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Special Session
Special Session on
Smart Medical Devices - From Lab to Clinical Practice
 - SmartMedDev 2016

21 - 23 February, 2016 - Rome, Italy

Within the 9th International Conference on Health Informatics - HEALTHINF 2016


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.

This year''s edition is technically sponsored by the World Federation on Soft Computing (http://softcomputing.org).


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.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • 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
  • Roaming
  • 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:
    • medical system modelling
    • adaptivity and autonomicity issues for sets of medical devices
    • knowledge discovery and pattern recognition from medical data
    • any of the above topics


Paper Submission: November 30, 2015 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 11, 2015 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: December 18, 2015 (expired)


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.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, and Microsoft Academic.
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 2.810), thanks to the technical sponsorship offered by the World Federation on Soft Computing.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


Jan Sliwa
Bern University of Applied Sciences

Brief Bio
Jan Sliwa has received his MSc degree in Automation and Information Technology in 1977 from the Silesian Institute of Technology in Gliwice, Poland. In 1981 he moved to Switzerland. He developed software from Assembler to Java, from embedded systems to Web applications, from industry to medicine. Medicine has been his activity field in recent years: management of medical data, new trends in medical technology, technical and ethical aspects of medical research. He wrote and presented numerous papers, including one keynote and one book chapter. In 2015 he initiated this special session (Smart Medical Devices - From Lab to Clinical Practice) of the BIOSTEC conference. He is affiliated to the Department of Engineering and Information Technology of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. His non-IT specialty is languages and cultures: Germanic, Romanic, Slavic and East Asian.
Giovanna Sannino
Institute for High-Performance Computing and Networking

Brief Bio
Giovanna Sannino received a master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Cum Laude) from the University of Naples Parthenope in April 2011 and a Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering at the University of Naples "Parthenope" in April 2015. In 2009 she earned a master degree, named "European Master on Critical Networked Systems", and a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in 2008 at the University of Naples Federico II. Currently, she is a researcher at Institute for High-Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR-CNR). Her research activities are focused in the area of mobile Health and Pervasive Computing. In addition, she is a IEEE 11073 Personal Health Device Working Group Member.
Ivanoe De Falco

Brief Bio
Ivanoe De Falco received his Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) in 1987 at the University of Naples “Federico II.”, and is currently a senior researcher at the Institute for High-Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). His main research fields include computational intelligence and parallel computing. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Applied Soft Computing journal (Elsevier) and is a member of the World Federation on Soft Computing (WFSC).


Julio Bellido, , Italy
Emmanuel Benoist, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Habib Bousleiman, , Switzerland
Pedro Brandão, University of Porto, Portugal
Ronald Dixon, MGH Beacon Hill, Harvard Medical School, United States
Xiao Dong, Southeast University, China
Paul Fergus, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Panos Liatsis, The Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates
Huanxiang Lu, , China
Paolo Melillo, University of Naples, Italy
Albena Mihovska, Aarhus University, Denmark
Pravin Pawar, , India
Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada
Aanjhan Ranganathan, , Switzerland
Nirmalya Roy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States
Giovanna Sannino, ICAR (CNR), Italy
Arzu Tasci, , Switzerland
Prabitha Urwyler, University of Bern, Switzerland
Laura Verde, University of Naples Parthenope, Italy
Pascal Walliser, Fluance AG, Switzerland
Shuang Wang, University of California San Diego, United States

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HEALTHINF Special Sessions - SmartMedDev 2016
e-mail: healthinf.secretariat@insticc.org