[Brazil]Workshop on Elderly Care Robotics – Technology and Ethics (WELCARO) at ICRA 2018

Workshop on Elderly Care Robotics – Technology and Ethics (WELCARO)

ICRA 2018, 21-25 May, Brisbane, Australia

Workshop Web page: https://sites.google.com/site/icra2018welcaro [1]


February 23rd: Submission deadline

April 5th: Notification of acceptance

April 22nd: Camera ready paper

May 21st: Workshop (full-day)


The number of elderly people living at home is increasing, and this trend is

expected to continue in the coming years. In countries like Japan, the number

of elderly people is beginning to surpass the number of young people due to

the low birth rate and long life expectancy. Thus, there is a need for

technology, in term of software and hardware, that can support the elderly in

independent living. A part of this is to help their family as well as make

caregivers work effectively.

A number of mobile robot companions have been developed, providing advanced

sensing, reasoning and control. However, despite the available technology

seems promising, it poses several challenges when used in real scenarios that

range from how to handle complex and different environments to adequately

address possible ethical issues that can arise from its use. For instance,

technology can easily be seen as a threat to privacy, daily interpersonal

contact and citizens' control over their own lives. It can even give rise to

the elderly’s feeling being treated like an object rather than a human.

Thus, it is important to address how robots and systems are going to be

designed and used to avoid any negative impact and improve the elderly's

quality of life. In addition to robot control and mechanics, ambient sensing

and human-robot interaction are important topics in research on elderly care

technology. This workshop is intended to share knowledge about technological

opportunities and challenges regarding robots and systems for assistive care

as well as open a dialogue within the scientific society about the ethical

issues to be considered.


Authors are required to submit a 2 pages extended abstract or 4 pages short

paper or 6

pages full paper as PDF in the standard ICRA conference format.


Submissions will be judged based on relevance to the workshop topics,

technical quality,

and novelty. Authors of accepted papers are expected to give a lightning talk

(2-3 minutes)

and to present a poster at the workshop. A number of full papers will be

selected for longer 20 minutes oral presentation. The authors of the accepted

full paper will be invited to submit an extended version for tentative

inclusion in a journal special issue (pending).

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=welcaro2018 [2]


The aim of the ICRA2018 workshop is to provide a forum to disseminate and

discuss recent and significant research within elderly care robotics related

to both technology and ethics. We invite interested authors to submit their

original and unpublished work to this workshop.

Topics of interest within the given application domain for the workshop

include (but are not limited to):

• Ambient assisted living

• Ambient sensor systems

• Emotion detection

• Human-robot interaction

• Medical state classification and forecasting

• Mental disorders state classification and forecasting

• Mobile sensing

• Multi-sensor fusion

• On-body sensor systems

• Privacy in human monitoring

• Remote sensing and monitoring

• Responsible robotics

• Robot companion sensing

• Robot companion control

• Robotics ethics

• Sensitive data collection and storage

• Sensor networks

• Smart home technologies

• Social robots

• Temporal data analysis

• Time series modeling and forecasting


Jim Torresen, University of Oslo, Norway

Ryo Kurazume, Kyushu University, Japan

Edson Prestes, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Prof. Dr. Edson Prestes

Head, ϕ-Robotics Research Group

Informatics Institute 

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul 


Chair, IEEE SA P7007 Ontological Standard for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems Working Group 

Vice-Chair, IEEE RAS Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group

Founding Chair, IEEE South Brazil RAS Chapter

IEEE Senior Member

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

home page: http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/~prestes

linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/edson-prestes/

skype:  edson_prestes

IEEE 5G World Forum Call for Papers, Proposals, and Tutorials

The 2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum (5GWF’18) in Santa Clara, California is a unique event for industry leaders, academics, and decision-making government officials. This event is designed to examine 5G technologies and applications for the benefit of society.

Call for Papers and Proposals

Click here for the online Call for Papers and Proposals

Submission deadline extended!

The 2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum (5GWF’18) in Santa Clara, California, seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate 5G technologies and applications for the benefit of society. This conference aims to bring experts from industry, academia and research to exchange their vision as well as their achieved advances towards 5G, and encourage innovative cross-domain studies, research, early deployment and large-scale pilot showcases that address the challenges of 5G.

Original, innovative and high quality papers are solicited in the following technical topics of interest, but are not limited to:

  • Track 1: 5G Technologies
  • Track 2: Applications and Services
  • Track 3: 5G & IoT
  • Track 4: 5G Security and Privacy
  • Track 5: 5G Trials, Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios
  • Track 6: 5G Hardware and Test / Measurements
  • Track 7: 5G Special Verticals
  • Track 8: 5G Special Topical

Proposals for sessions and events of general interest and relevance to 5G will be considered. These should address the 5G technical community and/or provide educational or expository material or recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of 5G technologies.

