Special Issues

Upcoming Special Issues

Advances on Neuro-Informatics

Advances on Neuro-InformaticsSubmission Deadline: 1 December 2017
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.


Small Things and Big Data: Controversies and Challenges in Digital Healthcare

Small Things and Big Data: Controversies and Challenges in Digital HealthcareSubmission Deadline: 31 December 2017
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.


Health Engineering and Informatics Driven by the Industry4.0 for Aging Society

Health Engineering and Informatics Driven by the Industry4.0 for Aging SocietySubmission 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.


Integrating Informatics and Technology for Precision Medicine

Integrating Informatics and Technology for Precision MedicineSubmission 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.


AI-Enabled Connected Health Informatics

AI-Enabled Connected Health InformaticsSubmission 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.


Previous Calls for Papers

Special Issue on “Skin Lesion Image Analysis for Melanoma Detection”

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.


Informatics for Personalized, Precision and Preventive Healthcare (3P Healthcare)

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.

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