J-BHI Special Issue on

The need for unobtrusive cardiovascular monitoring in extra-clinical settings is imperative, but remains unfulfilled. As the population of patients burdened with chronic cardiovascular dysfunction, including heart failure, continues to grow, we should find solutions 1) to obtain an efficient surveillance of the patient’s health status also in daily life, 2) to enable physicians to tailor therapy and rehabilitation programs on the basis of the real patient reaction to the everyday challenges, and 3) to expand our understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology during spontaneous behavior. In clinical settings, some of the most important parameters of cardiovascular performance that physicians consider, often by ultrasound measures, are related to the mechanical aspects of cardiovascular function. However, current technology does not facilitate the unobtrusive assessment of cardiovascular mechanics at home or during outdoor activities. For this reason, we open this call for papers on innovative approaches to monitor cardiovascular mechanics in daily life. We look forward to theoretical, methodological and experimental contributions with a physiological and clinical applicability. Papers uncovering signals origin, biological interpretation, and practical applications will be preferred to manuscripts entirely devoted to technology developments.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Measurements of recoil forces in response to the output of the heart, including ballistocardiography and seismocardiography
  • Measurements of blood flow, including impedance cardiography and photoplethysmography
  • Measurements of heart sounds
  • Interpretation of unobtrusive cardiomechanical measurements, and exploring their physiological origins
  • Clinical studies with unobtrusive cardiomechanical measurements
  • Physiology-driven cardiomechanical signal modeling approaches


Marco Di Rienzo
Fondazione Don Gnocchi

Omer T. Inan
Georgia Institute of Technology

Pierre-Francois Migeotte
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Kwang-Suk Park
Seoul National University


Manuscripts must be prepared according to the format of the IEEE Transactions ( and electronically submitted through the web-based Manuscript Central ( When submitting, authors are requested to choose “UNOBTRUSIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE MECHANICAL ASPECTS OF CARDIOVASCULAR PERFORMANCE” in the manuscript type to indicate that the paper is intended for this special issue.

FINAL DECISION: Jun 15, 2014
PUBLICATION: Aug 15, 2014

For any further questions, please contact the Guest Editors or the Editor-in-Chief.


Call for Papers

Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing

Special Issue on
Health Informatics: Integrating Information and Communication Technologies with Biomedicine for Global Health

The increasingly ageing population, prevalence of chronic disease such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers as well as outbreaks of infectious diseases are some of the major health issues worldwide. Health Informatics, which has been identified by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering as one of the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century, deals with the acquisition, transmission, processing, storage and retrieval of information to enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare such that it becomes personalised, preventive, predictive, pre-emptive, participatory, pervasive and precise. A major direction in health informatics is to research and develop technologies that enable the identification of health issues at an early stage and minimally invasive technologies that help to restore health without severe side-effects.

This special issue aims to collect high quality articles on topics related to novel information and communication technologies (ICT) that enable the early detection, treatment and management of diseases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Wearable, implantable and unobtrusive sensing
  • Body sensor networks, body area networks and body nets
  • Mobile and wireless in clinical and public health settings
  • Intelligent algorithms for diagnosis and clinical decision support
  • Personal and tele-health solutions
  • Informatics in biological systems
  • Health big data and analytics
  • Minimally invasive surgeries
  • Robotic and automation for medicine and health care

Important Deadlines:
Deadline for Submission: 31 March 2014
First Reviews Due: 31 May 2014
Final Decision: 15 July 2014
Expected Date of Publication: 15 October 2014

Associate/Guest Editors:
Paulo de Carvalho, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Carmen C. Y. Poon, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR


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