FICHe open call attracts over 300 European eHealth SMEs and startups

A total of 308 European eHealth SMEs and startups were attracted by the Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) accelerator, co-funded by the EU. Top three countries are Spain (68 applications), Finland (60 applications), and Netherlands (48 applications). Each of the applicants has the chance to receive up to €217.000 in funding to speed up their process to go from idea to market.


Trillium Bridge project tests the Transatlantic Interoperability Bridge

During a live demonstration in Boston (US), experts from the Trillium Bridge project proved it is technically feasible to exchange Electronic Health Record (EHR) data between the European Union and the United States. This means that in theory it is possible for a local treating physician, provided the patient has given his or her consent, to request and access an EHR patient summary from the patient's provider across the Atlantic.


eHealth Network adopts guidelines ePrescriptions

At the 6th meeting of the eHealth Network, guidelines on electronic prescriptions for the purpose of interoperability between Member States were adopted.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Connected Smart Cities - A Consultation Workshop

This event was organised in view of future Research and Innovation initiatives on city challenges with the participation of Mayors and Chief Information Officers. It was held on 2 October in Brussels.


SUPERHUB European Conference on Smart Mobility in Changing Cities

This is the final event of the FP7 EU funded project SUPERHUB. The Conference will showcase the open platform to provide European citizens with real-time information, journey options and advice on the best ways to move around in urban settings, considering the individuals' needs, the traffic conditions and the CO2 emissions.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

How can European cities benefit from the new concept of elastic mobility?

A technical paper will be presented by Katia Paglé and Angelos Amditis from the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Greece at the ITS and Smart Cities 2014 Conference on 20th November 2014 8:45-10:30 at the Session on ITS Policy and Applications.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

IST-Africa 2015

IST-Africa 2015 will bring together senior representatives from leading commercial, government and research organisations from Africa and Europe, to bridge the Digital Divide by sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and good practice and discussing policy related issues. The event is part of the IST-Africa Initiative, which is supported by the European Commission under the ICT Theme of the 7th Framework Programme.


Better survival chances for heart patients with telemedicine

A German study found that the telemedical care programme of AOK Nordost (a public health insurer in Berlin) increased the probability of survival of heart patients by up to 70 per cent during the first two years after the start of their participation.


Friday, November 7, 2014

MIE 2015: "Digital healthcare empowering Europeans"

The Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) event is inviting contributions in the form of papers, posters (classical and digital), workshops organized by EFMI Workgroups, panels and special events: EU Projects, Young researchers, Village of the Future (innovations).


Thursday, November 6, 2014

eIDAS Private Sector Engagement High Level Event

This event gives industry leaders the opportunity to influence how the implementation of the regulation for eID should be handled and what they need to see in place. Leaders responsible for eID want and need to understand what is important to industry so that cross border use of eID will become "business as usual". This is the start of work of a genuine cooperative nature to move forward together to maximise the potential benefits of secure and trusted cross border electronic identity


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Call for Abstracts: 2015 International Conference on Brain Informatics and Health

Call for Abstracts: 2015 International Conference on Brain Informatics and Health

30 August - 2 September 2015, London, United Kingdom

Brain research is rapidly advancing with the application of big data technology to neuroscience as can be seen in major international initiatives in the US, Europe and Asia. The paradigm of Brain Informatics (BI) is now finally becoming mainstream and crosses the disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, signal processing, and neuroimaging technologies as well as data science. Following the success of past conferences in this series, BIH 2015 will take place at Imperial College London, in UK, August 30 - September 2, 2015.

BIH 2015 draws a special attention to informatics for brain science, human behavior and brain health. BIH 2015 will address big data approaches to both the brain and behaviour, with a strong emphasis on emerging trends of big data analysis and management technology for BI, active media technology in behavior learning, and real-world applications for brain and mental health.

BIH 2015 welcomes paper submissions (full paper and abstract submissions). Both research and application papers are solicited. All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance and clarity.

Accepted full papers will be included in the proceedings by Springer LNCS/LNAI.

Tutorial and Special-Session proposals and Industry/Demo-Track papers are also welcome.

Paper submissions & publications

TYPE-I (Full Paper Submissions; Submission Deadline: April 5, 2015):

Papers need to have up to 10 pages in LNCS format. Accepted papers will be published by Springer as a volume of the series of LNCS/LNAI.

TYPE-II (Abstract Submissions; Submission Deadline: May 20, 2015):

Accepted abstract submissions will be included in the conference program.Selected abstract submissions will be considered for publication in special issues of international journals after their abstracts are extended to a full-length paper and pass a peer review process.

Follow up to the Silver economy event of 23rd September

On 23 September the European Commission held a conference titled "Growing the Silver Economy in Europe". 250 participants, representing industry, care organisations, civil society, SMEs, and public authorities came together to discuss how to best seize the opportunities. The aim was for the Commission to consult on how to best grow a large scale Silver Economy in Europe.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

D-LIVER: EU project designs home care system for liver patients

A European ICT for Health project aims to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver disease, by developing a remote support system to monitor their condition at home.


