UbiHealth 2004: The 3rd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing for Pervasive Healthcare Applications

Tim Adlam, Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, UK
Howard Wactlar,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Ilkka Korhonen,
VTT Information Technology, Finland

Nottingham, England
September 7
Part of the UbiComp 2004 Conference

The UbiHealth 2004 workshop is focused on bringing ubiquitous computing technology to bear on challenges in health and social care. It includes technology to support people at home or in care facilities, and to broadly improve the delivery of health and social care. The aim of pervasive care is to deliver continuous, appropriate and effective aids so that the recipient is provided with an improved quality of life. This spans assisting people with cognitive, perceptual and mobility impairments independent of age. If these aids are used by the care provider, the goal is further to deliver that care more efficiently, less stressfully, and always with compassion. The aim of the workshop is to build a global community of researchers who are working in this combined context. This year our emphasis will be to examine real world applications of ubiquitous computing to health and social care, considering how it can be introduced, evaluated and delivered for the benefit patients and caregivers within government regulatory frameworks. The workshop will explore these issues through the presentation of papers describing the participant’s experiences with early deployment, their visions for future research and application opportunities, and a panel question and answer session. Experts will be invited to initiate the panel discussion with a talk on ethical issues.

Several themes and questions will be emphasized (but are not limited to):

  • New technologies and applications

Participants will become aware of new technologies that are emerging, available and being applied in the field. Intended to facilitate collaboration between researchers developing similar technologies and inform them of developments outside their immediate field that may be relevant to their own work.

  • Hospital records and pervasive information systems

How to manage policy-driven access. Infrastructure for mobile devices for displaying patient records and detailed images on-demand.

  • Community care

How the infirmed can be effectively supported at home including personal aids, observational and alerting devices. How can relevant health data be collected and suitable care be delivered remotely.

  • Residential assisted-living care

Safety, monitoring and alerting systems and devices that can be integrated and deployed in these living spaces and how they are best presented to the users.

  • Wellness, fitness and preventive care

Longitudinal personal monitoring and evaluation of one’s own condition, maintaining health, fitness and regulating exercise and diet. Storing the information over a lifetime and accessing it for evaluation.

  • Ethical concerns

Existing ethical frameworks that are appropriate and how their application impacts the methods currently used by field researchers. Determining appropriate ethical procedures for the evaluation of equipment by people with cognitive disabilities.

  • In-context evaluation

Evaluation of devices and systems by those with physical and cognitive impairments to influence future development.

  • Service delivery

How these technologies and services can be deployed, delivered and maintained for their end-users. Considerations from custom installations to off-the-shelf consumer products.


  • Ten to fifteen participants will be invited based on a position paper submitted prior to the workshop.

  • Each position paper should be two to five pages in length and consist of the author's vision of the use of pervasive computing in healthcare, current work, expectations towards the workshop, and the author's research activities including a short bio of the author(s).

  • Position papers should be formatted according to the standard Springer Verlag format and submitted in PDF format. A template file can be found at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html.

  • Papers should be submitted to the workshop program committee by email to Illka Korhonen [ilkka.korhonen@vtt.fi].

  • This workshop website contains accepted submissions, workshop details, and the program. The results of the workshop will also be posted here.

Deadline for submissions

Paper deadline: July 26

Date of acceptance notification

Notification of acceptance: August 2