The Campanile at Iowa State University

The Campanile is one of the landmarks in Ames, IA and Iowa State University

Message of the General Chair


A smart home can be considered an augmented environment capable of utilizing embedded computers, information appliances, micro/nano systems, and multi-modal sensors to offer rural elders unprecedented quality of life. Applications, such as health telematics, can be used in the home environment to radically transform the way health-related services are conceived and delivered. Significant research is underway to enable elders and people with special needs to use smart assistive technology and smart homes to more easily perform activities of daily living, continue social participation, engage in entertainment and leisure activities, and to enjoy living independently.

Today, networks, microprocessors, memory chips, smart sensors and actuators are faster, cheaper, more intelligent, and smaller than ever. Current advances in such enabling technologies, coupled with the need to transform the health care delivery system in rural areas, are giving rise to novel applications and services for improving the quality of life for all. ICOST 2008 invites computer science and engineering researchers and practitioners, as well as domain experts in health sciences, rehabilitation and gerontology, to present the latest studies, findings and technical solutions in the area of smart homes, health telematics, and other assistive technologies.

ICOST 2008 is accepting original research papers. Topics of interest included, but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent Environments with Emphasis on Smart Homes
  • Personal Medical Data Collection and Processing (Health Vaults)
  • Devices, Systems and Algorithms for Vision/Hearing/Cognitive/Communication Impairments
  • Home Networks and Residential Gateways
  • Human-Machine Interface and Ambient Intelligence
  • Home Health Monitoring and Intervention
  • Wearable Sensors/Integrated Micro/Nano Systems
  • Tele-Assistance and Tele-Rehabilitation
  • Assistive and Rehabilitative Robotics and Smart Wheelcahirs
  • Social/Privacy/Security Issues
  • Context Awareness/Autonomous Computing
  • Middleware Support for Smart Homes and Health Telematic Services
  • Modeling of Physical and Conceptual Information in Intelligent Environments
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Intelligent Environments
  • Real World Deployments and Experiences in Smart Homes, Hospitals, and Living Communities
  • Elder Perspectives on Smart Home Technologies
  • Assistive Technology to Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults and their Caregivers
  • Social Science and Health Care Technology



Each year ICOST has a specific flavor. ICOST2003 focused on usability. The theme was "Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities and Elderly People." The theme for ICOST2004 was "Towards a Human-Friendly Assistive Environment." ICOST2005 theme was "From Smart Homes to Smart Care." ICOST2006 theme was "Smart Homes and Beyond." The theme of ICOST2007 was "Pervasive Computing Perspectives for Quality of Life Enhancement." ICOST2008 theme will be "Gerontechnology: Enhancing the Quality of Life for Rural Elders." This focuses on promoting pervasive computing in extending the quality of life in rural areas.



  • Technical Papers: Papers must not be previously published or under submission elsewhere. Papers should be written in English, not exceeding 8 printed pages and must adhere to the format specified in the online submission web page. All accepted technical papers will be published in a book as in the past.
  • Abstracts & Posters: Abstracts reporting on completed or ongoing studies on the use or impact of smart homes and health telematics will be included and presented in the conference program. Abstracts must not exceed one page in length and should include a summary of the study results. Abstracts will be published separately and distributed to the conference delegates. Poster submission should follow the same format as Abstract submission but must indicate the submission is intended as a Poster (by marking the appropriate check box in the online submission form).
  • Demonstrations: Technical demos are encouraged. A two-page description of the demo and the space and infrastructure requirements needed should be sent via email (not web submission) to the Program Co-Chairs.
  • All submissions must be sent electronically through the conference web site. A double-blind review process will be established. Papers should not include author names or their institutions. More specific instructions on format and submission procedures will be posted soon on the conference web site.
  • Paper format : Follow the LNCS Guideline



  • All submissions (technical papers, abstracts & posters) via the conference website: 29 February, 2008 22 January, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance for abstracts & posters: 9 April, 2008 15 February, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance for full papers: 9 April, 2008  1 March, 2008
  • Camera-ready copy for full paper: 23 April, 2008 1 April, 2008
  • Conference: June 28 - July 2, 2008


To download a copy of the Call for Papers click here...