Monday, November 3, 2014

FAQ's Horizon 2020 - Topics related to eHealth

Questions asked by potential project proposers concerning the call Personalising Health and Care (PHC) topics 27, 28, 29 and 30 (H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage) have been answered in the document below.


'eHealth Demystified: An E-Government Showcase' - Interview Benoit Abeloos

'Computer' magazine has published an audio podcast featuring EC Programme Officer Benoit Abeloos (Health & Wellbeing, DG Connect). He speaks about the progress in eHealth that has been made so far in Europe, obstacles that need to be surpassed, EU data protection policies, and initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and job growth.


"When does software qualify as medical device?"

The French medical device authority (ANSM) is organising an awareness day that will focus on software and medical devices.


Secure medical information space for analyzing clinical data

Analyzing clinical data to improve healthcare: The EU-funded Linked2Safety project has developed a next generation, securely linked data medical information space for semantically-interconnecting electronic health records and clinical trials systems.


"Innovating for better Outcomes in Health and Social Care" - EHTEL Symposium 2014

The yearly EHTEL symposium will once more convene the European eHealth community in Brussels. On the agenda you can find topics such as integrated care, big data, mHealth and telemedicine.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Artificial pancreas: What's the status?

A dream for diabetes patients is about to come true: A wearable artificial pancreas that automatically regulates your insulin delivery, while living your normal live. The EU-funded AP@home project has developed a prototype to reduce the treatment burden for people with insulin treated diabetes.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

eHealth Week 2015: Save the Date

The next European eHealth Week will take place on 11-13 May 2015 in Riga (Latvia). It will combine the EU high-level conference on eHealth, the World of Health IT conference and exhibition.


Results from the EU-project iStoppFalls presented at German Sport University Cologne

On October 24 and 25 the German Sport University Cologne hosted a symposium about the results of the 3 year iStoppFalls project. This EU-funded project deals with ICT-based fall prevention and risk assessment of older adult that still live independently.


New approach on cooperative positioning of connected cars - Paper of Dr Rodrigo Ordonez

A technical paper will be presented by Dr. Rodrigo Ordonez from Maynooth National Univeristy of Ireland at the 3rd International Conference on Connected Vehicles on 6th November 2014


Med-e-Tel and Connectathon 2015

The next annual telemedicine and eHealth conference Med-e-Tel will be held in conjunction with the IHE-Europe Connectathon 2015.


European Voice conference "Health Check"

European Voice’s annual healthcare event gathers key policy makers, business leaders and specialists. On this years' agenda is a session on digitising healthcare. Director Paul Timmers (Sustainable & Secure Society, DG Connect) will discuss the upcoming regulations and programmes on EU and national level.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Growing up digitally" - Safer Internet Forum

Around 250 participants from Europe and beyond - youth ambassadors, academics, industry, NGOs, the European Commission and Ministry representatives - will discuss future and emerging trends on child online safety.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Call for Chapters: E-Governance Applications for User-Driven Healthcare

Call for Chapters: E-Governance Applications for User-Driven Healthcare


Rakesh Biswas, M.D. (Department of Medicine, LN Medical College and Research Center, India)

Ephrem Eyob, Ph.D. (Department of Engineering Technology, Virginia State University, USA)

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2015

For release in the Advances in Electronic Government, Digital Divide, and Regional Development (AEGDDRD) Book Series.

Series Editor: Zaigham Mahmood (University of Derby, UK & North West University, South Africa)

ISSN: 2326-9103

The Advances in Electronic Government, Digital Divide & Regional Development (AEGDDRD) book series aims to publish authored, edited and case books encompassing the current and innovative research and practice discussing all aspects of electronic government development, implementation and adoption as well the effective use of the emerging technologies (including social media and mobile technologies) for a more effective electronic governance (or e-governance).

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Fast transformation of human activities due to information and communication technology (ICT) innovation is becoming a ubiquitous phenomenon as government and health care delivery are directly impacted. New discoveries in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and nano-technology is speeding the creation of new knowledge. Comprehensive e-services framework is speeding the distribution of best-in-kind services in healthcare, with new modules for helping them build better IT networks for healthcare services, especially healthcare delivery. Some governments are becoming leaders by building a range of applications and Internet-based services to connect with citizens about the healthcare services they receive, including healthcare and wellness services.All this activity needs a platform for documentation and further development through shared learning with an international audience of academics and interested individuals.


The objective of this work is to provide a clear and consolidated view of current e-government and healthcare network models. We seek to explore the new methods to model, characterize, and build e-government networks for health care. We need to study the critical issues (cultural, security, threats, legal, and technical) confronting e-government healthcare networking, the emergence of new mobile healthcare networking devices and applications, and how healthcare networks impact the business aspects of healthcare industry. Network robustness is also a vital property that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, the collection of chapters will be able to offer tools and guidance and best practices for local governments to optimize their experiences in transacting business internally and externally to citizens that either are interested to get information, interested in having an assessment done, or need to keep track about how their care is being laid out.

