co-located with MobiSys 2008

The 2nd International Workshop on Systems and Networking Support
for Healthcare and Assisted Living Environments

in conjunction with ACM MobiSys 2008

Sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE

Technical Program is available!!!


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 automatation 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 users 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 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. Therefore, HealthNet aims to attract researchers working on cross-disciplinary projects, with a focus on understanding and supporting the requirements of these complex applications.

Supported by Microsoft Research IBM

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