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+++ Special Thematic Session on Smart Healthcare Applications and Ambient Assisted Living  +++

held at the International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions (DAPI'13)
July 21 - 26, 2013 
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA



Deadline for Abstract (800 words): 		November 9, 2012

Notification of Acceptance: 			November 30, 2012

Deadline for Camera-Ready Papers: 	February 1, 2013



Within the last years a variety of new healthcare concepts for supporting and assisting users in technology-enhanced environments emerged. These intelligent healthcare solutions are characterized by a combined use of information and communication technologies and health monitoring devices. The spectrum of emerging technical applications covers a broad variety of developments, reaching from internal technologies (implants for monitoring physiological signals) over devices integrated into clothes (wearable technologies) to healthcare robots or smart home technologies, which support older people in keeping up their independent life at home. Nevertheless, practical experience shows, that the brilliance and novelty of technical solutions does not guarantee the successful diffusion of these innovations. The success of (future) healthcare technologies depends decisively on the extent to which technical developments meet the specific needs and wants of users as well as their willingness to use and integrate the devices into their personal spaces.

In order to fully exploit the potential of smart healthcare technologies, not only aspects of technical feasibility have to be considered. Intelligent healthcare technologies substantially depend on the patientsí acceptance to use them. Therefore, this session aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss the interrelation of medical, technical, and social factors and their consequences for the design, use and acceptance of intelligent healthcare systems.



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


   * Usability of Healthcare Information Systems
   * Usability of Mobile Computing in Healthcare
   * User Experience Design
   * Universal (or Disability) Access
   * Empirical Methods (Qualitative and Qualitative)
   * User and Cognitive Models
   * Participatory Design
   * Model-Based Design of E-Health Systems
   * Tools for Design, Modeling, and Evaluation

Concepts and Applications

   * Novel E-Health Concepts
   * Software Infrastructures and Architectures for Implementing E-Health Applications
   * Tools and Design Techniques for E-Health Systems
   * Interaction Design
   * Multidisciplinary or Interdisciplinary Design
   * Trade-off between Technical, Medical, and User Requirements
   * Aesthetic vs. Functional Design Aspects
   * Emotional and Hedonic Design

Human-Computer Interaction

   * Human Aspects of Future and Emerging Healthcare Technologies
   * Human-Computer Interaction in Healthcare
   * User-Centered or Human-Centered Design
   * Emotion and Affective User Interface
   * Adaptive and Tangible User Interfaces for E-Health Systems
   * Universal (or Disability) Access

Social and Ethical Aspects

   * Accessibility and Usability
   * User Diversity
   * Ethical and Normative Requirements
   * Gender Specific Healthcare Design
   * Economical, Legal, and Environmental Constraints
   * Technology Acceptance and Performance
   * Social and Societal Implications of E-Health Applications
   * Legal Issues in E-Health Applications
   * Privacy, Security, and Trust in E-Health Applications
   * Cultural Aspects of E-Health Systems

Technology and Systems

   * Technologies and Devices for Smart Healthcare Systems
   * Medical Devices and Sensors Infrastructures
   * Wireless Communication and Sensor Networks
   * Collaborative and Distributed Healthcare Systems
   * Handheld Devices and Mobile Computing in E-Health Systems
   * Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing in Healthcare
   * Ambient Assisted Living Environments



Interested researchers are invited to submit an abstract (800 words) to the session organizer ([log in to unmask]) until November 9, 2012. Session papers should focus on current research activities and/or interesting aspects of future work. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on their novelty, originality, and relevance to the session theme. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified until November 30, 2012. Final session papers will be due on February 1, 2013. 

Accepted session papers will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set and be available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world, and will be indexed by a number of services including EI and ISI CPCI-S. The session will be held at DAPI'13, July 21 - 26, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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