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Special Session
Special Session on
Advanced Signal processing and ICT-based systems. Applications to Movement Assessment and RehabilitaTion
 - SMART 2014

7 - 9 January, 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal

Within the International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems - PhyCS 2014



Lorenzo Chiari
University of Bologna
Alberto Borghese
Università degli Studi di Milano
Laura Rocchi
University of Bologna


The aim of the special session is to present the potentials and the most new results about the use of ICT-based solutions for assessment and training of motor tasks and abilities, in the context of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. In particular the session intends to present the elements for movement assessment by unobtrusive systems, the several competences are necessary to move from recordable signals and data to physiologically meaningful information and the basis for the concept of neuro-rehabilitation using ICT-based systems.

The multidisciplinary approach necessary includes (but is not limited to) mainly the following disciplines
- Microelectronics, with the contribution in terms of unobtrusive sensors with appropriate sensitivity and reliability, mobile computation platform;
- Biomedical engineering, developing real time application, reliable measurement methods, signal processing and algorithms with intelligence on board of the system. Modelling of motor tasks or of signals are also useful tools in this context;
- Physiology, Neurology and Clinical practice, contributing by identifying: strategies for rehabilitation, the relevant quantitative measures of movement and the target disease and the corresponding needs.
To obtain real time assessment of movements and real time performance restitution of actual movement pattern to the user (patient), a real time, user friendly and ergonomic information restitution needs to be also included. This is necessary to have the patient applying the correct strategy for motor learning and/or rehabilitation. Moreover, the real time application also has to include information valuable for the patient (easy to understand and with reward or punishment capability for motor learning) and the feedback restitution strategy needs to also include relevant information to train that specific motor sub-functions identified as crucial by the clinical personnel.
For these aims, further scientific, medical and technical knowledge and information needs to be developed, modelled and merged together, in a multidisciplinary and user-centred approach. Concepts of motor learning, plasticity, usability, real time computation, retention and transfer of acquired motor tasks are central for this approach and for the present Special Session.
The present special session aims to cover, even if not in an exhaustive manner, the wide range of the aforementioned aspects.


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at: http://www.insticc.org/Primoris


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


PhyCS Special Sessions - SMART 2014
e-mail: phycs.secretariat@insticc.org