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Call for Papers


4th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics

ICOST2006 -  June 26-28, 2006 - Belfast, UK

Organiser: Faculty of Engineering,  University of Ulster



Important Dates:


   Papers submission:   January 20, 2006

   Author notification:    March 3, 2006

   Camera-ready copy: April 3, 2006



Conference Venue:


ICOST2006 will be held at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

After three successful editions held in France (2003), Singapore (2004), and 

Canada (2005), ICOST2006 aims to continue to develop an active research 

community dedicated to explore how Smart Homes and Health Telematics can 

foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life for elderly 

and disabled people.

 A Smart Home can be considered to be an augmented environment with the 

ability to consolidate embedded computers, information appliances, and 

multi-modal sensors to offer people unprecedented levels of access to 

information and assistance from computer technology.  Coupled with paradigm, 

Health Telematics makes the most of networks and telecommunications to 

provide, within the home environment,  health services, expertise and 

information and hence radically transform the way health-related services 

are conceived and delivered.  We believe that in the future ageing and 

disabled people will use smart assistive technology to perform daily living 

activities, socialize, and enjoy entertainment and leisure activities.

 Nowadays networks, microprocessors, memory chips, smart sensors and 

actuators are faster, cheaper and smaller than ever. Current advances in 

such enabling technologies coupled with evolving care paradigms allow us to 

foresee novel applications and services for improving the quality of life 

for elderly and disabled people both inside and outside of their homes. The 

conference will present the latest approaches and technical solutions in the 

area of Smart Homes, Health Telematics, and enabling technologies. Technical 

topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


o Intelligent Environments / Smart Homes

o Medical Data Collection and Processing

o Human-Machine Interface / Ambient Intelligence

o Modeling of Physical and Conceptual Information in Intelligent 


o Vision / Hearing / Cognitive Devices

o Tele-Assistance and Tele-Rehabilitation

o Personal Robotics and Smart Wheelchairs

o Context Awareness / Autonomous Computing

o Home Networks / Residential Gateways

o Wearable Sensors / Home Health Monitoring

o Social / Privacy / Security Issues

o Middleware Support for Smart Home and Health Telematic Services


 Each year, ICOST has a specific flavour. ICOST2003 focused on usability. 

The theme was "Independent living for persons with disabilities and elderly 

people".  The theme for ICOST2004 was "Towards a Human-Friendly Assistive 

Environment" and for ICOST2005 was "From Smart Homes to Smart Care".  This 

year the conference has the theme "Smart Homes and Beyond". This focuses on 

promoting personal autonomy and extending the quality of life.  Papers or 

special sessions addressing the following topics are especially encouraged:


o Inclusive smart home services

o Smart services inside and outside of the home

o Situation awareness

o Location-based services

o Mobility of service delivery


Submission of Papers: There will be a combination of presentations including 

scientific papers, posters, exhibits and technology demonstrations. 

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for oral presentation in 

any of the areas of interest for this conference.  The initial submission 

for evaluation should be in the form of a 4-8 page paper outline.  Authors 

are strongly recommended to submit the full 8-page English language version. 

IOS Press will publish the proceedings as a volume of the Assistive 

Technology Research Series therefore their paper publication format 

( should be used for submission.



Conference Web Page:


Conference Organisation Email: [log in to unmask]



Chair:   Chris Nugent

  Faculty of Engineering

  University of Ulster (UK)


Co-Chairs: Norman Black

  University of Ulster (UK)


  Juan Augusto

  Faculty of Engineering

  University of Ulster (UK)


Scientific Committee:


Zeugnam Bien, (Chair), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 

(South Korea)


Borhanuddin Mohd Ali, University of Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

Diane Cook, University of Texas at Arlington (USA)

Sajal Das, University of Texas at  Arlington (USA)

Simon Dobson, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Sylvain Giroux, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)

Sumi Helal, University of Florida (USA)

Jadwiga Indulska, University of Queensland (Australia)

Jay Lundell, Proactive Health Lab. - Intel (USA)

Mounir Mokhtari, GET/INT - INSERM (France)

Jose Piquer, University of Chile (Chile)

Daqing Zang, Institute for Infocomm Res. (Singapore)

Xingshe Zhou, Northwestern Polytechnical U. (China)



Local Organising Committee:


Maurice Mulvenna (Chair)




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