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ICT4DA 2017 is waiting for workshop participants

ICT4DA 2017 – International Conference on ICT for Development for Africa will take place in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 25-27 September 2017.

The Conference will bring together technology experts, researchers, industry and international authorities contributing towards the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the fields of socioeconomic development, international development, and human rights.

Topics of interest to the conference are divided into 5 main areas:

  1. E-Services
  2. Natural Language Processing
  3. Intelligent Systems
  4. Mobile and Wireless Communication
  5. Privacy and Security

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All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Authors of the Best Papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through one of the EAI Endorsed Publications.

Do not miss a chance to submit your paper to the ICT4DA workshops!

  • Workshop #1: ICT-Supported Innovation for building the African Knowledge Economy
  • Workshop #2: Affordable Broadband in Under-Served Regions Based on Innovative Communications Paradigms and Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks

Important dates:

Notification and Registration opens: 17 July 2017
Camera-ready Deadline: 7 August 2017
Workshop 1 Deadline: 15 July
Workshop 2 Deadline: 15 July

For further information about ICT4DA 2017, visit the official website of the conference.

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Deadline extension: ICT4DA 2017

ICT4DA 2017 – International Conference on ICT for Development for Africa will take place in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 30-31 January, 2017.

The Conference will bring together technology experts, researchers, industry and international authorities contributing towards the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the fields of socioeconomic development, international development, and human rights.

The Conference welcomes research papers in the following topics of interest:

E-Services

  • e-Health/ m-Helath
  • e-Agriculture/m-Agriculture
  • E-learning/m-Learning
  • E-Government/m-Government
  • E-Business/m-Business

Natural Language Processing

  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Dialogue systems
  • Text processing
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Discourse
  • POS Tagging
  • Parsing
  • Word Sense Disambiguation
  • Machine translation
  • Speech/Text  Corpora
  • Information Extraction
  • Automatic Text Summarization
  • Question Answering

Intelligent Systems

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Decision support systems
  • Prediction systems in different application areas
  • Autonomous multi-agent systems
  • Computer vision
  • Image processing
  • Robotics
  • Character recognition
  • Knowledge Base Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Information Reterival
  • Recommended systems
  • Fuzzy logic

Mobile and Wireless Communication

  • Wireless communication
  • Wireless Sensor networks
  • Wireless cognitive networks
  • Cellular networks (LTE, LTE-Advanced, 5G)
  • Wireless local area network (802.11, WiMAX, etc)
  • Internet of every things
  • Ad hoc Networks
  • Energy Aware Mobile Computing
  • Mobile Cloud Computing
  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Vehicular Ad hoc Networks
  • Energy efficient networking, communication and protocols
  • Energy efficiency in networking, wireless networks and vehicular networks
  • Energy efficiency in data centers and large-scale data processing
  • Intelligent Transport Systems and control
  • Wearable Computing
  • Body Area Networks
  • Social Network Applications to Mobile Computing
  • Context and Location Aware Applications and Services
  • Mobile Data Management and Analytics
  • Mobile Multimedia
  • Mobile User Interfaces and Interaction Technologies
  • Mobile User Experience

Privacy and Security

  • Identity and Trust Management
  • Crypto-analysis and Cryptography
  • Network and Wireless Security
  • Operating Systems Security
  • Biometrics
  • Smart cards
  • RFID
  • Access control
  • Intrusion detection

ICT4DA 2017 is proud to host  Prof. Lou Boves (Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen), who  has originated and coordinated a large number of national and European projects on automatic speech synthesis, automatic speech recognition, speaker verification, language modelling and speech-language resources, as a keynote speaker. 

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Authors of the Best Papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through one of the EAI Endorsed Publications.

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission deadline:  15th October 2016  21st October, 2016

Notification and Registration opens:  15th November 2016   21st November, 2016

Camera-ready deadline:  10th December 2016  16th December, 2016

For further information about ICT4DA 2017, visit the official website.

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ICT4DA 2017 is calling for papers!

ICT4DA 2017 – International Conference on ICT for Development for Africa will take place in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 30-31 January, 2017.

The Conference will bring together technology experts, researchers, industry and international authorities contributing towards the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the fields of socioeconomic development, international development, and human rights.

