Call For Papers

IMPORTANT DATES (Final Extension)

  • March 15, 2013: Full papers submission
  • April 5, 2013: Acceptance Notification
  • April 18, 2013: Camera-Ready Papers and Registration

ICOST 2013 - 11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics
"Inclusive Society: Health & Well being in Ageing-friendly Community, – eHealth, Telemedicine, Chronic Disease Management & Care at Home"

18 - 21 June 2013

After ten very successful conferences held in France (2003), Singapore (2004), Canada (2005), Northern Ireland (2006), Japan (2007), USA (2008), France (2009), Korea (2010), Canada (2011) and Italy (2012), the 11th International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics will be hosted for the second time in Singapore from 19 to 21 June 2013. Though located in Singapore, the conference will be jointly organized by A*STAR, Singapore and Hosei University, Japan, and will address common issues concerning ageing and elderly worldwide.


Due to a rapidly aging population and the so called ‘silver tsunami’, a proactive healthcare strategy is being put in place across the world. This approach emphasizes active ageing, wellness management and a continuous monitoring of chronic diseases, hand in hand with the treatment of diseases and debilitating conditions of frail elderly. The approach also promotes awareness of elders’ needs in the community, an attitude of inclusion among the population at large, and a care-provisioning infrastructure that meets the needs of elders living alone in their own homes, as well as those living in group living facilities.

Recent advances in healthcare and ICT technologies on many frontiers have made it possible to bridge the gap in providing health and wellness management for ageing in place. This is facilitated by smart environments and technical advancements in health sensing and monitoring technologies that operate on cost points that are unprecedented. A smart home allows residents to perform tasks efficiently, whilst at the same time being automatically monitored for early warning in health changes. In the near future the elderly and people with disabilities will avail of smart assistive technology to assist in carrying out daily activities, socializing, enjoying entertainment, and leisure activities while still maintaining good health and well being. Health Telematics makes the most of networks and telecommunications to provide, within the home environment, health services, expertise and information and hence radically transform the way health-related services are conceived and delivered. We believe that in the future ageing and disabled people will use smart assistive technology to perform daily living activities, socialize, and enjoy entertainment and leisure activities.

Nowadays with the so called Internet of Things, 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 evolving care paradigms allows us to foresee novel applications and services for improving the quality of life for ageing and disabled people both inside and outside of their homes. The conference will present and discuss the proven or expected impact of services and solutions that are supported by the latest approaches and technical solutions in the area of Smart Homes, Health Telematics and emerging enabling technologies.

ICOST is considered as a premier venue for the presentation and discussion of research in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of Smart Environments, Assistive Technologies and Health Telematic systems. The conference aims to bring together stakeholders from clinical, academic and industrial perspectives and along with end users and their family carers explore how Smart Homes and Health Telematics can foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life.

Each year, ICOST has a specific theme. The theme chosen for 2013 will focus on the ‘inclusiveness’ of solutions and technologies to enable the support of ageing-friendly communities through health and well being management. ICOST2013 is especially interested in receiving submissions, which detail engagement with end-users and/or describe the outcomes from technology evaluations involving people living in the community with health or ageing related problems and/or clinicians treating such conditions.

ICOST2013 invites participants to present and discuss their experiences in the design, development, deployment and evaluation that demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of smart homes, health telematics and assistive technologies. ICOST 2013 will provide a dynamic program which will incorporate a range of technical, clinical and industrial related keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations along with demonstrations and technical exhibits. Conference topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent Environments / Smart Homes and Communities
  • Vision / Hearing / Cognitive Devices
  • eHealth technology and devices
  • Tele-Assistance and Tele-Rehabilitation
  • eHealth systems for home and community
  • Personal Robotics and Smart Wheelchairs
  • Telemedicine/eHealth applications and services
  • Context Awareness / Autonomous Computing
  • Proactive and Preventive eHealth systems
  • Home Networks / Residential Gateways
  • Challenges of large-scale, cost-effective and sustainable eHealth systems
  • Wearable Sensors / Integrated Micro/Nano Systems / Home Health Monitoring
  • At Home Elderly care through affordable technologies
  • Social / Privacy / Security Issues
  • Personalised eHealth
  • Middleware Support for Smart Home and Health Telematic Services
  • Medical Data Collection and Processing
  • Health Technology Assessment and Impact Analysis
  • Human-Machine Interface / Ambient Intelligence
  • Policy and Guidelines for Health 2.0
  • Modeling of Physical and Conceptual Information in Intelligent Environments
  • Service Model Best practices

Papers or special sessions addressing the following topics are especially welcome:

  • Studies detailing large scale service deployment and impact evaluation
  • The application of cost effective and readily available ‘everyday’ technologies to support ageing at home
  • Health economic evaluation of technology based solutions
  • Challenges for truly ‘smart living environments and inclusive communities
  • Technology solutions to inspire the policy makers




There will be a combination of presentations including scientific papers, posters, exhibits and technology demonstrations. Prospective authors are invited, in the first instance, to submit papers for oral presentation in any of the areas of interest for this conference as well as proposals for Special Sessions. The submission for evaluation should be in the form of an 8 page paper written in English. If authors are interested to provide a short demonstration in conjunction with paper presentations then please append a section to your paper ‘demonstration description’ detailing the service scenario addressed.

Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by Springer. The submitted papers should not exceed 8 pages and must follow the guidelines found on the conference website

Submission:Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF or RTF/DOC format at the following address:


For information relating to the Call for Papers please contact the ICOST 2013 Program Chair at:

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