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Digital Public Health: From Online Evidence to Serious Games and Big Data
Patty Kostkova, University College London, United Kingdom

The Increasing Role of IoT and Location to Increase Safety and Autonomy of Seniors
Giuseppe Conti, Nively, Italy


Digital Public Health: From Online Evidence to Serious Games and Big Data

Patty Kostkova
University College London
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Patty is the is currently the Principal Research Associate in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College London (UCL). In years 2012-13, she held a Research Scientist post at the ISI Foundation in Italy and in June 2014 was appointed ISI Fellow for her research into digital epidemiology. In the recent years, she was appointed a consultant at WHO, ECDC, Telefonica and Foundation Merieux. Dr Kostkova's Advisory Board memberships include: the ECDC Knowledge Management Working Group and the NHS National Knowledge Service TB Pilot project. Prior to joining UCL, she was Reader and the Head of City eHealth Research Centre (CeRC) at City University, London, UK - a thriving multidisciplinary research centre collaborating with international partners and funding bodies including ECDC, WHO, HPA, EC and DH. In 2017, Patty was shortlisted for the Woman of the Year Award by Computing Women in IT Excellent Awards 2017, and her Mantra project was shortlisted for the Diversity project of the Year Award. Patty’s team was also awarded  the EHI 2012 Prize – finalist in Category “Best Use of social media in healthcare” and BCS and Computing: UK IT Industry Awards 2012 – finalist in Category „IT project demonstrating most effective use of collaborative technology.Patty’s current research investigates mobile training and crowdsourcing for community engagement to combat the zika virus in Brazil, increasing resilience and disaster preparedness in perinatal women in Nepal and strengthening antibiotic stewardship using game-based training in Nigeria, and the use of big data for outbreak preparedness with MSF in the Middle East. Her team's research into Big Data for public and global health includes one of the first studies exploring the potential of Twitter for early-warning of swineflu 2009. Her team piloted a novel model enabling direct technology transfer of a user-driven high impact research through a family of real-world online services for public health and infectious disease professionals including the iNternational Resource for Infection Control (iNRIC), ECDC training resource FEM Wiki and educational games for children edugames4all. She established and chairs the interdisciplinary International Conference on Digital Health with focus on public health digital epidemiology, global health and emergency medicine in the era of big data.  Regular invited and keynote speaker at prestigious institutions and international conferences, Patty published 130 peer-reviewed papers, several book chapters and edited a number of journals. Since 2014, she is the Editor in chief of the Frontiers in Digital Health - cross-linked Frontiers in Public Health and Frontiers in ICT. Her research was extensively covered by international media including the Medi1TV, BBC, AFP, the Vancouver Sun, the Malaysian Insider.  

Recently, we have witnessed a massive explosion of medical and mobile devices and increased citizens’ involvement in management of their health at young and old age. This rapid process changed healthcare delivery at developed world and increasingly improves community health in the low and middle income countries (LMIC).
In this presentation we will outline the issues surrounding the dissemination of medical evidence and understanding public information needs from Internet search weblogs analytics. Educational effectiveness of serious games highlights the opportunity mobile technology brought to training, community engagement and behaviour change. Social networking with increasing amount of user-generated content from social media and participatory surveillance systems provide readily available source of real-time monitoring and epidemic intelligence.
In this talk, we will draw from several mobile technology projects aimed at citizens in low and middle income countries to provide a contrast with aging-well technologies in the developed world. In particular, mobile training and crowdsourcing for community engagement to combat the zika virus in Brazil and serious mobile games for increasing resilience and disaster preparedness in perinatal women in Nepal.



The Increasing Role of IoT and Location to Increase Safety and Autonomy of Seniors

Giuseppe Conti

Brief Bio
Dr Giuseppe Conti, is CTO of Nively ( a French startup focusing on active monitoring technologies for seniors of which is also one of the founders. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (cum laude) with a final thesis on Computer Aided Architectural Design carried on at the University of Lund (Sweden). He holds a PhD from the faculty of Engineering of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK). Since 2012, he has been serving as Chief Technology Officer - CTO at Trilogis, an Italian SME specialising in geospatial technologies. At Trilogis he has been in charge of the creation of an international profile for the company, acquiring and then managing several projects funded by the European Commission as well as projects in cooperation with international institutions such as UN-FAO or NASA AMES Research Center. In the past, he worked for Graphitech - Centre for Advanced Computer Graphics Technologies, a private applied research centre specialising in interactive computer graphics. While at Graphitech, he initially served as senior researcher, also carrying on a post-doc. He later become exploitation and bid manager at Graphitech, being in charge for fundraising and acquiring multiple projects funded by the European Commission and NATO. He has 15-year experience large-scale international EU-funded projects (funded by NATO or EC in the FP5, FP6, FP7, ICT-PSP, H2020 programs) in the domains of computer graphics, interactive enterprise systems, service oriented architectures, geographical web services, mobile applications and location-based services. Over the past few years only he has acted as Technical Manager and Operational Manager within several large-scale EC projects funded within the FP7 (i-Tour) and ICT-PSP programs (BRISEIDE, i-SCOPE, SUNSHINE) each in the range of hundreds of man months, with up to 20+ partner institutions and up to several million Euros of total budget. He is currently the coordinator of the i-locate ICT-PSP pilot B project ( and of the H2020 Innovation Action UNCAP ( He has a sound technical background in the geospatial domain and indoor location technologies, especially for elderly people, where he contributes to activities of related professional associations (he has been member of the board of AMFM GIS Italian professional association). He also plays an active role within standardisation community, serving as member of the Technical Committee (TC) of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as well as co-chair of the IndoorGML Standard Working Group (SWG) and as chair of the Mobile Location Services Domain Working Groups (DWG). He is author of several publications, including articles in monographs or book chapters and more than 100 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He is also editor of 2 books resulting from a NATO-funded project and main author of the final extensive report (650+ pages, published in 2013) of the project VISION “VIsualization SImulation and visual cOmputing techNologies”. Within VISION he worked for the EC Directorate General CONNECT to analyse the European research landscape in the field of simulation, visualisation and visual computing (including visual analytics) to help the Commission make informed decision on future coverage and approaches in the aforementioned domains, for what was set to become the 8th EU Research and Innovation Programme, also known as Horizon 2020.Lastly, he was winner of the NASA 2014 Europa challenge, of which he is now member of the scientific board.

We live in a fast ageing society. The increasing availability of IoT (Internet of Things) technologies is disrupting existing service and business models and the “active and healthy ageing” market will be no different. The maturity achieved by current technology, is enabling a brand new set of services specifically targeted to seniors, leveraging on features such as active healthcare monitoring, indoor location, low-power wireless transmission, machine learning and big data analytics. The opportunities are significant but so are threats and challenges, for instance in terms of privacy and security, as well as in terms of real usability. The talk will provide an overview of technologies and it will provide a critical view over the potential they have within the fast evolving “senior economy”, framing such a fast-expanding technology portfolio in the context of forthcoming legal framework.