The Conference welcomes research papers in the following topics of interest:

E-Services

  • e-Health/ m-Helath
  • e-Agriculture/m-Agriculture
  • E-learning/m-Learning
  • E-Government/m-Government
  • E-Business/m-Business

Natural Language Processing

  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Dialogue systems
  • Text processing
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Discourse
  • POS Tagging
  • Parsing
  • Word Sense Disambiguation
  • Machine translation
  • Speech/Text  Corpora
  • Information Extraction
  • Automatic Text Summarization
  • Question Answering

Intelligent Systems

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Decision support systems
  • Prediction systems in different application areas
  • Autonomous multi-agent systems
  • Computer vision
  • Image processing
  • Robotics
  • Character recognition
  • Knowledge Base Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Information Reterival
  • Recommended systems
  • Fuzzy logic

Mobile and Wireless Communication

  • Wireless communication
  • Wireless Sensor networks
  • Wireless cognitive networks
  • Cellular networks (LTE, LTE-Advanced, 5G)
  • Wireless local area network (802.11, WiMAX, etc)
  • Internet of every things
  • Ad hoc Networks
  • Energy Aware Mobile Computing
  • Mobile Cloud Computing
  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Vehicular Ad hoc Networks
  • Energy efficient networking, communication and protocols
  • Energy efficiency in networking, wireless networks and vehicular networks
  • Energy efficiency in data centers and large-scale data processing
  • Intelligent Transport Systems and control
  • Wearable Computing
  • Body Area Networks
  • Social Network Applications to Mobile Computing
  • Context and Location Aware Applications and Services
  • Mobile Data Management and Analytics
  • Mobile Multimedia
  • Mobile User Interfaces and Interaction Technologies
  • Mobile User Experience

Privacy and Security

  • Identity and Trust Management
  • Crypto-analysis and Cryptography
  • Network and Wireless Security
  • Operating Systems Security
  • Biometrics
  • Smart cards
  • RFID
  • Access control
  • Intrusion detection

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Authors of the Best Papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through one of the EAI Endorsed Publications.

Important dates:

Workshops proposal deadline:  30 July 2016

Full Paper Submission deadline:  15 September 2016

Exhibits and Demos:  15 September 2016

Notification and Registration opens:  1 November 2016

Camera-ready deadline:  30 November 2016

For further information about ICT4DA 2017, visit the official website.

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Video: Mindfulness in the technology age

Hear what Lilian Güntsche, the CEO and Founder of The Dignified Self, had to say at the eHealth 360° Summit 2016 in Budapest on mindfulness in the increasingly distracting world.
Find out more about the Summit in the photo gallery, report, aftervideo, and the website.

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Prototype ring measures stress levels based on skin conductivity

Original news release was issued in Slovak by the Slovak University of Technology.

At Slovak University of Technology, professor Viera Stropjaková is working hard with her team to design an ultra-compact device for stress monitoring. This system would primarily find its use in medical science, but it could be helpful in many more areas. Nowadays, we accept stress as a normal aspect of our daily life, which is why we often do not realize all its causes and effects. Stress can complicate illnesses and injuries, making them a lot worse and much harder to cure.

So far, there are tests done only to monitor one’s immunity to stress. An effective and accurate stress monitoring system would be a useful tool for most doctors. Part of the problem in designing such a device are the reactions of human body to stress. As Stropjaková notes, these are: rising blood pressure, dilated pupils, widened bronchi, widened blood vessels in skeletal muscles, and heavier breathing. Some of them are quite hard to monitor and, for example, blood pressure data by itself will not produce accurate information about stress levels. However, there is an interesting product of these processes. Psycho-galvanic reflex is characterized by change of conductivity of person’s skin.

“It is precisely this relative change of the conductivity of skin, that our sensor measures. In the beginnings, we worked with a version of monitoring device in the form of wristwatch, but it turned out that the index finger of the non-dominant hand is the best place for sensing,” explains professor Viera Stopjaková, head of the research team.

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Professor Viera Stopjaková

Until recently, it was assumed that this happened because of excessive sweating in stressful situations, but then it was observed that the top-most part of our skin (stratum lucidum) includes a barrier that changes in thickness due to nerve activity. This information is collected by the sensor, and with addition of easily monitored data (blood pressure, heartbeat, and breathing frequency) produces accurate information about stress levels. The team also developed an app to monitor and process the recorded data. It saves the recorded information, lets the user browse history and informs a physician of critical stress levels.

Last but not least, the whole system was designed to use minimal amount of energy, the monitoring can thus go on for two or three days on a single charge. The prototype can be seen on the above image and it was tested by the students. “It was interesting to see that we sometimes really do not perceive how many instances put us in stress. The testing showed considerable amount of stress even during common actions, for example, when we are concentrated on work and an unexpected phone call disturbs us,” says Stopjaková. The team at STU is looking at this research from a long term perspective, and currently also works on an energy-autonomous biochips, which could harvest energy from human body and possibly avoid complicated battery replacements.

