Upcoming Special Issues
Submission Deadline: 31 December 2017
In the era of Industry4.0, deep convergence of automation technologies, biomedical engineering, and health informatics is reshaping the research landscape towards the rapid development of Health Engineering, an emerging interdisciplinary field for the predictive, preventive, precise and personalized medicine. This has offered an unpresented opportunity for solving the challenges caused by the aging of population.
This special issue will focus on the cross disciplinary approaches, solutions, and initiatives for aging population enabled by the convergence of automation technologies, biomedical engineering and health informatics. The application scenarios can cover single or multiple scenarios of health engineering such as primary care, preventive care, predictive technologies, hospitalization, home care, and occupational health.
Submission Deadline EXTENDED: 15 January 2018
Neuro-Informatics is one of the most attractive research topics for many generations of Scientists, Engineers, Practitioners, Physicians, others due to its profound importance in healthcare and in our lives, as well. Significant driving forces behind of such research topic are, human curiosity, the BRAIN Project in USA with a very large funding budget, the exponential evolution of the IT (or Computational Informatics) and Nano-Tech the last two decades, which have inspired and motivated many researchers around the globe to contribute with their research to the “last frontier (the brain)”.
The main goal for this special issue is to motivate researchers and scientists to contribute to Neuro-Ιnformatics and associated fields with state of the art methodologies and devices that may lead to new discoveries for diseases, deficiencies and early prognosis.
Submission Deadline: 15 January 2018
This Special Issue focuses on biomedical data, providing the readers with state of the art and insight on how biomedical data can be used to infer knowledge for diagnosis and treatment of diseases, to reason for diagnosis prediction, and to represent heterogeneous information.
Submission Deadline: 15 January 2018
In the majority of medical conditions common therapeutic approaches are usually effective in only a small percentage of the patient population. It has become apparent that in order to improve the response to therapy and long term prognosis, treatment must be specifically tailored to the disease and the patient. Precision medicine is an attempt to maximize effectiveness by taking into account individual variability in clinical presentation, medical history, genes, environment, and lifestyle.
The purpose of this special issue is to report the latest advances in the field of integrated precision medicine technologies to further enable, drive and accelerate the development, translation, and application of precision medicine. Topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to: Bioinformatics, Imaging Informatics, Sensor Informatics, and Medical Informatics and Public Health Informatics.
Submission Deadline EXTENDED: 28 February 2018
Recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) have acted as catalysts for significant developments in the sector of health care, affecting strongly medical diagnosis, patient and healthcare management, treatment and health education. Small wearable, disposable sensors or medical devices as well as elementary services are featured as keys for monitoring health and facilitating well-being. The Internet of “small” Things (IoT) is at its infancy, and it will slowly but surely play a pivotal role in the monitoring of health, in early diagnosis/prognosis, in prompt design of interventions, and their precise personalisation.
The proposed special issue aims at attracting contributions on the aforementioned research areas and technologies, focusing on how they can be applied to personalising Digital Medical Systems. The goal of this special issue is to publish the latest research advances on the research and application of Internet of small Things; knowledge discovery and knowledge representation for the analysis of Big Data and the role of Massive Open Education on acceptance towards personalizing Digital Medical Systems. Only articles from contributors to the recent 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer Based Medical Systems (IEEE-CBMS2017) will be considered.
Submission Deadline: 15 March 2018
Machine learning plays an essential role in the field of medical imaging and image informatics. There are numerous challenges, including diverse and inhomogeneous inputs, high dimensional features versus inadequate subjects, subtle key pattern hidden by large individual variation, and sometimes an unknown mechanism underlying the disease. Inspired by the challenges and also the chances, more and more people are devoting to the research direction of machine learning in medical imaging nowadays. The goal of this Special Issue is to publish the latest research advancements in integrating machine learning with medical images and health informatics.
This special issue is in cooperation with the 8th international workshop of Machine Learning in Medical Imaging (MLMI 2017), and goes beyond.
Submission Deadline: 30 April 2018
Today, on one hand, software frameworks for deep-learning are becoming increasingly capable of training advanced neural-network models, while on the other hand, heterogeneous hardware components such as GPUs, FPGAs and ASICs dedicated to deep learning are beginning to challenge the computational limits of Moore’s law. Together, these trends have influenced connected-health informatic systems, which comprise various processes for sensing, data transfer, storage and analytics to improve overall health and wellbeing. Increasingly, each of these processes are being infused with artificial intelligence (AI), leading to unprecedented advances in how automated care is being delivered. This automation has helped engineers shift focus from mundane issues like feature optimization to productive ones like understanding clinical relevance and evaluating strategies for responsive health care.
This special issue aims to bring the spotlight on AI techniques that have helped advance connected-health informatics. Topics range from technical issues like AI theory, algorithms and data-management to application-oriented contributions that push forward automation in assistive robots, preventative health and pharmaceutical care.
Submission Deadline: 30 May 2018
Virtual and augmented reality are computational technologies that provide artificial sensory feedback, allowing a subject to experiment activities and events similar to those that can be found in real life and to develop motor and cognitive abilities in immersive three-dimensional environments that resemble the real world, besides being economically viable. Virtual systems with clinical purposes have an important role in health care: they are easily manipulated by specialists as well as by patients, acting as a motivational source for continued treatment that is less aggressive and tedious than traditional treatments, thus, be an interesting approach as a complement and alternative to conventional treatment for these patients, establishing a new standard in the individual’s rehabilitation strategy. This special issue is based on the technological advances considered in the process of neurorehabilitation using virtual environments, serious games among other technologies for a playful, non-invasive treatment and that has shown to be quite efficient and effective in improving the clinical condition of the patients and their (re) insertion into society. Furthermore, it aims to introduce the recent progress of virtual environments in Neuroscience and addresses the challenges in developing dedicated systems for various clinical applications, while proposing new ideas and directions for future development.
Previous Calls for Papers
Invasive and in-situ malignant melanoma together comprise one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the world. Invasive melanoma alone has an estimated incidence of 87,110 and of 9,730 deaths in the United States in 2017. Early diagnosis is critical, as melanoma can be effectively treated with simple excision if detected early. The goals of this special issue are to summarize the state-of-the-art in both the computerized analysis of skin lesion images, as well as image acquisition technologies, providing future directions for this exciting subfield of medical image analysis. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: novel and emerging imaging technologies, image enhancement, image registration, image segmentation, feature extraction, image classification, and hardware systems. The intended audience includes researchers and practicing clinicians, who are increasingly using digital analytic tools.
Advancing health informatics is a grand challenge for engineering in the 21st century as identified by the National Academy of Engineering. Managing and improving human health and curing complex diseases will require novel and creative informatics methods and solutions to accelerate scientific discovery, translate discoveries into successful treatments, re-engineer care practices and infrastructure for personalized, precision and preventive medicine.
This special issue will focus on enabling technologies of computing, databases, devices, imaging, sensors, and systems that optimize the acquisition, transmission, processing, monitoring, storage, retrieval, modeling, simulation, analysis, visualization and interaction of vast volumes and different modalities of biomedical data and related social, behavior, environmental, and geographical information.