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Sheldon COST Action CA16226: Solutions for Ageing Well at Home, in the Community and at Work


By 2050, the number of people in the EU aged 65 and above is expected to grow by 70% and the number of people aged over 80, by 170%, which will increase demand and costs for healthcare. Integrating ICT solutions into habitats, along with improved building design, will allow us to live at home and stay active and productive for longer despite cognitive or physical impediments.
Improving accessibility, functionality, and safety at home, at work and in society in general requires combining many disciplines together to develop solutions that integrate ICT, ergonomics, healthcare (psychological and physical), building and community design.
The furniture sector plays an incredibly important role. Not only is it a critical part of the European economy, it also can significantly improve the accessibility of the built environment for the elderly by integrating ICT solutions, ergonomic design, and taking into account the health needs of the elderly more completely.
The COST Action CA16226 Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly (Sheld-on) is a science and technology network where relevant actors from academic, research and industry sectors utilize networking tools and activities to address the ageing population challenges facing Europe, helping to reduce redundancy in RDI efforts, ensure solutions are developed with a broader set of expertise, and help refine the efforts of diverse group of researchers.
The Final Sheld-on Conference is organized by COST action CA16226 and will take place as a special session of the EAI GOODTECHS 2021 – 7th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good that will be celebrated from the 15th to the 17th of September 2021 in Aveiro (Portugal).

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The organizing committee invites interested authors to submit their extended abstracts. Both original work and work in progress extended abstracts are welcome. All accepted and presented extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.
The conference will be focused on addressing research challenges and solutions in the fields of ICT, Furniture Design and Medical Sciences including (but not limited to) the following topics:

• Supportive architecture;
• Preventing social isolation;
• Health care (personalized monitoring);
• Furniture for older adults;
• Building and empowering communities for an age-friendly environment;
• Social aspects of participation;
• Promote community interaction;
• Country policies;
• Lifelong learning and knowledge transfer;
• Working environment safety and comfort;
• Personal wellbeing at work;
• Model Verification;
• Usefulness of technology;
• Philosophical Aspects;
• Privacy- Security- Safety;
• Co-Design;
• Inhibiting and Enabling Factors.


All registered papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library.

Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, such as Web of Science, EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), DBLP, EU Digital Library, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, Zentralblatt MATH.

The registered papers must follow the guidelines below:

• Papers should be in English.
• Submitted papers can be short (6-11 p.) or regular (12-15+ p.).
• Previously published work may not be submitted, nor may the work be
concurrently submitted to any other conference or journal. Such papers will be rejected without review.

GOODTECHS proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

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Community Review is a service offered to Program Committees and submitting Authors of all EAI conferences designed to improve the speed and the quality of the review process.
Abstracts of all authors who opt-in to Community Review during submission will be published and available for Bidding here.
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Paper Submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+’ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
14 June 2021
Notification deadline
1 July 2021
Camera-ready deadline
1 August 2021
Start of Conference
15 September 2021
End of Conference
17 September 2021