  • Workshop and Special Sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Industry Forum and Panel
  • Doctoral Symposium
  • Start-Ups
  • Exhibitions

Suggestions for speakers, panels, demonstrations, and sessions aimed at: industry technologists, practitioners, managers, and operators; policy makers, public sector administrators, operators of public infrastructure and services; and others involved in the use of 5G; addressing the conference focus Verticals and Topical Areas identified below and in the full-length CFP.

  • 5G Special Vertical Conference
  • 5G Special Topical Area
Visit http://ieee-wf-5g.org/call-for-papers/ for more details

AlCoB 2018: 3rd call for papers

AlCoB 2018
Hong Kong
June 25-27, 2018
Co-organized by:
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Department of Computing
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
AlCoB aims at promoting and displaying excellent research using string and graph algorithms and combinatorial optimization to deal with problems in biological sequence analysis, genome rearrangement, evolutionary trees, and structure prediction.
Previous events were held in Tarragona, Mexico City, Trujillo (Spain), and Aveiro.
The conference will address several of the current challenges in computational biology by investigating algorithms aimed at:
1) assembling sequence reads into a complete genome,
2) identifying gene structures in the genome,
3) recognizing regulatory motifs,
4) aligning nucleotides and comparing genomes,
5) reconstructing regulatory networks of genes, and
6) inferring the evolutionary phylogeny of species.
Particular focus will be put on methodology and significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career.
AlCoB 2018 will take place in Hong Kong, the city with the most skyscrapers in the world, one of the highest human development indexes, and the longest life expectancy. The venue will be:
M1603, Li Ka Shing Tower
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:
Exact sequence analysis
Approximate sequence analysis
Pairwise sequence alignment
Multiple sequence alignment
Sequence assembly
Genome rearrangement
Regulatory motif finding
Phylogeny reconstruction
Phylogeny comparison
Structure prediction
Compressive genomics
Proteomics: molecular pathways, interaction networks, mass spectrometry analysis
Transcriptomics: splicing variants, isoform inference and quantification, differential analysis
Next-generation sequencing: population genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics
Microbiome analysis
Systems biology
AlCoB 2018 will consist of:
invited lectures
peer-reviewed contributions
Tatsuya Akutsu (Kyoto University), Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Boolean Networks
Bin Ma (University of Waterloo), De Novo Protein Sequencing with Mass Spectrometry and Its Medical Applications
Ben Raphael (Princeton University), Algorithms for Cancer Evolution
Josep Francesc Abril (University of Barcelona, ES)
Kees Albers (Radboud University Medical Centre, NL)
Emmanuel Barillot (Curie Institute, FR)
Philipp Bucher (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, CH)
Rita Casadio (University of Bologna, IT)
José C. Clemente (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, US)
Eytan Domany (Weizmann Institute of Science, IL)
Liliana Florea (Johns Hopkins University, US)
Dmitrij Frishman (Technical University of Munich, DE)
Terry Furey (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US)
Osamu Gotoh (Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, JP)
John Hancock (ELIXIR Europe, UK)
Robert Harrison (Georgia State University, US)
Martijn Huynen (Radboud University Medical Centre, NL)
Jesper Jansson (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK)
Pouya Kheradpour (Verily Life Sciences, US)
Julien Lagarde (Centre for Genomic Regulation, ES)
Gerton Lunter (University of Oxford, UK)
Ruibang Luo (Johns Hopkins University, US)
Bill Majoros (Duke University, US)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)
Huaiyu Mi (University of Southern California, US)
Ryan E. Mills (University of Michigan, US)
Kenta Nakai (University of Tokyo, JP)
William Stafford Noble (University of Washington, US)
Sandra Orchard (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)
Itsik Pe'er (Columbia University, US)
Mihaela Pertea (Johns Hopkins University, US)
Paolo Ribeca (The Pirbright Institute, UK)
Peter Robinson (The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, US)
Stephane Rombauts (Ghent University, BE)
Russell Schwartz (Carnegie Mellon University, US)
Xinghua Shi (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, US)
Denis Shields (University College Dublin, IE)
Ilya Shmulevich (Institute for Systems Biology, US)
Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén (Technical University of Denmark, DK)
Steven Skiena (Stony Brook University, US)
Wing-Kin Sung (National University of Singapore, SG)
Weili Wu (The University of Texas at Dallas, US)
Wenzhong Xiao (Massachusetts General Hospital, US)
Shibu Yooseph (University of Central Florida, US)
Yaoqi Zhou (Griffith University, AU)
Jesper Jansson (Hong Kong, co-chair)
Konstantinos Mampentzidis (Hong Kong)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair)
Manuel J. Parra-Royón (Granada)
Abdul Raheem (Hong Kong)
David Silva (London)
Sandhya T P (Hong Kong)
Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres)
Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).
Submissions have to be uploaded to:
A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS/LNBI series will be available by the time of the conference.
A special issue of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (2016 JCR impact factor: 1.955) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.
The registration form can be found at:
DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):
Paper submission: February 11, 2018
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: March 18, 2018
Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNBI proceedings: March 28, 2018
Early registration: March 28, 2018
Late registration: June 11, 2018
Submission to the journal special issue: September 27, 2018
david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com
AlCoB 2018
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