  • All submissions (technical papers, abstracts & posters) via the conference website: 29 February, 2008 22 January, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance for abstracts & posters: 9 April, 2008 15 February, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance for full papers: 9 April, 2008  1 March, 2008
  • Camera-ready copy for full paper: 23 April, 2008 1 April, 2008
  • Conference: June 28 - July 2, 2008

Submit Paper


To submit the camera-ready version of your paper as well as the other necessary files proceed to the submission system. The precise information and format for accepted full technical papers can in the link below.

Submission System


Keynote #1
Topic: The New Paradigm for Aging and Disability: Challenges for Innovation and Research and Development

Monday June 30, 2008

Katherine D. Seelman, Associate dean and professor of rehabilitation science and technology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.


Katherine D. Seelman, Ph.D. is associate dean and professor of rehabilitation science and technology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She holds a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health, an adjunct position at Xian Jiatong University, China and is co-scientific director of the National Science Foundation- supported Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Dr. Seelman is one of two Americans serving on the World Health Organization 9-member international editorial committee to guide the development of the first world report on disability. She has lectured and keynoted in countries throughout the world including Japan's National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities and World Health Organization's Center in 2003 and in Vietnam for the World Bank in 2002. She has published in Engineering, Medicine and Biology, Encyclopedia of Bioengineering, Assistive Technology and many other venues.

She was the 2007 recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award at the University of Pittsburgh. During her career, she has received numerous awards including the Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, an honorary fellow in the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), a National Science Foundation Assistantship and a distinguished Switzer Fellowship. In 1995 she was honored by her alma mater with induction into Hunter College Hall of Fame. Dr. Seelman earned her doctorate in public policy from New York University in 1982, with a concentration on science, technology and public policy.


Keynote #2
Topic: Ambient Assistive Living (tentative)

Tuesday July 1, 2008

Sergio Guillén, CEO, ITACA - TSB, Health & Wellbeing Technologies & Univ. Polit. Valencia, Spain

Biography: He is Electrical & Electronic Engineer and has the Doctoral Thesis in Telecommunications by the University of Valencia (Spain). He has worked for more than 10 years as Research Fellow of the National Scientific Council (CONICET) of Argentina and as Assistant Professor in the University of Tucumán (Argentina) in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Medical
Instrumentation. In 1987 he joint ETRA (Traffic Engineering and Electronics Company settled in Valencia, Spain) where he worked in the R&D department on the development of traffic control systems. In 1992 he was appointed as the General Manager of On Campus Technology, a private R&D company in the sector of Mobile Telecommunications. In 1993 he moved back to the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) where he founded the Research Group TSB (Technologies for Health and Well-Being) . In the Field of e-Health, in 2000 he cofounded the ITACA Institute in the UPV for R & D in electronics and communication applied
technologies, TSB joined ITACA in 2001. During the last ten years, he has participated in several EU funded projects: as Project Coordinator and Technical Manager. He is also currently member of the management board of PIPS (IP project 6th FP), My HEART (IP project 6th FP) , Heart Cycle (IP Project 7thFP) , Technical Manager of Persona (IP 6th FP) and VAALID (7th FP). He has published more than 80 technical papers in national and international journals and has participated in several seminars and conferences. In 2007 he founded the company Weartech, in the field of smart textiles, biomedical and wellbeing applications. At the
beginning of 2008 he founded the company TSB Solutions, a spin-off of the research group TSB-ITACA, and he has being appointed as CEO in both companies.

Keynote #3
Topic: Toward Human-friendly Realization of Robotic Service Systems in Assistive Environment

Wednesday July 2, 2008

Z. Zenn Bien, Professor of Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Technology, KAIST, Korea

Biography: Z. Zenn Bien received his B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1969 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A., in 1972 and 1975, respectively. During 1976-1977 academic year, he taught as assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa. Then Dr. Bien joined Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Summer, 1977, and is now Professor of Department of electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Technology, KAIST. He was a visiting faculty at the University of Iowa during his 1981-1982 sabbatical year and a visiting researcher at CASE Center of Syracuse University, New York, and visiting professor at Dep't of Control Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology during 1987-1988 academic year.

