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Call for workshop papers “Design contributions to pervasive healthcare”

Conference: Pervasive Health 2019—13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for HealthcareWorkshop DCPH
Location: Trento, Italy


Healthcare costs for long term conditions such as chronic diseases are a heavy burden on the public purse. At the same time, chronic diseases are significant constraints on patients, in particular those conditions that are detrimental to the quality of life of individuals. In this workshop we focus on the design of Pervasive Healthcare Systems (PHS) for patients of a life-long chronic condition (both mental and physical). A PHS includes a collection of devices to be integrated into a seamless patient’s experience, with the potential to significantly help the patients’ self-management in their daily lives, improve their condition, and reduce their clinics visits.


We argue that a design approach (e.g. Interaction Design, Product Design…) to PHS will deliver a better quality of care and quality of life to the patients. The workshop is about design projects that encourage and support patients into adopting better lifestyles to improve their condition, and into practicing better self-management of condition. This could be done with design interventions to stimulate long-lasting effects on patient motivation, affects and engagement. There is also a focus on the medical benefits of such a design approach, notably improvement of medication compliance and reduction of the patients’ demand on health services (visits to the hospital clinics, and interaction with healthcare professionals for routine issues).

Workshop Topics

This workshop has been planned as a forum to discuss the contribution design (e.g. industrial, interaction, service, or product design), and in particular design methodologies and processes, can make to pervasive healthcare. It is also a forum to identify the main opportunities and challenges of designing for PHS. Such design opportunities and challenges, to be addressed within the workshop, can be summarised as design approaches, processes and methodologies to:

  • Deliver long-lasting motivation and engagement changes that are conducive to effective support and assistance healthcare
  • Address daily interaction of patients with a PHS and with their medical and personal data
  • Allow for the personalisation and adaptation of the PHS to patients, their condition, lifestyle, culture and socio-economics.

We seek paper contributions with studies, theories, case studies, and (preliminary) experimental results aiming to address issues, such as (but not limited to):

  • Patient lifestyle, preferences and needs and how they should be considered in the implementation of the PHS
  • Patient (and close relatives) as fully participating partners in the management of the patient’s condition and the operation of the PHS
  • The PHS configuration, the management of the condition and the objectives to achieve as clearly communicated, shared and agreed with the patient
  • Negative aspects of the condition, notably psychological ones and how they are integrated in the self-management planning, and are focus points of the PHS implementation
  • Privacy, participation of close relatives, connection with patients-to-patients moderated social network, and how they are managed according to patient choices
  • Daily patient interaction with the PHS and in particular with their personal and health data.

Submissions key dates

  • 25th February 2019 – Deadline for paper submission to the workshop
  • 15th March 2019 – Workshop papers notification
  • 25th March 2019 – Deadline for camera ready submission

Workshop Schedule

It is anticipated that the workshop will be a one-day event, with the morning session dedicated to the presentation of the workshop vision (by the workshop organisers), and then presentations of the position papers followed by Q&A.

The afternoon session will be divided between a general discussion about what contributions design can make to Pervasive healthcare and the identification of design processes and methodologies to guide further developments in the area of PHS.

Workshop Outcomes

The workshop will conclude with the identification of promising design approaches and processes to pervasive healthcare, and key opportunities and challenges pertaining to the design of a PHS. The organisers of the workshop will gather insights and summarise the workshop outcomes in a journal paper on design processes and methodologies contributions to pervasive healthcare. The workshop position papers will also be invited, after extension (8000 words), for resubmission for publication in a special issue on design contributions (as processes and methodologies) to Pervasive Healthcare of Design Studies.

Your resubmitted and extended paper must be submitted following the Design Studies submission instructions

Key dates for Resubmission of the paper to Desigh Studies:

  • 26th July 2019 – Resubmission of revised paper (8000 words)
  • 3st October 2019 ­– Resubmission outcome notification
  • January 2020 – Submission of Camera-Ready Copy for online publication
  • May 2020 – Early estimate of planned publication date of special issue as a single volume of Design Studies

Workshop Organisers

Ben SALEM – The University of Liverpool, UK
I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) in the School of Engineering, and I have a lasting interest in the combination of Interaction Design, Product Design and System Engineering applied to healthcare. I am running a project where design disciplines contribute to the delivery of healthcare to clinic outpatients, focusing on lifestyle and habits that can have a detrimental effect on the patient’s condition.

JungKyoon YOON – Cornell University, US
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis. I investigate how products can be systematically designed to enrich users’ momentary as well as long-term experiences by means of emotions, building on knowledge and methods from user-centred design, positive psychology, and persuasive technology.

Martijn ten BHÖMER – Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, CN
I am a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Industrial Design, where I am investigating how an embodied approach to technology and interaction design can underpin the design of personalised smart textiles products and services. I am working on projects in the context of dementia care, and more recently cardiovascular diseases.

Natalia ROMERO – Delft University of Technology, NL
I work as an assistant professor in user-centred design, interested in the design of self-reporting and self-experimentation practices in daily life, as a means to support vulnerable groups (low SES) in the transition from mindlessness to mindfulness actions and evidence-based decision making.

Technical Programme Committee (To Be Confirmed)

  • Aysar GHASSAM – Coventry University, Design Thinking
  • Kadian DAVIS-OWUSU – Delft University of Technology, User-Centred Design (tbc)
  • Martijn VASTENBURG – ConnectedCare, Interaction Design (tbc)
  • Hai-Ning LIANG – Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Computer Science
  • Bahar KHAYAMIAN-ESFAHANI – University of Liverpool, Health & Human Centred Design