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EAI International Conference on Wearables in Healthcare

June 14–15, 2016 | Budapest, Hungary

Cathal Gurrin from Dublin City University


Cathal Gurrin is a lecturer at the School of Computing, at Dublin City University, Ireland and he is an investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. He is also a visiting scientist at the University of Tromso in Norway. His research interest is personal analytics and lifelogging (a search engine for the self). He is especially interested in how wearable sensors can be used to infer knowledge about the real-world activities of the individual and how such sensor data can be used to enhance the performance and health of the individual. Cathal also has an interest in information retrieval (IR) and a particular interest in how people access information from ubiquitous devices. He has developed WWW search algorithms, multimedia content mining tools and he has gathered a digital memory since 2006 (incl. over 15 million wearable camera images) and hundreds of millions of other sensor readings. He has been the General Chair of ECIR 2011 and MMM 2014, will be the General co-chair of MMM2017 and MB2016. He was also the PC co-chair of ECIR 2010 and Sensecam 2013 as well as being the posters and demos co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2013.

Keynote Speech Title: "The Promise of Lifelogging as an Assistive Technology"


Lifelogging is a form of pervasive computing which represents a phenomenon whereby people can digitally record their own daily live experience, in varying amounts of detail, for a variety of purposes. In a sense it represents the ultimate “black box” of a human’s life activities and it offers huge potential as an assistive technology. We are currently observing a convergence of technologies which are creating the conditions for the emergence of lifelogging as a mainstream activity; computer storage has become cheap, there are readily available sensing technologies for both the person as well as location and environment and there is growing interest in the phenomenon of sensing and recording oneself, the quantified-self movement.

In this talk I will introduce and motivate the concept of maintaining lifelogs, which are set to revolutionize our personal lives, healthcare, learning and productivity. I will discuss my own motivation for becoming a lifelogger, what I hope to gain from the process, as well as what I have learned from this process. Taking a healthcare viewpoint, I will motivate and describe the technical challenges to be addressed and introduce the research to address these challenges, research that points to the potential advances when cognitive science and healtthcare meets computer science. Finally, I will introduce the technologies under development at various locations that attempt to efficiently gather flexible and extensible lifelogs. My experiences motivate this talk, as well as a passion for researching the opportunities of Lifelogging.

Hilary Pinnock, University of Edinburgh


Dr Hilary Pinnock is a Reader with the Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and a family practitioner in Whitstable, Kent. Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including telehealthcare for monitoring COPD and asthma, implementing supported self-management for people with long-term conditions, and the delivery of supportive care for people with severe COPD.
She is actively involved with the International Primary Care Respiratory Group and the European Respiratory Society. She chairs the self-management evidence review group of the BTS/SIGN British asthma guideline and is education editor of npjPrimary Care Respiratory Medicine

Keynote Speech Title: Telehealthcare for long-term conditions: hopes, hype and reality

Telehealthcare is widely promoted by healthcare policy as being an effective approach to delivering care efficiently to the increasing number of people living with long-term conditions. Campaigns promise to 'improve three million lives over the next five years’ by using telehealthcare. Healthcare trusts invest in telehealth equipment with the expectation of reducing expensive admissions or preventing complications.
In the context of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the reality has not yet realised these hopes. Despite early promise in pilot studies, and consistently positive feedback in qualitative work, a negative UK-based randomised controlled trial has challenged the clinical and cost-effectiveness of telemonitoring for COPD and raised questions about the utility of the underpinning algorithms.
In contrast, the impact in improving blood pressure control in hypertension, including people with stroke, is now well established and the focus is moving to how to implement digitally supported healthcare in routine practice.

For the future, qualitative studies provide insights into how telemonitoring can underpin the transition to supported self-management, and novel telemonitoring devices and innovative work with machine learning algorithms offer new hope for a way forward.

Using COPD and hypertension as exemplars, this keynote address will review the existing evidence, consider the current situation and speculate about the future direction for telehealthcare