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Special Session
Special Session on
Smart Living Environments to Support Aging-in-Place in Vulnerable Older Adults
 - Smart CommuniCare 2022

9 - 11 February, 2022

Within the 15th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC 2022


Thomas Tannou
CHU de Besancon

Brief Bio
Dr Thomas Tannou has been a hospital geriatrician in the geriatrics department of the Besançon university hospital since 2015. Specialized in questions of cognitive frailty, he is conducting research combining neuroscience (fMRI), cognitive sciences and social sciences (IMAGISION study) in partnership between Besançon (France) and Montreal (QC, Canada). His work on the question of the ability of older people with neurocognostic disorders to choose where they live is inseparable from work on the adaptability of housing for older people to their overall frailty. In this respect, Dr Thomas Tannou also works on these questions relating to the implementation of strategies for supporting frailty in the home (smart home environment,intergenerational solidarity), including connection with research teams as well as industrial partners and public policy decision-makers.
Nathalie Bier
Université de Montréal, Research Center of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

Brief Bio
Nathalie Bier is full professor of occupational therapy at the Université de Montréal. She is also a researcher at the Research center of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. The main goal of Nathalie Bier’s research program is to better understand the impact of cognitive deficits in aging and dementia on everyday function, as well as to develop non-pharmacological approaches to promote aging in place – such as the use of cognitive rehabilitation and new technology. She is leading major projects in the field of smart environments and connected objects for older adults with severe cognitive deficits. She has guided 62 graduated students, authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and is a recognized expert in Canada and at the European level in her field.


Smart living environments can help remotely monitored vulnerable older adults, with the aim to prevent or stop the worsening of their health condition and associated incidental adverse events that negatively impact quality of life and increase health and social costs. This special session will focus on non-intrusive ambient systems, including sensors and artificial intelligence developments, but also the usability and user-centered design of such systems. Ethical and societal aspects related to these systems will also be discussed.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Digital Health at home - successfully putting individualized ambient assisted living solutions to use
  • Impact of digital health on frail older adults living in the community
  • Home monitoring systems, including those to detect activities of daily living and falls
  • Assistive technologies for older adults living in the community
  • Sensor networks – IoT, AI and machine learning application to home monitoring systems
  • Universal design of technologies to include the needs of older adults in the development of digital home health
  • Community support systems and digital health for older adults
  • Ethics of digital health for older adults
  • Methods and design of large-scale studies in home monitoring
  • Open business models in home monitoring systems


Paper Submission: November 26, 2021 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 14, 2021 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2021 (expired)


Kevin Bouchard, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
Aline Corvol, Hôpital Pontchaillou, France
Hugo Ferreira, Instituto de Biofisica e Engenharia Biomédica, Portugal
Sebastien Gaboury, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
Jean-Bernard Mabire, Fondation Mederic Alzheimer, France
Hubert Ngankam, Université de Sherbrooke Laboratoire Domus, Canada
Hubert Kenfack Ngankam, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Sylvia Pelayo, Evalab, France
Laëtitia Ngatcha Ribert, Fondation Mederic Alzheimer, France
Anne-Sophie Rigaud, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, France
Achille TCHALLA, CHU de Limoge, France

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by SCOPUS, Google Scholar, The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, Semantic Scholar, Microsoft Academic, Engineering Index (EI) and Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


BIOSTEC Special Sessions - Smart CommuniCare 2022