Book: connected health in smart cities

Book Type: Edited Volume (planned to be published with Springer)

Editors: A. El Saddik, M. Shamim Hossain and Burak Kantarci

Aims and Scopes

Smarter Cities promote an instrumented, inter-connected and intelligent urban ‘Systems of Systems’ to improve the quality of life of citizens by providing healthcare, transportation, public safety, energy and various other smarter services.

Multisensory services and technologies play an important role in providing and managing ubiquitous health care services to anyone, anywhere and anytime seamlessly aiming to build smart cities environment for providing improvements to the quality of life for citizens. With the advent of cloud and mobile edge computing solutions, as well as large scale sensing systems such as Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled sensing, smart and connected health bridges the end users or the patients and healthcare providers. In such an environment, services provided by IoT-big data ecosystems play a crucial role for monitoring, actuation, management and decision making purposes. These services and technologies facilitate physicians and other health care professionals to have immediate access to health information for efficient decision making as well as better treatment. Thus, integration of connected health solutions with smart cities is expected to introduce significant transformation of the healthcare systems in various countries by remarkably reducing the medical costs and increasing the accuracy, as well as the reliability of medical diagnoses.

Researchers are working in developing various multisensory tools, techniques and services to better support health initiatives to complements the classic scenario with smart cities. In particular, health record management, elderly health monitoring, real-time access of medical images and video, big data solutions for medical data, visualization of long term heatlh data, Internet of Things (IoT)-driven medical data acquisition, and cloud/mobile edge-based healthcare services are of great interest. Furthermore, due to the ubiquity of healthcare services in smart cities environments, security and privacy arise as a crucial concern of the patients. On the other hand, from the healthcare providers’ standpoint, trustworthiness and integrity of acquired health records is of paramount importance. That being said, health management systems in smart cities call for continuous identification, recognition and authentication of the patients.

This book aims to report both the threoretical foundations, fundamental applications and recent advances in various aspects of connected services in health, more specifically to the state-of-the-art approaches, methodologies and systems in the design, development, deployment and innovative use of multisensory systems, platforms, tools and technologies for health management towards the success of smart cities eco system.  The book is planned to consist of four parts, namely sensing and communication technologies for smart health, decision making and analytics, security & privacy, and service management in smart health.

Topics of Interest:

Specific topics of interest include, but not limited to, the following (see list of potential authors):

  • Connected health definition, terminology and approaches
  • Socially-aware media for healthcare in Smart Cities Eco Systems
  • Smart home health care monitoring for Smart Cities
  • Gesture-based Multimedia remote therapy management for Smart Cities
  • Multimedia (audio, video, image) healthcare big data processing for Smart Cities
  • Novel and intuitive visualization methods for health data
  • Serious Games or Adaptive exergames for Smart Cities Applications
  • Interactive and emotion-aware healthcare systems in Smart Cities
  • Habit forming for in-home patients
  • Multisensory signal fusion for health care applications in Smart Cities
  • Health service management in smart cities
  • Data analytics-driven decision making systems for healthcare providers
  • Elderly smart health monitoring environments for Smart Cities
  • Multimedia for Ambient Assisted Living in Smart Cities
  • Machine and Deep Learning methodologies for specific diseases (cardiac, diabetes, etc.)
  • Mobile Edge Computing/Communications solutions for medical data acquisition, processing and storage
  • Continuous authentication of wearables
  • Privacy preservation in medical applications
  • Novel models, frameworks, techniques, and algorithms for big healthcare data in Smart Cities
  • Novel models and methodologies for medical information diffusion
  • Economic, societal and financial impacts of connected health systems


Based on the topics of interest mentioned above, we envision the following tentative outline for the book:


Chapter-1: Connected health definition and healthcare systems in smart cities

Chapter-2: Technologies and solutions for connected health in smart cities

Chapter-3: Internet of Things (IoT)-Driven Health Monitoring

Chapter-4: Multisensory signal fusion for healthcare applications

Chapter-5: Mobile Edge  Computing for Patient monitoring

Chapter-6: Tactile Internet in Smart Health


Chapter-8: Health Analytics

Chapter-9: Machine and Deep Learning Techniques in Smart Health Applications

Chapter-10: Habit forming for in-home patients

Chapter-11: Multimedia Big Data Proessing for Smart Healthcare


Chapter-12:  Encryption techniques for digital health

Chapter-13: Continuous authentication methods for wearables

Chapter-14: Privacy preservation in remote patient monitoring and remote treatment


Chapter-15: Elderly smart health monitoring environments

Chapter-16: Multimedia for Ambient Assisted Living in Smart Cities

Chapter-17: Socially-aware media for healthcare in Samrt Cities

Chapter-18: Intuitive visualization methods for smart healthcare

Chapter-19: Smart home healthcare monitoring

Chapter-20: Economic, societal and financial impacts of connected health systems


Bios of Editors:

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, (FIEEE’2009) is Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. His research focus is on multimodal interaction with digital information in smart cities. He is an internationally-recognized scholar who has made strong contributions to the knowledge and understanding of multimedia computing, communications and applications. Prof. El Saddik is the director of the Medical Devices Innovation Institute (MDII) and the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab). He is Senior Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (ACM TOMCCAP) and Guest Editor for several IEEE Transactions and Journals. Dr. El Saddik has been serving on several technical program committees of numerous IEEE and ACM events. He has been the General Chair and/or Technical Program Chair of more than 40 international conferences, symposia and workshops on collaborative hapto-audio-visual environments, multimedia communications, and instrumentation and measurements. He was the general co-chair of ACM MM 2008. He has authored and co-authored three books and more than 520 publications. He has received research grants and contracts totaling more than $18 million and has supervised more than 120 researchers.

Prof. El Saddik is a Fellow of the IEEE (2009), for his contributions to interactive haptic audio visual systems. He was also elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2010) and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2010). He is the first Canadian in Computer Science & Engineering to receive the very prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the German Humboldt Foundation in 2007. He is the recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA), in 2004 and the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) New Professorship Incentive Award (2004). In 2008 he was appointed an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, he also received the Professional of the Year Award, from the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Achievement in the Development of Canada. He has also received five Outstanding/Best Paper Awards. Dr. El Saddik is the recipient of the 2010 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist Award, the 2011 Cátedra de Excelencia from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain and the 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Award, which is the highest award of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement society, for his outstanding contributions to multimedia computing. Most recently, he received the Faculty of Engineering’s George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research for 2012. He also received the 2012 IEEE Ottawa Educator Award and the 2013 IEEE Canada Achievement Award: C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science.

Shamim Hossain is an Associate Professor at the King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA. Dr. Shamim Hossain received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include serious games, social media, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and multimedia for healthcare, smart health, and resource provisioning for big data processing on media clouds. He has authored and coauthored around 120 publications including refereed IEEE/ACM/Springer/Elsevier journals, conference papers, books, and book chapters. He has served as a member of the organizing and technical committees of several international conferences and workshops. He has served as co-chair, general chair, workshop chair, publication chair, and TPC for over 12 IEEE and ACM conferences and workshops. Currently, he serves as a co-chair of the 7th IEEE ICME workshop on Multimedia Services and Tools for E-health MUST-EH 2017. He is the recipient of a number of awards including, the Best Conference Paper Award, the 2016 ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (TOMM) Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award, and the Research in Excellence Award from King Saud University. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Access, Computers and Electrical Engineering (Elsevier), Games for Health Journal and International Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer). Previously, he served as a guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (currently JBHI), International Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer), Cluster Computing (Springer), Future Generation Computer Systems (Elsevier), Computers and Electrical Engineering (Elsevier), and International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. Currently, he serves as a lead guest editor of IEEE Communication Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Access and Sensors (MDPI). Dr. Shamim is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of ACM and ACM SIG

Burak Kantarci is an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering  and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. From 2014 to 2016, he was an Assistant Professor at the ECE Department at Clarkson University, where he currently holds a courtesy appointment an assistant professor. Dr. Kantarci is te founding director of the Next Generation Communications and Computing Networks (NEXTCON) Laboratory. In 2009-2014, he also worked as a research fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ottawa. Dr. Kantarci received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from Istanbul Technical University, in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He received the Siemens Excellence Award in 2005 for his studies in optical burst switching.  During his Ph.D. study, he studied as a Visiting Scholar with the University of Ottawa, where he completed the major content of his thesis. He has co-authored over 100 papers in established journals and conferences, and contributed to 11 book chapters.  In 2017, he is starting to co-investigate a new project (originally funded by NSF) on Self-Organization for Small Cell Enabled Community Resilience Microgrid at the University of Ottawa. In 2015, he was awarded by the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative (CISE-CRII) of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project on Mobile Social Networks and Trustworthy Crowdsensing. In the same year, he also received a research grant from NSF I/UCRC Center for Identification Technology and Research (CITeR) with the project title Internet of Biometric Things.  He is the Co-Editor of the book entitled Communication Infrastructures for Cloud Computing. He has served as the Technical Program Co-Chair of seven international conferences/workshops. He is an Editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and an editor for IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking in the area of Energy Efficiency in Data Storage and Sensors. He also serves as the Secretary of the IEEE ComSoc Communication Systems Integration  and Modeling Technical Committee. He is a member of the ACM and a senior member of the IEEE.