Target Audience

This book is designed for professionals and researchers working in the field of health care and e-government, both from theoretical and practical point of views. The book will also provide insights to the executives responsible for understanding the technology and utilizing it to positively impact their business. The audience for this book includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Researchers

• Health practitioners

• Government officials

• Bloggers

• Healthcare networkers

• Web developers

• People and enterprises involved in marketing/advertising health care products and services using internet and mobile applications

Recommended Topics

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

• Models of healthcare networks

• Healthcare networks analysis of virtual online communities

• Healthcare networks evolution

• Information diffusion in healthcare networks

• M-government

• M-health care

• Infrastructure for e-government and healthcare

• E-healthcare issues

• Patient Safety in e-care

• Radio Frequency identification (RFID) for health care applications

• E-Health and Patient Care for the Elderly

• Cultural issue and e-healthcare disparities

• Robustness of Healthcare networks

• Online communities

• E-healthcare networks and security

• E-healthcare networks on mobile devices

• Integrating individual patient needs with population based governance: role of user driven healthcare

• Personalized medicine and e-governance

• Open health information management and e-governance

• Dynamic case reports model of open electronic health records for e-governance

• Ethics of online health and e-governance

• Role of e-governance in driving public engagement in health services research

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 15, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, E-Governance Applications for User-Driven Healthcare .All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

Full chapter Submission: April 30, 2015

Review Results to Authors: June 30, 2015

Revised Chapter Submission: July 31, 2015

Final Acceptance Notifications: August 15, 2015

Submission of Final Chapters: August 31, 2015


Rakesh Biswas, M.D.


Department of Medicine,

LN Medical College and Research Center,

Kolar Road, Bhopal, India

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Call for Papers: ICOST 2015 - 13th International Conference on Smart Homes, Assistive Technology and Health Telematics: Advances in Cognitive Technologies

Call for Papers: ICOST 2015 - 13th International Conference on Smart Homes, Assistive Technology and Health Telematics: Advances in Cognitive Technologies

10 - 12 June 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

After twelve very successful conferences held in France (2003), Singapore (2004), Canada (2005), Northern Ireland (2006), Japan (2007), USA (2008), France (2009), Korea (2010), Canada (2011), Italy (2012), Singapore (2013), and USA (2014) the 13th International Conference on Smart homes, Assistive Technologies, Robotics and Health Telematics will be hosted in Geneva, from 10 to 12 June 2015.

ICOST provides a premier venue for the presentation and discussion of research in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of Smart Environments, Assistive Technologies, Robotics and Health Telematics systems. ICOST brings together stakeholders from clinical, academic and industrial perspectives along with end users and family caregivers to explore how to utilize technologies to foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life. ICOST 2015 invites participants to present and discuss their experience in design, development, deployment and evaluation of assistive and telehealth systems, as well as ethical and policy issues. The conference features a dynamic program incorporating a range of technical, clinical and industrial related keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations along with demonstrations and technical exhibits.

We look forward to welcoming you to ICOST2015 in Geneva!


15 January 2015: Full papers submission

15 February 2015: Acceptance Notification

15 March 2015: Camera-Ready Papers and Registration


Each year, ICOST has a specific theme. The theme for 2015 will focus on Inclusive smart cities and e-health – cities that will use technologies to enable the societal inclusion and empowerment of individuals with special needs. ICOST 2015 is especially interested in receiving submissions, focused on advancing technologies for improving quality of life of dependent people and people with chronic diseases.

Topics will include but are not limited to:

e-Health for Future Smart Cities

Intelligent Environments: Smart Homes, Smart Urban Spaces and new Assistive Living Space Concepts in the Smart City

Medical Data Collection and Processing

Participatory Telehealth in the Smart City

Coaching and Serious Gaming for e-Health

E-Health and Therapeutic Education

Human-Machine Interface / Ambient Intelligence

Modeling of Physical and Conceptual Information in Intelligent Environments

Cognitive technologies across the lifespan and functional abilities

Human Factors, Ethics and Usability for Persons with Cognitive Impairments, including seniors and persons with disabilities of all ages

Tele-Assistance and Tele-Rehabilitation

Persuasive and Supportive e-Health

E-Health and Chronic Diseases Management

Protective systems/devices against common and emerging infectious diseases among elders.

Personal Robotics and Smart Wheelchairs

Context Awareness / Autonomous Computing

Home Networks / Residential Gateways

Wearable Sensors / Integrated Micro/Nano Systems / Home Health Monitoring

Social / Privacy / Security Issues

Middleware Support for Smart Home and Health Telematic Services

Health Technology Assessment and Impact Analysis

Policy and Guidelines for Health 2.0

Service Model best practices

ICOST 2015 invites participants to present and discuss their experiences in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of technologies that demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of smart homes, health telematics, chronic disease management and assistive technologies focused on indoor living spaces (e.g., homes, nursing homes and assistive living facilities) as well as the outdoors (e.g., urban smart spaces or the entire smart city). ICOST 2015 will provide a dynamic program which will incorporate a range of technical, clinical and industrial related international keynote speeches, panels, and oral and poster presentations along with demonstrations and technical exhibits.

