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IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (T-ITB)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue:  Affective and Pervasive Computing for Healthcare

Starting in the 1960s emotion and affective phenomenon research has  
entered an Emotion Renaissance era due to new findings establishing  
the universality of emotions  across the human species along with  
their evolutionary adaptive and functional role in ‘rational’  
intelligence (e.g. memory, decision-making), social intelligence (e.g.  
communication, adaptation).  In the past decade, additional studies  
such as the one related in Descarte’s Error (Damasio, 1994), revealed  
surprising results about the nervous system organization, suggesting  
that emotions and affective processes might play an even more  
important role in intelligence, health  recovery and prevention, and  
overall well-being than ever suspected.

These findings on emotions and affects from psychology, neuroscience  
and sociology call for innovation in information and communications  
technology for enabling, and facilitating intelligent interpretation  
of affective health data; decision support systems for diagnostic,  
computer assisted health care; remote guidance and virtual reality  
applications in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; privacy  
security and trust necessary for user acceptance of technologies;  
human-computer interfacing and usability engineering; novel patient  
modelling; and multimodal  intelligent affective user interfaces.

This special issue will focus on the novel and practical ways, and  
solid contributions, to improve affective computing and pervasive  
technologies. We welcome papers that focus on novel applications of  
wireless telemedicine,of embedded sensor and actuators for affective  
processing, novel user interfaces and patient-modeling for use by  
caregivers and/or patients in a variety of health care domains,  
virtual reality and virtual environments for phychotherapeutic  
diagnostic, treatment, and support/assistance coaching. We also  
encourage surveys of available technologies, and reporting on user  
experiences.
Papers that do not focus on affective social processing for healthcare  
and applications will
not be reviewed. Specific interests are in (but not limited to) the  
following areas:

·       Network architectures for wireless telemedicine
·       Mobile service platform for continuity of healthcare
·       Privacy and security in affective/pervasive healthcare
·       Wireless and pervasive networks for telemedicine
·       Autonomic wireless sensor networks
·       Body area networks
·       Affective Signal processing techniques
Sensors and mobile devices for continuous patient monitoring of affect- 
relevant events
Multimodal integration and fusion for contextual information  
processing for health care systems
Actuators, prompters, and virtual environments/characters for  
rehabilitation and behavior modification
Social Intelligent orthotics
Privacy architectures for affective medical records
Issues in healthcare technology standards, interoperability, security,  
usability, cost, ethics and privacy, etc
Emotional and social context awareness
Context-awareness user-modeling for healthcare
Implementation and design issues for human-centered socially  
intelligent user-interfaces
User acceptance issues and challenges (patients and caregivers)


Manuscripts must be prepared according to the format of the IEEE  
Transactions ( http://bme.ee.cuhk.edu.hk/TITB/) and electronically  
submitted to Manuscript Central (http://embs- 
ieee.manuscriptcentral.com/). In submitting indicate that the paper is  
intended for the Special Issue on Affective and Pervasive Computing  
for Healthcare.


Manuscript Due  Nov. 1, 2008
First Round of Reviews  Febr 1, 2009
Publication Date , 2009

Guest Editors:

Athanasios  Vasilakos, Department of Computer and Telecommunications  
Engineering
University of Western Macedonia,Greece,
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Christine Lisetti, School of Computing and Information Sciences
Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
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