The 2009 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS 2009)
June 21 - 24, 2009, Leipzig, Germany


Toward Ubiquitous Healthcare Services

Tarik Taleb
NEC Europe Ltd.
Heidelberg, Germany

The current healthcare systems are undergoing a fascinating transformation to a ubiquitous wireless network-centric paradigm.  The healthcare community is demonstrating a growing interest to leverage commercial Internet and wireless networking technologies in order to achieve this desired network-centric paradigm.  Such a paradigm demands a robust, highly-capable, highly-interoperable, readily deployable and manageable, and secure networking capability to provide pervasive "anytime, anywhere" health-care communications.  This tutorial first delineates the phenomenal advances in key wireless technologies in the recent era which have opened up revolutionary possibilities for delivering healthcare services.  The tutorial then moves toward exploring unique challenges pertaining to designing and deploying pervasive healthcare systems.  The tutorial then continues on describing some solutions as case studies, namely AGAPE, ANGELAH, and PEACH.  Through these case studies, the tutorial discusses the issues of integrating heterogeneous wireless technologies and healthcare-specific functionalities.  In particular, the tutorial points out the formation of ad hoc support groups to aid patients/victims who have succumbed to illnesses/accidents.

The tutorial is divided into the following three segments:


  1. T. Taleb, D. Bottazzi, M. Guizani, and H. Nait-Charif, "ANGELAH: A Framework for Assisting Elders At Home ", in IEEE J. Select. Areas in Commun, May 2009.
  2. D. Bottazzi, R. Montanari, and A. Toninelli, "Context-Aware Middleware for Anytime, Anywhere Social Networks," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 22, No. 5, Sep./Oct. 2007. pp. 23-32.
  3. W. C. Mann, "The aging population and its needs," in IEEE Pervasive Computing Mag., Vol. 3, No. 2, Apr.-Jun 2004. pp. 12-14.
  4. A. Soomro and D. Cavalcanti, "Opportunities and Challenges in Using WPAN and WLAN Technologies in Medical Environments," in IEEE Commun. Mag., Feb. 2007. pp. 114-122.

Researchers from both academia and industry interested in the topic of telemedicine.

The tutorial material will be presented in a 2-hour session.

Laser pointer and video projector.


Dr. Tarik Taleb is currently working as senior researcher at the NEC Europe Ltd.  From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2009, he was working as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University. Prior to that, he worked as research fellow with the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B.E degree in Information Engineering with distinction, M.E and Ph. D degrees in Computer Sciences from GSIS, Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively.

His research interests lie in the field of mobile multimedia streaming, wireless networking, inter-vehicular communications, satellite and space communications, congestion control protocols, network management, handoff and mobility management, and network security. His recent research has also focused on on‐demand media transmission in multicast environments.

Dr. Taleb is on the editorial board of the IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and other Wiley journals. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) (2006 ‐ present). He has been on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their symposia. He is a recipient of the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Young Researcher Award (Jun. 2009), the 2008 TELECOM System Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, the 2007 Funai Foundation Science Promotion Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 2006), the Niwa Yasujirou Memorial Award (Feb. 2005), and the Young Researcher's Encouragement Award from the Japan chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (Oct. 2003). Dr. Taleb is an IEEE member.