SAC 2003 Special Track on "Computer Applications in Health Care" (COMPAHEC 2003) (COMPAHEC 2003)

Venue: Florida Institute of Technology

Location: Melbourne, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 09, 2003 End Date/Time: Mar 12, 2003
Paper Submission Date: Sep 06, 2002
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Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC'03)

Special Track on "Computer Applications in Health Care" (COMPAHEC 2003)

March 9 to 12, 2003, Melbourne, Florida, U.S.A.


SAC '03:

For the past seventeen years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, professionals in the health and biological sciences, and application developers from around the world to interact and present their work. SAC 2003 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP). Its proceedings are published by ACM in both printed form and CD-ROM. They are also available on the web through ACM Digital Library. More information about SIGAPP and past SACs can be found at http:// For additional information about SAC 2003, please check:

Authors are invited to contribute original papers in all areas of experimental computing and application development for the technical sessions.

Special Track on "Computer Applications in Health Care" (COMPAHEC'03):

Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have provided the tools and the environment to study, analyze, and better understand complex medical problems. This technological development has enabled researchers to provide increasingly advanced services, including Computer Assisted Radiology, Telemedicine, Robotized Teleoperating Systems, etc.

In recent years, research in Computer Applications applied to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Health Care has dramatically intensified. The Track "Computer Applications in Health Care" in SAC 2003 aims to provide a platform for researchers to present and discuss recent breakthroughs in these areas.

Major topics of interest include the following in the context of Health Care. This is not an exhaustive list:

· Computer applications for medical informatics.
· Computer applications for medical imaging.
· Computer applications of medical image segmentation.
· Computer applications for 3D reconstruction in medical imaging.
· Web programming and engineering involving health care applications.
· Programming methodologies in applications for health care including object oriented, subject oriented, component oriented, aspect oriented, table oriented, agent oriented, human oriented, genetic and evolutionary programming, fuzzy programming and hybrid paradigms.
· Theoretical aspects of computer programming with a clear practical potential in applying the results to health care.
· Computer applications for telemedicine and telecare applications.
· Methodologies for e-health, telehealth and knowledge management integration in intranets and the Internet.
· Computer applications for teleteaching of health care.
· Theoretical or practical ICT applications involving health care.
· Artificial Intelligence in health care.
· Decision support systems, including knowledge based systems, neural networks, belief networks, statistical models, fuzzy models, evolutionary programming, hybrid systems, and intelligent agents.
· Knowledge recovery in databases, including data mining methods such as clustering, classification, Bayesian networks, association rules, and visualization.
· Evidence-based health care including computer assisted diagnosis and prognosis, risk analysis, example-based learning, problem-based learning and case-based reasoning.
· Human-computer interaction including human factors, cognitive modelling, problem solving strategies, linguistic comprehension, user interface design, direct manipulation techniques and virtual reality.
· Health care information systems and groupware, including computerized patient records, survey applications in health care specialities, decision support systems, clinical information system design architectures and electronic document interchange and computer-supported collaborative work.
· Any other computer application in health care.

Valentin Masero
Computer Science Department
University of Extremadura
Escuela Politecnica
Campus Universitario. Avda. Universidad, s/n
10.071 Caceres (Spain)


Authors are invited to submit original papers in all areas of experimental computing and application development relevant to the themes of the track.

Submissions fall into the following categories:
· Original and unpublished research work
· Reports of innovative computing applications in the sciences, engineering, and business areas of Health Care
· Reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains
· Reports of industrial experience and demos of new innovative systems

Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will blindly review submissions to this track. Papers will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance and clarity of presentation. The accepted papers in all categories will be published in the ACM Press SAC 2003 proceedings. Expanded versions of selected papers from all categories will be considered for publication in the ACM/SIGAPP Applied Computing Review (SIGAPP ACR). In addition, it is being examined the possibility of organizing Special Issues in journals related to the themes of the track. These Special Issues will include a collection of the best papers accepted in the track.

Paper submissions should be sent to the Track Chair. Papers spanning more than one track should be mailed to the SAC 2003 Program Chairs. For more information please visit SAC 2003 Website.


The following paper submission guidelines must be strictly followed:

1) Submit the original paper to Track Chair to
2) The name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) must not appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review.
3) The body of the paper should not exceed 4,000 words (approximately 15 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font size).
4) A separate file containing a cover sheet should include the title of the paper, the name(s), affiliation(s), and address(es), email, phone, and fax of the author(s).
5) Include an electronic cover letter with the title of the paper, the name, affiliation, address, email, phone, and fax of the author who serves as the contact person for the paper.
6) Submission must be received by e-mail by Friday September 6, 2003. Electronic submission is encouraged. Hardcopy and fax submissions will not be accepted.


The quality of papers in the COMPAHEC 2003 will depend on the willingness of educators, researchers and others interested in this track to serve as referees. Referees will receive at most three papers for review. Papers will be sent shortly after the September 6 submission deadline. Referee reports must be RECEIVED no later than Monday, October 11. Please respond to this Call for Referees before June 30 to indicate your interest in serving as a referee for the COMPAHEC Track at SAC'03. Please indicate your Name, Institutional Affiliation, Postal Address, Telephone, Fax, Email, Keywords describing your areas of expertise, List of related publications in last 2 years and Short CV (up to two pages) with related items. The Track Program Chair address is shown above.


June 30, 2002: Referee application submission
Sept. 6, 2002: Paper/Tutorial submissions
Oct. 18, 2002: Author notification
Nov. 8, 2002: Camera-Ready Copy
Mar. 9-12, 2003: SAC 2003 Conference at Melbourne, Florida, USA

Thank you for your interest in COMPAHEC'03 and SAC'03.


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