Workshop SCAH

Call for Papers

Addressing Grand Challenges in Healthcare through Smart Clothing


Co-located to PervasiveHealth 2019


This one-day, hands-on and thought-provoking workshop at PervasiveHealth 2019 aims to explore the opportunities and obstacles for Smart Clothing in healthcare and to identify the grand challenges for researchers in this area.

We are seeking synergistic contributions from a wide array of participants, e.g., from healthcare practice, engineering and healthcare research, clothing design, human factors, and human-computer interaction. Specifically, we invite potential participants to submit a position paper outlining their perspective on the opportunities and challenges for smart clothing in healthcare.

Furthermore, we strongly encourage participants to bring their own examples of smart clothing (targeted at addressing healthcare challenges) and/or devices they currently use in clinical practice. These demonstrators will serve as a starting point for focused discussions on particular aspects related to smart clothing and healthcare. As a result of this workshop, we aim to draft a “Grand Challenges: Smart Clothing and Healthcare” position document that can serve as a future research agenda.


We are looking for a wide range of contributions regarding the workshop topic. Submissions could address, amongst others:

  • Why clothing? What does smart clothing facilitate that current wearable devices do not?
  • Why is smart clothing not currently more available for healthcare applications?
  • What are the pathways from a novel therapeutic or interventional garment to commercialization? Where are the “valleys of death”?
  • What are the pathways from a clinical need to a viable smart clothing solution? Where are stakeholder interests in conflict?
  • Which clinical domains would be the most transformed by viable smart clothing solutions? Why?


All workshop papers will be published together with PervasiveHealth Proceedings. All accepted and presented papers will be published by ACM and made available through ACM Digital Library (CONFIRMED).

Proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, 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 EAI Scopus indexed journal:

In addition, we plan on drafting an outline of the grand challenges together with the workshop participants, to be refined post-workshop and published in a relevant journal.


Participants will be asked to submit a short (2-3 pages) position paper (in ACM_SigConf format) via the Confy submission system, outlining the following:

  1. Perspective on the (1-3) most important opportunities and the (1-3) biggest obstacles for smart clothing in healthcare.
  2. Relevant background and prior work the participant would bring to the workshop.
  3. Devices of interest or relevance to the group (commercial or research prototypes) that the participant could bring to the workshop to demonstrate/discuss.

Position papers will be evaluated for their clarity and insight, as well as the domain expertise and degree of experience described by the author(s). Technology demonstrations will not be required but will strengthen a participant’s projected contribution to the workshop.

Although the submission format does not allow for careful consideration of all possible diversity parameters, diversity of thought and perspective is a key objective of the workshop. The selection process will aim to balance these diversity parameters:

  • Representation from technological and clinical domains (as well as diversity of expertise/perspective within these domains)
  • Experience level within the field of smart clothing
  • Gender balance
  • Racial and geographic diversity

To enable engagement with newer researchers as well as voices of experienced contributors, we will encourage non-student participants to bring a student if that is feasible.

Submissions must adhere to the double-column ACM format using SIGCHI template. Proceeding templates must be used for preparing the submissions (Word and LaTeX templates are available at Please follow the instructions available at

Submit your paper HERE.

Important deadlines

  • March 15th, 2019: Workshop papers deadline
  • March 29th, 2019: Workshop paper notification
  • April 10th, 2019: Workshop paper camera ready

Workshop organizers

Daniel Tetteroo – Eindhoven University of Technology
Bruna Goveia da Rocha – Eindhoven University of Technology
Lucy E. Dunne – University of Minnesota
Bradley Holschuh – University of Minnesota