EICS4Med 2011 workshop - June 13, Pisa, Italy

EICS4Med 2011
1st International Workshop on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems for Medicine and Health Care
at ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS)

Pisa, Italy - June 13, 2011


Aims and scope

Healthcare systems are increasingly characterized by the heterogeneity of devices. Such systems exploit various technologies such as ever smaller mobile devices, location and tracking tools, as well as wearable, portable, and implantable medical sensors. Furthermore, healthcare systems are increasingly characterized by the heterogeneity of their users. Designing highly interactive computing systems to take advantage of the potential of such a variety of devices to deliver reliable solutions to real problems is a major challenge. Estimates of the number of adverse events (i.e., distinctly bad outcomes for patients) in healthcare vary, but are generally agreed to be around 10% of patients admitted to hospitals in most advanced healthcare systems. Many of these events involve errors with interactive medical devices. Some of these devices are intended to be used by people without extensive training; if nurses, doctors or patients misread the devices or make slips when setting up doses then this can, and unfortunately does, result in incorrect treatment, and may even kill. Modern healthcare is relying increasingly on a variety of devices, both in hospitals and by patients or their carers at home. It is vital that they are both reliable and easy to use: that they are well-engineered dependable systems that interoperate with many other systems in the context of use.

Held in conjunction with in the ACM EICS 2011 symposium, the EICS4Med workshop aims to bring together top researchers both from academia and industry to stimulate research and create interdisciplinary collaboration links allowing the exploration of new frontiers in the area of interactive computing systems. The goal is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss innovations in the interrelation of medical, environmental, technical and human factors and their consequences for the design, use and acceptance of interactive computing systems in the healthcare field. The workshop will develop a roadmap for future research on design and dependability for interactive medical systems.


Ann Blandford, UCLIC - University College London, UK
Giuseppe De Pietro, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Luigi Gallo, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Andy Gimblett, FIT Lab - Swansea University, UK
Patrick Oladimeji, FIT Lab - Swansea University, UK
Harold Thimbleby, FIT Lab - Swansea University, UK