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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang
Imperial College London

Keynote Paper

The Changing Face of Wireless Healthcare


With demographic changes associated with the aging population and increasing number of people living along, the requirement and practical provision of future healthcare delivery are changing rapidly. Shorter hospital stay and better community care is set to be the future trend of healthcare, however, providing specialist service at a local level is difficult, considering the relative infrequency with which a particular disease, or a combination of diseases, may be encountered by the average general practitioners. Such schemes must be underpinned by an intelligent and pervasive information link between patients and specialist centres through non-invasive or implanted wireless sensory devices to provide early warnings of potential problems. Such information exchange is crucial for maintaining the mobility and improving the quality of life for older people. In this keynote address, Prof Yang will outline the changing face of wireless healthcare by considering the increasing sophistication and miniaturisation of wireless sensor technologies. The talk will focus on the provision of "ubiquitous" and "pervasive" monitoring of physical, physiological, and biochemical parameters in any environment without activity restriction and behaviour modification. It will address the technical challenges related to biosensor design, power scavenging, and low power wireless communication; examine the need for autonomic sensing including context-aware sensing, mutli-sensor fusion and data mining; evaluate the challenges and opportunities of body sensor networks for general well-being monitoring and care for the elderly; and assess the future of pervasive sensing for healthcare, general well-being and chronic disease management. The keynote will also cover the use of bio-inspired design for providing distributed inferencing and ultra-low power on-node processing, demonstrating how this alternate paradigm based on the strategies used by biological systems can be used to deal with the challenges of scale, complexity, heterogeneity, and uncertainty involved in pervasive sensing.

Short bio

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang received Ph.D. in Computer Science from Imperial College London and is Director and Founder of the Royal Society/Wolfson MIC Laboratory at Imperial College. His main research interest is in biomedical imaging, sensing and robotics. He has published over 300 original research articles including over 150 peer reviewed academic journal papers on these topics. He is widely regarded as a pioneer of Body Sensor Networks (BSN), which is attracting increasingly significant international focus. Professor Yang currently heads the Centre for Pervasive Sensing at Imperial College and has led some of the major developments internationally in BSN. He has developed a range of wireless, pervasive sensing platforms including the miniaturised e-AR sensor featured at the 2007 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition and the BA Festival of Science, and received a Medical Futures Translational Research Innovation Award. He is Fellow of the IET, AIMBE and a recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award and the ISMRM I.I Rabi Award.

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Prof. Maria Teresa Arredondo Waldmeyer
Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid

Keynote Paper

Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Applications and Patient Empowerement Tools as a Solution for Handling Chronic Diseases


Dealing with a chronic disease represents a great challenge for care givers, patients and the Health Care Systems as their treatment requires continuous medical care and patient self management. The engagement of patients in the adoption of healthy lifestyles with a positive impact in the progression of their diseases is fundamental to avoid the appearance of chronic complications or co-morbidities. A shift towards a patient self-managed care is a promising first step towards the solution of the difficulties that the European Health Systems are facing to handle chronic diseases which are, as reported by the World Health Organization, "the leading cause of mortality in the world". Out of the 35 million people died from chronic disease in 2005, half were under 70 and half were women.

Chronic disease management is the process that optimizes care delivery through the coordination of all the different resources available within a healthcare system and during the entire life cycle of the disease, based on scientific evidence and aiming to improve the quality of the results and with the minimum possible cost. It is more and more assessed that patient-centered personal health systems (PHS) will play a major role as solutions to manage chronic diseases, prevention and to reduce costs in the medium-long period. PHSs are about to connect individuals with Health Information Networks, despite previous processes focused on connecting the points of care.

These kinds of services are progressively becoming a key element of the next generation healthcare systems, with an increasing active role of patients and families in self-care, health promotion and disease prevention. If we wants to succeed with this ambitious goals, these services must be provided through an environment in which individuals are surrounded in their everyday lives through intelligent and intuitive interfaces embedded in a wide diversity of media, in an environment capable of recognizing and answering to the user's presence in a friendly, non-intrusive way, with solutions for continuity and being frequently imperceptible.

In such environment semantic 'plug-and-play' modules are integrated in "Family Healthcare Hub" according to the health-related needs of one family unit. Every particular configuration is arranged from the aggregation of individual care plans - supervisors, trainers, reminders, etc. - defined by the respective physicians and specialists, while being customisable to each user's preferences (personalized solutions are provided according to the patient profile and context) and scenarios (applications have been already developed for the management of chronic disease such as neurological, oncologic, cardiac, metabolic and psychiatric ones).

Short bio

As Head of Life Supporting Technologies and several teaching and researching activities, Maria Teresa Arredondo has a wide experience in the most advanced Research Areas, such as Ambient Intelligence, m-Health, m-Social Inclusion, Info-Bio-Nano-Cogno, cutting-edge adaptive user interfaces, Complex Virtual Realty Systems and Socio-sanitary services to improve quality of life, among others. Ms. Arredondo is also a member of the European Union's "Independent Living" Forum. The continuous contact with Industy and with several research and teaching centres, has provided Ms. Arredondo with a clear vison on the current situation in Domotics, Ambient Intelligence, Adaptive Interfaces, etc., becoming a frequent consultant within the current world paradigm of Research in electronic Health and social inclusion of people living and dependancy and elderly population with special needs.

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Important Dates

Paper submission
15 May 2010

Special session paper submission
30 June 2010

Acceptance notification
30 July 2010

Authors Registration
25 August 2010

Camera-ready paper
25 August 2010

Early Registration
18 September 2010

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