Topics of the workshop

The workshop invites original submissions in different areas of health media:

  • Devices and sensors: What rich multimedia data can we acquire today, using dedicated wearables, general multimedia devices such as smartphones or cameras, or unrelated third-party sources? Which new sensors and devices are imaginable and will provide new data in the future? Which standards are available or must be developed to ensure general and easy access to all data?
  • Big data: How can we gain personal insights from collected media data? How can we extract valuable information for large populations out of the personal data of millions of users?
  • Open datasets: How can we collect open datasets of annotated long-term data that could be used for benchmarking and large-scale studies in mobile health?
  • Stakeholder involvement: How can relevant stakeholders from professional healthcare as well as from the personal side such as family, friends and the social networks be involved in the design of next-generation health systems?
  • Interdisciplinarity: How can the different disciplines such as computer science, psychology, medicine, social sciences, or economics, to name just a few, collaborate fruitfully yet efficiently in research projects to develop sustainable next-generation health systems?
  • Legal issues: How do we deal with legal issues, such as the patient’s right for data privacy versus the public interest in large-scale health data? What restrictions are imposed on research and development by legal frameworks e.g. on medical device regulations?


These topics have been identified based on previous versions of the workshop which were designed to be extremely interactive, with significant time set aside for discussion and debate by participants. In 2017, for example, participants were set a challenge to identify important research challenges relevant to their own work, which were then collectively discussed and synthesized under the headings of the overarching topics outlined above.

If you are interested you might like to read the following articles.


[1] Susanne Boll, Jochen Meyer, Noel E. OConnor, "Health Media: From Multimedia Signals to Personal Health Insights", IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 25, no. , pp. 51-60, Jan.-Mar. 2018, doi:10.1109/MMUL.2018.011921235

[2] Susanne Boll, Touradj Ebrahimi, Cathal Gurrin, Laleh Jalali, Ramesh Jain, Jochen Meyer, Noel E. O’Connor. MMHealth 2017 Workshop on Multimedia for Personal Health and Health Care. IEEE Multimedia. 2018.
https://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/mu/2018/01/mmu2018010007.pdf

[3] MMHealth '16- Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Workshop on Multimedia for Personal Health and Health Care.
https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2985766

[4] MMHealth 17.Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Multimedia for Personal Health and Health Care. https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3132635