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Subject: CFP: SmartMedDev – 3rd International Special Session on Smart Medical Devices – from Lab to Clinical Practice

SmartMedDev – 3rd International Special Session on Smart Medical Devices – from Lab to Clinical Practice
February 21 - 23, 2017, Porto, Portugal

In conjunction with: 10th International Conference on Health Informatics - HEALTHINF 2017

The goal of this special session is to discuss the problems hindering the widespread adoption of smart medical devices - software based, wireless, implantable and wearable. Many brilliant ideas remain at the level of the proof of concept and never reach the market or the clinical practice.
We focus on high-safety health monitoring and life saving devices. We are especially interested in sets of heterogeneous devices aggregated around a common communication platform (smartphone), based on open standards. In our opinion, aside of technical problems, the adoption of such systems is restrained by organizational issues, like incorporating in therapies applied by hospitals and reimbursed by insurances. This may need a formal approval and calls for a well-organized quality monitoring. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the problems, we would like to gather a balanced group of device developers, system integrators and clinical practitioners and provide them a convenient forum for discussion and exchange.
We encourage authors to submit papers to one of the main topics indicated below, or to open new perspectives and present novel points of view on this highly dynamic and important research and application field. Lessons learned from actual implementations of devices and systems, prospective frameworks, future visions and position papers are equally invited.

Topics of Interest include, among others:
Engineering smart sensors / actuators into usable devices
Integrating smart devices into patient health systems
Emerging commercial integration platforms
Integrating patient systems with hospital infrastructure
mHealth initiatives
Emerging mHealth data broker platforms
Interoperability on all levels
Coping with heterogeneity
Coping with variability
Low power cryptography
Patient in the loop
Integrated medical systems as Cyber Physical Systems
Regulatory and legal issues
Continuous quality assessment
Challenges for statistical analysis
Managing data
Security and privacy
Blending mentalities and skills
Applications of Computational Intelligence / Soft Computing / Artificial Intelligence methods to:
o medical system modelling
o adaptivity and autonomicity issues for sets of medical devices
o knowledge discovery and pattern recognition from medical data
o any of the above topics

Authors are invited to submit full papers in any of the topics listed above written in English, with around 8 to 10 pages, with the appropriate font size and page format, including references, tables, graphs, images and appendices. Submissions with less than 4 pages or more than 13 pages will be automatically rejected. Submissions should contain original material and not be previously published, or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere. All papers will be reviewed for scientific quality by the Technical Program Committee. Paper submission implies the willingness of at least one author to register and present the paper. 
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: http://www.healthinf.biostec.org/Templates.aspx
Please also check the http://www.healthinf.biostec.org/Guidelines.aspx.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at: http://www.insticc.org/Primoris

All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.

Furthermore, a selection of the best accepted papers related to the applications of Computational Intelligence / Soft Computing / Artificial Intelligence topics, suitably revised and extended, will be eligible for fast-track publication in Applied Soft Computing journal by Elsevier (Impact Factor 2.857), thanks to the technical sponsorship offered by the World Federation on Soft Computing.

Submission deadline: November 29, 2016
Notification: December 21, 2016
Camera-ready and Registration: December 29, 2016

A "Best Paper Award" will be conferred on the author(s) of a paper presented at the Special Session, selected by the Chairs based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing, assessed by the Program Committee, and paper presentation quality, assessed by Session Co-chairs at the conference venue.

FOR ANY OTHER INFORMATION http://www.healthinf.biostec.org/SmartMedDev.aspx

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