First International Conference on IHAW 2021: Last Call for Papers

    *** Last Call for Papers ***

    First International Conference on ICT for Health, Accessibility and Wellbeing (IHAW 2021)
    November 8-10, 2021, Golden Bay Hotel 5*, Larnaca, Cyprus

    (Proceedings to be published by Springer; Special Session on AAL, see below; Special Journal Issue with SN Computer Science)

    ICT for Health, Accessibility and Wellbeing (IHAW 2021) is the first of the series of International Conferences on “ICT for Societal Challenges”. It is a showcase for high quality oral and poster presentations and demonstrations sessions. This conference aims to be a platform for multi and interdisciplinary research at the interplay between Information and Communication Technologies, Biomedical, Neuro-cognitive, and Experimental research.
    This research includes the design, experimental evaluation and standardization of new ICT scalable systems and in-silico systems for new and future inclusive and sustainable technologies that benefit all: healthy people, people with disabilities or other impairments, people having chronic diseases, etc. User-centered design and innovation, new intuitive ways of human -computer interaction, and user acceptance are the topics of particular interest.


    Conference Topics

    Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • AI and Cognition, Cognitive Mechatronics, Human-Machine Interaction, Cobotics, Model-based design and configuration tools for healthcare and well-being, AI methods for medical device testing
    • Systems for management of health and care (mental health, pain, neurological disorders, sight, hearing, balance, space awareness; sensory based physiological and psychological non-invasive measurements, preventive healthcare, m-healthcare, e-healthcare, integrated care, serious games, electronic health record, self-management, patient-centered systems for survivorship, palliation and/or end-of-life care)
    • Precision medicine
    • ICT for in-silico trials
    • Implantable medical devices
    • Computational methods for medical device
    • Models for human-device interaction for medicine
    • Systems promoting access to the socio-economical and cultural environment
    • Age-friendly systems for active and healthy aging (telepresence, robotics solutions, innovative solutions for independent living, innovative elderly care, integrated care, age-related risks prevention/detection)
    • Multimodal assistive ICT devices to empower people with sensory, cognitive, motor, balance and spatial impairments
    • ICT systems to improve the quality of life and for daily life activities assistance (education, recreation, and nutrition)
    • Smart living homes and wearables (Intelligent and personalized digital solutions for sustaining and extending healthy and independent living; personalized early risk detection and intervention)
    • New experimental validation methods with end-users
    • Standardization, certification, labeling, privacy, security and communication issues (related to aging well, to sensory impairment)

    High-quality original submissions that address such future issues, show the design and evaluation in (near-) real scenarios, explain how to benchmark systems, and outline the education and training procedures for acquiring new perceptual skills while using such systems are welcome. Research and technical papers are expected to present significant and original contributions validated with the targeted end-users. Early works and works-in-progress are invited to submit a short or demo paper. Submissions should clearly state the progress beyond the existing state-of-the-art and the expected societal benefits of the developed technology. When possible, validate scenarios with the target user groups and well-identified technology readiness levels ( should be at least outlined.

    Special Session on Active Assisted Living (AAL)


    Do you do research or commercial work in the active and healthy ageing

    area and you want to participate in the discussion driving the future of

    healthy ageing? Do you have a funded project in the AAL programme and

    would like to present the results of the project?


    Then the Special Session on AAL is the perfect opportunity for you to be involved in an ecosystem that promotes active and healthy ageing. This special session at the IHAW 2021 conference aims to bring together the community of healthy ageing to present their results and to discuss the existing opportunities in health technology and reflect on the future of ageing well in the digital world. You will be presented with the opportunity to meet and discuss with several stakeholders from universities, industry, regional and national authorities, private companies working with older adults and many more. You can use the opportunity to showcase the best practices and find solutions to challenges through presentations, discussions, workshops and networking.

    The Special Session on AAL is the ideal meeting place for presenting the results from cutting-edge, funded AAL projects, as well as independent research or commercial work in the active and healthy ageing area,

    performed from:

    • Universities and research institutions
    • End-user organisations and companies working with older adults
    • Industry professionals involved in the technology sector with an interest in active and healthy ageing
    • Health care and social care providers
    • Individuals and organisations implicated in the AAL funded projects

    The goal of this Special Session is to engage researchers and all relevant stakeholders of the healthy ageing value chain into networking and discussions to present their experiences and provide answers and solutions to problems and issues faced by older adults. This community is of great importance since it drives and aims to achieve better conditions and a healthier and improved society for the future of older adults. The proactive involvement of the community in conceptualising, designing and developing cost-effective systems that offer services to serve our ageing society, as well as the presentation of the solutions and discussion and exchange of ideas in this special session aims to drive and cultivate innovative thinkers, creative people and change makers in the area of active and healthy ageing.

    Please follow the submission guidelines and important dates as they are stated below and make sure that under the abstract of your submitted paper there is the statement: “Submitted to the Special Session on AAL”. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in the CCIS Series.



    We invite three types of paper submissions:

    1. Researchand Technical papers, up to 15 pages, describing original unpublished research, making a substantial contribution to the research field
    1. Short papers, up to 6 pages, describing original unpublished research, making a small but solid contribution to the field
    1. Demos, up to 4 pages, describing innovative tools that address topics relevant to the conference

    All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Accepted contributions will appear in the archival proceedings of IHAW 2021, published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series (, and will be presented in plenary sessions of the conference. The authors of the best papers accepted for IHAW2021 will be invited to submit extended versions for a special issue with SN Computer Science ( Submissions of all types should be carefully formatted according to the Springer format for conference proceedings: and should specify on the first page the type of submission (“R&T”, “Short”, “Demo”). The submission process will be handled through Easy Chair and the submission link is: .


    Important Dates

    • Submission Deadline: July 7, 2021 (AoE)
    • Notification: August 23, 2021
    • Camera-Ready Submission Deadline: September 6, 2021
    • Author Registration Deadline: September 6, 2021


    Honorary General Chair

    • Edwige Pissaloux, University of Rouen Normandy, France

    General Chair

    • George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

    Scientific Chair

    • Salim Bouhlel, University of Sfax, Tunisia

    Scientific Vice-Chair and Special Session Chair

    • Achilleas Achilleos, Frederick University, Cyprus

    Publicity Chair

    • Ramiro Velazquez, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

    Finance Chair

    • Petros Stratis, Easy Conferences LTD., Cyprus

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