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MedCOMM 2012 : ACM Workshop on Medical Communication Systems


When Aug 13, 2012 - Aug 13, 2012
Where Helsinki, Finland
Abstract Registration Due Mar 16, 2012
Submission Deadline Mar 23, 2012
Notification Due May 1, 2012
Categories    wireless communications   healthcare   network security   wireless networks

Call For Papers

ACM Workshop on Medical Communication Systems (MedCOMM)
In conjunction with ACM SIGCOMM
Helsinki, Finland, August 13, 2012
Abstracts due March 16, 2012

ACM MedCOMM invites papers that stimulate research in communications
or computer networks with application to medical device communication
systems. Key properties include safety, effectiveness, reliability,
and security.

There is an increasing trend toward the convergence of wireless
communication, Internet connectivity, and medicine. Devices with
advanced computer communication range from body-worn health monitors
to implantable medical devices to remote robotic medical devices in
the battlefield. A growing list of such devices includes artificial
vision, brain-computer interfaces for prosthetics, cardiac monitors,
defibrillators, digital mamography, glucose monitors, infusion pumps,
insulin pumps, neurostimulators, pacemakers, radiological electronic
picture archiving and communication systems, and smart stents. All
these systems depend on the safe, effective, reliable, and secure
communication and computer networking. Advanced research on medical
communication systems will help innovators of next-generation medical
technologies that aim to improve public health in the digital age.


We solicit submissions on topics including, but not limited to, the

* Safe and effective network architectures and protocols for highly
interoperable wireless medical devices
* Applications of cognitive radio to maximize spectrum utilization and
spectrum sharing on unlicensed bands
* Data integrity and reliability issues in allocated or unlicensed
* Mobile phones as medical sensor gateways
* Ultra-low power communications
* Development of open medical communication systems
* Communications and computer networks designed for validation, formal
verification, or hazard analysis
* Usability issues, security/privacy issues, regulatory/policy issues
* Industrial experiences, provider experiences, regulator experiences


Papers should fall into one of the following categories: position
paper or early-stage systems/measurement paper. MedCOMM does not seek
papers of already sufficient maturity for full-length conference
papers. Rather, the workshop seeks innovative papers that discuss
early-stage research or consider unconventional ideas for medical
communication systems. The program committee will favor papers that
are likely to generate healthy debate at the workshop. We recognize
that early-stage papers will not necessarily have completed all
experiments, simulation, or analysis. However, papers must have
credible motivation and reasonable evidence of feasibility with
clearly stated evaluation criteria.

Papers may not exceed 6 pages (including references) and must be in
PDF format. Text must be in two-column, 10pt format. Reviews will be
single-blind: please include author names and affiliation in the
submission. Submissions must be original work not under review at any
other workshop, conference, or journal. Papers not adhering to the
guidelines will be rejected without review.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the
workshop; at least one author must register to join the interactive
workshop. A link to the paper submission site will be posted
shortly. Information about student stipends will appear in late


Abstract registration: March 16, 2012
Submissions due: March 23, 2012
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2012
Workshop date: August 13, 2012

Please email with any questions you may have.


Workshop Chair

Kevin Fu, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Program Committee

Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zürich
Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University
Prabal Dutta, University of Michigan
Nick Feamster, Georgia Institute of Technology
Shyamnath Gollakota, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Matt Reynolds, Duke University
Joshua Smith, University of Washington
Jacob Sorber, Dartmouth College
John Stankovic, University of Virginia
Desney Tan, Microsoft Research
Keith Winstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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