co-located with MobiSys 2008

Call for Papers

As the world's population grows older, healthcare and high-tech companies are joining forces. New technologies are being used to provide improved support for elderly and home bound people in their homes and in assisted living environments. The overall goal of these initiatives is to improve the quality of life by providing customized support to people in need of assistance. The main challenge is to provide this support according to the user's own specific situation in a non-intrusive and respectful way. These new technologies enable the automation of the observation and support for elderly and home bound people through the use of sensors, actuators, distributed intelligence, databases, ubiquitous connectivity and friendly adaptive interfaces, all connected mainly via a variety of wireless networking technologies. The ultimate goal is a system that can adapt to the user's needs, helping them get through their daily routine in a way that is effective in providing support where needed without making them feel humiliated by excessive attention. To provide such support, it will be necessary to combine efforts from many areas of computer science, including networking, distributed systems, security, data management, HCI, AI and middleware.

Given the inherent use of mobile and wireless communication and the need for comprehensive distributed systems as well as the multi-disciplinary nature of solutions for healthcare and assisted living environments, the goal of HealthNet is to provide a forum for the cross-area interactions that will be necessary for successful systems and applications. The specific focus of HealthNet will be on understanding what it takes to provide effective systems and communication support for healthcare and assisted living environments. Although the systems and networking community is very good at providing effective solutions to satisfying application requirements, they require input from experts in other disciples, including HCI, middleware, security, privacy and social networking, to provide a more accurate understanding of the specific requirements for these environments.

THE GOAL of HealthNet is to provide a forum for the cross-area interactions that will be necessary for successful systems and applications. The focus of this workshop will be understanding and discussing what it takes to provide effective systems and communication support for healthcare and assisted living environments. This entails cross-disciplinary approaches where the systems and networking community, traditionally able to provide effective solutions that satisfy application requirements, will need to interact with experts in other disciples, including HCI, middleware, security, privacy and social networking, to provide a more accurate understanding of the specific requirements for these environments. Therefore, HealthNet aims to attract researchers working on cross-disciplinary projects, with a focus on understanding and supporting the requirements of these complex applications.

Authors are invited to submit papers presenting new research related to the support of healthcare and assisted living environments. All submissions must describe original research, not published or currently under review for another workshop, conference, or journal.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Enabling technologies
  • Service and device discovery
  • Security and privacy
  • Reliability and fault tolerance
  • User and device localization
  • Resource management architecture
  • User data management
  • Middleware for heterogeneous networks
  • Mobility and connectivity management
  • Cross-layer system architecture design
  • Human-centered Computing
  • Task and behavior analysis
  • Impact of user interface design on system design and management
  • Test-beds and simulations environments
  • Health technologies for developing countries

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: Extended to April 21, 2008 (5PM US EST)
  • Notification of acceptance: May 11, 2008
  • Camera ready version due: May 15, 2008
  • Workshop date: June 17, 2008

Paper Submission Instructions:

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Papers must be in PDF format, no longer than 6 pages, double-column, with a font size no smaller than 10 points, and must fit properly on US Letter-sized paper (8.5 inch x 11 inch) with reasonable margins. The first page of each paper should include the names and affiliations of the authors, i.e., the submissions should not be anonymous and reviewing is single-blind. Submissions will be evaluated based on technical content and correctness, relevance to the workshop, as well as presentation of the research.

Agreements are currently sought for considering extended versions of selected workshop papers for fast track publication in a special issue of a prominent journal in wireless networking communications.


Supported by Microsoft Research IBM


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