Workshop Multimodal e-Coaches @ ICMI 2020

The vCare project consortium is, together with other PM-15 projects, among the co-organisers of a Workshop on “Multimodal e-Coaches” at the 2020 edition of “ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction” (ICMI 2020). ICMI 2020 was initially scheduled  for 25-29 October 2020 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Due to the pandemic situation, ICMI 2020 has switched from a physical organization to a virtual one. The workshop day: October 25 or 29, 2020 (still to be decided).

e-Coaches are promising intelligent systems that aims at supporting human everyday life, dispatching advices through different interfaces, such as apps, conversational interfaces and augmented reality interfaces. This workshop aims at exploring how e-coaches might benefit from spatially and time-multiplexed interfaces and from different communication modalities (e.g., text, visual, audio, etc.) according to the context of the interaction.

We would much appreciate any contribution. For details, see the workshop website:

vCare @ EHMA 2020

The vCare project will be present at the 2020 edition of the well-known conference of the European Health Management Association (EHMA).

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show the importance of bringing experts together, exchanging practices and finding shared answers to tackle key public health issues. However, having carefully revised the latest information offered by local, national and international authorities, and having run consultations among the Members of the EHMA Board, the Conference Hosts, the members and main stakeholders, the conference chairs concluded that the only way forward to ensure the safety of everyone is for the EHMA 2020 Conference to take place as a digital event. EHMA is  aiming at unforgettable virtual experience, using the latest developments in software and most effective engagement tools to make sure that we organize an absolutely unique EHMA 2020.

It is in this context that our abstract on the vCare approach will be presented on DAY 1 – TUESDAY, 17th NOVEMBER 2020 – from 17.00 to 18.30 CET. The session title is “Parallel Thinking: Digital Transformation”.

For more information, see the conference website:

Digital Therapeutics and Care at Home

On the 3rd June 2020, EHTEL launched the webinar Digital Therapeutics and Care at Home. It was part of the Imagining 2029 work programme, a programme building on a series of webinars and workshops – hosted by its working groups – focused on accelerating digital transformation while acknowledging the opportunities and challenges raised by the current COVID-19 crisis. This webinar belongs to the Innovation Initiative agenda for 2020: Exploring Digital Therapeutics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Coaches.

Research physiotherapist, Riccardo Re, showcased a neuro-rehabilitation example of digital therapeutics from the vCare’s project partner Casa di Cura del Policlinico in Milan, Italy. Focusing on work in the vCare project, Massimo Caprino, then talked about the vCare customised clinical pathway when carrying out home rehabilitation. Key points included: adherence to the care plan and patient empowerment.

A summary of the presentation is available on EHTEL’s website; CCP’s full presentation is available here.