WideHealth – European H2020 Twinning Project
Widening Research on Pervasive eHealth (WideHealth) is a European H2020 Twinning project that enables research exchanges and training activities on the topic of Pervasive and eHealth. The overarching goal of the project is to enable a new generation of researchers in the less developed (Widening) countries in the consortium to develop and adapt novel eHealth technologies exploitable in the longer run in their different healthcare contexts. In particular, the project addresses the following three research aspects (i) data driven healthcare, (ii) human factors in pervasive health, (iii) federated machine learning. Additionally, WideHealth includes training of administrative staff to improve their skills on project management and administration of research funding.
The WideHealth project organizes training, research and dissemination events such as: (i) seminars, (ii) tutorials, (iii) workshops, (iv) international conferences and (v) thematic schools. Part of the events are held in-house for the internal audience, but there are also public events targeting e-health companies, external educational institutions, policy makers, as well as other projects in the field of e-Health. The public events are usually published on our project YouTube channel. Click on the button below to visit our YouTube channel and watch videos of previous events. Click on News to check the latest WideHealth news.
ETAI’21 Round Table on e-Health and Pervasive Health Technologies:
Challenges and Opportunities
We have successfully organized the online Round Table discussion on the topic of challenges and opportunities in e-Heath and Pervasive Technologies, as part of the International ETAI’21 online conference. To watch the full Round Table discussion, click on the button below.
ETAI’21 Special Session on e-Health
As part of the ETAI 2021 conference, WideHealth successfully organized a Special Session on eHealth and Pervasive Health. This session hosted all the conference papers on the relevant eHealth topics, including:
a) data driven eHealth and pervasive health,
b) machine learning for eHealth
c) statistical approaches for eHealth,
d) data visualizations for eHealth.
The partners participated the Special Session with several papers. Click below to watch the presentations and discussions.
Wild by Design Workshop at Ubicomp’21
WideHealth partners successfully organized a workshop on the prestigious conference Ubicomp’21. The main goal of this workshop was to bridge cross-disciplinary relationships between researchers and practitioners interested in the design, development, and deployment of ubiquitous technologies for health monitoring. Which major challenges arise in in-the-wild deployments of ubiquitous technology? How can the streams of data be manageable for end-users and health professionals? What are the best practices for engaging and sustainable participation in longitudinal deployments? Which are socio-economic, cultural and individual factors of influence?
Winter School Announcement
We are pleased to announce that the 1st WideHealth Thematic School on e-Health & Pervasive Technologies will be held at UKIM, North Macedonia. The school will be held from February 14th-17th, 2022, focusing on the topics of pervasive technologies, machine learning and e-Health. As part of the School, there will be a Machine Learning Challenge for Human Activity Recognition with wearables. There will also be a Doctoral Colloquium, where PhD students can present their work on the selected topics of e-Health and Pervasive Technologies. The school is planned to be held as a hybrid, depending on the health conditions. For more information about the school and registration for the event click on the button below.
The WideHealth project aims to organize the following events in 2022:
- Summer School on Human Factors in Pervasive Health at FC.ID, Portugal,
- Workshop/Conference on selected WideHealth topics at the Information Society multiconference organized by JSI, Slovenia,
- Round Table on Gender Equality and Women in Science,
- Regular public seminars on Pervasive Health topics.
WideHealth Seminar Series
The WideHealth project provides lectures and seminars on the targeted research topics, i.e., data driven healthcare, human factors in pervasive health and federated machine learning. The project targets in-house seminars for the internal audience, but also public seminars on selected e-Health topics for e-health companies, external educational institutions, policy makers, as well as other projects in the field of e-Health. Besides research training, the project also delivers seminars on research management and administration training. Starting from May 2021, the project has successfully disseminated six public seminars, listed in the table below. Click on the links to watch seminar videos on YouTube. For additional seminar details and links, as well as schedule of upcoming seminars please click on the button below.
Related pervasive health calls and deadlines
Upcoming EU HORIZON project calls
|Topic||Type of action||Deadline|
|Twinning||HORIZON Coordination and Support Actions||18/01/2022|
|Prevention of obesity throughout the life course||HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions||01/02/2022|
|Trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) tools to predict the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases and/or their progression||HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions||01/02/2022|
|Computational models for new patient stratification strategies||HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions||01/02/2022|
|Scaling up multi-party computation, data anonymisation techniques, and synthetic data generation||HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions||21/04/2022|
|Personalised blueprint of chronic inflammation in health-to-disease transition||HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions||21/04/2022|
|New methods for the effective use of real-world data and/or synthetic data in regulatory decision-making and/or in health technology assessment||HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions||21/04/2022|
Upcoming calls for papers
|EAI MedAI 2022: 2nd EAI International Symposium on Medical Artificial Intelligence||Lübeck, Germany||09/01/2022|
|MLDM 2022 : 18th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining||NYC, USA||15/01/2022|
|ICPR 2022: 26th International Conference on Pattern Recognition||Montréal Québec, Canada||17/01/2022|
|ICMHI 2022: 6th International Conference on Medical and Health Informatics||Kyoto, Japan||20/01/2022|
|ICHI 2022: 10th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics||Rochester, USA||21/01/2022|
|ICPCSN 2022: 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Social Networking||Salem, Tamil Nadu, India||19/02/2022|
|Sensors - Special Issue "Vision and Sensor-Based Sensing in Human Action Recognition"||Special Session||28/02/2022|
“For me, a very positive aspect of the exchange was the possibility to focus just on my research work for 3 weeks. No need to think about other less research-related elements of my work. And once there are no bureaucratic disturbances, one can easily sit and work for hours and hours and hours… However, despite long workdays, I was able to get some taste of Italy. I was lucky to meet some really wonderful people, who took me as ‘one of them’ as soon as I could repeat some Italian phrases very convincingly and showed my deep and sincere appreciation for the scenery and the food. Therefore, 3 weeks at the FBK were a short but, at the same time, very memorable experience. I’m very happy and grateful to finally get a chance to do my abroad exchange. It was all I hoped for and more.”
Nina Reščič (JSI)
on her research visit to FBK
“As an early-stage researcher at UKIM, Asst. Prof. Hristijan Gjoreski gave me an opportunity to get involved in the WideHealth project. This project allowed me to pursue my future research career in Slovenia at the Jozef Stefan Institute. The initial contacts and the discussions that we had during the first year of the project, were an excellent basis for me to enroll in the PhD program at IPS and to get a position as a young researcher at JSI under the supervision of Dr. Mitja Lustrek. Doing a PhD abroad in a highly respectable and scientifically recognized institution was something that I always wanted for myself and now I finally have the chance to do it, thanks to the WideHealth project.”
Emilija Kizhevska (UKIM)
on moving to Slovenia to pursue her PhD at JSI
Research Collaborations and Outputs
During the first year of the project WideHealth partners have established several joint collaborations that have resulted in six joint research papers. The established collaboration and produced joint papers are listed in the tables below.
|Research problems||Collaborating partners|
|Recognizing Activities of Daily Living for Parkinson’s disease||FC.ID, JSI, UKIM|
|Anomaly Detection in IoT Medical Networks using Federated Learning||UKIM, HPI|
|Intensive Care Units (ICU) data analysis with Machine Learning||UKIM, FBK|
|Cardiovascular Health monitoring with Machine Learning||UKIM, FBK, JSI|
|Nutrition Monitoring with Wearables and Machine Learning||JSI, FBK|
|Stress Detection with Wearables and Machine Learning||JSI, FBK, UKIM|
|Detection of Eating Periods Using a Wrist-worn Device||JSI, UKIM|
|Co-designing mobile applications for heart failure||JSI, FC.ID|
|Nursing Activity Recognition||HPI, UKIM, JSI|
|Activity Recognition for OCD||HPI, UKIM|
|Health Dialogue Systems||FBK, FC.ID|
Joint Research Papers
XPRIZE Pandemic Response Challenge Award
Our project partner Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) was among the two grand winners of the XPrize Pandemic Response Challenge organized by XPrize and sponsored by Cognizant. The challenge tasked competitors with developing methods to predict COVID-19 infections and to prescribe interventions with good trade-offs between lowering infections and socio-economic costs.
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