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                       ACM SIGMOBILE
                       HEALTHNET 2008
              http://reti.dsi.uniroma1.it/HealthNet08/

    The 2nd International Workshop on System and Networking
    Support for Healthcare and Assisted Living Environments

    Held in conjunction with ACM SIGMOBILE MobiSys 2008

    Breckenridge, Colorado, U.S.A.
    June 17th 2008
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                          CALL FOR PAPERS


WORKSHOP SCOPE:
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As the world's population grows older, healthcare and high-tech companies
are joining forces. New technologies are being used to provide improved
support for elderly and home bound people in their homes and in assisted
living environments. The overall goal of these initiatives is to improve the
quality of life by providing customized support to people in need of
assistance. The main challenge is to provide this support according to the
user's own specific situation in a non-intrusive and respectful way. These
new technologies enable the automation of the observation and support for
elderly and home bound people through the use of sensors, actuators,
distributed intelligence, databases, ubiquitous connectivity and friendly
adaptive interfaces, all connected mainly via a variety of wireless
networking technologies. The ultimate goal is a system that can adapt to the
user's needs, helping them get through their daily routine in a way that is
effective in providing support where needed without making them feel
humiliated by excessive attention. To provide such support, it will be
necessary to combine efforts from many areas of computer science, including
networking, distributed systems, security, data management, HCI, AI and
middleware.

Given the inherent use of mobile and wireless communication and the need for
comprehensive distributed systems as well as the multi-disciplinary nature
of solutions for healthcare and assisted living environments, the goal of
HealthNet is to provide a forum for the cross-area interactions that will be
necessary for successful systems and applications. The specific focus of
HealthNet will be on understanding what it takes to provide effective
systems and communication support for healthcare and assisted living
environments. Although the systems and networking community is very good at
providing effective solutions to satisfying application requirements, they
require input from experts in other disciples, including HCI, middleware,
security, privacy and social networking, to provide a more accurate
understanding of the specific requirements for these environments.

THE GOAL of HealthNet is to provide a forum for the cross-area interactions
that will be necessary for successful systems and applications. The focus of
this workshop will be understanding and discussing what it takes to provide
effective systems and communication support for healthcare and assisted
living environments. This entails cross-disciplinary approaches where the
systems and networking community, traditionally able to provide effective
solutions that satisfy application requirements, will need to interact with
experts in other disciples, including HCI, middleware, security, privacy and
social networking, to provide a more accurate understanding of the specific
requirements for these environments. Therefore, HealthNet aims to attract
researchers working on cross-disciplinary projects, with a focus on
understanding and supporting the requirements of these complex applications.

Authors are invited to submit papers presenting new research related to the
support of healthcare and assisted living environments. All submissions must
describe original research, not published or currently under review for
another workshop, conference, or journal.


AREAS of INTEREST include, but are not limited to:

* Enabling technologies
* Service and device discovery
* Security and privacy
* Reliability and fault tolerance
* User and device localization
* Resource management architecture
* User data management
* Middleware for heterogeneous networks
* Mobility and connectivity management
* Cross-layer system architecture design
* Human-centered Computing
* Task and behavior analysis
* Impact of user interface design on system design and management
* Test-beds and simulations environments
* Health technologies for developing countries


DEMO SESSION:
=============

To provide a forum for discussion and interaction and to share experimental
experience, HealthNet will also host a demonstration session. Extended
abstracts describing demos will be published in the proceedings. Details on
submission are available on the web page.


IMPORTANT DATES:
================

Paper submission deadline:        April 21, 2008 (5PM US EDT)
Notification of acceptance:                     May 11, 2008
Camera ready version due:                       May 15, 2008
Workshop date:                                 	June 17, 2008
Demo submission deadline:            		May 7, 2008


PAPER SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
===============================

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Papers must be in PDF
format, no longer than 6 pages, double-column, with a font size no smaller
than 10 points, and must fit properly on US Letter-sized paper (8.5 inch x
11 inch) with reasonable margins. The first page of each paper should
include the names and affiliations of the authors, i.e., the submissions
should not  be anonymous and reviewing is single-blind. Submissions will be
evaluated based on technical content and correctness, relevance to the
workshop, as well as presentation of the research.

Agreements are currently sought for considering extended versions of
selected workshop papers for fast track publication in a special issue of a
prominent journal in wireless networking communications.


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
====================

WORKSHOP General co-Chairs:
 * Gaetano Borriello, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
 * Chiara Petrioli, Rome University "La Sapienza," Italy

TECHNICAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE co-Chairs:
 * Maria R. Ebling, IBM Research, U.S.A.
 * Robin H. Kravets, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

DEMO Chair
 * Wendi Heinzelman, University of Rochester, U.S.A.
 * Amy Murphy, FBK-IRST, Italy

PUBLICITY Co-Chairs:
 * Stefano Basagni, Northeastern University, U.S.A.
 * Gaia Maselli, Rome University "La Sapienza," Italy
 * Dario Pompili, Rutgers University, U.S.A.


SPONSORS (updated March 2008):
* ACM SIGMOBILE (pending),
* Microsoft Research (Gold)
* IBM (Silver)


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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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