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IHAW 2021 : First International Conference on ICT for Health, Accessibility and Wellbeing


When Nov 8, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021
Where Larnaca, Cyprus
Submission Deadline Jul 7, 2021
Notification Due Aug 23, 2021
Final Version Due Sep 6, 2021
Categories    ai and health   assistive technologies   health informatics   medical engineering

Call For Papers

*** Fifth Call for Papers ***

First International Conference on ICT for Health, Accessibility and
Wellbeing (IHAW 2021)

November 8-10, 2021, Golden Bay Hotel 5*, Larnaca, Cyprus

(Proceedings to be published by Springer;
Special Session on AAL, see below;
Special Journal Issue with SN Computer Science)

ICT for Health, Accessibility and Wellbeing (IHAW 2021) is the first of the
series of International Conferences on "ICT for Societal Challenges". It is a
showcase for high quality oral and poster presentations and demonstrations
sessions. This conference aims to be a platform for multi and interdisciplinary
research at the interplay between Information and Communication
Technologies, Biomedical, Neuro-cognitive, and Experimental research.

This research includes the design, experimental evaluation and
standardization of new ICT scalable systems and in-silico systems for new
and future inclusive and sustainable technologies that benefit all: healthy
people, people with disabilities or other impairments, people having chronic
diseases, etc. User-centered design and innovation, new intuitive ways of
human -computer interaction, and user acceptance are the topics of
particular interest.

Conference Topics

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

• AI and Cognition, Cognitive Mechatronics, Human-Machine Interaction,
Cobotics, Model-based design and configuration tools for healthcare and
well-being, AI methods for medical device testing

• Systems for management of health and care (mental health, pain,
neurological disorders, sight, hearing, balance, space awareness; sensory
based physiological and psychological non-invasive measurements,
preventive healthcare, m-healthcare, e-healthcare, integrated care, serious
games, electronic health record, self-management, patient-centered systems
for survivorship, palliation and/or end-of-life care)

• Precision medicine

• ICT for in-silico trials

• Implantable medical devices

• Computational methods for medical device

• Models for human-device interaction for medicine

• Systems promoting access to the socio-economical and cultural

• Age-friendly systems for active and healthy aging (telepresence, robotics
solutions, innovative solutions for independent living, innovative elderly care,
integrated care, age-related risks prevention/detection)

• Multimodal assistive ICT devices to empower people with sensory,
cognitive, motor, balance and spatial impairments

• ICT systems to improve the quality of life and for daily life activities
assistance (education, recreation, and nutrition)

• Smart living homes and wearables (Intelligent and personalized digital
solutions for sustaining and extending healthy and independent living;
personalized early risk detection and intervention)

• New experimental validation methods with end-users

• Standardization, certification, labeling, privacy, security and communication
issues (related to aging well, to sensory impairment)

High-quality original submissions that address such future issues, show the
design and evaluation in (near-) real scenarios, explain how to benchmark
systems, and outline the education and training procedures for acquiring new
perceptual skills while using such systems are welcome.

Research and technical papers are expected to present significant and original
contributions validated with the targeted end-users. Early works and works-
in-progress are invited to submit a short or demo paper.

Submissions should clearly state the progress beyond the existing state-of-
the-art and the expected societal benefits of the developed technology. When
possible, validate scenarios with the target user groups and well-identified
technology readiness levels
should be at least outlined.

Special Session on Active Assisted Living (AAL)

Do you do research or commercial work in the active and healthy ageing
area and you want to participate in the discussion driving the future of
healthy ageing? Do you have a funded project in the AAL programme and
would like to present the results of the project?

Then the Special Session on AAL is the perfect opportunity for you to be
involved in an ecosystem that promotes active and healthy ageing. This
special session at the IHAW 2021 conference aims to bring together the
community of healthy ageing to present their results and to discuss the
existing opportunities in health technology and reflect on the future of
ageing well in the digital world. You will be presented with the opportunity
to meet and discuss with several stakeholders from universities, industry,
regional and national authorities, private companies working with older
adults and many more. You can use the opportunity to showcase the best
practices and find solutions to challenges through presentations, discussions,
workshops and networking.

The Special Session on AAL is the ideal meeting place for presenting the
results from cutting-edge, funded AAL projects, as well as independent
research or commercial work in the active and healthy ageing area,
performed from:
• Universities and research institutions
• End-user organisations and companies working with older adults
• Industry professionals involved in the technology sector with an interest
in active and healthy ageing
• Health care and social care providers
• Individuals and organisations implicated in the AAL funded projects

The goal of this Special Session is to engage researchers and all relevant
stakeholders of the healthy ageing value chain into networking and
discussions to present their experiences and provide answers and solutions
to problems and issues faced by older adults. This community is of great
importance since it drives and aims to achieve better conditions and a
healthier and improved society for the future of older adults. The proactive
involvement of the community in conceptualising, designing and developing
cost-effective systems that offer services to serve our ageing society, as well
as the presentation of the solutions and discussion and exchange of ideas in
this special session aims to drive and cultivate innovative thinkers, creative
people and change makers in the area of active and healthy ageing.

Please follow the submission guidelines and important dates as they are
stated below and make sure that under the abstract of your submitted paper
there is the statement: "Submitted to the Special Session on AAL". Accepted
papers will be published by Springer in the CCIS Series.


We invite three types of paper submissions:
1. Research and Technical papers, up to 15 pages, describing original
unpublished research, making a substantial contribution to the research field
2. Short papers, up to 6 pages, describing original unpublished research,
making a small but solid contribution to the field
3. Demos, up to 4 pages, describing innovative tools that address topics
relevant to the conference

All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Accepted
contributions will appear in the archival proceedings of IHAW 2021,
published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information
Science (CCIS) series (,
and will be presented in plenary sessions of the conference.

The authors of the best papers accepted for IHAW2021 will be invited to
submit extended versions for a special issue with SN Computer Science

Submissions of all types should be carefully formatted according to the
Springer format for conference proceedings:

and should specify on the first page the type of submission ("R&T", "Short",
"Demo"). The submission process will be handled through Easy Chair and the
submission link is: .

Important Dates

• Submission Deadline: July 7, 2021 (AoE)
• Notification: August 23, 2021
• Camera-Ready Submission Deadline: September 6, 2021
• Author Registration Deadline: September 6, 2021


Honorary General Chair
• Edwige Pissaloux, University of Rouen Normandy, France

General Chair
• George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Scientific Chair
• Salim Bouhlel, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Scientific Vice-Chair and Special Session Chair
• Achilleas Achilleos, Frederick University, Cyprus

Publicity Chair
• Ramiro Velazquez, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

Finance Chair
• Petros Stratis, Easy Conferences LTD., Cyprus

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