Proposals for special sessions or plenary panels addressing any of the following specific topics are especially welcome:

Studies detailing large-scale service deployment and impact evaluation

The application of cost-effective and readily available ‘everyday’ technologies to support elders and others with cognitive disabilities at home, school, work or play

Health economic evaluation of technology based solutions

Challenges for truly ‘smart living environments and inclusive communities

Technology solutions to inspire policy makers

DOREMI project's first newsletter

The DOREMI project targets three conditions affecting the quality of life of elderly people: Malnutrition, Sedentariness, and Cognitive decline. The project will develop a systemic solution for elderly, able to prolong the functional and cognitive capacity by empowering, stimulating and unobtrusively monitoring daily activities. The effectiveness and impacts, on both users and on the healthcare system, will be tested in a set of pilots set up in Italy and UK, involving both elderly users and care providers. The project has now published its first newsletter. It is packed with updates on the project's progress.


Reuters video report on EU-funded research project FATE: Fall detector for the elderly speeds up emergency alerts

FATE aims to validate an innovative ICT-based solution for the detection of falls in ageing people. A portable and easy-to-use fall detector that runs a specific algorithm to accurately detect falls is being tested and validated in pilot studies involving real living scenarios, in Spain, Italy and Ireland.


Meet ECHORD++ at MEDICA trade fair and discuss their Pre-Commercial Procurement Pilots

EU-funded ECHORD++ project hopes to close the innovation gap between what is available on the market and the public sector’s needs. ECHORD++ has selected as one of its challenges “Robotized Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment”. The project will be present at the MEDICA trade fair to meet the medical technology industry. The Call for tenders for the PCP Pilots will open on 15th January 2015.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ICT Water Management Session - ICT Proposers' Day Florence 9/10/2014

Read 7 presentations from ICT Info Days held in Florence 9/10/2014 related to H2020 2014-2015 Call on ICT Water Management.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ICT-enabled public sector innovation @ICT Proposers Day (October 2014)

The ICT Proposers Day took place in Florence, Italy on 9th and 10th October 2014 to promote European ICT Research & Innovation. This networking event focused on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2015. Two sessions on ICT-enabled public sector innovation took place at the event in addition to a conference booth presenting the activities in this area.


Call for tenders: Study on "Analysis of the value of the new generation of e-government services and how can the public sector become an agent of innovation through ICT" (SMART 2014-0066)

The subject matter of the contract is a study which will analyse the value of the new generation of e-government services and how the public sector can become an agent of innovation through ICT.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Public consultation on "Patents and Standards" opens

Consultation on "patents and standards" for new technologies is running from 14 October 2014 to 31 January 2015. The objective is to discuss on the efficiency of the new rules and practices, and suggest ideas for improvement.


Videos ICT Proposers' Day: eHealth and ageing

Are you interested in applying for funding but you missed the ICT Proposers' Day in Florence? Watch the presentations here.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Keynote session on "A European Perspective on Smart Grids"

Dr Patricia Arsene, of the Smart Cities & Sustainability Unity in DG CONNECT, will give a keynote speech on how "Europe is aiming to develop a resilient Energy Union with diversified energy sources and a world-leading position in renewable energies" at the IEEE SmartGridComm2014 Conference.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ICT for Water Workshop

The aim of the workshop is to provide specific details of the ICT technologies and solution approach developed within ICeWater project and to open a wider discussion with Industry and other ICT for Water projects.


Twitter chat with EC Vice-President designate Andrus Ansip

On Wednesday 15 October from 11:00 to 12:00 CET ask your questions to the EC Vice-President designate for Digital Single Market.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Neelie Kroes' statement on eIdentification and Trust services (eIDAS)

Neelie Kroes calls on President-elect Juncker to make a commitment that every transaction with the European Commission will be possible electronically.


eID: unlocking confidence and convenience in a Digital Single Market - Neelie Kroes

Today we stand amid a technological transformation. A world that is going digital; opportunities that are going digital. Any transaction you do offline, should also be possible online. With just as much security. Proving that you are who you say you are; signing a contract; using e-procurement, delivering a document, and so on.


Neelie Kroes letter to President-elect Juncker on making the Commission digital

Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission, wrote a letter to President-elect Juncker on making the Commission digital. The letter is attached.


eIDAS infographic

This eIDAS infographic illustrates how businesses will benefit from less red tape on the use of electronic identification means and trust services.


Monday, October 13, 2014

e-mark U Trust Competition - Runners up online

The e-mark U Trust Competition gets to its final stage. Choose your favourite logo among the three that made it to the final stage, and help the European Commission to select its e-mark U trust logo.


iMobility Challenge showcases intelligent vehicles in Barcelona

The iMobility Challenge presented intelligent vehicle systems to policy makers and professionals from the automotive industry at the Camp Nou, the Football Club Barcelona stadium.


