User-Centered Design of Pervasive Healthcare Applications
March 01, 2014
Submission Deadline
March 20, 2014
Notification of Acceptance
March 28, 2014
Camera-Ready Manuscripts
May 20, 2014
Workshop at PervasiveHealth Conference

Conference Theme

Users of pervasive healthcare systems will be increasingly characterized by diversity. Relying only on highly experienced and technology-prone user groups, which might have been typical users in the last decades, is not sufficient anymore. Instead, elderly users or users with a completely different domain knowledge, will have to use the systems. While current research focuses mainly on technological and/or medical aspects, there is a major need to understand in which way physical, emotional and cognitive abilities, caused by individual learning histories and health states, may impact the usage and acceptance of these systems. Hence, not only aspects of technical feasibility, but also acceptance and usability issues of pervasive healthcare applications have to be carefully considered in order to fully exploit the potential of future healthcare applications. This requires an integrative and multidisciplinary approach, which combines engineering and medical knowledge with theoretical and methodological contributions of the humanities.

Intended Audience

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss the interrelation of medical, environmental, technical, psychological and social factors and their consequences for the design, use and acceptance of pervasive healthcare systems.

Conference Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Usability of Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • User Experience Design
  • Universal (or Disability) Access
  • Empirical Methods (Qualitative and Qualitative)
  • User and Cognitive Models
  • Participatory Design
  • Model-Based Design of Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • Tools for Design, Modeling, and Evaluation

Human-Computer Interaction and Interface Design

  • Tools and Design Techniques for Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • Interaction Design
  • Multidisciplinary or Interdisciplinary Design
  • Human Aspects of Future and Emerging Healthcare Technologies
  • Human-Computer Interaction in Healthcare
  • User-Centered or Human-Centered Design
  • Emotion and Affective User Interface
  • Adaptive and Tangible User Interfaces for Pervasive Healthcare Systems

End User Aspects

  • Accessibility and Usability
  • User Diversity
  • Ethical and Normative Requirements
  • Gender Specific Healthcare Design
  • Technology Acceptance and Performance
  • Social and Societal Implications of Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • Legal Issues in Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • Privacy, Security, and Trust in Pervasive Healthcare Systems
  • Cultural Aspects of Pervasive Healthcare Systems


Interested researchers are invited to submit a workshop paper (2-4 pages) formatted according to the ACM format until March 1, 2014. Please visit the conference submission page ( for detailed submission requirements and procedures. All papers must be submitted in PDF format via the workshop submission page ( The papers should focus on current research activities and/or interesting aspects of future work. All position papers will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on their novelty, originality, and relevance to the workshop theme. Authors of accepted position papers will be notified until March 20, 2014. The workshop will be held at PervasiveHealth'14, May 20, 2014 in Oldenburg, Germany. All accepted workshop papers will be included in the conference proceedings and published in the ACM Digital Library. They will also be indexed in: Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings, SCOPUS, DBLP, and ScienceDirect.


Shirley Beul-Leusmann
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
beul-leusmann [at]
Carsten Röcker
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Roecker [at]
Martina Ziefle
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Ziefle [at]
Greg Wadley
University of Melbourne, Australia
greg.wadley [at]
Norimichi Ukita
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
ukita [at]
Nadir Weibel
University of California San Diego, USA
weibel [at]
Andreas Holzinger
Medical University Graz, Austria
Andreas.Holzinger [at]