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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by SCOPUS, Google Scholar, The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, Semantic Scholar, Microsoft Academic, Engineering Index (EI) and Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


SPECIAL SESSIONS LIST

CS-SPI 2021Special Session on Compressive Sensing and Single Pixel Imaging in Biomedical Applications
Chair(s): Pedro G. Vaz

BENEFICIAL 2021Special Session on Engineering and Fabrication of Biocompatible and Bioinspired Materials
Chair(s): Saibal Mitra

DeepMSK 2021Special Session on Deep Learning in Musculoskeletal Imaging
Chair(s): Fabio Galbusera and Frank Niemeyer

NDNSNT 2021Special Session on Non-invasive Diagnosis and Neuro-stimulation in Neurorehabilitation Tasks
Chair(s): Vladimir Kublanov, Zafar Yuldashev, Yury Kistenev and Krill Zaichenko

Cognitive Computing for Healthcare 2021Special Session on Machine Learning and Deep Learning for Preventive Healthcare and Clinical Decision Support
Chair(s): Tahir Hameed and Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari

SEM 2021Special Session on System Engineering in Healthcare
Chair(s): Ali Alghamdi, Saleh Binobaid and Saad Aldoihi

SERPICO 2021Special Session on Mining Self-reported Outcome Measures, Clinical Assessments, and Non-invasive Sensor Data Towards Facilitating Diagnosis, Longitudinal Monitoring, and Treatment
Chair(s): Athanasios Tsanas, Andreas Triantafyllidis, Georgios Theodorakopoulos and Siddharth Arora

ClinMed 2021Special Session on Dealing with the Change in European Regulations for Medical Devices
Chair(s): Lionel Pazart and Norbert Noury

WHC 2021Special Session on Wearable HealthCare
Chair(s): Vítor Carvalho, José Machado, Demétrio Matos and Filomena Soares

COVID-ex 2019 2021Special Session on "COVID-19 epidemic data mining and EXploration"
Chair(s): Agnieszka Duraj and Piotr Szczepaniak

Special Session on Compressive Sensing and Single Pixel Imaging in Biomedical Applications - CS-SPI 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Chair

Pedro G. Vaz
LIBPhys-UC, Department of Physics, University of Coimbra
Portugal
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Scope

Compressive sensing is a fairly recent mathematical tool that allow for the simultaneous acquisition and compression of biomedical signals. This methodology is the basis of an imaging technique called single pixel imaging that can be used in biomedical applications for hyper-spectral imaging, imaging through scattering media, fluorescence microscopy, physical encryption and others. This special session promotes the latest developments in compressive sensing and its biomedical applications including algorithm development, simulation, implementation, experimental application and clinical application.



Special Session on Engineering and Fabrication of Biocompatible and Bioinspired Materials - BENEFICIAL 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Chair

Saibal Mitra
Missouri State University
United States
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Scope

Nature has created, through evolution, robust and sustainable solutions to myriad challenges. This has inspired researchers to engineer biomimetic interactive materials for industrial, medicinal and environmental applications. The focus of BENEFICIAL will be on designing principles and functional materials inspired by nature. The session will highlight engineering approaches (growth, characterization and properties), biocompatibility and functionality of designed materials. However, the scope of bioinspired materials goes beyond the extent of these domains. Therefore, the critical aim of BENEFICIAL is to establish an international, interdisciplinary network (forum) of scientists from fields such as materials science and engineering, physics, biology, chemistry and medicine to discuss current state-of-art and future directions of bioinspired materials.




Special Session on Deep Learning in Musculoskeletal Imaging - DeepMSK 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Fabio Galbusera
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi
Italy
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Frank Niemeyer
Ulm University
Germany
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Scope

Deep learning is revolutionizing several industrial and research fields like computer vision, autonomous driving, natural language processing, and speech recognition. Deep learning is already having a major impact in radiology, diagnostics, and many medical other applications in which the availability of automated solution may benefit the accuracy and repeatability of the execution of critical tasks. For this Special Session, we invite papers about the development and the use of deep learning tools in the specific field of musculoskeletal radiology, including but not limited to automated diagnosis, detection and localization of lesions or anatomical landmarks, segmentation, scoring features such as degenerative phenotypes or fractures, as well as ethical issues.


Special Session on Non-invasive Diagnosis and Neuro-stimulation in Neurorehabilitation Tasks - NDNSNT 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Vladimir Kublanov
Ural Federal University
Russian Federation
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Zafar Yuldashev
Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University ETU "LETI"
Russian Federation
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Yury Kistenev
National Research Tomsk State University
Russian Federation
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Krill Zaichenko

Russian Federation
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Scope

Among the leading causes of disability and high mortality are diseases of the central nervous system that are accompanied by cognitive, sensor, motor and autonomic disorders. For treatment of such diseases pharmacological methods are not always in conformity with the contemporary requirements of efficacy and safety of health care. New technologies for diagnosis and neuroprotection are emerging, based on application of different physical fields for formation of the neuromodulation as well as methods for its visualization. Especially promising is combined application. Participation in this Special Session of scientist, involved in various research directions of diagnosis and neuro-stimulation theory and techniques, will allow formulating new strategies for diagnosis and treatment process, aimed to minimize health risks for each person, based on personalized strategies of prevention and therapy.