Friday, October 10, 2014

ICT Proposers' Day 2014 - Webstreams

ICT Proposers' Day 2014 starts off Thursday, 9th at 10:00 in Florence. The webstreams for the two-days conference are available on this page.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Call for Papers: Disability Studies Area 36th Annual Conference, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Disability Studies Area 36th Annual Conference, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

“Many Faces, Many Voices:Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture”

Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14, 2015

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2014

Submission Address:

Disability studies is definitely an area that highlights the many faces and many voices that make up the panorama of culture, so in keeping with the theme of this year’s SWPACA conference (“Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture”), submissions are particularly invited that consider disability and its cultural treatment in conjunction with the idea of a diversity of faces and voices in popular and American culture in all media and cultural contexts (literature, TV, film, games, social media/web media, laws, social and cultural practices, politics, and so on).

In addition, submissions are also welcomed that apply disability studies in any of these areas of cultural, historical, or literary research, regardless of connection to the conference theme, or that apply disability studies in conjunction with another theoretical approach, such as queer studies, feminist or gender studies, and so on.

Smart Cities and Communities: Action Clusters of Innovation Partnership kick-off

On 9 October an Action Cluster Kick-Off Conference took place in Brussels. The event offered to the representatives of all committing partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) to meet and begin co-operating in six Action Clusters.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ICT Proposers' Day 2014

ICT Proposers' Day 2014 starts tomorrow!If you couldn't join us in Florence, you can still benefit from this event by watching the live webstreaming.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

eIDAS Regulation launching event

On 14 October afternoon is organised the eIDAS Regulation launch event with the participation of Commissioner Neelie Kroes, representantives from European Parliament and Italian Presidency of the Council.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Call for Papers: Social Equity Leadership Conference

Call for Papers: Social Equity Leadership Conference

Leveraging Technology and Data to Promote Social Equity

June 3-5, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee

Abstracts submission deadline: January 15, 2015

The College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University welcomes the Social Equity Leadership Conference to Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held June 3rd-5th, 2015, at Tennessee State University’s Avon Williams Campus in the heart of downtown Nashville.

The National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) 14th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference will be hosted by Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs on June 3-5 in Nashville, TN. Established by the Standing Panel on Social Equity at the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), the annual Social Equity Leadership Conferences focus on advancing knowledge and understanding of applied and theoretical research towards the promotion of social equity in governance. The Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance (a committee of NAPA) focuses on issues of fairness, justice, and equity in a variety of public contexts, including, but not limited to: education, policing, welfare, housing, and transportation.

Faculty members, researchers, nonprofit and government leaders as well as graduate/undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate at the meeting. The theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting is Leveraging Technology and Data to Promote Social Equity. We are asking for abstracts of up to 250 words to be submitted by January 15, 2015. All submissions should be submitted via

The conference is interdisciplinary and papers should address the role and use of technology in solving critical public policy issues. These include (but are not limited to):

A. The Role of Nonprofits in Bridging the Digital Divide

B. Building Civic Leadership

C. Data Innovation in the Faith-Based Sector

D. Social Equity Reporting – The Role of the Media

E. Big Data and Education Equity

F. Equity in Healthcare Access and Delivery

G. Transportation in the Smart City

H. Better Data for Environmental Justice

I. Data Driven Communities

J. Nashville Next – Planning, Data and Social Change

K. Housing through Data

L. Political Threats to Equity Planning

M. Questions of Security and Privacy

N. Foundations for Justice

For more information please contact Planning Committee Chair Dr. Cara Robinson at

Healthcare Innovation Procurement P2P-Brokerage Event

For the first time ZENIT / NRW.Europa will offer at the Healthcare Brokerage Event on the MEDICA 2014 a special P2P-Brokerage Event for public purchasers of the health sector in Europe to meet other public purchasers interested in realizing Innovation Procurement (IP) projects. The aim of this event is to assist purchasers to find partners for joint cross-border procurement projects and to participate in the new innovation co-fund actions Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - HORIZON 2020. P2P-Matching is free of charge, but a MEDICA entrance ticket is needed.


Modernizing the public sector and boosting economic growth through innovation procurement

A high level Event and Networking on Pre Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions is organised in Milan on the 26th and 27th November 2014.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Calls now open with relevance to ICT for Ageing well

A series of calls in Horizon 2020 under Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" (SC1) with relevance to ICT for Ageing Well are now open, submission deadline is 21/04/2015.


Exercise to prevent falls and fractures - ProFouND project

Boosting your activity levels and doing strength and balance exercises significantly reduces your risk of fractures and falls if you are over 60, according to experts of the ProFouND project - the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination, a European Commission-funded network aiming to provide the best falls prevention advice to help prevent falls among older people across Europe.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Call for Abstracts: YTH Live 2015

Call for Abstracts: YTH Live 2015

April 26–28, 2015 San Francisco, California

Submissions due: Friday, October 31, 2014

Are you working to build a healthier future for youth by using technology and excited to share what you’ve learned? You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at YTH Live 2015, the premier event for individuals and organizations to showcase their cutting-edge technology programs that are advancing the health and wellness of youth, young adults, and other underserved populations. YTH Live 2015 is on April 26–28, 2015 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.

Abstracts are due Friday, October 31, 2014.


Each year, the brightest minds in youth advocacy and health technology gather at YTH Live to showcase what works, share ideas, and launch new collaborations. Over 600 attendees are expected in 2015, with a global audience of more than 2,000 participating online.

