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The program for the Joint Workshop on High Confidence Medical Devices, Software, and Systems (HCMDSS) and Medical Device Plug-and-Play (MD PnP) Interoperability will feature 2-3 keynote speakers, presentations of selected technical papers, interactive panels of 3-4 speakers on important topics that require invited experts, demonstrations, and poster presentations. Papers for presentation are being selected that outline current and future directions for the development of the HCMDSS and MD PnP fields, as well as recent advances in the state of the art, with perspectives from government, industry, and academia.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Mike Bainbridge, clinical architect for the Connecting for Health programme, UK National Health Service
Dr. Robert M. Kolodner, National Coordinator for HIT, DHHS
Dr. John M. Rushby, Program Director for Formal Methods and Dependable Systems, SRI International

A competitive Call for Papers was issued in late December and early January, and more than 30 submitted papers were received by the February 20th deadline. These were a mix of technical papers and position papers or summaries of work-in-progress. The Program Committee has reviewed these papers, and is contacting the submitters to either (1) accept the paper for a full presentation (estimated at 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for Q&A) or (2) request submission of an extended abstract (2-3 pages) on the work, which will be presented more briefly through a poster session, as a demonstration, or as part of a panel, as decided by the workshop organizers. Submitters whose paper is accepted for a full presentation may also elect to provide a poster or a demonstration.

An additional Call for Extended Abstracts is being made to elicit papers to fill some gaps that exist in coverage of key topics. In addition to those explicitly requested per above, we are seeking extended abstracts that reflect work in progress, discuss challenging open problems, and explore collaborations with other related areas.

We encourage the submission of abstracts for demonstrations. The MD PnP Lab, near the workshop hotel in Cambridge, will be used for a session of demonstrations on the afternoon of June 26th. Submitters who wish to do a demo must still submit an extended abstract describing the project and the demo, and in addition must specify any support requirements for the demo.

Extended abstracts should not exceed 3 pages (750 words). PDF format is preferred, but MS Word and PostScript are also acceptable. The deadline for extended abstracts for all submitters is April 20th. Extended abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to hcmdss@cis.upenn.edu. When the Proceedings of the workshop are published, we expect to include both a section of full papers for the full presentations and a section of extended abstracts.

Further information about the workshop can be found at the HCMDSS/MD PnP workshop web site, http://www.cis.upenn.edu/hcmdss07.

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