Announcement of the
Special Issue on COMPUTER-BASED INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE
Dr. Oscar Martinez Mozos, University of Lincoln, UK
Prof. Cipriano Galindo, University of Malaga, Spain
Prof. Adriana Tapus, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees, France
GOAL AND SCOPE
According to the United Nations, the population ageing during the twenty first century is "unprecedented." By 2050, 2 billion persons over the age of 60 are projected to be alive, implying that their number will once again triple over a span of 50 years. This projection suggests a rapid increment in the number of people with dementia and other disabilities related to ageing. At the same time, the world ratio of disabilities and impairment cases not directly related to elderly people will also augment. For example, the World Health Organization indicates a twofold increase in the magnitude of visual impairment in the world by 2020 in comparison to 1996. These cases are due mainly the rapid growing of the population in less developed regions. Finally, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development warns about future shortages of available health workers and doctors. If we join the previous three factors, we get a new situation in which the world needs "extra" help for facing health and medical related problems.
Quality of Life (QoL) technologies have emerged as the concept of applying findings from different technological areas to assist people in their daily life activities, and to help health workers, caregivers, and doctors in their tasks. It is of particular interests the QoL technologies based on artificial intelligence. Therefore, we invite researchers from the fields of computer science, robotics and autonomous systems, bioengineering, and medicine, among others to submit their original works.
The ultimate goal of this special issue is to become a reference for researches in different domains that are interested in computer-based intelligent technologies for improving the quality if life.
Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Medical technologies: health/cognitive information/monitoring systems, brain computer interfaces, intelligent prosthesis, bio-signal/image analysis and interpretation, diagnosis, etc.
- Ambient intelligence: intelligent/smart rooms and houses, people activity monitoring and recognition, detection of accidents, wearable intelligent sensors, etc.
- Robotics: personal and service robotics, rehabilitation robotics, cognitive robotics, tele-presence, etc.
- Performance metrics and evaluation of intelligent systems for Quality of Life.
Submission of Manuscripts: 15 December 2013
First reviews due: 15 February 2014
Final Decision: 1 April 2014
Publication: 1 June 2014
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