Attendees include technology experts, social entrepreneurs, health professionals, researchers, educators, government representatives, pop culture influencers, developers, philanthropists, youth advocates, and others.

A uniquely collaborative forum, YTH Live provides attendees with knowledge exchange, training, and networking opportunities across disciplines.

The YTH Live Program Committee invites abstract submissions from individuals and organizations that fit the following requirements for focus, session tracks, and abstract format.Focus: Abstracts should focus on innovative and effective uses of health tech and technology-based strategies to enhance and improve the health and wellness of teens, youth, young adults, or other underserved population described by race or ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation, or other communities that face health disparities.

Priority consideration will be given to abstracts that feature:

visionary uses of technology for youth health that go beyond traditional applications of mobile, texting, and social media

youth-led innovations and interventions that are community-focused and culturally competent

transformative collaborations and partnership strategies that engage and empower parents, communities, or stakeholder institutions

breakthrough studies and research that offer ideas and opportunities for practitioners to develop effective outreach and engagement approaches for youth health

innovations that foster diversity and inclusion, and build empathy and collaboration

YTH encourages sessions that cover one or more of the following topics:


health disparities among adolescents and engaging youth in their own health

mental health, bullying, or suicide prevention

substance use and abuse, including alcohol and meth

sexual health, including prevention of HIV, teen and unplanned pregnancy, and dating violence

inter-generational immigrant health

sexuality continuum and gender identity health issues

support and access for homeless youth, foster youth, and transgendered youth


inclusive community technology projects

measuring impact, big data, the quantified self, and wearable technology

disruptive innovations and emerging trends

new media, social media, mobile apps, and mHealth

open source solutions

digital storytelling for advocacy

interactive education, such as MOOCs and classroom experiences



Session tracks: Abstracts should fit one of the four following tracks:


Technology-based program development, outreach efforts, and advocacy campaigns and initiatives that promote healthy attitudes, behavior, and practices among youth, young adults, and other underserved populations. It is highly encouraged that abstracts in this track focus on strategies involving innovative uses of technology.


Research findings and evidence that advance youth health and wellness, and provide data for evidence-based program design, lessons learned, or best practices that can be applied by others working at the intersection of youth, tech, and health.


Technology used for policy and advocacy efforts that are advancing youth health priorities at the local, national, or global level. This can include creative uses of technology for public awareness and outreach, access to information and data, legal and legislative efforts, organizing, voter participation, and cross-sector collaboration.


Ideas to revolutionize the health of youth, young adults, and other underserved populations through new, emerging, or even disruptive technology solutions for prevention, intervention, service delivery, treatment, or ongoing support. It is highly encouraged that abstracts in this track be ambitious, bold, creative, and daring.

Towards a Cloud of Public Services

The European Commission is piloting the potential of a Cloud of public services for the development and the delivery of more flexible public services by combining building blocks and allowing service sharing between public and private providers. Discover in this brochure which projects have been and are funded in this domain.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

EU-funded project rethinks Asimov's law of Robotics

RoboLaw project coordinator Prof. Erica Palmerini and RoboLaw researcher Dr. Andrea Bertolini of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa, Italy, have been invited to present a paper on the main findings of the RoboLaw project (Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics) at the workshop 'Upcoming issues of EU law', organised by the JURI Committee of the European Parliament. The conclusions of the project have been also profiled in a recent article of the Economist.


Call for tenders for the first joint cross-border procurement in the healthcare sector

The HAPPI project is financed by the European Commission and aims at detecting innovative solutions which address the needs of an ageing society in order to disseminate them in hospitals and nursing homes accross Europe.


"Growing up digitally" - Safer Internet Forum

Around 250 participants from Europe and beyond - youth ambassadors, academics, industry, NGOs, the European Commission and Ministry representatives - will discuss future and emerging trends on child online safety.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Call for Papers: International Geospatial Health Research Symposium at the Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting

Call for Papers: International Geospatial Health Research Symposium at the Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting

AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 21-25, 2015

Abstract submission deadline: October 27, 2014


The International Geospatial Health Research Network

The AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG)

The Association of American Geographers

This Symposium within the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting will explore new research frontiers in geospatial health research and foster international networks to share this information across borders and generate research synergies. It builds on multiple AAG Geography and Health Initiatives of the past decade, including the AAG Initiative for an NIH-wide Geospatial Infrastructure for Health Research, several recent AAG health initiatives and grants with the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and a recent international forum jointly organized by the AAG, the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Hong Kong, Utrecht University, and several health ministries and organizations in Europe, to launch an International Geospatial Health Research Network.

We welcome participation from geographers, GIScientists, health researchers, and other scientists working at the frontiers of geography, GIScience, and health at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 21-25, 2015. Papers on all aspects of health research and its intersections with geography or GIScience are welcome.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

– improving assessments of exposures to physical and social environments and health

– exposure monitoring utilizing real-time GPS/GIS methods

– infectious diseases and their relations to climate change

– geographic and environmental dimensions of chronic diseases

– cancer: genes, epigenetics, and the physical and social environment

– spatial patterns of drug abuse and treatment

– gene-environment interactions

– social environments and mental health

– crowd sourcing of geospatial data for health

– mHealth and global health service delivery initiatives

– health disparities and inequalities

– genomes, health, and geography

– disease ecologies

– interactions among environment, pathogens, humans, and institutions

– neighborhood effects on health behaviors and outcomes

– geographies of public health policies

– geospatial big data and health

– spatial analysis and modeling of disease and disease diffusion

– mobilities and health

– health care provision, access, and utilization

– accessibility of healthcare services and its optimization.

– health and well-being

– methodological issues in health research (e.g., MAUP, UGCoP)

– global health research and public health initiatives

To participate in the International Geospatial Health Research Symposium, please submit your abstract at When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: The abstract deadline is October 27, 2014.

For more information, please visit or contact members of the Symposium organizing committee at

SEEMPUBS: maximum energy savings with minimum intervention for historic buildings

The EU-funded project SEEMPUBS plans on using a new ICT-based monitoring, visualisation and control system to reduce and enhance historic buildings’ energy consumption.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Cloud computing for the public sector: same challenges, different applications

Many cities have already recognised and started to tap into cloud computing’s strengths, offering the latest services to citizens, visitors and businesses.


EU-Japan project unveils smart city apps

An EU-Japanese project has combined cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to develop smart city applications that keep citizens up to date on events, emergencies, weather, traffic and more.


Take part in the Consultation on ICT4Ageing Priorities

With this consultation, the AgeingWell Thematic Network aims to collect the opinions of stakeholders as regards the future challenges and the necessary measures/policies to be promoted to leverage the ICT4Ageing market competitiveness. The results of this public consultation will contribute to the ICT for Ageing Society Strategic Agenda to be delivered to the European Commission by the AgeingWell Network.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Results of SUSTAINS pilot: Patients accessing their health data

From 2012 onwards, the EU-funded SUSTAINS project has been giving patients access to their personal health records at four European pilot sites. A successful new model for healthcare delivery? Time for some results.


Call for papers: Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing

The International Journal of Social Robotics has issued a Call for Papers for its forthcoming Special Issue on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Healthy Ageing.


Neelie Kroes addresses the Ambient and Assisted Living Forum 2014

The Forum took place in Bucharest between 9 and 12 September.


Integrated care as a vehicle for innovation in health care delivery

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP AHA) is organising a workshop 'Evidence Generation and Successful Knowledge Transfer in Public Health: Case study on integrated care'. The event is part of the 7th European Public Health Conference with the theme 'Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care'organised by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and co-funded by the European Commission.


iStoppFalls Symposium

The iStoppFalls symposium will present methods and results on a variety of topics which have been covered during the 3 year project focusing on the utilization of technologies to facilitate exercise in the anticipation of reducing falls and providing a fall prevention program.


SIFEM Workshop on Modelling Cochlear Mechanics

This two-day workshop will include series lectures of anatomy and physiology of the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear), cochlear mechanics and cochlear modelling. There will also be a hands-on tutorial in which participants build and program a cochlear model using open source finite element software PAK.


Eurohealth: "Telemedicine, the time to hesitate is over!"

The latest Eurohealth magazine is a special European Health Forum Gastein issue. On page 14 you can find an article written by EC Policy Officer Terje Peetso about telemedicine: "The time to hesitate is over!"


The AAL Award goes to Confidence

The contest, which featured the pitching of three finalist’s projects, was held on 10 September during a plenary session of the Forum of the AAL Programme in Bucharest (Romania). All contenders were challenged in a “dragon’s den” by a panel of four renowned experts in the field of technology, business and end users and the final vote.


SALUS paper on Adverse Drug Events wins Rolf Hansen prize

During the closing ceremony of the MIE 2014 congress in Istanbul, the SALUS project was granted the Rolf Hansen Memorial Award for their paper entitled "Adverse Drug Event Notification on a Semantic Interoperability Framework". Adverse Drug Events are a major issue for patient safety, a topic on which the European Commission recently released an infographic.


Study on the practical application of the new framework methodology for measuring the environmental impact of ICT - cost/benefit analysis (SMART 2012/0064 )

The study concludes that existing methodologies for measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy footprint of ICT developed by various standardization organizations are suitable for being integrated into concrete environmental policy measures. Applied to mandatory reporting of electricity consumption, the benefits outweigh the cost when applied to Data Centers and Telecommunication networks where there exists a lack of environmental policy measures and a lack of publicly available data despite their footprint growing by 45% by 2020 in EU-27.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Call for Papers: Experience Design for Behavior Change 2015

Call for Papers: Experience Design for Behavior Change 2015

Parallel Session at HCI International 2015, 2-7 August in Los Angeles, USA

We invite contributions that explore how experiences can be designed to facilitate positive behavior change.

Papers may be related (but not limited) to physical health, mental well-being, exercise, social activities, rehabilitation after illness or stress, ageing, energy saving, and generally living in an independent, sustainable way.

