User-Centered Design of Pervasive Healthcare Applications
January 24, 2010
Submission Deadline
February 5, 2010
Notification of Acceptance
February 26, 2010
Camera-Ready Manuscripts
March 22, 2010
Workshop at PervasiveHealth Conference

Follow-Up Workshop at Pervasive Health 2011

After the successful workshop at PervasiveHealth 2010 in Munich, Gemany, a follow-up workshop will be held at PervasiveHealth 2011 in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23, 2011. Please visit the new workshop website for further information.

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 January 24, 2010. Please visit the conference submission page ( for detailed submission requirements and procedures. 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 February 5, 2010. The workshop will be held at PervasiveHealth'10, March 22, 2010 in Munich, Germany. All accepted workshop papers will be included in the conference proceedings and published in 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
  • Christine Lisetti, Florida International University, USA
  • Jan Borchers, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Carsten Magerkurth, SAP Research, Switzerland
  • Susan Hansen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Susanne Bay, Siemens Medical, Germany
  • Klaus M. Simonic, Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Yvonne Schikhof, Rotterdam University, The Netherlands


Martina Ziefle
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Ziefle [at]
Carsten Röcker
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Roecker [at]
Andreas Holzinger
Medical University Graz, Austria
Andreas.Holzinger [at]
Christian Müller-Tomfelde
CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Christian.Mueller-Tomfelde [at]
Christian Dimmer
University of Tokyo, Japan
Chris [at]