The purpose of BIOSTEC is to bring together researchers and practitioners, including engineers, biologists, health professionals and informatics/computer scientists, interested in both theoretical advances and applications of information systems, artificial intelligence, signal processing, electronics and other engineering tools in knowledge areas related to biology and medicine. BIOSTEC is composed of five co-located conferences, each specialized in a different knowledge area.

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Conference Co-Chairs

Ana Fred
Instituto de Telecomunicações and University of Lisbon

Hugo Gamboa
New University of Lisbon

BIODEVICES Program Co-Chairs

Claudine Gehin

Bruno Wacogne

BIOIMAGING Program Chair

Alexandre Douplik
Ryerson University

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Submission Topics

Healthcare delivery undergoes a rapid change from traditional processes towards the use of digital health interventions and personalized medicine. On the one side, hospitals and health care providers introduce hospital information systems, electronic health records and telemedicine solutions for more efficient workflows within and beyond institutions. On the other side, patients may choose between a wide range of digital health applications provided by wearables and mobile phone applications supporting their self-management, health and well-being. A particular solution to support the patient, given the lack of always available caregivers or in scenarios where their absence is not avoidable or even desired (see the case of far-distance support in a pandemic situation), are conversational agents (also known as relational agents, virtual humans or chatbots). Conversational agents are computer programs that imitate the interaction with humans and provide guidance or coaching for patients on rule- or machine learning-based system. However, the question of how to sustainably implement, adopt and diffuse digital health solutions amplified with conversational agent functionalities is not sufficiently solved yet. Our workshop seeks for submissions dealing with this question. We welcome research and theory papers as well as case studies and best practice examples.

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    Feb 11



    Feb 13


  • Dec 06 2020

    Draft paper submission deadline

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IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control & Communication - INSTICC
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