Prof. Bien has been serving for the professional societies, domestic and oversea, in numerous manner. He was the founding president of the Korea Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Systems Society during 1990-1995 and also, the general chairs for IFSA World Congress 1993, and for FUZZ-IEEE99, respectively. Dr. Bien also served as the President of IEEk, for the year 2001. Being a vice president for IFSA (International Fuzzy Systems Association) during 1997-2001, he is now serving as the president of IFSA. He is also the chairman of Engineering Division of Korea Academy of Science and Technology and the president of Korea Robotics Society. At KAIST, Prof. Bien served as Dean of Academic Affairs and later Dean of College of Engineering and has been the Director of Human-friendly Welfare Robot System Engineering Research Center since 1999. He is an editorial advisory board member for International Journal of Fuzzy Systems (IJFS) and for Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, an editorial board member for IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, an associate editor for Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making(FODM). Prof. Bien is currently an Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Fuzzy Systems and International Journal of Human-friendly Welfare Robotic Systems. In 2007, he was appointed an IEEE fellow "for contributions to computer vision and biomedical applications", and also an IFSA fuzzy fellow.

His current research interests include Intelligent Control Theory and Methodologies with, particular attention to Fuzzy Logic-based Control, and Service Robotics, and Rehabilitation Systems and Industrial Automation. Prof. Bien has published more than 337 international journal/proceedings papers, and has authored/coauthored 5 technical books. He has obtained 9 patents registered and 12 pending.



Panel 1: Funding opportunities

Co-Chairs: Sumi Helal, University of Florida, USA;
Mounir Mokhtari, GET/INT Institut National des Télécommunications, France
Z. Zenn Bien, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

  • US Federal agencies (National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Deptartment of Education, Administration on Aging, etc.)
  • European and Asian Funding agencies
  • Not-for-Profit Foundations
  • State & Regional agencies


Panel 2: Assistive Technologies for Older Adults
Co-Chairs: Peter Martin, Professor and Director, Gerontology Program, Iowa State University
Jennifer Margrett, Assistant Professor, Gerontology Program, Iowa State University

  • Assistive Technology for Everyday Living
  • Household and Safety Assistive Technology
  • Assistive Technology and Health Promotion


Panel 3: Education, Curriculum and Profession
Co-Chairs: Johnny Wong, Professor and Co-Director, Smart Home Lab, Iowa State University
Jennifer Margrett, Assistant Professor, Gerontology Program, Iowa State University


Concluding Panel: The Future of Smart Homes and Health Telematics

Co-Chairs: Mary Yearns, Professor and Director, Universal Design Lab, Iowa State University
Tatsuya Yamayaki, Research Manager, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kyoto, Japan

Putting Technologies to Work in the Home:  Making Kirk's Life Easier (via Web conference)
Kirk Garrett, Jr. - Wed Designer
Kirk Garrett, Sr. - Director of Quality Assurance, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Laurens, South Carolina

Lessons Learned:  Where Do We Go from Here?  -- Panel

  • Curriculum (e.g. online MS degree in Gerontology)
  • Job opportunities
  • Profession


Poster Details

To be accepted for Poster presentation, please submit (by April 18, 2008) an abstract not exceeding two pages in length (indicate the submission is a poster by marking the appropriate check box in the online submission form). Please use the same format as that of the full technical paper. These abstracts will be published separately from the proceedings and will be distributed to the conference delegates.

Poster presenters will be provided with a poster board of size A0 format (841mm - 1189mm)to put up their poster. At least one of the authors should register and attend the conference to exhibit the poster and be available to answer questions and discuss the poster during the poster session.

Demo Details

For details about ICOST demos

Download the details here...

