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Workshop DCPH

Call for Workshop Papers

Design Contributions to Pervasive Healthcare
(DCPH Workshop)

Trento, Italy
Co-located to PervasiveHealth 2019


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:

  1. Deliver long-lasting motivation and engagement changes that are conducive to effective support and assistance healthcare
  2. Address daily interaction of patients with a PHS and with their medical and personal data
  3. 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

15th March 2019 – Deadline for paper submission to the workshop

29th March 2019 – Workshop papers notification

10th April 2019 – Deadline for camera ready submission

Submission instructions

Contributions to the workshop will be reviewed by a technical programme committee and final decisions will be made by the workshop organisers considering the originality of contribution and relevance to workshop theme.

Please prepare your 4-6 pages paper (excluding references) using the ACM 2-column format.

View the ACM guidelines and templates at this link:

http://www.acm.org/publications/article-templates/proceedings-template.html/, and please read the submission instructions. Please be sure to use the correct Category and Subject Descriptor in your paper. See the above guidelines for instructions and visit http://www.acm.org/about/class/2012 for more information.

Your workshop paper must be submitted following the Pervasive Health 2019 conference submission instructions.

Submit your paper HERE.

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 Publication

Workshop papers will be published together with PervasiveHealth Proceedings.

All accepted and presented papers will be published by ACM and made available through ACM Digital Library.

Proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of EAI Scopus indexed journal:

Workshop Outcomes

The workshop will conclude by identifying 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. Authors of workshop position papers will be invited to develop their contributions following the workshop, for submission and possible publication in a special issue of  Design Studies  on design contributions (as processes and methodologies) to Pervasive Healthcare.

Your revised paper (8000 words) must be submitted following the Design Studies submission instructions https://www.elsevier.com/journals/design-studies/0142-694x/guide-for-authors

Key dates for Resubmission of the paper to Design Studies:

26th July 2019 – Submission of revised paper (8000 words)

31st  October 2019 ­– Outcome notification following peer-review

January 2020 – Final submission

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)

Kadian DAVIS-OWUSU – Delft University of Technology NL, User-Centred Design

Aysar GHASSAM – Coventry University UK, Design Thinking

Bahar KHAYAMIAN-ESFAHANI – University of Liverpool UK, Health & Human Centred Design

Hai-Ning LIANG – Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University CN, Computer Science

Martijn VASTENBURG – ConnectedCare NL, Interaction Design

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