Call For Papers

Special Session on Ambient Technology for Health Care of Aging People

To be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), Las Vegas, 11-13 January 2007 (

Researchers are struggling to find new technologies to help a fast growing population of seniors in most countries. This population is expected to grow even more rapidly during the next several decades, and the problems caused by the aging population are becoming a major social challenge.  While it is usually difficult for some seniors to maintain independence, most seniors with mild to medium dementia can often still lead relatively normal lives if they are monitored and receive assistance in time. Technologies designed to help seniors live more independently will create substantial social impact and become very promising.

This special session focuses on new technologies for health care of aging people. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Network architectures for monitoring and assistance
(2) Mobile service platform for continuity of care
(3) Wearable to support rehabilitations
(4) Ambient intelligence for healthy living, such as nutrition advices, disease prevention, emergency warning.
(5) New sensor and medical RFID technologies
(6) Privacy and security in health care
(7) Middleware support
(6) Usability engineering
(7) Case Studies

Paper submission:

Papers should describe original, previously unpublished work, not currently under review by another conference, workshop, or journal. Authors should submit an up to five-page technical paper manuscript in double-column IEEE format including authors' names and affiliations, and a short abstract via EDAS (, following the submission guidelines available on the CCNC2007 website. The papers should be submitted to the special session "SS7: Application of Wireless and Sensor Networks on Medical and Healthcare." Only electronic submission in PDF format will be accepted.

Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of IEEE CCNC 2007. Extensions of excellent papers are recommended to publish in International Journal of Sensor Networks (IJSNet):

Important Dates:

        Submission deadline: 20 September 2006
        Notification of acceptance: 25 September 2006
        Camera-ready paper due: 10 October 2006

Special Session Organizers:

Dr. Kui Wu, Computer Science Dept., University of Victoria, Canada
Dr. Yang Xiao, Computer Science Dept., University of Alabama, USA
Dr. Jens Weber-Jahnke, Computer Science Dept., University of Victoria, Canada
Dr. Yvonne Coady, Computer Science Dept., University of Victoria, Canada