The Second IASTED International Conference on Telehealth and Assistive Technology ~TAT 2009~ (TAT 2009)

Venue: Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 02, 2009 End Date/Time: Nov 04, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jun 12, 2009
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The Second IASTED International Conference on
Telehealth and Assistive Technology
~TAT 2009~
November 2 – 4, 2009
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED)

* Technical Committee on Telecommunications


The healthcare industry is constantly changing to incorporate new advances in science and to address new needs within society. Recent developments in communication technology have greatly facilitated the exchange of information and expertise. Telehealth is an emerging field in which health services are transmitted over a long distance using technologies such as videoconferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, satellites, and wireless communications. Telehealth promises to impact the ways that clinical healthcare, health-related education, public health, and health administration are approached.

The field of assistive technology is a fast growing area of study. With the increasing awareness of disabilities in society today, and the rapid aging of many Western nations, it will continue to increase in importance. Healthcare costs in the Western world are exploding, and assistive technology is becoming an indispensable tool in keeping costs down while helping to integrate various disability groups into mainstream society.

Web accessibility is often an issue for people with visual, aural, or learning disabilities. The discipline of assistive software technology addresses many of these concerns through interfaces such as screen readers, teletext, and mind mapping software. Advances in the area of assistive ergonomics help disabled people adapt to the challenges posed by their physical environments, while assistive rehabilitative technology attempts to obviate these challenges by improving the disabled person's condition. Assistive medical technology is closely related to assistive ergonomics and rehabilitation. It encompasses various devices used in treating and caring for the disabled, such as audiometers, wearable devices and telecare (remote monitoring systems).

Telehealth and Assistive Technology 2009 is intended to be an international forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the advances in and applications of Telehealth, assistive software technology, assistive ergonomics technology, assistive rehabilitative technology, and assistive medical technology; to exchange the latest research, results, and ideas in these areas.

All papers submitted to this conference will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee and related technical committees. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality, significance, technical soundness, presentation, and references. The conference chair makes the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the paper.

TAT 2009 will be held in conjunction with the IASTED International Conferences on:

* Robotics and Applications (RA 2009)
* Intelligent Systems and Control (ISC 2009)
* Global Education (GE 2009)
* Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems (PDCS 2009)
* Software Engineering and Applications (SEA 2009)


Staying at the luxurious Hotel@MIT places you in an excellent position to enjoy Cambridge and Boston, two of the most culturally rich and historic cities in the United States. All of Cambridge embodies the diversity and vitality that come from being home to Harvard and MIT, two of the world's most respected academic institutions. No surprise then that in Cambridge you will find the highest per capita number of bookstores in the world. What you might not expect is the vibrant mix of cultures evident in the wealth of adventurous dining, art, and music choices. On the streets or in lounges you are likely to hear melodious Andean pipes, scintillating jazz, and the panoramic tones of the steel drum. Cross the Charles River into Boston and within minutes you can be checking out Van Gogh originals at the Museum of Fine Arts, aquatic wonders at the New England Aquarium, or Feneuil Hall, a 250-year old marketplace where every day is a festival of delights! Check out these sites for more information about Cambridge and surrounding areas:

* Hotel @ MIT
* Cambridge Office for Tourism


The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
Assistive Software Technology

* Character Recognition Software
* Optical Character Recognition
* Teletext
* Speech Synthesis
* Screen Magnifiers
* Screen Readers
* Audio Description
* Braille Codes
* Braille Translators
* Voice Recognition Software
* Facial Recognition Software
* Intelligent Tutoring Systems
* Mind Reading/Mapping Software
* Machine Translation
* Text-to-Speech Synthesizers
* Natural Language Processing
* Web Accessibility Issues
* GUIs
* Assistive Technology for Learning Disabilities
* Cognitive Orthotics Software
* Human-Computer Interaction

Assistive Rehabilitative Technology

* Haptic Interfaces
* Assistive Robotics
* Virtual Reality
* Artificial Intelligence
* Intelligent Machines
* Prosthetics
* Biomimetics
* Biomechanics
* Stroke Rehabilitation
* Bioelectric Sensors
* Rehabilitation Engineering
* Educational and Vocational Rehabilitation
* Distance Education
* Cognitive Retraining

Assistive Ergonomic Technology

* Accessibility Issues
* Braille Displays
* Ergonomic Devices for Transport
* Pedestrian Mobility Aids
* Navigation Devices
* Smart Homes
* Advanced Wheelchair Systems
* Computer Hardware
* Ergonomic Furniture
* Tactile Graphics
* Adaptive Telecommunications Systems
* Assistive Listening Devices
* Assistive Dining Devices

