Friday, June 6, 2014

Sweden at head of pack on digital research funding

While Sweden may be a global leader in R&D investment, the EU as a whole is still lagging behind the Japan and the US: new data shows that 6.6% of the total R&D government support is invested in ICT in the EU, compared to 9.1% in Japan and 7.9% in the US.


New EU-funded tech: it's time for the plants to start talking back

Scientists in Spain, Italy and the UK have developed a way to monitor the effect of climate change and pollution on the environment, by creating a special kind of plant which have in-built sensors.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Call for Papers: The Role of Quantified Self for Personal Healthcare

Call for Papers: The Role of Quantified Self for Personal Healthcare

November 2-5, 2014 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Deadline: September 10, 2014

The aims of the workshop are to engage researchers from both Healthcare and Quantified Self communities to discuss key issues, opportunities and obstacles for personal health data research. These include challenges of capturing, summarizing, presenting and retrieving relevant information from heterogeneous sources to support a new vision of pervasive personal healthcare.

We invite submission of papers reporting relevant research in the area of self-tracking for healthcare. We welcome submissions across a broad scope, addressing any of the following guideline topics but not excluding others, relevant to the workshop goals.

Personal Health Informatics

Quantified Self for Healthcare

Activity Monitors and Devices



Healthcare Knowledge Representation & Reasoning

Health Data acquisition, analysis and mining

Healthcare Information Systems

Biomedical Signal/Image Analysis

Validity, reliability, usability, and effectiveness of Self-Tracking devices

Experiment Design

Social and Psychological investigation into Self-Tracking practices

Health Monitoring in clinical and lifestyle environments

Sensors and actuators for Wellness, Fitness and Rehabilitation

Innovative Algorithms for assessment of long-term physiological and behavioural data

Models for interpreting medical sensor data

Lifelogging, lifecaching, lifestreaming

Biometric data

Medical Self-diagnostics


We invite the submission of papers reporting original research, studies, advances, or experiences in this area. Each paper will be evaluated by at least two reviewers from the Program Committee. The papers will be evaluated for their originality, contribution significance, soundness, clarity, and overall quality. The interest of contributions will be assessed in terms of technical and scientific findings, contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the problem, methodological advancements, or applicative value.

All accepted papers will be published in the IEEE BIBM Workshops proceedings and will appear in the IEEE digital library (IEEE Xplore).

Submission instructions can be found on the Submissions page.

Important Dates

September 10th, 2014: Due date for full workshop papers submission

September 30th, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance to authors

October 10th, 2014: Camera-ready of accepted papers

November 2-5, 2014: Workshop

Transport and Telecoms Council: 5-6 June 2014

Vice President Kroes will attend the Transport and Telecoms Council in Luxembourg on Friday 6 June, where she will welcome good progress on the Telecoms Single Market (TSM) regulation. This regulation will see the end of roaming charges in the EU, it will improve consumer rights for mobile and broadband contracts, and it will guarantee an open and free internet. She will also press Member States to commit to finalising the Network and Information Security (NIS) directive, which will make ICT networks more secure against cyber-attacks, and will see better coordination and sharing of information at EU level. Vice President Kroes will also congratulate the Council on completing the e-Identification regulation; on the entry into force of the civil engineering directive, which will cut the cost of high speed broadband rollout by up to 30%; and she will present Ministers the 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard, which shows Member States' progress in the uptake of broadband, eCommerce, eGovernment and digital skills.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What can quantum technology do for us?

"One of today’s most fascinating fields of research and innovation involves applying quantum phenomena to new technology – especially computing. This is an area in which the EU has been investing since the mid-1990s, through its Future and Emerging Technologies programme, with more than 250 million euros invested in research to develop and apply quantum technologies. And that investment is paying off: with European scientific excellence recognised by many, including the Nobel Prize Committee; and a range of revolutionary applications are already starting to emerge.

So how does this technology work, and what innovative applications could we soon see on the market?"


Regaining autonomy after a stroke

Seeing your brain activity and improving it yourself by doing a special training at home. Experts of the EU-funded CONTRAST project (based in Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy) have developed accurate, adaptive, individually tailored interventions to improve both cognitive function and affective state to recover after a stroke.


Saving lives with real-time eHealth

Despite the benefits of eHealth, it is rarely used in emergency situations – it lacks the technology medics need to make accurate and real-time remote diagnoses. The CONCERTO team is hoping to change this by developing telemedicine technology allowing medics to make life-saving decisions quickly.


Energy-efficient networks: green by design

The ECONET project demonstrated technologies that slash the energy used by telecommunications networks by more than half; the interface that brings the technologies together has already been approved as a European standard.


eCall – Do you have any concerns for your privacy? You shouldn't ...

We are frequently getting contacted by citizens concerned that by having eCall installed in their vehicles, their location will be continuously tracked, their driving habits monitored and their private life infringed. Confusion should be avoided between the public Pan European 112 eCall that is proposed by the EC -and will be free of charge- and other private road safety systems (possibly resembling eCall) that are, or will be possibly offered under a subscription by private operators in combination with other value added services (e.g. vehicle repair after break-down or insurance).


How will mHealth influence the future of healthcare management?

Leaders present at the MI Health Forum in Barcelona give their view on how mHealth will influence the future of healthcare management.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

InGeoCloudS newsletter

To keep you updated on the project's news, InGeoCloudS has just released its Newsletter. Have a look at it and learn all about the Platform's latest developments, the events attended by InGeoCloudS consortium, the organization of a half-day workshop during the INSPIRE Conference 2014 and their sustainability plans.


CASCADE tool helps reduce energy consumption at airports by up to 20%

The FP7 project "CASCADE: ICT for Energy Efficient Airports" has developed a hard- and software solution for airports to save energy. This solution makes use of an ISO 50001 standardized Energy Action Plan and tries to detect faults in the complex energy systems of airport buildings.