MedCOMM 2012

Call for Papers: ACM Workshop on Medical Communication Systems (MedCOMM)
In conjunction with ACM SIGCOMM Helsinki, Finland, August 13, 2012
Abstracts due March 16, 2012

ACM MedCOMM invites papers that stimulate research in communications or
computer networks with application to medical device communication
systems. Key properties include safety, effectiveness, reliability, and

There is an increasing trend toward the convergence of wireless
communication, Internet connectivity, and medicine. Devices with advanced
computer communication range from body-worn health monitors to implantable
medical devices to remote robotic medical devices in the battlefield. A
growing list of such devices includes artificial vision, brain-computer
interfaces for prosthetics, cardiac monitors, defibrillators, digital
mamography, glucose monitors, infusion pumps, insulin pumps,
neurostimulators, pacemakers, radiological electronic picture archiving
and communication systems, and smart stents. All these systems depend on
the safe, effective, reliable, and secure communication and computer
networking. Advanced research on medical communication systems will help
innovators of next-generation medical technologies that aim to improve
public health in the digital age.

We solicit submissions on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

* Safe and effective network architectures and protocols for highly
interoperable wireless medical devices
* Applications of cognitive radio to maximize spectrum utilization and
spectrum sharing on unlicensed bands
* Data integrity and reliability issues in allocated or unlicensed spectrum
* Mobile phones as medical sensor gateways
* Ultra-low power communications
* Development of open medical communication systems
* Communications and computer networks designed for validation, formal
verification, or hazard analysis
* Usability issues, security/privacy issues, regulatory/policy issues
* Industrial experiences, provider experiences, regulator experiences

Papers should fall into one of the following categories: position paper or
early-stage systems/measurement paper. MedCOMM does not seek papers of
already sufficient maturity for full-length conference papers. Rather, the
workshop seeks innovative papers that discuss early-stage research or
consider unconventional ideas for medical communication systems. The
program committee will favor papers that are likely to generate healthy
debate at the workshop. We recognize that early-stage papers will not
necessarily have completed all experiments, simulation, or analysis.
However, papers must have credible motivation and reasonable evidence of
feasibility with clearly stated evaluation criteria.

Papers may not exceed 6 pages (including references) and must be in PDF
format. Text must be in two-column, 10pt format. Reviews will be
single-blind: please include author names and affiliation in the
submission. Submissions must be original work not under review at any
other workshop, conference, or journal. Papers not adhering to the
guidelines will be rejected without review.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the
workshop; at least one author must register to join the interactive
workshop. A link to the paper submission site will be posted shortly.
Information about student stipends will appear in late Spring.

Abstract registration: March 16, 2012
Submissions due: March 23, 2012
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2012
Workshop date: August 13, 2012

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