Thursday, June 26, 2014

Effects on consumer behaviour of online sustainability information displays - Study Report

Ecorys, CentERdata and GfK were commissioned to conduct this research by the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers. The main purpose of the study was to investigate how the provision of online information on energy efficiency of household products can be improved to promote energy efficient product choices.


ICT for water resources management - Experts Consultation of 4/02/2014

Read the outcome of the ICT for water resources management's experts consultation of 4/02/2014. Read also the presentations.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SHOWE-IT Final Event

PSP-ICT Project "SHOWE-IT" promotes Smart Solutions in housing for a sustainable future during "The Sustainable Energy Week"


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics: Health Informatics for Ageing and Independent Living

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics: Health Informatics for Ageing and Independent Living

Guest Editors:

Dr. Hissam Tawfik and Dr. Davide Bruno, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Owing to the increasing ageing population of the world, including the developing world, renewed research efforts have focused on exploring innovative service models and technologies aimed at ensuring an active and independent participation in social life, and personalised health, especially for the elderly.

This special issue will focus on recent developments in the field of health informatics and assistive technologies for supporting independent living, particularly for, but not limited to, the ageing population. A key goal is to exploit technological enhancements to help facilitate the creation of better user experiences and to increase support for active and independent living.

Subject Coverage

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

Emerging m-health and p-health trends and technologies to support independent living

User requirement studies focusing on the understanding of the target user's needs for improved e-health solutions design

Social and cultural factors influencing user acceptance of e-heath for the elderly and other target populations such as people with mobility difficulties

Applications of virtual reality and data mining for ageing and independent living

Technology adoption for ICT for independent living

Public involvement in assistive technologies for ageing and independent living

Practitioners' perception of current and emerging health informatics solutions

Case study scenarios and user acceptance studies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written)

All papers are refereed through a double blind process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 30 September, 2014

First reviews due: 30 November, 2014

Revised manuscripts due: 1 February, 2015

Final decision: 28 February, 2015

Monday, June 23, 2014

I-stay@home project publishes catalogue of assistive ICT technology

After thorough research in 2012-13 identifying assistive ICT technology throughout Europe, the I-stay@home product catalogue is now available to the public. Over 100 suppliers have filled out an extensive request for information. Evaluation results will follow later in the project. The project has received European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IV B.


ANEC's position paper: How standardisation can support the silver economy

ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, issued a position paper ahead of the 3rd European Standardisation Summit, which took place on 11 June 2014 and was dedicated to the theme of how standardisation can support the silver economy.


Turning Demographic Ageing in Europe into Opportunities

This report explores innovative initiatives in Europe and synergy possibilities with European Union Innovation Programmes and Regional Development Funds to support seniors by innovative solutions enabled by ICT. It provides an overview of the on-going projects, innovative EU initiatives, key policy documents and new funding programmes for the new financial period 2014-2020. The aim is to inspire discussions and debates among the private and public stakeholders to initiate co-operation, innovative partnerships, possible synergies and cross-using EU R&DI programmes to face the challenges and turn demographic ageing into opportunities.


Samos 2014 Summit on ICT-enabled Governance

More than 80 high-level experts in electronic governance from 20 countries will participate in the 5th International Samos Summit on "ICT-enabled Governance". The key issues for this year’s summit are Open Data, powered by the SHARE PSI 2.0 project and Global Systems Science, an attempt to enable policy makers with scientific method and tools for evidence-based decision making.


AAL Forum: Registration is Open

The annual event of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) programme offers a forum for the European AAL community to meet and discuss several topics, relevant for improving the AAL programme as well as the adoption of ICT for ageing solutions in the market. You can learn more about innovation and commercialization of ICT for ageing in the exhibition area and network with the major community in this field in Europe.