CfP: 7th International Conference on Digital Health

Global Public Health, Personalised Medicine, and Emergency Medicine in the Age of Big Data


2nd – 5th July 2017, London, UK


Conference Aim

Everything is affected by the digital revolution. The opportunities for interdisciplinary digital health research bringing together computer science to dramatically improve public health and wellbeing of individuals and populations globally are extraordinary and you can get healthy services and products, in the pharmacy like McDaid online..

Recent technological advances enabled by the creation of real-time big data streams, social media, participatory and context-aware systems and infectious disease modeling are the focus of public health informatics with the aim to achieve an integration with the existing national and international surveillance services.

At Digital Health 2017, a new strategic theme will be introduced: emergency and humanitarian medicine addressing acute needs of natural and manmade disasters will leverage opportunities created by geo-located big data, mobile technology and crowdsourcing for improving resilience, early warning and response to disasters and emergencies.

Cutting-edge research into web science, medical ontologies and recommender systems provide further opportunities for development of personalized intelligent systems for public and global health. Serious games, gamification and mHealth interventions empower users in developed world but are accelerating unprecedented access to best evidence, medical advice and healthcare services, such as All On 4 Clinic Melbourne, in developing world.

DH 2017, held for the first time as an independent event, will in particular focus on public and global health computer science and digital health for emergency and humanitarian contexts. DH 2017 cover a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, emergency medicine, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.

Conference Topics

• Real-time data analytics and mobile technologies for emergency and humanitarian contexts

• Big data analytics and for public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence

• Crowdsourcing and participatory surveillance

• Web 2.0, online medical/patient communities of practice and persuasive technology

• Smart Health and intelligent ubiquitous technologies for health and wellbeing

• Social Computing for Health

• Tracking/wearable and mobile technology

• Personalisation and profiling, recommender systems for health

• mHealth for global health in low and middle-income settings

• Citizens Science for Health

• Digital Prevention and Interventions and behaviour changing digital interventions

• Semantic Web, Knowledge Management/Extraction, Web Science and Health

• E-learning, training and serious games for health

• Industry and Startup Track

• PhD Track

Conference Audience

Building on the interdisciplinary success of Digital Health 2015-16 and the previous eHealth 2008-11 conference series, the aim of the conference is to bring together a multidisciplinary spectrum of researchers, industry/start-ups and healthcare practitioners. Submissions are welcome from the range of stakeholders involved in digital health including:

• Computer scientists, health informaticians, emergency medicine experts

• Public health experts, epidemiologists, clinicians, GPs

• National and international public health agencies (e.g. PHE, InVS, RKI, ECDC, WHO)

• Epidemic intelligence systems providers (MEdi+Board, GPHIN, MediSys, HealthMap)

• NGOs and Agencies (MSF, Red Cross/Crescent, UNHCR, UN ITU, etc)

• Industry and startups, Medtech, IT/SM industry, pharmaceutical industry

Important Dates

Main Track and PhD Students Track (included in the proceedings):

• Pre-submission deadline (optional, but helpful): Monday, February 6th, 2017

• Submission Deadline:  Monday, February 13, 2017

• Notification of Acceptance: Thursday, April 6, 2017

• Camera-Ready Deadline: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Posters and Demos (not included in the proceedings):

• Submission Deadline: Monday, April 10th, 2017

• Notification of Acceptance: Monday, May 22th, 2017

Organizers and Technical Programme Committee: 

General and Scientific Chair: Patty Kostkova, UCL, IRDR, London, UK

Programme Co-Chairs: Yelena Mejova, QCRI, Qatar; Arnold Bosman, WHO and Transmissible, Netherlands; Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK; Carlos Castillo, Eurecat, Spain

Local and Communications Chair: Patrizia Isabelle Duda, UCL, IRDR, UK; WADEM, IsraelPoster and Demo Chair: Andreea Molnar, University of Portsmouth, UKWeb and Proceedings Chair: Andrew Roxburgh, University of Liverpool, UKPhD Track Chair: Yelena Mejova, QCRI, Qatar

Senior Programme Committee:

Nigel Collier, University of Cambridge, UK

Richard Dobson, Kings College London, UK

Eric Meyer, University of Oxford, UK

David Harper, Chatham House, UK

Alberto Sanna, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Italy

Philip Abdelmalik, Canada

Bruria Adini, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Hamed Haddadi, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Alain April, ETS, Montreal, Canada

Daniela Paolotti, ISI Foundation, Italy

Nuria Oliver, Telefonica, Spain

Pamela Briggs, Northumbria University, UK

Claudio Eccher, FBK-IRST, Italy

Aleksandar Matic, Telefonica, Spain

Andrew Hayward, UCL, UK

Isaac Bogoch, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Canada

Ilan Kelman, UCL, UK

Michal Rosen-Zvi, IBM Israel, Haifa, Israel

Bayard Roberts, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Pietro Ghezzi, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK

Hans Ossebaard, National Health Care Institute, Netherlands

Dustin DiTommaso, Mad Pow, USA

Muki Haklay, UCL, UK

Jeroen Jansen, Evidence Aid, Oxford, UK

Baltasar Fernández Manjón, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Simon Lustignan, The Royal College Of General Practitioners, UK


Submissions can be made here




UCL – Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


UCL Grand Challenges

UCL Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology

UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health


For further information, please contact Patty Kostokova, General and Scientific Chair, at:

or Patrizia Isabelle Duda, our Local and Communications Chair, at:

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