26th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical System

Porto, Portugal - June 20th-22nd, 2013

Fetal monitoring aims to measure fetal well being and assessing labor progress. Cardiotocography (CTG) is widely used in developed countries for fetal monitoring both before and during the labor. CTG assesses fetal heart rate and uterine contractions and aims to detect fetuses in danger of death or permanent damage. However, its capability remains controversial. In fact, there is high observer disagreement over visual analysis of CTG and over clinical decisions based on its interpretation. Computer analysis of cardiotocograms provides quantitative parameters that are difficult to assess by human eye and overcomes the observer disagreement problem of visual analysis. Recently, non-linear models, clustering and mining of patterns have been used to deal with higher levels of complexity present in cardiotocographic tracings, aiming to detect the fetus in risk during the pregnancy and labour.

The aim of this special track is to discuss new ideas and advances in the field of cardiotocographic signal analysis bringing together researchers from various fields, including obstetricians, computer scientists, biomedical engineers and mathematicians.


Cristina santos - Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal
Hernâni Gonçalves - Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal
Luís Antunes - Faculty of Science, University of Porto, Portugal

Paper Submission

Papers have to be submitted using EasyChair online submission system.. Submissions are allowed a maximum of 6 (six) pages in IEEE two-column format. Accepted papers will be published in the symposium proceedings in the same length and format as regular CBMS papers. Authors should choose the "Fetal monitoring signal analysis" special track, when submitting a paper. For more details on submission guidelines visit the general webpage of CBMS: http://cbms2013.med.up.pt.

Topics of interest for this Special Track include (but are not limited to):

  • Clustering fetal heart rate by compression
  • Non-linear analysis of CTG
  • Stream learning approaches to improve the analysis of CTG
  • Minning of patterns in CTG
  • Influence of CTG equipments and acquisition conditions
  • Optimization of CTG analysis methods for near real-time implementations

    Important dates:

  • Paper submission due January 31, 2013 ---> 21st February 2013
    ** EXTENDED **

  • Notification of acceptance March 10, 2013 ---> 31st March 2013
    ** EXTENDED **

  • Final camera-ready paper due April 10, 2013 ---> 24th April 2013
    ** EXTENDED **

  • CBMS symposium days June 20-22, 2013

    Special Track Program Committee (PROVISIONAL):

  • Almeida, Rute. CIBER-BBN, Spain
  • Antunes, Luís. University of Porto, Portugal
  • Ayres de Campos, Diogo. University of Porto, Portugal
  • Bernardes, João. University of Porto, Portugal
  • Chudácek, Václav. Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Costa Santos, Cristina. Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Gonçalves, Hernani. CINTESIS, Portugal
  • Orini, Michele. University College of London, UK
  • Pereira Rodrigues, Pedro. University of Porto, Portugal
  • Rocha, Ana Paula. University of Porto, Portugal
  • Signorini, Maria Gabriella. Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Zemb, Patrick. Centre Hospitalier de Bretagne Sud, France