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2nd International Workshop on Computing Paradigms for Mental Health - MindCare 2012


In conjunction with the 5th International Joint Conference on
Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC 2012

Pietro Cipresso
IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano

Mark Hoogendoorn
VU University Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Michel Klein
VU University Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Aleksandar Matic
There is an increasing number of research initiatives that utilize modern technology in order to support patients in maintaining or regaining a healthy mental state. Advanced technological solutions have been exploited for treating depression, anxiety disorders, and for coping with stress. This is of utmost importance to provide people with higher quality of life and also to shift a part of monitoring tasks from therapists and caregivers to unobtrusive technological systems. Effort have started with Internet-based self-help therapies, but since recently systems make increasingly use of ambient intelligence, pervasive computing, smart phones and sensor systems. Their shared goal is to provide effective solutions for improving mental health.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from both psychological and technological fields (such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information systems) that share the same interest of strengthening or maintaining mental health. The goal of MindCare workshop is to exchange ideas aiming to support synergy of the two domains for further progress in this field.
Topics of interest
The focus of the workshop is placed on the exploitation of technology in favor of cognitive and emotional well-being. We are looking for the research contributions on topics including but not limited to:

  • IT Systems for Mental Health
  • Architectures for Mental Support Systems
  • Evaluation of IT systems for Mental Health
  • Ambient Intelligence in Mental Health
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Mental Health
  • Pervasive Computing in Mental Health
  • Utilization of Physiological Measurements in Mental Health
  • Relation between Physiological Measurements and Mental states
  • Mental Health and Medication Support
  • Mobile Devices in Mental Health
  • ICT-based Systems for the Assessment of Psychological Stress
  • Unobtrusive Tracking of Long-term Cognitive Changes
  • Automatic Mood Recognition
  • Employing Bio and Activity Sensors to Monitor Mental Health
  • Virtual Reality Approaches for Therapy
  • Persuasive Solutions for Relieving Stress/Improving Mood State
  • Investigating the Influence of Environmental Factors on Emotional Status
Workshop Program Committee
Gerhard Andersson, Linkoping University, Sweden
Luca Citi, Harvard Medical School and MIT, U.S.A.
Pim Cuijpers, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Burkhardt Funk, Leuphena University Luneburg, Germany
Silvia Gabrielli, CREATE-NET, Italy
Andrea Gaggioli, Istituto Auxologico, Italy
Oscar Mayora, CREATE-NET, Italy
David C. Mohr, Northwestern University, U.S.A.
Venet Osmani, CREATE-NET, Italy
Heleen Riper, GGZinGeest / VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Giuseppe Riva, Istituto Auxologico, Italy
Silvia Serino, Istituto Auxologico, Italy
Hugo Silva, PLUX, Portugal
Pepijn van de Ven, University of Limerick, Ireland
All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings book, under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SciTePress Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/). SciTePress is member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).