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GOWELL 2016 is accepting papers!

The 1st EAI International Conference on Games fOr WELL-being will take place in Budapest, Hungary on June 14th-16th, 2016.

In recent years, applied gaming approaces, gamification techniques, game-related technologies and devices for health and wellbeing management and recovery increased their relevance. The EAI Games fOr WELL-being conference has been created to present the latest emerging applications for improving the quality of everybody’s personal experience and promoting adaptive behaviors and positive functioning. The conference will also be co-located with eHealth360 Summit.

GOWELL invites presentations about the use of Virtual Reality, Augmented and Mixed Reality, Virtual Environments, Games for Health, Applied Games, Mobile Health and other emerging applications. Autors are encouraged to cover the following topics of interest:

  • Applied Games for health awareness and/or improvement;
  • Game applications for better lifestyle or well-being;
  • Game design techniques and solutions for healthcare environments;
  • Games’ devices/technology applied to medical treatments or prevention;
  • Gamification of healthcare processes;
  • Well-being interventions including affective strategies supported by technologies;
  • Information technologies to support patient’s engagement in healthcare;
  • Positive Gaming;
  • Stress management and new technologies;
  • Integrating technologies to support student’s engagement in learning process;
  • Technologies enhancing Social Well-being;
  • Technology for active aging and healthy living;
  • Integrating technology in self-help interventions.

Important dates:
Paper submission deadline: February 14th, 2016
Acceptance Notification: March 31st, 2016
Camera-ready deadline: April 29th, 2016
Find more details on the conference website.

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How can pervasive technology affect our lives?

Some of the major experts in the pervasive technology field have recently met at the PervasiveHealth 2015 Conference. Here, they shared opinions on how pervasive technology can affect our lives.

Sensor and pervasive sensing is now so common, especially in the houses of the elderly, who have difficulties living alone as well as in the houses of people who require assistance that it can finally make a real difference in their lifestyle. The aging of the society and the approach of individuals towards diseases has greatly affected the healthcare systems. Yet there still is great pressure on healthcare systems and on individuals to take a more active role in their approach to healthcare and wellbeing.

Prof. Paul Lukowicz, DFKI and Kaiserslautern University of Technology Germany, believes that the interdisciplinary focus of the Conference as well as the multi-national attendance contributed to create a real scientific community.

The PervasiveHealth community will celebrate its 10th reunion next year in Cancun, Mexico.

Read more about PervasiveHealth 2016 taking place on May 16-19, 2016 in Cancun, Mexico and watch the video here below.

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Call for papers

SWIT-Health 2015: now accepting papers!

The first International Conference on Smart Wearable Devices and IoT for Health and Wellbeing Applications – SWIT-Health addresses the technical issues and latest developments in smart wearable devices and IoT technologies for health and wellbeing applications. SWIT-Health will be chaired by Dr. Benny Lo and will be co-located with the SmartCity360 Summit on October 2015.

The conference is now open for submissions on a wide range of topics such as wearable sensor development, IoT, ergonomics, biocompatibility and design, wireless Communication and Networking and many more.

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy’ system at Confy, and have to comply with the format (see Author’s kit section). Detailed instructions for manuscript preparation and submission are available on the conference website.

Accepted papers will be published in the SWIT-Health 2015 Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via the SpringerLink digital library, which is one of the largest digital libraries online and covers a variety of scientific disciplines.

The proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Important dates

 Full Paper Submission deadline

31 May 2015

Notification deadline

15 July 2015

Camera-ready deadline

15 August 2015

Start of Conference

13 October 2015

See the full Call for Papers here.

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Dr. Lo, SWIT-Health 2015: 'Smart watches could transform our lives'

Apart from being a Hamlyn Fellow, and a Non-Clinical Lecturer in Medical Robotics at the Department of Surgery and Cancer in the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, Dr. Benny Lo also acts as the Programmer Manager of the EPSRC Programme grant, ESPRIT, and is a member of the management committee of the Centre for Pervasive Sensing. He is one of the pioneers in Body Sensor Networks (BSN) research, the foundation of which he helped build through the development of the platform technologies, such as the BSN development kit, introduction of novel sensors, approaches and theories for different pervasive applications. His  current research focuses on pervasive sensing and Body Sensor Networks (BSN) and their applications in healthcare, sports and wellbeing. He also organizes conferences and tutorials, and is the General Chair of SWIT-Health 2015, the first edition of the International Conference on Smart Wearable Devices and IoT for Health and Wellbeing Applications, co-located with the SmartCity360 summit that will be held in Toronto. We talked to him about the conference and the future of the field.

What will the main focus of the first edition of SWIT-Health be?

The first SWIT-Health will mainly focus on some of the key topics related to smart wearable sensing and IoT for health and wellbeing applications, such as behavioural profiling, and wireless communication and networking. Although recent research has demonstrated how wearable and IoT technologies can potentially reshape the future of healthcare, there are still many challenges yet to be addressed before the technologies can be translated into clinical practice and generate the anticipated impacts in healthcare. The first SWIT-Health conference will provide a unique opportunity for researchers and healthcare practitioners to showcase their latest research and development, and share their ideas in these fast-growing areas.

Dr. Benny Lo, General Chair of SWIT-Health 2015
Dr. Benny Lo, General Chair of SWIT-Health 2015

EAI conferences strive to help researchers and practitioners collaborate. From your experience, what is the relationship between academia and industry like within the field of smart wearables and IOT?

Both academia and industry have been working on smart wearables and IoT related technologies for many years. Given the potential of these technologies in transforming the overstretched healthcare services, EC has funded numerous industrial and academia collaborative projects, some of which have spun-off into very successful companies. With the recent growing interests from the industry in smart wearable and IoT, there will be increasing industry-initiated collaboration with the academia.

What do you see as the most prominent trends within this field for the near future?

Following the Moore’s Law, smart wearables and IoT devices will become smaller and more intelligent. At the same time, the cost of the devices will continue to drop, which will make the devices more accessible. With the growing number of devices and users, enormous volume of health and wellbeing related information could be generated, which could potentially lead to a better understanding of human physiology, disease progress, drugs responses, and so on. This vast amount of continuous health information could enable the transformation of current reactive patient care to preventative care. On the other hand, the miniaturised devices could also enable the realisation of personalised care and facilitate more effective treatments.

What is your opinion on smart watches and where they will fit in our lives? Is it just temporary hype or will they become a popular and important tool, for our health, well-being, and more?

Over the years, many companies have attempted to introduce intelligent watches into the consumer market, but the results often fall behind expectation. Given the recent advances in low-power wireless network and pervasive sensing technologies, the recent smart watches have much more functions than just telling time, and their abilities to monitor one’s health and wellbeing have made the devices very attractive. With an intuitive user interface and some unique functions, smart watches could potentially become a popular and important tool not just for our health and wellbeing, but they could potentially transform our daily lives, similar to the how smartphones did.