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.