Scientific Committee (More to be confirmed)

Tatsuya Yamazaki, Chair, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Bessam Abdulrazak, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Juan Carlos Augusto, University of Ulster, United Kingdom

Z. Zenn Bien, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Keith Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ, Hong Kong

Diane Cook, Washington State University, USA

Mohammed Erradi, Morocco University

Sylvain Giroux, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Hani Hagras, Essex University, United Kingdom

Sumi Helal, University of Florida, USA

Ismail Khalil Ibrahim, Johanes Kepler University, Austria

Jadwiga Indulska, University of Queensland, Australia

Stephen S.Intille, MIT, USA

Kent Larson, MIT, USA

Jay Lundell, Proactive Health Laboratory, Intel, USA

Mounir Mokhtari, Institut TELECOM/ Telecom & Management, France

Chris Nugent, University of Ulster, United Kingdom

Jim Osborn, CMu, USA

Toshiyo Tamura, Chiba University, Japan

Howard Wactlar, CMU, USA

Xingshe Zhou, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

Daqing Zhang, GET/INT Institut National des Télécommunications, France


back to committees...

Program Committee

Sumi Helal, Program Co-Chair, University of Florida, USA

Johnny Wong, Program Co-Chair, Iowa State University, USA

Sonya Allin, University of Toronto, Canada

Bettina Berendt, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Jit Biswas, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Keith Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Pierre-Yves Danet, France Telecom, France

George Demiris, University of Washington, USA

Choonhwa Lee, Hanyang University, Korea

Deok Gyu Lee, ETRI. Korea

Gordon Legge, University of Minnesota, USA

Xinggang Lin, Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

Alex Mihailidis, University of Toronto, Canada

JianHua Ma, Hosei University, Japan

Suzanne Martin, University of Ulster, UK

Katsunori Matsuoka, AIST, Japan

Abdallah M'hamed, GET/INT, France

Kwang-Hyun Park, KAIST, Korea

Aljosa Pasic, ATOS ORIGIN, Spain

Hélène Pigot, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Johan Plomp, VTT, Finland

Gilles Privat, Orange Labs, France

Rich Simpson, VA Pittsburgh, USA

Hajime Yamada, Toyo University, Japan

Zhiwen Yu, Kyoto University, Japan


back to committees...

Local Steering Committee

Carl K. Chang, General Chair, Iowa State University, USA

Johnny Wong, Program Co-Chair, Iowa State University, USA

Thomas Andre, Iowa State University, USA

Camilla Ho, Mary Greeley Hospital, USA

Jennifer Margrett, Iowa State University, USA

Peter Martin, Iowa State University, USA

David Oliver, Iowa State University, USA

James Oliver, Iowa State University, USA

Debra Satterfield, Iowa State University, USA

Mary Yearns, Iowa State University, USA

David Wacker, University of Iowa, USA

Bill Weaver, University of Iowa, USA

Joel Wulf, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, USA


back to committees...

ICOST 2008 Conference Venue


The ICOST 2008 Venue will be Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa. The Scheman Conference Center offers:

  • 21 meeting rooms, varying in size and design, with cutting edge A/V and Internet features.
  • 8,000 square feet of exhibit space in the large, comfortable lobby areas, with 2,600 square feet of outdoor, covered exhibit space.
  • Lunches will be served in the building.
  • Complete booth set up, drapery, tables, and chairs are available for a daily rental fee.
  • Two loading docks simplify the transportation of equipment and exhibits.
  • Ample free parking next to the
    building is available.

More details about the Venue can be found in Scheman Specifications link


ICOST 2008 Reception

The reception will take place at the Brunnier Art Museum. The Brunnier Art Museum is Iowa's only accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection, and one of the few museums in the United States located within a performing arts and conference complex (Iowa State Center).

The decorative arts collection, called the Brunnier Collection, is extensive and consists of ceramics, glass, dolls, ivory, jade, and enameled metals. Other fine and decorative art objects part of the University Art Collection include prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood objects, lacquered pieces, silver, and furniture.

