User-Centered Design of Pervasive Healthcare Applications
April 1, 2012
Submission Deadline
April 10, 2012
Notification of Acceptance
April 20, 2012
Camera-Ready Manuscripts
May 21, 2012
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 (4-6 pages) formatted according to the IEEE format until April 1, 2012. Please visit the main conference website for detailed submission requirements and procedures. 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 April 10, 2012. The workshop will be held at PervasiveHealth'12, May 21, 2012 in San Diego, USA. All accepted workshop papers will be included in the adjunct conference proceedings and published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Technical Program Committee


  • Vimla L. Patel, Columbia University and Arizona University, USA
  • Andrew Sears, University of Maryland, USA
  • Marilyn Sue Bogner, ISME LLC Bethesda, USA
  • Stephan Prückner, Medical University Munich, Germany
  • Kevin McGee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Anthony Maeder, Unversity of Western Sydney, Autralia
  • Jan Borchers, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Carsten Magerkurth, SAP Research, Switzerland
  • Susanne Bay, Siemens Medical, Germany
  • Klaus M. Simonic, Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Yvonne Schikhof, Rotterdam University, The Netherlands
  • Shin'ichi Konomi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Reiner Wichert, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany
  • Christine Lisetti, Florida International University, USA
  • Duncan Stevenson, Australian National University, Australia
  • Bert Bongers, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Sukeshini Grandhi, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Carsten Röcker
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Roecker [at]
Martina Ziefle
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Ziefle [at]
Andreas Holzinger
Medical University Graz, Austria
Andreas.Holzinger [at]
Erik Grönvall
Aarhus University, Denmark
Gronvall [at]
Anne Marie Piper
University of California San Diego, USA
apiper [at]