We will review theoretical papers, case studies, and empirical user experience research under one or more of the following session themes:

• new theoretical approaches resulting from practice or research

• design and/or evaluation heuristics

• case studies or formative research

• qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data

• novel applications of new technologies and techniques

We highly encourage research that incorporates one or more of the following themes:

• Networked health and sensing

(mHealth, telehealth, biofeedback, quantified and/or augmented self, prosthetics)

• Interactive entertainment media and/or technologies

(storytelling, games, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, mobile media)

• Service design thinking approaches

(user-centered design, empathy-driven design, ethnographic studies, participatory design)

We encourage submissions with supplemental materials (e.g. images, video)

Key Dates

Extended abstracts for blind peer review are due on 28 November 2014. Please ignore the 800-word length instructions in the submission system – we require extended abstracts of 2-4 pages.

Accepted camera-ready full papers (8-12 pages long) are due 20 February 2015.

How to Submit

Please contact Marc Fabri ( to receive a personal submission invite through the conference CMS. Please DO NOT submit your paper through the general HCII paper submission route.

What we will accept

All papers must report completed work with results available at the time of final submission. Proposals for new frameworks, protocols, etc. must emerge from research or practice and cannot be simply position papers. Data from studies that have not been approved by an institutional review board must meet criteria for being exempt from human subjects research.

Formatting Instructions

Extended abstracts, which need to be submitted to the conference CMS for review, must be formatted using the Springer Paper Template for MS Word 2007/2010. Your extended abstract must not exceed 4 pages. As mentioned above, we specifically encourage the inclusion of visually driven content. If you want to submit digital media as part of your paper please send it to Marc Fabri ( via a file sharing website immediately AFTER you have submitted your paper. Include any references, tables and figures in the extended abstract.


HCI International 2015 Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Accepted papers in this parallel session will appear in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Delegates will have access to the full proceedings online for a limited period after the conference.

Attending the Conference

We are bound by the rules of the conference which state that for paper presentation and publication in the proceedings, at least one delegate registration per paper is required. However, individuals can appear as co-authors in several papers.

Neelie Kroes' statement on smart cities and broadband

Europe needs to make massive investments to secure its digital future. Those investments are often linked in interesting ways and will need to be funded from a wide range of private and public sources. Two of the core areas of investment will be smart cities and connecting rural and regional areas to fast broadband networks.


Future Internet Challenge for eHealth SMEs and Startups across Europe

The Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) accelerator has launched an open call for applications. All European eHealth small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups eager to develop innovative applications in the eHealth domain using FIWARE technology are welcome to apply. They can win up to €217,000 per team, over €500,000 worth of partner services, coaching, PR and other support.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

H2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 - Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies

This Work Programme was adopted on 10 December 2013. The parts that relate to 2015 (topics, dates, budget) have been updated. For more information, please visit the Participant Portal.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Workshop "Enabling technologies for better patient outcomes"

This workshop will feature several leading technologies operating today that can fundamentally improve the way we treat patients. It will be live streamed from the European Health Forum Gastein.


A smart wearable device to monitor and treat wounds

Most foot and leg ulcers are caused by diabetes and vascular problems but an important number of them are also due to other diseases (e.g. kidney disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure). More than 10 million people in Europe suffer from chronic wounds, a number which is expected to grow due to the aging of the population.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

What are the benefits of cloud computing in the healthcare sector?

This video, created by the EU-funded SUCRE project, explains the problems hospitals nowadays face concerning their IT infrastructure. Cloud computing can offer solutions.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions


Dimitrios I. Fotiadis

Department of Materials Science and Engineering,

University of Ioannina, University Campus of Ioannina, Greece

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: November 30, 2014

A chronic disease is a long-lasting medical condition which is characterized by a complex causality with multiple risk factors (i.e. biological, behavioural, and environmental) leading to its onset. Chronic diseases feature as common causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and they have a great impact on the use of health services. Their management requires the active and continuous participation of patients, their caregivers, and physicians in order to be well-controlled. Early detection and effective treatment procedures constitute the primary research directions to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases as well as to improve the quality of life of patients.


This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest research findings in the areas of diagnosis, monitoring, and management of chronic diseases. The latest and emerging medical technologies and their application in this area as well as the intelligent analysis of multi-parametric clinical and self-monitoring data will be covered. The book will help professionals to identify new disease determinants and the way in which new technologies contribute to improvements in health outcomes and life.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book is practitioners and researchers from various disciplines including, but not limited to, Health, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Information and Communication Technologies.

Recommended Topics

• Medical devices and systems for monitoring and control

• Multi-parametric medical data analysis and modelling

• Decision support for self-management of the disease

• Machine learning and data mining for short-term and long-term predictions

• Time-series and regression analysis

• Disease-related event predictions

• Lifestyle tracking and management

• Social networks and gamification for motivation, education, and training

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2014 a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by October 2, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Trends in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

Proposal submission deadline: September 30, 2014

Full chapter submission deadline: November 30, 2014

Review results returned to authors: December 30, 2014

Final revised chapter submission deadline: January 30, 2015


Dimitrios I. Fotiadis

Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, GR 451 10, Ioannina, Greece