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                          C A L L  F O R  P A P E R S

        9th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health  

         Toward useful services for elderly and people with disabilities

                                   ICOST 2011
                                 20-22 June 2011
                                 Montreal, Canada
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                  ***   IMPORTANT DATES   ****

January 22, 2011: Full papers submission
March 1, 2011:    Acceptance Notification
March 22, 2011:   Camera-Ready Papers and Registration

                  ***   SCOPE AND AIMS   ****

    A Smart Environments can be considered as an augmented environment  
capable of utilizing embedded computers, information appliances, micro/ 
nano systems and multi-modal sensors, in which computational  
intelligence is ubiquitous to provide contextual, proactive and  
personalized services to people. Nowadays networks, microprocessors,  
memory chips, smart sensors and actuators are faster, cheaper and  
smaller. They are becoming pervasive in the physical environment.  
Current advances in such enabling technologies make it possible to  
build real Smart Environments and hence provide the opportunity for  
novel applications and services to be delivered for improving the  
quality of life and health of people in their home and outside. A  
Smart Environments allows people to perform tasks efficiently by  
offering unprecedented levels of access to information and assistance.  
In the near future, elderly and people with disabilities will avail of  
smart assistive technology to assist with carrying out daily living  
activities, to socialize, to enjoy entertainment & leisure activities  
all whilst maintaining good health and wellbeing. These Smart  
Environments are complemented through the role of health telematics.  
Health telematics approaches utilize advanced networks and  
telecommunication technologies to provide healthcare remotely.  
Combined with Ubiquitous technologies in Smart Environments, health  
telematics can radically transform the way health-related services  
(diagnosis, therapy and assistance) are conceived and delivered.

    The goal of the ICOST 2011 conference is to provide an  
international forum for scientists, engineers, managers in academia,  
industry and government, as well as domain experts in health sciences,  
rehabilitation and gerontology to address recent research results in  
the field. ICOST 2011 invites participants to present and discuss  
their ideas, theories, technologies, systems, tools, applications,  
work in progress and experiences on theoretical and practical  
advancements that have significant contributions in Smart  
Environments, Health Telematics and other Assistive Technologies.

                  ***   TOPICS OF INTEREST   ***

    ICOST 2011 is accepting original research papers. Topics of  
interest included, but are not limited to:

**  Smart Home & Village:
      -  Intelligent Environments with emphasis on Smart Homes.
      -  Human-Machine Interface and Ambient Intelligence.
      -  Context Awareness/Autonomous Computing.
      -  Modeling of User, Physical and Conceptual Information in  
Intelligent Environments.
      -  Activity recognition in smart Environments.
      -  Digital Life Scenario & Life Style Engineering.
      -  Platforms, Middleware and Software Architectures for  
Intelligent Environments
      -  Sensing and actuating systems.
      -  Home Networks and Residential Gateways.
      -  User Acceptance & Evaluation of Smart Environments.
      -  User Interface and Universal Design.
      -  Universal Design for Smart Environments & Village.
      -  Privacy and Security Issues in Smart environments & Villages.
      -  Applications and services in Ambient Systems for smart  
Environments (homes, hospitals, schools & classrooms, etc.).

**  Health Telematics & Healthcare Technology:
      -  Personal Medical Data Collection and Processing (Health  
      -  Home Health Monitoring and Intervention.
      -  Tele-Assistance and Tele-Rehabilitation
      -  Middleware Support for Smart Environments and Health  
Telematic Services
      -  Real World Deployments and Experimentations in Smart Houses,  
Hospitals & Living Communities.
      -  User Perspectives on Health Telematics.
      -  Technology for Holistic Health and Independence.
      -  U-Health for Smart Global Village.
      -  Wireless body area network (WBAN) & Integrated Micro/Nano  

** Wellbeing, Aging Friendly & Enabling Technology:
      -  Devices, Systems and Algorithms for Vision, Hearing,  
Cognitive and Communication Impairments.
      -  Assistive and Rehabilative Robotics.
      -  Smart Wheelchairs.
      -  User Perspectives on Smart Environment Technologies.
      -  Assistive Technology to Improve Quality of Life and health  
for seniors and their Caregivers.
      -  Gerontechnology, Social Science and Health Care.
      -  Universal Design Technology for Active Aging.
      -  Philosophy & Foundation for Age-Friendly Care.
      -  Enabling Homes for Next Generation.

**  Medical Health Telematics & Healthcare Technology:
      -  Multi-Agent-Based U-Healthcare & Monitoring for Patient Care  
      -  U-Healthcare for Medical & Clinical Information Management.
      -  U-Healthcare for ICU & Emergency Patient Care.
      -  U-Healthcare for Point-Of-Care & Management System.

                  ***   PUBLICATION   ***

    ICOST 2011 Proceedings will be published by Springer (Pending  
    Distinguished extended papers may have the opportunity to be  
published in the following forums:

* Gerontology (SCIE).
* International Journal of Control Automation and Systems (SCIE).
* Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (SSCI).
* Telemedicine and E-Health (SCIE).
  Others are still pending approval.

                  ***   SUBMISSION GUIDELINES   ***

    Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF or RTF/DOC format  
    Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that  
have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal  
or a conference with proceedings. Submitted papers will be blindly  
peer reviewed by at least three members of the international program  
committee and carefully evaluated based on originality, significance,  
technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.
Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be  
published by Springer.
    The submitted papers should not exceed 8 pages and must follow the  
guidelines (

                  ***   Summer school ***

For the first time a summer school will be held before the ICOST  
conference. The ICOST 2011 summer school program features technical  
workshops and lectures linked to ICOST topics: 1) Robotic programming,  
2) sensor network programming, 3) Activity recognition approaches, 4)  
Platforms, Middleware and Software Architectures for Intelligent  
Environments, 5) Human machine interaction design, 6) User/aging  
perspective, 7) User modelling and 8) assistive technology Integration  
process and deployment learned lessons, among others.

                  ***   CONTACT   ***

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