In recent years, with the aid of engineering and information technology, image and signal processing has emerged as a high-tech field, generating innovation in such areas as medical imaging, health informatics, wireless and remote sensors, watermarking, PACS, MRI, nuclear medicine and medical cybernetics. Scientists and engineers in this field have recently been working towards such advances as developing virtual learning systems for training intravenous catheterization and collecting blood samples, creating artificial organs that mimic natural human organs, conducting telemedicine and telediagnosis, performing surgeries with robots, creating a laboratory-on-a-chip, and watermarking medical data.
Purpose This conference will be an international forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange the latest research, results, and ideas in the areas of imaging and signal processing in healthcare and technology.
The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED)
 Conference Chair
Dr. Ronald Merrell
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
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The topics of interest to be covered by ISPHT 2012 include, but are not limited to:
SYMPOSIUM 1: IMAGING AND SIGNAL PROCESSING
•Biomedical Signal Processing
•Computational Biology and Biological Networks
•Data Representation and Visualization
•Fuzzy Logic and Expert Systems
•Integrated Medical Image Analysis
•Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
•Medical and Health Informatics
•Medical Communication Technologies
•Medical Data Compression
•Medical Data Storage
•Medical Image Processing
•Medical Signal Processing
•Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
•Radiology and Radiography
•Signal Processing of Physiological Signals
•Software Languages and Tools for Imaging
•Watermarking and Cryptography
•Wireless Medical Communications
•Wireless Sensor Networks
SYMPOSIUM 2: TELEHEALTH AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
•Adaptive Telecommunication Systems
•Assistive Ergonomic Technology
•Assistive Medical Technology
•Assistive Rehabilitative Technology
•Assistive Software Technology
•Intelligent Tutoring Systems
•Mind Reading/Mapping Software
•Pedestrian Mobility Aids
•Tele-home Healthcare and Telemedicine
•Telerobotics and Telematics
•Vital Signs Monitoring
•Voice Recognition Software
Submit your paper via our website at: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/submit-771.html. All submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format.
The IASTED Secretariat must receive your paper by January 21, 2012. Receipt of paper submission will be confirmed by email.
Initial Paper Requirements
All papers submitted to IASTED conferences must be previously unpublished and may not be considered for publication elsewhere at any time during IASTED's review period. Authors are limited to a maximum of three paper submissions.
Initial paper submissions should be full papers. Papers of up to 6 pages in length are included in the conference registration fee. An extra charge will apply for every additional page for papers longer than 6 pages. Authors are responsible for having their papers checked for style and grammar before submitting to IASTED. Papers may be rejected if the language is not satisfactory.
When submitting a paper, complete the online initial paper submission form, designating an author who will attend the conference, and provide four key words to indicate the subject area of your paper. At least one of the key words must be taken from the list of topics provided under Scope, above.
Formatting instructions for initial papers are available at http://www.iasted.org/formatting-initial-page.html.
All papers submitted to this conference will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee and related technical committees. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality, significance, technical soundness, presentation, and references. The conference chair makes the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the paper.
Acceptance and Registration
Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by March 1, 2012. Final manuscripts are due by March 15, 2012. Registration and final payment are due by April 1, 2012. Late registration fees or paper submissions will result in the papers being excluded from the conference proceedings.
Only one paper of up to eight pages is included in the regular registration fee. There will be an added charge for extra pages and additional papers.
Final Paper Requirements
The final paper must be correctly formatted and submitted online at http://pdfportal.iasted.org.
The formatting instructions can be found at: http://www.iasted.org/formatting-final-page.html and must be strictly followed. The page limit for final papers is eight single-spaced pages in 10 point Times New Roman font.
Proposals for three-hour tutorials must be submitted online by January 21, 2012. Submit tutorial proposals via the following web site address: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/tutorialsubmit-771.html.
A tutorial proposal should clearly indicate:
•Background knowledge expected of the participants.
•Time allocations for the major course topics.
•The qualifications of the instructor(s).
 Special Session
Special session proposals must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21, 2012. Proposals should include a session title, a list of the topics covered, and the qualifications and brief biography of the session organizer(s).
Papers submitted to the special session must be received by January 21, 2012, unless otherwise stipulated by the Special Session Organizer. A minimum of five papers must be registered and fully paid in order for this session to be included in the conference program.
More information on special sessions is available at http://www.iasted.org/conferences/specialsession-771.html.
All papers submitted to this conference will be considered for possible publication in ACTA Press’ international journals. For additional information about the submission of papers, please visit: http://www.actapress.com/SubmissionInfo.aspx.
The proceedings will be sent for indexing in the following:
 Important Deadlines
Submissions Due January 21, 2012
Notification of Acceptance March 1, 2012
Final Manuscripts Due March 15, 2012
Registration Deadline April 1, 2012
 Concurrent Conferences
ISPHT 2012 will be held in conjunction with the IASTED International Conferences on:
•Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2012)
 Contact Us
For more information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please contact:
IASTED Secretariat – ISPHT 2012
B6, Suite 101, Dieppe Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, Canada T3E 7J9
Tel: +1 403-288-1195
Fax: +1 403-247-6851
Web site: http://www.iasted.org
To be announced.
If you are interested in joining the International Program Committee (IPC) for this conference, please submit your name, address, phone, fax, email, areas of specialty, a list of your most recent publications, a brief CV, and the name of this conference by email to email@example.com.