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Special Session
Special Session on
Smart Medical Devices - From Lab to Clinical Practice
 - SmartMedDev 2017

21 - 23 February, 2017 - Porto, Portugal

Within the 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 - including issues related to the quality of monitored data, the ability to retrieve information and use it in health context, as for example in tasks related to machine learning, knowledge discovery, decision support, regression, forecasting, optimization, feature selection, and additionally privacy and security issues of health data while being processed, availability of health data, and tele-monitoring.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the problems, we would like to gather a balanced group of device and sensors developers, system integrators and developers, knowledge and decision support experts, 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.

This year's edition is technically sponsored by the World Federation on Soft Computing (http://softcomputing.org) and the Institute of High Performance and Computing of the National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR).


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:
  • Smart sensors/actuators
  • Smart devices
  • Patient health systems
  • eHealth/mHealth platforms and initiatives
  • Integrated patient systems with hospital infrastructure
  • Interoperability in Health Systems and Data
  • Solutions for heterogeous health data and/or sensors
  • Patient in the loop
  • Medical Cyber Physical Systems
  • Security and privacy in health data management and use of sensors/devices
  • Analisys of Medical Data: machine learning, knowledge discovery,etc
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Applications of Computational Intelligence, Soft Computing, and Artificial Intelligence methods to any of the above topics


Paper Submission: December 14, 2016 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 23, 2016 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 5, 2017 (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.
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).
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.


Emmanuel Benoist, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Pedro Brandão, University of Porto, Portugal
Xiao Dong, Southeast University, China
Ardelio Galletti, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy
Francesco Gargiulo, ICAR CNR, Italy
Jolanta Mizera-Pietraszko, , Poland
Raffaele Montella, , Italy
Aanjhan Ranganathan, , Switzerland
Giovanna Sannino, ICAR (CNR), Italy
Stefano Silvestri, ICAR CNR, Italy
Laura Verde, University of Naples Parthenope, Italy
Pascal Walliser, Fluance AG, Switzerland
Shuang Wang, University of California San Diego, United States


HEALTHINF Special Sessions - SmartMedDev 2017
e-mail: healthinf.secretariat@insticc.org