This book contains the proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2017). This conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), in cooperation with the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD), the EUROMICRO, the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the International Society for Computational Biology (iSCB) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).
The purpose of BIOSTEC is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in both theoretical advances and applications of information systems, artificial intelligence, signal processing, electronics and other engineering tools in knowledge areas related to biology and medicine.
BIOSTEC is composed of five complementary and co-located conferences,
each specialized in at least one of the aforementioned main knowledge areas:
- International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices – BIODEVICES;
- International Conference on Bioimaging – BIOIMAGING;
- International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms – BIOINFORMATICS;
- International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing – BIOSIGNALS;
- International Conference on Health Informatics – HEALTHINF.
The purpose of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices (BIODEVICES) is to bring together professionals from electronics, mechanical engineering and related disciplines, interested in studying and using models, equipment and materials inspired from biological systems and/or addressing biological requirements. Monitoring devices, instrumentation sensors and systems, biorobotics, micro-nanotechnologies and biomaterials are some of the technologies presented at this conference.
The International Conference on Bioimaging (BIOIMAGING) covers the complex chain of acquiring, processing and visualizing structural or functional images of living objects or systems, including extraction and processing of image-related information. Examples of image modalities used in bioimaging are many, including: X-ray, CT, MRI and fMRI, PET and HRRT PET, SPECT, MEG and so on. Medical imaging and microscope/fluorescence image processing are important parts of bioimaging referring to the techniques and processes used to create images of the human body, anatomical areas, tissues, and so on, down to the molecular level, for clinical purposes, seeking to reveal, diagnose, or examine diseases, or medical science, including the study of normal anatomy and physiology. Image processing methods, such as denoising, segmentation, deconvolution and registration methods, feature recognition and classification represent an indispensable part of bioimaging, as well as related data analysis and statistical tools.
The International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms (BIOINFORMATICS) provides an interdisciplinary forum for computational and biomedical researchers as well as practitioners to discuss emerging topics associated with the application of computational systems and information technologies to various fields of biosciences, particularly molecular biology. The conference highlights the advantages of using algorithmic techniques and mathematical models to better understand biological processes and systems, with a focus on recent developments in genomics research and its impact on advancing biomedical research. Areas of interest for this community include sequence analysis, biostatistics, image analysis, scientific data management and data mining, machine learning, pattern recognition, computational evolutionary biology, translational genomics, bioinformatics tools and other related fields.
The goal of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS) is to bring together researchers and practitioners from multiple areas of knowledge, including biology, medicine, engineering and other physical sciences, interested in studying and using models and techniques inspired by or applied to biological systems. A diversity of signal types can be found in this area, including image, audio and other biological sources of information. The analysis and use of these signals is a multidisciplinary area including signal processing, pattern recognition and computational intelligence techniques, amongst others.
The International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF) is the premier forum for the exchange of interdisciplinary research and ideas, across a broad spectrum of design, development, adoption, and application of informatics-based innovations in healthcare services. The field deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health care. Amongst many other topics, it includes the research, development, and application of decision support systems, clinical data mining and machine learning, physiological and behavioral modeling, software systems in medicine and public health, and mobile, wearable and assistive technologies in healthcare.
The conferences are complemented by three special sessions, respectively on:
- Neuro-electrostimulation in Neurorehabilitation Tasks (NENT);
- Smart Medical Devices - From Lab to Clinical Practice (SmartMedDev);
- Analysis of Clinical Processes (ACP).
The BIOSTEC program also includes a Doctoral Consortium on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies that brought together Ph.D. students within the biomedical field to discuss their research in an international forum.
In 2017, BIOSTEC features four invited talks delivered by internationally distinguished speakers: Bethany Bracken (Charles River Analytics Inc., United States), Kristina Höök (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Bart M. ter Haar Romeny (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Joyce H.D.M. Westerink (Philips Research and Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands).
The BIOSTEC joint conference received 297 paper submissions from 56 countries in all continents, of which 21% were accepted as full papers. The submission’s high quality imposed difficult choices during the review process. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee, whose members are highly qualified independent researchers in the five BIOSTEC Conferences’ topic areas.
As in previous editions of BIOSTEC, based on the reviewers’ evaluations and on the quality of the presentations, a short list of authors will be selected and invited to submit extended revised versions of their papers for a book that will be published by Springer with the best papers of BIOSTEC 2017.
We would like to express our thanks to all participants. First of all, to the authors, whose quality work is the essence of this joint conference. Next, we thank all the members of the program committee and the auxiliary reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. Also, we would like to deeply thank the invited speakers for their excellent contribution in sharing their knowledge and vision. Finally, special thanks to all the members of the INSTICC team whose collaboration was fundamental for the success of this Conference.
Finally, special thanks to all the members of the INSTICC team whose collaboration was fundamental for the success of this Conference.
We wish you all an inspiring Conference and an unforgettable stay in Porto, Portugal. We hope to meet you again next year for BIOSTEC 2018, details of which will soon be available at http://www.biostec.org.
Vol. 1 - 978-989-758-216-5
Vol. 2 - 978-989-758-215-8
Vol. 3 - 978-989-758-214-1
Vol. 4 - 978-989-758-212-7
Vol. 5 - 978-989-758-213-4