2nd International Workshop on

Personalisation for e-Health

held in conjunction with UM 2007

26 June 2007, Corfu, Greece





Organising Committee

Floriana Grasso (main contact)
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Ashton Building
, Ashton Street
Liverpool L69 3BX, UK

Tel: +44 151 795 4240
Fax: +44 151 794 3715

Alison Cawsey
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK

Cecile Paris
Building E6B, Macquarie University Campus
Herring Road, North Ryde NSW 2113, Australia

Silvana Quaglini
Laboratory for Medical Informatics,
Department of Computer Engineering and Systems Science,
University of Pavia,
Via Ferrata 1
27100 Pavia (Italy)

Ross Wilkinson
GPO Box 664
ACT 2601 Australia


The past years have witnessed unprecedented levels of investment in the e-Health sector, both in terms of research effort, and in terms of funding, as well as a great public interest. e-Health can be broadly defined as the application of IT (especially Internet technologies) to improve the access, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of any processes (clinical and business alike) related to health care. In the e-Health vision, intelligent systems would, for example, enable:

  • citizens to take more control of their well-being, by accessing personalised and qualified health information, both medical and pedagogical, and accessing appropriate medical care from their homes;
  • health professionals to manage their activity more efficiently, by receiving relevant and timely updates; and
  • teams of health professionals to work together more effectively, coordinating their activities, sharing their knowledge about the patients they are collectively taking care of, and ensuring the best coordinated care is provided.

The 2nd workshop on Personalisation for e-Health intends to consolidate the trend started with the 1st edition of the workshop, which was held at UM 2005 in Edinburgh, organised by the same committee, and which successfully brought together researchers from both the computational and the medical/public health perspectives to share theoretical results, experiences, and best practices in providing better personalised services for the consumers of health care.

Like the past edition, this workshop will focus on the many aspects of personalisation for health delivery, related to e-Health environments.

A non exhaustive list of issues of interest is:

  • adaptive and personalised e-Health information systems (including adaptive content, search and interface)
  • tailored health education and advice (written and online)
  • promoting trust and compliance to health advice
  • personalised assistance, including for special citizens (e.g. disabled, elderly)
  • personalisation in chronic care (e.g. asthma or diabetes management) as opposed to acute care (e.g. ICU setting)
  • privacy issues for health related user models
  • personalisation based both on biometric or genomic factors and clinical information
  • tailored decision support (for patients and practitioners)
  • supporting the implementation of guidelines and protocols in healthcare
  • models of user learning, knowledge, attitude and behaviour change (including compliance)
  • patient/citizen models
  • business models (personalisation to various stakeholders)
  • ontologies for user models for tailored health care delivery
  • user of ubiquitous and mobile applications for the personalisation of eHealth
  • methods for evaluating user satisfaction with ehealth systems (weblog analysis, tracking users, quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • reports on evaluation studies of personalised eHealth systems.

The workshop welcomes contributions from diverse perspectives, such as knowledge engineering, multi agent systems, natural language processing, cognitive modelling, human factors, mobile computing, as well as public health and medical informatics. Contributions may describe applications, approaches, and evaluation studies.

Special attention will be dedicated to system demonstrations: submissions should be accompanied by short written reports.

Submission Instructions:

The workshop encourages submissions in three categories:

  • Long papers, describing mature research (up to 6000 words)
  • Short papers, describing work in progress (up to 3000 words)
  • Demonstrations of an implemented system: submission should be accompanied by written reports (up to 3000 words). Authors should contact the organisers to ensure suitable equipment is available.

Papers should be in PDF format and submitted electronically via EasyChair.

All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, significance, soundness and clarity. Three referees will review each submission.

Important Dates

  • 1st Call for Papers: 5th December 2006
  • Deadline submissions: 7th February 2007 (submit here)
  • Notification to authors: 12th March 2007
  • Early registration deadline: 19th March 2007
  • UM workshop programme: 25th, 26th June 2007

Programme Committee:

  • Giuseppe Carenini, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Ulises Cortes, Information Systems Department Technical University of Catalonia UPC, Spain
  • Nadja de Carolis, Department of Informatics, University of Bari, Italy
  • Reva Freedman, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University, US
  • Nancy Green, Department of Mathematical Sciences University of North Carolina Greensboro, US
  • Peter Haddawy, CSIM Program Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Patty Kostkova, Institute of Health Sciences, City University, London, UK
  • Tze Yun Leong, Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore
  • Peter Lucas, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands,
  • Antonio Moreno, Computer Science and Maths Department University Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Terry Payne, Electronics and Computer Science University of Southampton, UK
  • Ehud Reiter, Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Valentina Tamma, Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK