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University College Dublin: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Social Media and Healthcare)

The Dynamics Lab at University College Dublin seeks applications for a Post-doctoral position. The position will provide salary and benefits for 16 months, but potentially longer contingent upon performance and funding availability. This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The postdoc will be expected to work primarily on the UCD Strategic and Major Initiative research project “Social Media and Healthcare”. The postdoc will be expected to be able to collect and analyse large scale data sets drawn from various social media platforms and including facebook, twitter, blogs and others. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary project team to develop innovative and new insights in how communication and interaction on social media impacts on individual behavioural choices with regard to own healthcare management.

It is hoped that this position can commence on 23rd September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary range: €33,975 per annum

For more information, please go to http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/ and look for Reference 006056

Closing date: 16th August 2013

Call for Papers for the minitrack “Sensing and Pervasive Technologies and Applications for Healthcare” at HICSS 2014


47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: HICSS conferences are devoted to the most relevant advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. The conferences have become a unique and respected forum in computer and information systems technology for the exchange of ideas among researchers and development communities in North America, Asia and the Pacific Basin nations, Europe, and the Middle East.

Waikoloa, Hawaii, January 6-9, 2014

HICSS 2014 Track on Information Technology in Healthcare
Minitrack: Sensing and Pervasive Technologies and Applications for Healthcare


There are two key challenges in today’s healthcare system: One is the significant cost pressure on healthcare delivery and the second is the rapid growth of the field of medical informatics and e-health, increasingly using sensing and pervasive technologies. In addition there is a trend to foster active patient participation in their care. Patients of all ages are becoming more and more familiar with technology, especially mobile devices. Therefore it is prudent to look at the application of such technologies for healthcare with the goal to facilitate value-driven healthcare delivery.

Here, a new field of research is evolving which is focused on sensing and pervasive technologies for healthcare. This rapidly growing area is expected to play an increasingly important role for healthcare globally. Reasons for this include: the higher mobility of individuals, the need to have active and empowered patients, the pressure to provide effective and efficient care, the growth in chronic diseases and therefore the demand for appropriate applications to monitor and manage these diseases. Sensing and pervasive technologies generate large amounts of data. This big data is a bonanza for enhancing insights into healthcare processes as well as for improving healthcare IT. This minitrack has been designed to provide an outlet for research in this nascent area. Selected papers will be fast-tracked for a special issue in Health and Technology published by Springer.

Completed and research in progress papers are welcomed that focus on any topic within this discipline. In particular broad categories of suitable papers include but are not limited to:

  • Network-centric design of applications using sensing and pervasive technologies
  • Biomedical applications based on sensor data
  • Sensor-based devices for treatment tracking and tracing
  • Big data analytics of heterogeneous health data
  • Online social networks and health 2.0
  • Persuasive technologies and applications
  • Apps development and service-orientated architectures
  • Theories and studies supporting successful design, development, and implementation
  • Methodologies and frameworks to support self-care
  • Chronic disease management and preventative solutions
  • Developing business models and cost-effective concepts for pervasive healthcare

Important dates

  • NOW Submission opens
  • May 1, 2013 Authors are encouraged to submit an extended abstract (1-2 pages) to the minitrack chairs via e-mail for early reactions and guidance
  • June 15, 2013 Submission deadline of full papers
  • August 15, 2013 Notification of acceptance
  • September 15, 2013 Submission of final paper

Instructions for authors

All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and all manuscripts must be submitted using the conference’s online submission system.

For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the HICSS 2014 conference website.

Minitrack chairs:
Prof. Dr. Freimut Bodendorf (primary contact), Institute of Information Systems, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Epworth HealthCare and School of Business and IT, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Carolin Durst, Institute of Information Systems, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany