Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5th International Conference on Digital Health

ACM DL 2015 will in particular focus on public health computer science covering a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.

5th DIGITAL HEALTH: 5th International Conference on Digital Health

18th - 20th May 2015, Florence, Italy held in conjunction with WWW 2015

Call for Papers

Conference Aim
Everything is affected by the digital revolution. The opportunities for interdisciplinary digital health research bringing together computer science to dramatically improve health and wellbeing of individuals and populations are extraordinary.
Recent technological advances enabled by creation of real-time big data streams, social media, participatory and context-aware systems and infectious disease modelling are the focus of public health informatics with the aim to achieve an integration with the existing national and international surveillance services. Cutting-edge research into web science, medical ontologies and recommender systems provide further opportunities for development of personalized intelligent systems for public and global health. Serious games, gamification and mhealth interventions empower users in developed world but are accelerating unprecedented access to best evidence, medical advice and healthcare services in developing world.

Conference Tracks
  • Big data analytics, crowdsourcing for public health surveillance and emergencies – data science and data analytics, machine learning, NLP, social networks, outbreak/signal detection and early warning systems, pandemics now-casting, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance
  • Web 2.0, online medical/patient communities of practice and persuasive technology - online medical interventions for for healthy lifestyle and wellbeing, harnessing and mining user-generated content, wikis, Web 2.0, patient support groups and Professional Communities of Practice, persuasive/assistive technology, web science, argumentation techniques for health interventions and support for long term conditions,
  • Smart Health and intelligent ubiquitous technologies for health and wellbeing – smart health, agents in healthcare, ubiquitous technologies, knowledge extraction and knowledge discovery,  artificial intelligence in health
  • Tracking/wearable and mobile technology for personal, public and global health – med-tech, monitoring and tracking devices, apps, quantify self, fitness and wellbeing technology, healthy lifestyle and physical exercise promotion technology, mhealth, public health interventions using mobile technology, global health, mhealth for low and middle income settings, personalisation and profiling, recommender systems
  • Digital Prevention and Interventions - digital prevention programmes, knowledge, attitude and behaviour changing digital interventions, personalised care and empowerment of patients and citizens
  • Semantic Web, Knowledge Management/Extraction, Web Science and Health –  annotation, health care ontologies and taxonomies, knowledge management, knowledge extraction, mining health information, web science, coding/messaging standards and interoperability, semantic navigation and search, reasoning
  • E-learning, training and serious games for health - serious games for health digital storytelling for health, authoring tools, training resources online, evaluations of educational impact, qualitative and quantitative impact studies
  • Industry and Start Up Track – opportunity to demonstrate new products, share experience and network
Conference Audience
While held in conjunction with WWW 2015, building on interdisciplinary success of ehealth 2008-11 series, the aim of the conference is to bring together an multidisciplinary spectrum of researchers, industry/start-ups and healthcare practitioners. Submissions are welcome from the range of stakeholders involved in digital health including:
  • academia (computer scientists, health informaticians, public health experts, epidemiologists, clinicians, GPs)
  • national and international public health agencies (e.g. PHE, InVS, RKI, ECDC, WHO)
  • epidemic intelligence systems providers (MEdi+Board, GPHIN, MediSys, HealthMap)
  • NGOs and Agencies (MSF, Red Cross/Crescent, UNHCR, UN ITU, etc)
  • industry and start-ups, Medtech, IT/SM industry, pharmaceutical industry
 Important Dates 
Main Tracks·   
Submission Deadline 24th January 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 22nd February 2015
Camera-Ready Deadline: 1st March 2015
Posters and Demos 
Submission Deadline: 1st March 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 20th March 2010

5th Digital Health Conference: 18th – 20th May 2015
The Proceedings of the ACM Digital Health conference 2015 papers will be peer reviewed by three members of the TPC for relevance, originality, quality and included in the ACM Digital Health 2015 Proceedings, WWW 2015.
Any paper published by the ACM, IEEE, etc. which can be properly cited constitutes research which must be considered in judging the novelty and relevance. All submitted papers must:
  • be written in English;
  • contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  • be formatted according to the ACM SIGMOD Proceedings template(http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) with a font size no smaller than 9pt;
  • be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size.
There are three types of submissions:
  1. Full research papers: no more than 8 pages, including the abstract, references, and appendices;
  2. Short paper or extended medical abstracts (aimed at health professionals): 2 pages
  3. Posters and Demos: Title + Short abstract (<=200 words)
Both full papers and short papers/extended abstracts will be published in the ACM DH 2015 Proceedings. Posters and Demos will feature on the event website and in the Abstracts book distributed at the conference. It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format. Submissions that do not comply with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.
Submissions can be made via the EasyChair conference system
Organizers and Technical Programme Committee:
General and Scientific Chair: Patty Kostkova, UCL, London, UK
Programme Chair: Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK
ACM DH & WWW 2015 Liaison Chair: Stefano Leonardi, Sapienza University, Italy
Industry Chair: Daniel Hulme, Satalia, UK
Start-up Chair: Tim Barnes, UCL, UK
Web Chair: Rosie Webster, UCL, UK
Media Chair: Connie St Louis, City University, UK
Poster and Demo Chair: Ed de Quincey, Keele University, UK
Publication Chair: Yean Hoon Ong, UCL, UK
Senior TPC & Track Chairs:
  • Big data analytics and crowdsourcing for public health surveillance and emergencies
Philip Abdelmalik, Public Health Canada
Carlos Castillo, QCRI, Quatar
Luis Fernandez-Luque, NORUT, Norway
Vittoria Colizza, INSERN, France
  • Web 2.0, online medical/patient communities of practice and persuasive technology
Karen Wilson, Wilsonhealth360, UK
John Powell, University of Oxford, UK
Shirley Large, NHS England, UK
Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK<
  • Smart Health and intelligent ubiquitous technologies for health and wellbeing
Andreas Holzinger, University of Graz, Austria
Martina Ziefle, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Carsten Röcker, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Tracking/wearable and mobile technology for personal, public and global health
Nuria Oliver, Telefonica, Spain
Matthew Bonam, AstraZeneca, UK
Ed Fottrell, UCL, UK
  • Digital Prevention and Interventions
Rosie Webster, UCL, UK
Alberto Tozzi, Bambino Gesu Hospital, Rome, Italy
David Hansen, CSIRO, Australia
  • Semantic Web, Knowledge Management/Extraction, Web Science and Health
Bedirhan Ustun, WHO, Switzerland
Albert Burger, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Claudio Eccher, FBK, Italy
Elad Yom-Tov, Microsoft, US
  • E-learning, training and serious games for health
Baltasar Fernández Manjón, University of Madrid, Spain
Arnold Bosman, ECDC, Sweden
Igor Mayer, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Industry and Start-Up Track
Tim Barnes, UCL, UK
Daniel Hulme, Satalia, UK