There are six curatorial collecting areas within the Brunnier Art Museum:

  • European decorative arts, including glass, ceramics, enamels, ivories and wood
  • Asian arts
  • Twentieth-century American prints, paintings and sculpture. Artists in the collection number in the thousands and include: Dale Chihuly, N. C. Wyeth, Jay N. Darling, Frank Miller, Ulfret Wilke, Grant Wood, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  • Works of art by significant Iowa artists
  • Dolls

More details about the Reception location can be found in the Brunnier Art Museum link


Click here to go to the registration link

* For visa letter for travel purposes, please contact Dr. Carl K. Chang at along with proof of registration.




Please click on the following links to find out more information regarding accommodations here in the Ames area:

Affordable Student Housing:

For directions on how to get to Ames, Iowa click here...


Attractions in Ames

To check some of the Ames attractions click here...

Attractions in Des Moines

To check some of the Des Moines (Iowa's capital and largest city) attractions click here...

Attractions in Chicago, Il

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Social Events

Possible Tours

Living History Farms


Visitors experience first hand what it was like to
live on an Iowa Indian farm, on a pioneer
farmstead, in an early Iowa town, on a farm
from 100 years ago and what farming is like

More information at

Boone Railway



The Boone Railway offer several scenic railroad rides. You can enjoy a relaxing two hour scenic ride in climate controlled comfort aboard the historic "City of San Francisco" or "City of Los Angeles" cars while enjoying elegant dining as it was in the 50's. Also they have a Dessert Train which features First Class service in climate controlled comfort aboard the historic "City of San Francisco" or "City of Los Angeles" cars while enjoying a beverage, light snack, and scrumptious dessert during your 2 hour ride.More information and additional rides can be found at

Reiman Gardens


Visit thelargest public garden in Iowa situated on a 14 acre site. The new 2,500 square foot indoor Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing is the "jewel" of the Gardens. Designed to look like a butterfly in flight, it is a yearround tropical garden filled with exotic and native butterflies from six continents.
Yearround facility features eleven distinct gardens, an indoor
conservatory, and five supporting greenhouses.

More information on Reiman Gardens can be found at

Publisher Information

ICOST Proceedings availble online

Information on the proceedings here...

Online version here...

ICOST 2008 proceedings of accepted full technical papers will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS:

Day-to-Day Events





(June 28)


(Reiman Gardens)

Early Bird Dinner at the Audubon’s Restaurant, Gateway Hotel, at 6:30 PM. (Go Dutch)

(June 29)

(Sports Events - Cancelled)


Welcome Reception at
Christian Petersen Art Museum

(June 30)



Gala Dinner at
Scheman Building

(July 1)



Special Events
(Dinner on your own)

(July 2)


Departure or
Tour to the Living History Farm (optional)

Departure or
Machine shed


News & Updates


June 30, 2008 - SHUTTLE Schedule:


After Gala Dinner: 8:30, 9:00, 9:30 P.M.


July 1, 2008 - SHUTTLE Schedule:


In the morning: 7:00 and 7:30 A.M.


Campus Town: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 P.M.


July 2, 2008 - SHUTTLE Schedule:


In the morning: 7:00 and 7:30 A.M.


To Des Moines: 1:45 P.M.



For any concern call one of the drivers: Jose; Hua Ming; Hojun; Ryan



June 29, 2008 - Proceedings information.

The ICOST proceedings are available online here...



The ICOST shuttle will pick up the attendees for the Welcome Reception at 6:30 PM from the Gateway Hotel, Holiday Inn and Best Western in that order. Please be ready on-time. For any concern call one of the drivers: Jose; Hua Ming; Hojun; Ryan



June 16, 2008 - ICOST WILL GO AS PLANNED. Despite the recent flooding in Iowa, the conference will go on as planned. If people have questions or concerns please contact us.



The deadline for advance registration has been extended to June 6, 2008. Please visit the registration link.



March 06, 2008 - has been closed. For further information please contact us. Demos and Posters will continue to be accepted until April 18.


Feb 28, 2008 - Demos and Posters will be accepted till April 18, 2008.


Nov 12, 2007 - International Conference On Smart homes and health Telematics (ICOST 2008) will take place in Ames, IA, USA.