Call for Papers


PervasiveHealth is a premier international forum with specific focus on technologies and human factors related to the use of ubiquitous computing in healthcare and for wellbeing. The overall goal of the PervasiveHealth conference is to take a multidisciplinary approach to Pervasive Healthcare Technology research and development. The Pervasive Healthcare Community is addressing a broad scope of research topics and concerns: identify and understand problems from a technological, social, medical, and legal as well as financial perspective (with a particular emphasis on understanding and supporting patients’ and practitioners’ needs); design, implementation, and evaluation of supporting hardware and software infrastructures, algorithms, services and applications; and organizational strategies that facilitate integration of Pervasive Healthcare Technology into the healthcare enterprise.

Traditional healthcare environments are extremely complex and challenging to manage, as they are required to cope with an assortment of patient conditions under various circumstances with a number of resource constraints. Pervasive healthcare technologies seek to respond to a variety of these pressures by successfully integrating them within existing healthcare environments. Technologies, standards and procedures on their own provide little and or no meaningful service. It is essential that pervasive healthcare environments, through a combined approach of data collection, data correlation and data presentation, assist healthcare professionals in delivering high levels of patient care, and empower individuals and their families for self-care and health management.

PervasiveHealth aims to gather technology experts, practitioners, industry and international authorities contributing towards the assessment, development and deployment of pervasive medical based technologies, standards and procedures.

We welcome contributions from the following fields:

  • Sensing/Actuating Technologies and Pervasive Computing
  • Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • Hardware and Software Infrastructures

We seek novel, innovative, and exciting work in areas including but not limited to:

Understanding Users

  • Identifying and addressing stakeholder needs
  • Usability and acceptability
  • Barriers and enablers to adoption
  • Social implications of pervasive health technology, and social inclusion
  • Coverage and delivery of pervasive healthcare services
  • Patient and caregiver empowerment
  • Diversity: population and condition-specific requirements
  • Inclusive research and design: engaging underrepresented populations
  • Digital interventions and health behavior change


  • Autonomous systems to support independent living
  • Clinical applications, validation and evaluation studies
  • Telemedicine and mHealth solutions
  • Chronic disease and health risk management applications
  • Health/Wellbeing promotion and disease prevention
  • Home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring
  • Continuous vs event-driven monitoring of patients
  • Smart homes and hospitals
  • Using mobile devices in the storage, update, and transmission of patient data
  • Wellbeing and lifestyle support
  • Systems to support individuals with auditory, cognitive, or vision impairments
  • Systems to support caregivers

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

  • Physiological models for interpreting medical sensor data
  • Activity recognition and fall detection
  • User modelling and personalization
  • Modelling of Pervasive Healthcare environments
  • Sensor-based decision support systems
  • Design and evaluation of patient and ambient-related sensors
  • Wearable and implantable sensor integration
  • Data fusion in pervasive healthcare environments
  • Data mining of medical patient records
  • Software architectures
  • Electronic Health Records

Pervasive Healthcare Management

  • Challenges surrounding data quality
  • Standards and interoperability in pervasive healthcare
  • Business cases and cost issues
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Training of healthcare professional for pervasive healthcare
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Staffing and resource management

Full papers (up to 10 pages)

Full papers are submissions describing results and original research work not submitted or published elsewhere in one of the four main categories listed above. Full papers should place the work within the field, cite related work, and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of the work and its contribution to the field. The page limit for full papers is 10 pages including references, but can also be shorter.

New for 2019! No short papers

There is no separate short paper submission type. Rather authors are encouraged to choose the length according to the scope of the paper. Shorter papers do not have lower chances of acceptance. The scope of the paper in relation to its length will be part of the reviewing criteria. However a number of submissions after review may be invited to produce a 4-pages version to be included as part of the posters track.

New for 2019! Rising Stars

PervasiveHealth is committed to serving as a forum for dissemination of important work in technologies for health and to promoting insightful discussions and exchange of ideas. To create more opportunities for early dissemination and feedback, we introduce a new category, Rising StarsWe will invite 10-12 high quality submissions that fell just below acceptance bar for full paper presentation to present their work during rapid-fire oral presentations and as a poster. The papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library in a special section of the proceedings. Participation in this will be entirely voluntary and at the discretion of the authors



  • All accepted full papers and rising stars will be published by ACM and made available through ACM Digital Library (CONFIRMED).
  • PervasiveHealth proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, including EI Elsevier Engineering Index, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL)
  •  All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of:

Paper submission

A thorough reviewing process will ensure that authors receive high-quality feedback on their submissions. Submissions must be anonymized. Each paper will be double-blind, peer-reviewed by members of the Pervasive Health 2019 program committee with additional expert reviewers drawn from relevant research domains. Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, significance of the contribution to the field, technical correctness, appropriateness of length for the paper’s scope, and presentation. The paper should make explicit how the work offers unique and substantial contribution beyond what has already been published or submitted. Authors will be invited to submit their camera-ready papers in ACM format, to be published in ACM Digital Library.

Papers should be submitted through EasyChair, and have to comply with the ACM format (see Author’s kit section). Find more information about Initial submission here.

In the previous years, the acceptance rate of the Pervasive Health Conference was below 30%, being 24% in 2018.

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
15 January 2019 (UTC-10)

Notification deadline
8 March 2019

Camera-ready deadline
25 March 2019

Start of Conference
20 May 2019

End of Conference
23 May 2019