Special Session on Machine Learning and Deep Learning for Preventive Healthcare and Clinical Decision Support - Cognitive Computing for Healthcare 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Tahir Hameed
Merrimack College
United States
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Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari
St.John's University
United States
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Scope

Machine learning has transformed healthcare by improving disease prediction, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatments. Using large but relatively structured datasets like electronic health records (EHRs), scans, and labs, they provide indispensable tools and decision support to healthcare providers and patients. Lately, with bigger, more complex and unstructured datasets available, healthcare apps and clinical decision support systems (CDSS) have started to leverage deep learning to refine these recommendations. Such systems not only have prediction but learning capabilities also. Consequently, they enable preventive and rehabilitative healthcare that is highly personalized and adaptive. This session seeks completed research on applications of deep learning and cognitive computing in preventive care, personalized treatments and adaptive CDSS aiming to better health outcomes, patient satisfaction and costs.


Special Session on System Engineering in Healthcare - SEM 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Ali Alghamdi
Majmaah University
Saudi Arabia
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Saleh Binobaid
National Center for Assessment
Saudi Arabia
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Saad Aldoihi
ENSTA ParisTech
France
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Scope

System engineering is immensely influencing every aspect of everyday’s life. A minimum requirement for healthcare equipment is the high capability in term of functionality and compatibility and low-cost affordability. Therefore, healthcare systems are under extreme pressures to meet requirement deemed from various sources. Many healthcare challenges have been solved by system engineering approach.





Special Session on Mining Self-reported Outcome Measures, Clinical Assessments, and Non-invasive Sensor Data Towards Facilitating Diagnosis, Longitudinal Monitoring, and Treatment - SERPICO 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Athanasios Tsanas
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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Andreas Triantafyllidis
Information Technologies Institute, CERTH
Greece
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Georgios Theodorakopoulos
Cardiff University
United Kingdom
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Siddharth Arora
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
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Scope

There is increasingly available data to support more reliable, evidence-based clinical assessment towards diagnosis, monitoring disease trajectory, and rehabilitation. These come from a variety of sources, including self-reports from patients, clinician-generated reports, wearable devices, and smartphones. This special session will cover new developments towards mining Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), clinical assessments (both longitudinal and also multimodal assessments), and sensor-based datasets. Moreover, we welcome submissions covering data anonymization and privacy of medical data.


Special Session on Dealing with the Change in European Regulations for Medical Devices - ClinMed 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Lionel Pazart
Tech4Health/F-CRIN
France
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Norbert Noury
University of Lyon
France
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Scope

The new European regulation (EU MDR 2017/745) will enter into force on May 26, 2021. This new regulation sets forth new, improved rules to strengthen clinical evidence, particularly for high-risk medical devices for which a clinical study is mandatory. Given the wide range of medical devices available on the market and their countless variations in design features, treatment goals and targeted patient groups, setting a single standard study protocol seems unfeasible.This special session will cover efforts to build clinical evidence in accordance with the new regulations. We accept submissions covering all phases of the development cycle of a new medical device, from preliminary study confirming proof of concept to post-market clinical follow-up (real-world data) as well as in silico trials, first survey clinical in humans, medico-economy or usability study.


Special Session on Wearable HealthCare - WHC 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Vítor Carvalho
2Ai-EST-IPCA & Algoritmi Research Centre, UM
Portugal
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José Machado
MEtRICs, University of Minho
Portugal
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Demétrio Matos
IPCA-ID+
Portugal
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Filomena Soares
Algoritmi Research Centre, UM
Portugal
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Scope

Wearable HealthCare is part of the actual human daily life. Nowadays, we are able to find these devices and systems practically everywhere, as integrated, among others, in our homes, body, mobile devices and vehicles, with the objective of improving our safety, comfort, performance and quality of life.
Following this trend, we invite investigators, academics and professionals to submit original research and review articles that will contribute to the dissemination of Wearable HealthCare in the Engineering domain.



Special Session on "COVID-19 epidemic data mining and EXploration" - COVID-ex 2019 2021

Paper Submission: November 26, 2020
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020


Co-chairs

Agnieszka Duraj
Lodz University of Technology
Poland
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Piotr Szczepaniak
Institute of Information Technology, Lodz University of Technology
Poland
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Scope

COVID-ex 2020 – Special Session at BIOSTEC, the 14th Int. Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies is dedicated to broadly understood issues of COVID-20 data analysis using all available scientific methods. There are no limits for the kind of data: numeric, textual, or mixed. The problems encompasses a wide spectrum of existing methods, and an innovative use of them, as well as new innovative approaches are welcome.“COVID-ex” session is an opportunity to identify new research directions and presentation of original research results. It is also an opportunity for exchanging and diffusing innovative and practical experience in this hot field.


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