Camera-Ready Guidelines posted.

Call for Doctoral Consortium Applications posted.

Workshops for 2016 posted.

Paper Deadlines:
Workshop papers
Mar 28 & Apr 16 & Apr 25
Poster paper
Apr 15
Main Conf. Camera-Ready papers
Apr 15

The 9th PETRA Conference will held on the Island of Corfu, Greece at the Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel from June 29 to July 1, 2016.

To register for PETRA'16, please visit Deadline for early registration is April 30th.

The PETRA'16 publication ISBN will be 978-1-4503-4337-4.

The PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) conference is a highly interdisciplinary conference that focuses on computational and engineering approaches to improve the quality of life and enhance human performance in a wide range of settings, in the workplace, at home, in public spaces, urban environments, and other. Outcomes of this conference have a broad impact in application areas that include, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, energy systems, security and safety, robotics, biomedicine, environment and conservation, and many others. PETRA brings together very different types of technologies to also address important social and healthcare issues for sensitive populations, such as the elderly, persons suffering from chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, and other disabilities or traumas.

PETRA (which means “stone” in Greek) addresses important human living needs. From a technological perspective, PETRA motivates and inspires new scientific thrusts, innovations and discoveries to improve living environments, a particularly important issue, in an increasingly crowded and complex world where the need for inclusiveness and connectivity with the rest of the world is key. For the elderly in particular, PETRA addresses the fact that, as people grow older; they will increasingly rely on technology to be able to prolong staying in their homes and enjoy an independent life.

Workshops of PETRA'16

Invited Speakers

Related Conferences

Call for Papers

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.

You can submit your papers here.

Download Flyer (PDF)

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Big Data Management
  • Data Privacy and Remote Health Monitoring
  • Games for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitatioin
  • User Interface Design and Usability
  • Reasoning Systems and Machine Learning
  • Affective Computing
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Haptics
  • Gesture and Motion Tracking
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Wearable Computing

Applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensor networks for pervasive health care
  • Mobile and wireless technologies
  • Healthcare privacy and data security
  • Smart rehabilitation systems
  • Game design for cognitive assessment and social interaction
  • Behavior monitoring systems
  • Computer vision in healthcare
  • Virtual and augmented reality environments
  • Ambient assisted living
  • Navigation systems
  • Collaboration and data sharing
  • Wearable devices
  • Drug delivery evaluation
  • Vocational safety and health monitoring
  • Eyetracking
  • Telemedicine and biotechnology
  • Technologies for senior living
  • Social impact of pervasive technologies
  • Intelligent assistive environments
  • Technologies to provide assessment and intervention for Stroke recovery , spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis
  • Technologies for improving quality of daily living
  • Robotics research for rehabilitation and tele-rehabilitation
  • Innovative design for smart wheelchairs and smart canes
  • Computer based training systems for artificial limbs and prosthetics
  • Disability computing: Smart systems to assist persons with visual, hearing, and loss of limb functionalities
  • Smart Cities of the Future
  • Assistive Technologies for Urban Environments

Doctoral Consortium Student Scholarship

Download the Call for Doctoral Consortium Applications.

The 9th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies in Assistive Environments - PETRA 2016 ( will hold a Doctoral Consortium (DC), in order to provide an opportunity for graduate student authors to present and make their work known.

We invite students to submit a full or a short paper to PETRA 2016 (, and at the same time submit an application for the NSF Doctoral Consortium (DC) Travel Award. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library proceedings, and awardees will receive a financial support of up to $2200, based on receipts, to partially cover their conference registration and travel expenses.

The doctoral consortium (DC) offers a supportive learning opportunity for doctoral students in their research. Students will receive feedback and guidance from the PETRA 2016 Doctoral Consortium mentors and have the opportunity to discuss issues related to their dissertation proposal, dissertation execution, job search, and grant seeking.

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • Present their research work in a relaxed and supportive environment.
  • Receive feedback and suggestions from peers and from an international community of experts.
  • Gain an overview of the breadth and depth of Pervasive Technologies.
  • Obtain insight into new directions taken by other doctoral candidates.
  • Discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other issues.
  • Network with peers and future colleagues.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Each university will be awarded up to two such awards.

To be eligible for the award, a student must be attending a US institution and must be author of a submitted paper to PETRA or one of the affiliated Workshops.

To apply for the Doctoral Consortium, please fill out the application form and email it to along with a resume and a letter of recommendation (as per instructions in the Call for Doctoral Consortium Applications).


Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

Workshop Committee

Organizing Committee

Doctoral Consortium Committee


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