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New :  ICOST’2004

Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities and Elderly People


1st International Conference On Smart homes and health Telematics


 Toward a bright future for people with disabilities 

 In regards to "2003 The European Year of People with Disabilities" and with the support of the organizing committee in the Ministry of Health, Paris is proud to extend its hospitality to the international scientific community in the field of assistive technologies.

For the first time, and with the support of the international scientific committee, we are honored to welcome you to ICOST’2003 "1st International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics".

Often, we find that our environment is not well suited for people who have lost the ability to use their own lower limbs to walk or their own upper limbs to perform daily living tasks, as such opening a door, eating, or even accessing to a computer. To compensate, people with disabilities often have to resort recourse to using assistive technology aids such as an electrical wheelchair to assist in moving about, a robot manipulator to move objects in their surroundings, environmental control systems to regulate the home environment and communication systems to improve their ability to communicate with people or to get information by the use of a computer. Consequently, the user is confronted with several heterogeneous systems, imposing several user interfaces, providing multiple and complementary functionalities, and forming a whole complex environment that we could describe as a smart environment. This situation is usually described in the literature, and by some industrials, as the “smart homes” concept, and it is not necessarily limited to the home environment, but can also be found in other environments such as a hospital, school, train station, or  places to pursue leisure activities.

The goal for the future is to make technology more accessible for people who have limited independence a result of a loss of physical and/or cognitive capabilities.

Assistive technologies, coupled with networking protocols, bring the opportunity to improve the autonomy of disabled and elderly people and facilitate their social and professional integration by assisting them in daily life. To this purpose ICOST’2003, with theme “Independent living for persons with disabilities and elderly people”, will focus its attention on usability.  In combination with presentations, posters, discussion session, and technology demonstrations, users will be invited to attend and also participate in several panel sessions to invite them to express their views regarding newly developed technologies and meet highly qualified experts coming from different countries.

Two keynote speakers and 27 presentations from 10 countries from Asia, United States, Europe, and South Africa have been planned. We are pleased to express our warm gratitude to authors for their excellent contributions, the ICOST’2003 international Scientific Committee members for their continues support, the international Program Committee members for their peer review of papers, the Organization and Student Committees for their efforts. Many thanks to the official sponsors of this conference, Telecommunication Networks and Services department of INT, Direction of INT, INSERM U.483, GET Scientific Direction, ENST Bretagne and Telecom Paris.


Thank you for joining us, and wishing you a great experience and enjoyable stay here in Paris area.


Mounir Mokhtari

ICOST’2003 Conference Chair