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                            Call for Papers

        Springer Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal
                             Theme Issue

                    Topic: Behaviour and Health
Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2014 (firm deadline)
Notification: April 30th, 2014
Tentative publication: Summer 2014

Mobile and wearable sensors are increasingly permeating everyday life 
and becoming an integral part of it. Information gathered from these 
sensors can provide unprecedented insights into diverse aspects of human 
behaviour. Analysis of human behaviour is of special interest in 
healthcare, since the health state of a person depends on behaviour 
aspects, including physical activity levels, amount of social activity, 
work-life balance and other aspects that are relevant for specific 
health conditions.
The main goal of this special issue is to explore the link between human 
behaviour and health.  In particular, sensing modalities, data 
processing methods and behaviour capturing techniques that facilitate 
this exploration are of interest. Considering the interdisciplinary 
nature of the work in this area, papers are invited from both technical 
and medical perspectives that provide new understandings of the link 
between behaviour and health.
For this special issue topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Technology for behaviour sensing:
-    Exploitation of pervasive sensors: Activity sensors,
         connectivity sensors, microphones and webcams as included in
         smart phones, tablets, game consoles, etc.
-    Development of new mobile medical sensor systems for outpatient
-    Unobtrusive sensor systems for long-term behaviour monitoring
-    Sensors and actuators for wellness, fitness and rehabilitation
-    Bio and physiological measurement technology
-    Sensor systems for specific pathologic behaviour, illnesses or
         mental disorders
-    Wearable sensors and brain  computer interfaces
-    Solutions for usability issues (textile sensors, unobtrusive
         power supply, data storage and communication, etc.)

2. Application of behaviour sensors in health domain:
-    Feasibility studies on new behaviour sensor modalities
-    Cross-section studies on the usability
-    Longitudinal studies / medical trials on accuracy /
         effectiveness of applied behaviour sensors
-    Ethical and legal requirements concerning sensor systems
-    Health monitoring in clinical and daily life environment
-    Games in assessment and therapy
-    Cognitive behavioural therapy, speech therapy, music therapy
         and experiences with new therapies
-    Supporting maintenance of mental wellness

3. Signal processing of behaviour data:
-    Innovative algorithms for assessment of long-term physiological
         and behavioural data
-    Identification of clinical meaningful features based on
         measured sensor data
-    Approaches for data fusion of different sensor modalities
-    Activity recognition for health applications
-    Machine-learning and classification problems
-    Handling missing or untrusted data
-    Models for interpreting medical sensor data
-    HCI for patients, caregivers and health insurance
-    Prediction of disease or episode onset
-    Decision support for therapy planning
-    Virtual reality systems for therapy
-    Support for preventative measures

4. Organizational and legal aspects:
-    Inclusion of behaviour data in electronic health records
-    Privacy/security issues of extensive behaviour data collections
-    Business cases / market analysis for behaviour based health
         applications in home and clinical environments
-    Tele health and mobile technology
-    Interaction Designs and Applications for patient self-care
-    Persuasive technologies and approaches for behaviour shaping
-    Practical inclusion of behaviour data recording and analysis in
         daily clinical work, regarding prevention, monitoring and
         treatment of diseases


Deadline for manuscript submission: March 14th, 2014 (firm deadline)
Notification: April 30th, 2014
Tentative publication: Summer 2014

Papers should be around 10-15 pages (soft limit) using the journal 
Instructions for Authors (see here: ).

Please submit the initial manuscript to:

Submissions should be blind, with no author identifying information. 
With your submission, please also suggest three potential reviewers.

Guest Editors:
Franz Gravenhorst ([log in to unmask]), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Venet Osmani, CREATE-NET, Italy
Bert Arnrich, Bogazici University, Turkey
Amir Muaremi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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