Background and Goals


Ambient Intelligence (AmI) has been realized as a transversal scenario for several application domains, in which consumer electronics, telecommunications and computing play a key role. This computing paradigms is empowered by the tremendous advancements in technology that make computing pervasive and ubiquitous, and that is enabled by the demands of people to live in an interactive environment that deals with their various needs.

One natural, critical human need where AmI can be used is healthcare, where quality of life can be improved. While Ambient Intelligence in health applications is increasingly getting research momentum, it does not reach a level of maturity yet. Reasons for such deficiency include not only the challenges of understanding the health domain by computer scientists, but also the difficulty of dealing with a critical domain where errors are unacceptable. Thus, the AmIHealth Summer School is aimed at boosting this research area, by focusing not just on innovations on the infrastructure and technology required for achieving the ambient intelligence in health, such as smart environments and wearable medical devices, but also on the development of novel testing, verification and evaluation techniques that make possible the actual implementation of such innovations.

This Summer School is part of the diffusion and collaboration activities conducted by the project UBIHEALTH: Exchange of Excellence in Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Address Healthcare Challenges. FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES, European Commission, Grant: 316337.

Important Dates

  • Proposal submission due: September 1, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: September 28, 2015
  • Participant registration (free): November 2, 2015
  • Summer School: November 25-27, 2015

Supported By

Marie Curie
European Commission


Universidad de Chile
Univesidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Topics of Interest

Infrastructure to support AmIHealth

  • -Sensing technologies.
  • -Wireless sensor networks.
  • -Supporting services.
  • -Network architectures.
  • -Middleware infrastructures.

Design of AmIHEALTH solutions

  • -Detection and recognition mechanisms.
  • -Learning and diagnosing mechanisms.
  • -Decision-making and intervention mechanisms.
  • -Use of virtual and augmented reality.
  • -Data fusion and awareness provision.
  • -Services design and implementation.
  • -Quality of service (e.g. energy consumption, privacy and security).

Applications to support AmIHealth

  • -Tools to support patients, caregivers.
  • -Tools to support medical personnel and health institutions.
  • -Tools to support homecare and hospital healthcare.
  • -Business models for e-Health services’ delivery.

Case studies in AmIHealth scenarios


Summer School Chairs

  • -Sergio F. Ochoa, Chile
  • -Jose Bravo, Spain
  • -Jesus Fontecha, Spain

Scientific Committee

  • -Sergio F. Ochoa, Chile
  • -Jesus Favela, Mexico
  • -Jesus Fontecha, Spain
  • -Angelica Muñoz, Mexico
  • -Jose Bravo, Spain
  • -Ramon Hervas, Spain

Organisation Committee

  • -Nelson Baloian, Chile
  • -Javier Bustos, Chile
  • -Francisco Gutierrez, Chile
  • -Valeria Herskovic, Chile
  • -Jose Pino, Chile
  • -Gustavo Zurita, Chile
  • -Tania Mondejar, Spain
  • -Justyna Kidacka, Spain
  • -Ivan Gonzalez, Spain

Web Master

  • -Ivan Gonzalez, Spain.



The students that want to apply to the Summer School should submit an extended abstract by email to with the subject "UbiHealth2015 Summer School". The extended abstract should be a PDF file named YOURNAME_Ubihealth2016.pdf (substitute your full name where it reads YOURNAME).

The extended abstract should be 2-3 pages indicating:

  • - Context and problem statement
  • - Research questions
  • - Brief discussion of the state-of-the-art
  • - Research methodology/plan
  • - Progress in your research
  • - Expected contributions

The proposals should be in SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format:

The students with an accepted submission should present orally their work during the summer school (20-30 minutes for oral presentation + questions/feedback).


Wednesday, November 25th

9:00-9:15Opening session
9:15-13:00Session 1. Chair: Wolfram Luther
9:15-10:15Wolfram Luther: Contributions to Ambient Assisted Living: Gesture recognition in house automation, daily elder care and a Human Autonomy Assessment System (HAAS)
10:15-11:15Daniel Biella: Middleware and Infrastructures to Implement Urban Ambient Intelligence.
11:15-11:35Coffee Break
11:35-13:00Benjamin Weyers: General introduction to modeling in AmI systems
14:30-17:00Session 2. Chair: Sergio Ochoa
14:30-15:20Daniel Biella: Practical work - Building home automation appliance
15:20-16:10Benjamin Weyers: Practical work - Modeling and use of metaphors for interaction in AmI systems
16:10-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:00Rodrigo Santos: A MAC protocol for Underwater Sensors Networks

Thursday, November 26th

9:30-12:45Session 3. Chair: Jose Bravo
9:30-10:05Nicolas Risso: A Cloud-based Mobile System to Improve Respiratory Therapy Services at Home in Chile                                                                              
10:05-10:40Iyubanit Rodriguez: Interfaces to monitor patients with pain
10:40-11:15Tania Mondejar: Towards executive functioning analysis through serious games and neurosciences
11:15-11:35Coffee Break
11:35-12:10Ivan Gonzalez: Passive Gait Data Acquisition System Using a Structured Light Sensor
12:10-12:45Shoba Poduval: Online self-management education for newly diagnosed patients with Type 2 Diabetes: a pilot protocol
14:30-17:20Session 4. Chair: Ramon Hervas
14:30-15:20Ramon Hervas: Serious Games for Diagnosing and Support Health Treatments
15:20-16:10Jesus Fontecha: Exploring the AmIHEALTH paradigm. Monitoring in Healthcare: Building mHealth ecosystems
16:10-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:20Valeria Herskovic: Designing interfaces for healthcare and wellbeing

Friday, November 27th

9:30-12:50Session 5. Chair: Jesus Fontecha
9:30-10:05Diego Muñoz: Introducing Ambient Assisted Living Technology at the Home of the Elderly: Challenges and Lessons Learned
10:05-10:40Francisco Gutiérrez: Prototyping Personalized Persuasion to Mediate Family Communication
10:40-11:15Esperanza Johnson: Cognitive Stimulation based on Behaviour Awareness and Human-Avatar Interaction
11:15-11:40Coffee Break
11:40-12:15Remzi Yavuz: Detecting patterns in our lives using smartphones
12:15-12:50Carlos Gutierrez: Towards Behaviour-Aware Computing through Activity Recognition, Context-Awareness and Psychological Foundations              
14:30-16:10Session 6. Chair: Jose Pino
14:30-15:20Jesus Favela: Behavior-aware computing: the third wave of ubiquitous computing
15:20-16:10Faber Giraldo: Experiences applying UCD in software for care support - learned lessons from two real projects
16:10-16:20Closing Session

Social Events

Sure!, we will propose some attractive social events to perform at leisure time in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Santiago de Chile. Further details will be announced In this web when dates are closest.

Venue & Accomodation


Please contact to Sergio F. Ochoa (Universidad de Chile) if you have any question
sochoa [at] dcc [dot] uchile [dot] cl

Please contact to Jose Bravo (UCLM) if you have any question
jose.bravo [at] uclm [dot] es
Please contact to Jesus Fontecha (UCLM) if you have any question
jesus.fontecha [at] uclm [dot] es