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1st International Conference on

PErvasive Technologies Related to

Assistive Environments

(PETRA) 2008

July 15-19, Athens, GREECE

Conference Web Site:

Call for Papers

As the diffusion of computing technology into everyday life continues at an exponential rate, elements of technology are increasingly being embedded in artifacts and environments. One important environment for this diffusion is the domestic environment, or Oikos as it was known in ancient Greece. Peoples' living environments are particularly important when one takes into account the world's aging population and the fact that as people grow older they are increasingly relying on technology. People will however, have differing levels of computer knowledge and assisted living needs. As a result of these differences the first key area of PETRA is: how to build pervasive technologies for assistive environments that are non-intrusive and easy to use for the end user. The second key area is the technology, as it is now increasingly possible to assist people who have health care needs in their homes by using sensors, databases, personal area networks, ubiquitous connectivity, distributed intelligence and adaptive easy to use interfaces and interactions. However in order to provide such support it is necessary to combine efforts from many areas of engineering and computer science e.g. security, embedded systems, distributed systems, data management and networking.

It is at this critical moment that we would like to invite researchers working in the area of healthcare and assisted living to submit their original research findings to the PETRA conference. Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Tools, infrastructures, architectures and techniques for designing, implementing and deploying pervasive applications in assistive environments

* Privacy, security and trust

* Social impact of the use of pervasive technologies on the user in pervasive assistive environments

* Wearable, ambient and home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring technologies

* Mobile and wireless technologies for healthcare information storage, transmission, processing, and


* Sensor networks for pervasive care

* Standards and interoperability

* Probes for gathering requirements in household settings

* Context aware mobile networks

* Signal and Image Processing for Ambient

Intelligence and Pervasive Computing

* Reasoning systems and Machine Learning for Assistive Environments

* Usability and HCI issues, Multimodal Interfaces

Conference Proceedings:

ACM will be the publisher of the proceedings of the PETRA conference and the conference proceedings will be a volume in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series in the ACM Digital Library. 

Important dates:

* Deadline for full paper submissions: January 20, 2008

* Notification of acceptance for full submissions: March 20, 2008

* Deadline for full submission of final camera-ready paper: April 20, 2008

* Short Paper submissions: February 20, 2008

* Tutorial Proposal Submissions: February 20, 2008

* Poster Submissions: April 20, 2008

* Workshop Proposal Submissions: December 20, 2007

Conference Web Site:

Submission information:

Submissions must present unpublished work, not submitted to other journals or conferences for consideration of publication. Submitted papers should be up to 8 pages, formatted according to ACM Word or LaTeX style templates. Papers may be accepted either as full papers (8 pages) or short papers (4 pages). Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published in the official conference proceedings by ACM. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register with the conference and present the paper.


The Conference General Co-Chairs 

Prof. Fillia Makedon, Univ. Texas Arlington, USA Prof. 

Grammati Pantziou, TEI - Athens, Greece

Dr. Lynne Baillie, FTW Austria Prof. Ilias Maglogiannis, University of the Aegean Greece

Program Committee:

David Benyon, Napier University Merchiston Campus, UK

Andrew Campbell, Dartmouth College, USA

Guanling Chen, University of Massachussetts at Lowell, USA

Diane Cook, Washington State University, USA

Sajal Das, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Domenico Cotroneo, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

Salim Hariri, Arizona State University, USA

Heng Huang, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Vangelis Karkaletsis, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) -

Demokritos, Greece

Dimitrios Kosmopoulos, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) -

Demokritos, Greece

Ilias Maglogiannis, University of the Aegean, Greece

Dimitris Metaxas, Rutgers University, USA

Joi Roberts Motorola, USA 

John Waterworth Umea University in Northern Sweden  

Alex Mihailidis, University of Toronto, Canada

Charles Owen, Michigan State University, USA

Maja Pantic, Imperial College, UK

Grammati Pantziou, Technological Educational Institution of Athens (Department of Informatics), Greece

Costas Pattichis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Niilo Saranummi, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

Andreas Savvides, Yale University, USA

Magda Tsolaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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