[Coountry] HighPer 2018: early registration January 20

HighPer 2018
San Sebastián / Donostia, Spain
April 23-27, 2018
Organized by:
Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU),
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC),
Rovira i Virgili University
— Early registration deadline: January 20, 2018 —
HighPer 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of high performance computing, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.
Most subareas of high performance computing will be displayed, from foundations, infrastructure and management to applications. Major challenges in the field will be identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 five-hour and fifteen-minute courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.
An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.
Master students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, HighPer 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.
3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.
HighPer 2018 will take place in San Sebastián, a famous touristic coastal city in the Basque Country which was European Capital of Culture 2016. The venue will be:
Centro Ignacio María Barriola
Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Campus de Gipuzkoa
Plaza Elhuyar, 1
20018 San Sebastián / Donostia
Federico Calzolari (Scuola Normale Superiore), Supercomputing: From CERN to Our Lives
Tony Hey (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council), Big Scientific Data and Data Science
PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)
Srinivas Aluru (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] High Performance Computational Biology
David A. Bader (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] Massive-scale Graph Analytics
Ümit V. Çatalyürek (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] HPC Graph Analytics
Alan Edelman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), [introductory] High Performance Computing on Parallel Computers and GPUs with Julia
Richard Fujimoto (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] Parallel Discrete Event Simulation
Timothy C. Germann (Los Alamos National Laboratory), [intermediate] HPC Frontiers in Computational Materials Science and Engineering
Lennart Johnsson (University of Houston), [introductory/intermediate] Energy Efficient Computing
Alfio Lazzaro (University of Zurich), [introductory/intermediate] Code Performance Optimizations
Andrew Lumsdaine (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), [intermediate/advanced] Modern C++ for High-performance Computing
Madhav Marathe (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), [introductory/advanced] Studying Massively Interacting Bio-social Systems: Pervasive, Personalized and Precision Analytics
Frank Mueller (North Carolina State University), [advanced] Embracing the Exascale Challenge: From Accelerators over Scalable Program Tracing to Resilience
J. (Ram) Ramanujam (Louisiana State University), tba
Adrian Sandu (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), [introductory/intermediate] Revealing Parallelism: How to Decompose your Problem into Concurrent Tasks
Vivek Sarkar (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory] Fundamentals of Parallel, Concurrent, and Distributed Programming
Marc Snir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), [introductory] Programming Models and Run-times for High-Performance Computing
El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille 1), [introductory] Parallel Metaheuristics for Optimization and Machine Learning
Josep Torrellas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), [intermediate/advanced] Parallel Computer Architecture Concepts
Todd J. Treangen (University of Maryland, College Park), [intermediate] Metagenomic Assembly and Validation
Elena Vataga (University of Southampton), [introductory] Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists
Jeffrey S. Vetter (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), [intermediate] Exploiting Deep Memory Hierarchies
Uzi Vishkin (University of Maryland, College Park), [introductory/intermediate] Parallel Algorithmic Thinking and How It Has Been Affecting Architecture
David Walker (Cardiff University), [intermediate] Parallel Programming with OpenMP, MPI, and CUDA
An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.
A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of high performance computing in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.
Firms searching for personnel well skilled in high performance computing will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.
Íñigo Aldazabal Mensa (co-chair)
Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair)
Manuel J. Parra-Royón
Txomin Romero Asturiano (co-chair)
David Silva
It has to be done at
The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For logistic reasons, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.
Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.
Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.
Suggestions for accommodation will be available in due time.
Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance indicating the number of hours of lectures.
david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com
Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC)
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

WCCI 2018 Special Session on Complex Fuzzy Sets and Logic

Attached please find a CFP for a special session on complex fuzzy sets and logic at Rio this year. Please do consider submitting a manuscript, and I hope to see you all there!
Very best regards,
Scott Dick

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