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Putting the patient first

An interview with René Neubach, eHealth and mHealth marketing specialist, and a speaker in a session on Patient-centric approaches at the eHealth 360° Summit 2016 in Budapest (14-16 June). René works as consultant in the Multi-Channel Marketing area with clients in the Pharma and non-Pharma industry on Multi-Channel and positioning strategies, tactical plans and concepts with focus on Social Media and Content Marketing, Methodology and Setup of teams and processes.

Registration for eHealth 360° Summit 2016 is open! Find out more.

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AALIoT 2016 final deadline extension!

AALIoT 2016, the 1st International Conference on Ambient Assisted Living Technologies based on Internet of Things, will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 14-16 June, 2016 and it will be colocated with eHealth360° Summit.

The goal of AALIoT conference is to touch the very core of this domain and to discuss about its most important issues. The conference will host Prof. Panagiotis D. Bamidis (Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Dr. Nick Guldemond (University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherland) as keynote speakers.

AALIoT 2016 welcomes papers about these topics of interest:

  • Mobile and Cloud Computing in pervasive healthcare;
  • IoT Analytics;
  • Interface and Control Systems;
  • AAL Environments for chronic disease management;
  • Usability and Acceptability;
  • Context Aware Technologies;
  • Wearable technologies for health and wellness monitoring;
  • Security, privacy and trust;
  • Navigation systems (indoors, outdoors) and location based services;
  • Networking for/and embedded systems;
  • Technologies to support AAL;
  • Interactive Services.

To know more about AALIoT 2016 central topics see also our interview with Dr. Kostas Giokas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), the General Co-Chair of the Conference.

Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s LNICST series and will appear in the SpringerLink, one of the largest digital libraries online that covers a variety of scientific disciplines. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus and EU Digital Library (EUDL). Selected papers will be invited for publication in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology.

Important dates

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15th February, 2016   1st March, 2016

Notification Deadline: 18th March, 2016

Camera‐ready Deadline: 29th April, 2016

Find more information about AALIoT 2016, on the conference official website.

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Final deadline extension for PPmH 2016 Workshop!

PPmH 2016, the 1st EAI International Workshop on Personal, Pervasive and mobile Health, will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 14-16 June, 2016 and it will be co-located with eHealth360 Summit.

PPmH 2016 Workshop aims at presenting the newest solutions for improving illness prevention in Personal Health Systems and Pervasive Mobile Monitoring. The Workshop, thus, invites researchers, physicians, computer scientists and engineers to present their experience and research work. Topics of interest to PPmH 2016 include:

• Internet of Things for healthcare in smart monitoring and diverse environments (i.e hospitals, home, Assisted living);
• Monitoring and self-management of chronic diseases, remote diagnosis and patient management;
• Technologies for the management and support of chronic diseases and the ageing population;
• Clinical acceptability of digital patient in terms of supporting personalized medicine;
• Wireless, mobile and wearable devices for pervasive and ubiquitous healthcare;
• Legal and ethical aspects for personal health systems and pervasive monitoring of patients;
• Mobile and wireless technologies for healthcare delivery, wellbeing, and disease management & prevention;
• Wireless access in ubiquitous systems for healthcare professionals;
• Biomedical telemetry and telemedicine;
• Service-oriented middleware architecture for medical device connectivity in personal health monitoring applications;
• Data mining, machine learning and signal processing;
• Innovative communication and mobile technologies to support data collection and access, sharing, search and reasoning;
• Secure and high quality wireless networks in healthcare;
• Biometrics, and privacy-preserving mechanisms for individualized mHealth.
 

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15th February, 2016   1st March, 2016

Notification Deadline: 19th February, 2016    18th March, 2016

Camera-ready Deadline: 18th March, 2016   29th April, 2016

If you want more about the Workshop, visit the official website.

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Medical data has to be protected, but available

We interviewed Charles Lowe, the Managing Director of the Digital Health & Care Alliance (DHACA). On June 15th he will be speaking in a panel discussion at the eHealth 360° Summit 2016 which will take place in Budapest, between June 14th and 16th this year. Mr. Lowe is a skilled and accomplished expert in applied use of IT in medical science. This is what he shared with us.

Could you introduce the scope of your work and tell us what kind of expertise you will bring to the eHealth 360° Summit?

I have a portfolio of different roles. The most significant is Managing Director of the Digital Health & Care Alliance (DHACA) which is UK Government-funded. DHACA’s role is to accelerate the beneficial use of digital health within the health and social care services. Our most important piece of work so far was examining the reasons for the lack of uptake of mHealth apps by doctors. Of the two main reasons we identified, DHACA has now clarified the regulation of mHealth apps in our free-to-download 44-page document, and argued strongly for high-level agreement on the appropriate methods) for assessment of mHealth apps.

I am also active in the Royal Society of Medicine, where until very recently I was President of the Telemedicine & eHealth Section. Recently I organised our first event on Wearables. On April 5th I am organising our fourth event on medical apps and on May 19th, our second “The future of healthcare; the role of doctors in 2025”.

I also organise the London Health Technology Forum which meets monthly on one evening to discuss health & care technology issues.

At the EU level I am on the drafting team of the Privacy Code of Conduct for mHealth Apps, and on the Working Group for mHealth app assessment.

You will be participating in a discussion panel on Privacy and Security. What is your opinion on the status quo of this area in eHealth? And where are we headed?

Charles Lowe
Charles Lowe, speaker at eHealth 360° Summit 2015

Privacy on health matters is clearly a very important issue as many people like to restrict access to such information greatly, in part at least because it can be used for targeted marketing. The challenge with health & care is that when you are at home and well you don’t see why anyone else should know your information; however if you are involved in a serious accident, you may well want all your health information readily available, to save your life. For the same reason, security, to ensure your private information is well protected, is equally important.

Another area of importance is how we can learn from past experience, and here it is important to be able to do ‘big data’-type computations using anonymised data. Clearly, regulations that make it easy for people to prevent their data being used in such calculations, even when anonymised, reduce our ability to learn, and so reduce our ability to improve.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future of eHealth?

My hopes for the future of eHealth are e-less! By that I mean that, just as eGovernment & eBanking became Government & Banking, so I hope that health & care can lose the “e” fast, and embrace the digital world wholeheartedly.

This will be difficult though, because whilst medicines principally achieve their benefit by biochemical reaction, and so are largely independent of care pathway, digital health delivers most of its benefit by enabling different care pathways to deliver care in fundamentally changed ways. Therefore, unless professionals are willing to change the way they work, eHealth will not deliver its promised benefits.

Registrations for eHealth 360° Summit 2016 are open! Find out more.

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Improving cooperation between doctors and clients requires new skills

Sandor Bekasi is a medical doctor, a health care manager, and an investigator of different mobile and telemedical methods to find optimal solutions for medical ICT, patient engagement, virtual visits and health gamification. As a speaker at the eHealth 360° Summit 2016 (14-16 June, Budapest, Hungary), he will bring his know-how to sessions on Patient-centric approach, and on Successful implementation of eHealth & mHealth solutions. Sandor talked to us about the dissonance between the currently developed eHealth applications and the processes behind traditional medical practice.

Could you introduce the scope of your work and tell us what kind of expertise you will bring to the eHealth 360° Summit?

The main focus of my interests is on primary care: I see a lot of brand new possibilities to achieve better management of chronic patients. In the past years I was working on a Hungarian mobile application framework to integrate PHR and EHR data on the same platform. We had to establish a nationwide system to offer a new kind of insight into lifestyle-related and home-measured parameters for general practitioners. This is an important step towards personalized medicine and I hope that it will multiply the preventive efforts of primary care. As a GP myself, I think new skills are needed to augment the cooperative activity between doctors and clients.

What do you see as the biggest challenge that eHealth is currently facing?

Sandor Bekasi
Sandor Bekasi, speaker at eHealth 360° Summit 2016

Nowadays a wide range of reliable and cost-effective sensors are available on the healthcare market. I believe the biggest challenge of eHealth will be how to implement these data sources in more traditional forms of medicine. How can we change our protocols to gain the maximum benefit of wearables and remote monitoring? While these devices might improve the user experience and health-consciousness immediately, their effect on patient care remains lagging behind.

Results of a recently published study show that the usage of different digital monitoring methods on their own have no significant clinical or economical benefit on the short-term. We have to do a better job of applying big data to a personal level.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future of eHealth?

With the help of enthusiastic pioneers, we have to keep aiming for the best solutions and show the clear advantages of eHealth both for patients and physicians. While early adopters are extremely important in this process, we must also broaden our horizon and think on a healthcare policy level as well.

I expect a huge boom in the field of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring leading to a much more personalized medicine and self-care era in the near future. I also believe that motivation is an unexploited resource, which needs to be addressed in a tailored manner. Great examples of gamification teach us that motivation has to be a core element of innovation.

Registrations for eHealth 360° Summit 2016 are open! Find out more.