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CfP: Focus Theme Section on "Ambient Assisted Living" (20-4)


Guest Editors: 

  • Markus Bick, ESCP Europe Campus Berlin
  • Jan Marco Leimeister, University of Kassel
  • Douglas R. Vogel, City University of Hong Kong

The main objective of ambient assisted living (AAL) is to improve the quality of life of elderly people appropriate to their respective environment individually as well as sustainably. It is related to the impact of current and future changes to aging demographics. Ambient assisted living is mainly supported by mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies enabling assisted living environments by offering information and guidance in various scenarios. Such environments apply ubiquitous, intelligent, pervasive, and unobtrusive computer systems embedded into human environments, tailored to the individual’s context-aware needs. The internet of things and its related technological shift builds the basis for a future filled with interacting everyday smart objects offering a whole range of assisting possibilities, e.g., ambient home care systems, personal health systems, context-aware applications for patients with special needs, or ubiquitous coaching strategies to promote behavioural modifications. Consequently, industry has quietly begun setting its sights on the corresponding business potentials.

Currently, there are various projects underway often related to joint programmes on the European and American level as well as on national levels. The corresponding initiatives mainly aim at care management, decision support and social interaction as well as technology aspects, ethical issues and socio-economic aspects. Up to now most AAL-specific solutions do not focus on the whole networked value chain neglecting typical market mechanisms. The application of such technologies, e.g., smart objects or web-services, particularly from a business networking point of view is a more or less young topic that is not comprehensively elaborated yet. However, ambient technologies will inevitable lead to new products and services. Solutions that embed elderly people in social networks and solutions that facilitate them to communicate with family, friends and care givers are just examples of innovations that foster new business models and value chains. Various questions along the whole networked value chain that directly lead to a new area of ubiquitous commerce will arise.

The main objective of this focus theme section is to answer these questions from a networked business point of view. It aims at concepts, methods, tools, services, and cases addressing the socio-technical as well as the socio-economic impact of ambient assisted living solutions.

  • How can AAL-specific solutions support individuals to enhance the quality of their life?
  • Which new applications, technologies and services will emerge in the next years?
  • How far will such solutions and/or technologies lead to new networked business opportunities on the industrial as well as on the service level?
  • Which user-centric factors (barriers, motivational factors, etc.) influence adoption and diffusion processes?

Potential topics of interest that this focus theme section would address include but are not limited to: 

  • AAL-specific solutions: innovations and personal / electronic services
  • Architectures and systems design
  • AAL-related service innovations and value chains
  • Service Models / Platforms and Tools
  • Standardisation activities and norms
  • Prototypes / Cases studies
  • Acceptance and adoption of AAL-specific solutions
  • Analysis on the user experience on AAL-specific solutions and services
  • AAL-specific business models (industrial / services / electronic markets)

Additional topic suggestions are welcome.

All papers will be peer reviewed and should conform to Electronic Markets’ publication standards. Methodological and theoretical pluralism (empirical or theoretical work, qualitative research, design science, prototypes …) is welcomed by the journal.

Full papers are invited to be submitted by 13. March 2010. All papers must be original, not published or under review elsewhere. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the focus theme section, please contact the Editor for the focus theme section.

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Papers must be submitted via our electronic submission system. Instructions are available at http://www.electronicmarkets.org/authors.

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: 13. March 2010
  • Feedback to authors: 3. May 2010
  • Revision deadline: 27. May 2010
  • Acceptance decision: 1. July 2010
  • Issue: Vol. 20, No. 4, November 2010



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