Workshop GPH

Pervasive Computing to Quantify Urban Green Space Impacts on Health and Well-Being

“Green Pervasive Health GPH”

Co-located to PervasiveHealth 2019


Along with an increasing awareness of relations between the natural environment and people’s well-being, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests a causal relationship between time spent in urban green spaces and the health and well-being of urban citizens. In this workshop, we will examine the role of innovative pervasive technologies in assessing citizens’ health and well-being in urban green spaces. With respect to the vantage point of pervasive technology in data acquisition and use in public spaces, we aim to identify the means and data by which we can quantify the impacts of urban green space on citizens’ health and well-being.


The workshop aims to mobilize an interdisciplinary community of scholarship and practice to address the impacts of urban green spaces on the health and well-being of citizens, using pervasive computing technologies as a unifying central concept. This workshop aims to:

  • identify the existing data sources and pervasive computing technologies applicable to assessment of green space impacts on human health and well-being.
  • explore the use of pervasive computing technologies and resultant health and well-being data by urban planners and policymakers.
  • define the key elements of pervasive computing technologies to promote urban development with positive individual and community-level health and well-being outcomes.

Participation and abstract submission

Motivated participants are invited to submit a 1-page abstract (up to 400 words) describing their pervasive concept solution and its fit to the theme of the workshop (see instructions below). Participants with accepted abstracts shall demonstrate their solution with support from a prototype, poster, video and\or other material during the actual workshop (20\05\2018).

The abstract should include at least:

  1. A short positioning statement regarding the opportunities that pervasive technologies offer for collecting health and well-being data from urban green spaces.
  2. A short description of pervasive solutions that they plan to demonstrate.
  3. Some preliminary ideas on innovative uses\applications of pervasive computing in health and well-being assessment in public\urban green spaces.

Authors are strongly encouraged to include in their abstracts visual material, such as concept drawings as well as to make reference to supporting visual material that can be watched online. If necessary, authors may make initial remarks regarding the practical requirements of their demonstrations (e.g. electric power supply).

Submit your abstract HERE.

Workshop format

The full-day workshop includes a demonstration session of the accepted pervasive computing solutions followed by a hands-on conceptualisation session. During the demonstration session, participants will learn about innovative pervasive computing solutions and their capabilities by interacting with the prototypes of pervasive technologies. During the conceptualisation session, participants will form interdisciplinary groups and develop concept solutions that focus on data acquisition for the improvement of urban health as well as physical, mental and/or social well-being. Demo presenters are expected to actively participate in the conceptualization session.

Regarding any details, questions and clarifications interested authors are welcome to contact the organizers of this workshop.


Accepted and registered Demos will be published by EAI with Open Access separately from the conference proceedings, and showcased in EUDL – European Union Digital Library, and EAI360 – EAI’s Innovation Workbench.

Important dates

March 15th, 2019: Workshop abstracts deadline

March 29th, 2019: Workshop abstract notification

April 10th, 2019: Workshop paper camera ready


Workshop Organizers

Anna Sachinopoulou, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, P.O. Box 1100, 90571 OULU, Finland, [email protected]

Angelos Balatsas-Lekkas, VTT technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland,
[email protected]

Anett Ruszanov, European Regions and Research and Innovation Network, Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, [email protected]