Assistive Medical Technology

* Geriatric Care
* Functional Imaging
* Biomedical Engineering
* Audiometry
* Wearable Devices
* Reminding and Alerting Devices
* Vital Signs Monitoring
* Hearing Aids
* Low-Vision Aids
* Reading Magnifiers
* Head-Mounted Displays
* Artificial Retina Component Chips
* Vision Backpacks
* Telecare
* Telematics Systems
* Machine Vision
* Eye-Tracking Devices

Clinical Applications of Telehealth

* Primary Care
* Nursing
* Home Care
* Rehabilitation
* Pediatrics
* Geriatrics
* Dermatology
* Radiology
* Surgery
* Ophthalmology
* Cardiology
* Pathology
* Oncology
* Emergency Medicine
* Mental Health
* Chronic Disease Management
* Dentistry
* Consultations

Other Applications of Telehealth

* Sociological Aspects
* Data Security and Reliability
* Privacy
* Cost/Benefit Analysis
* Legal, Policy, and Regulatory Aspects
* Organizational Aspects
* e-Learning
* Health Administration
* Knowledge Management
* Underserviced Communities and Demand for Telehealth
* Case Studies

Telehealth Technologies and Interoperability

* Monitoring (Sensors, Receivers, Transmitters, Recorders)
* Diagnostics
* Digital Imaging
* Computed Radiology
* Computed Tomography
* Ultrasound Imaging
* Signal Processing
* Image Processing
* Image Compression
* Data Transmission
* Image Transmission
* Videoconferencing
* Decision Support Systems
* Web-based Telehealth
* Database and Information Systems
* Networking and Interfaces
* Robotics
* Remote Controls
* Surgery Simulations
* Visualization
* Simulation and Training
* Interoperability

To be announced.

If you are interested in joining the International Program Committee (IPC) for this conference, please submit your name, address, phone, fax, email, areas of specialty, a list of your most recent publications, a brief CV, and the name of this conference by email to

Initial Papers
Submit your paper via our website at:

All submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. The IASTED Secretariat must receive your paper by June 12, 2009. Receipt of paper submission will be confirmed by email.

Complete the online initial paper submission form designating an author who will attend the conference and provide four key words to indicate the subject area of your paper. At least one of the key words must be taken from the list of topics provided under Scope. Initial paper submissions should be full papers with approximately six pages. Formatting instructions are available at:

All papers submitted to this conference will be double blind reviewed by at least two reviewers. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality and contribution.

All papers submitted to IASTED conferences must be previously unpublished and may not be considered for publication elsewhere at any time during IASTED's review period. Authors are limited to a maximum of three paper submissions. Authors are responsible for having their papers checked for style and grammar prior to submission to IASTED. Papers may be rejected if the language is not satisfactory.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by July 10, 2009. Final manuscripts are due by August 28, 2009. Registration and final payment are due by September 18, 2009. Late registration fees or paper submissions will result in the papers being excluded from the conference proceedings.

Final Papers
Send your final manuscripts via email to: The subject line for the final manuscript submission must include your six-digit paper number. The formatting instructions can be found at: and must be strictly followed. The page limit for final papers is six single-spaced pages in 10 point Times New Roman font. Only one paper of up to six pages is included in the regular registration fee. There will be an added charge for extra pages and additional papers.

Proposals for three-hour tutorials should be submitted online by June 12, 2009. Tutorials are to be submitted via the following website address:

A tutorial proposal should clearly indicate the topic, background knowledge expected of the participants, objectives, time allocations for the major course topics, and the qualifications of the instructor(s).

Persons wishing to organize a special session should email a proposal to by June 12, 2009. Proposals should include a session title, a list of the topics covered, and the qualifications and brief biography of the session organizer(s). Papers submitted to the special session must be received by June 12, 2009, unless otherwise stipulated by the Special Session Organizer. A minimum of five papers must be registered and fully paid in order for this session to be included in the conference program. More information on special sessions is available at:

Expanded and enhanced versions of papers published in the conference proceedings can also be considered for inclusion in one of the IASTED journals. Information on the submission of papers to journals is available at:

Whole proceedings as well as single papers can now be purchased online. Please visit ACTA Press:
Submissions Due June 12, 2009
Notification of Acceptance July 10, 2009
Final Manuscripts Due August 28, 2009
Registration Deadline September 18, 2009

For more information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please contact:

IASTED Secretariat – TAT 2009
B6, Suite 101, Dieppe Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, Canada T3E 7J9
Tel: 403-288-1195
Fax: 403-247-6851
Web site: