Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Applied in Health Care

  in Special Issue   Posted on August 13, 2017

Information for the Special Issue

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Aims and Scope

The Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Applied in Health Care Special Issue intends to provide a discussion forum on the most recent and innovative work regarding the study and application of agent-based technology to convincing healthcare scenarios. A healthcare facility faces diverse and complex everyday challenges, ranging from equipment and drug inventory management to patient clinical record and follow-up management, or even patient monitoring in either a hospital or home environment, and patient transportation scheduling. At the same time, the progressive maturity of agent technology methodologies and tools has led to the development of applications in many complex real-world domains. Covering a wide spectrum of research areas, this special issue intends to bring together communities from Computer Science and Clinicians working on Healthcare, Medicine and Biomedicine, providing a presentation and discussion forum for researchers in the area, highlighting innovative and convincing health-care applications of the agent-based systems and defining future research directions.

Topics of Interest

Submissions should concern the use of agents (virtual or physics) encompassed in the healthcare context – e.g. ranging from equipment and drug inventory management to patient clinical record and follow-up management, or even patient monitoring in either a hospital or home environment, and patient transportation scheduling.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Data Management
  • Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management
  • Agent-based Information Provider Services
  • Remote Care, Telemedicine
  • Mobile Agents in Hospital Environments
  • Robotics in Healthcare (Prosthetics / Surgical Robotics)
  • Impact of Agents and Robots in Patient Quality of Life
  • Patient Empowerment through Personalized Agent-based Systems
  • Patient Management (e.g. through agent cooperation, distributed patient scheduling)
  • Planning and Resource Allocation
  • Medical Agent-based Decision Support Systems, including Recommender Systems, Patient Diagnosis and Monitoring Systems
  • Agent-based Patient Monitoring and Diagnosis
  • Agent-based Medical Training and Education (e.g. tutoring systems)
  • Healthcare applications of Multi-Agent Based Simulations

Furthermore we strongly recommend the inclusion of a clinical assessment on the usefulness and potential impact of the submitted work. The evaluation should demonstrate the feasibility of the presented newly developed formal methods and applications in medicine.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: October 15, 2017
Author notification: November 30, 2017
Completion of first revision: January 15, 2018
Author notification: February 15, 2018
Camera ready version due: March 15, 2018
Planned publication date: April 2018

Paper Formatting, Submission and Reviewing

Authors should follow the guide to authors available at Artificial Intelligence in Medicine website to format their article (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/artificial-intelligence-in-medicine/). Please note that, for the initial submission, only Word and PDF formats are allowed. Papers to this special issue should be submitted totally online through the EVISE system.

Each paper submission will be peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. The guest editors will screen the submissions for eligibility and quality. Special issue articles should report on significant previously unpublished work.

Authors submitting thoroughly revised and extended original research papers of workshop or conference papers should identify the original publication and include a description clarifying the new contributions in the submission and the differences to the original publication. Note that all contributions must have at least 40% of new previously unpublished material. All submissions will be filtered through the selected anti- plagiarism software by the guest editors. The length of a manuscript is not restricted, but we recommend a length of 20-25 manuscript pages (1.5-spaced lines).

Guest Editorial Board

Sara Montagna
University of Bologna, Italy
e-mail: sara.montagna@unibo.it

Daniel Castro Silva
University of Porto, Portugal
e-mail: dcs@fe.up.pt

Pedro Henriques Abreu
University of Coimbra, Portugal
e-mail: pha@dei.uc.pt

Eloisa Vargiu
Fundació Eurecat – eHealth Unit, Spain
e-mail: eloisa.vargiu@eurecat.org

Márcia Ito
São Paulo Faculty of Technology / IBM Research Brazil, Brazil
e-mail: marciaito@br.ibm.com

Michael Ignaz Schumacher
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Institute of Information Systems, Sierre, Switzerland
e-mail: michael.schumacher@hevs.ch

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