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.

UKIM, North Macedonia
Project Coordinator
JSI, Slovenia
FC.ID, Portugal
HPI, Germany
FBK, Italy

WideHealth Events

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.

Past Events

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?

Upcoming events

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.

Venue: INNOFEIT facilities, Skopje, N. Macedonia

Other events

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.

XPrize Pandemic Response Challenge | 04/05/2021
WildKey: A Privacy-Aware Keyboard Toolkit for In-The-Wild Data Collection | 18/05/2021
IMU-Based Trajectory Image Classification for Human Activity Recognition | 01/06/2021
Predicting deterioration of critically ill patients | 22/06/2021
Wearable Computing and its Machine-Learning Applications | 14/09/2021
DataPark: Reflections from a Longitudinal Deployment of a Digital Platform for PD Monitoring | 19/10/2021

Related pervasive health calls and deadlines

Upcoming EU HORIZON project calls

TopicType of actionDeadline
TwinningHORIZON Coordination and Support Actions18/01/2022
Prevention of obesity throughout the life courseHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions01/02/2022
Trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) tools to predict the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases and/or their progressionHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions01/02/2022
Computational models for new patient stratification strategiesHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions01/02/2022
Scaling up multi-party computation, data anonymisation techniques, and synthetic data generationHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions21/04/2022
Personalised blueprint of chronic inflammation in health-to-disease transitionHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions21/04/2022
New methods for the effective use of real-world data and/or synthetic data in regulatory decision-making and/or in health technology assessmentHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions21/04/2022

Upcoming calls for papers

EAI MedAI 2022: 2nd EAI International Symposium on Medical Artificial IntelligenceLübeck, Germany09/01/2022
MLDM 2022 : 18th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data MiningNYC, USA15/01/2022
ICPR 2022: 26th International Conference on Pattern RecognitionMontréal Québec, Canada17/01/2022
ICMHI 2022: 6th International Conference on Medical and Health InformaticsKyoto, Japan20/01/2022
ICHI 2022: 10th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare InformaticsRochester, USA21/01/2022
ICPCSN 2022: 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Social NetworkingSalem, Tamil Nadu, India19/02/2022
Sensors - Special Issue "Vision and Sensor-Based Sensing in Human Action Recognition"Special Session28/02/2022

Research Exchanges

“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.

Established Collaborations

Research problemsCollaborating partners
Recognizing Activities of Daily Living for Parkinson’s diseaseFC.ID, JSI, UKIM
Anomaly Detection in IoT Medical Networks using Federated LearningUKIM, HPI
Intensive Care Units (ICU) data analysis with Machine LearningUKIM, FBK
Cardiovascular Health monitoring with Machine LearningUKIM, FBK, JSI
Nutrition Monitoring with Wearables and Machine LearningJSI, FBK
Stress Detection with Wearables and Machine LearningJSI, FBK, UKIM
Detection of Eating Periods Using a Wrist-worn DeviceJSI, UKIM
Co-designing mobile applications for heart failureJSI, FC.ID
Nursing Activity Recognition HPI, UKIM, JSI
Activity Recognition for OCDHPI, UKIM
Health Dialogue SystemsFBK, FC.ID

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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