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The 8th PETRA Conference will held on the Island of Corfu, Greece at the Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel from July 1-3, 2015.

About the Conference

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.

Invited Speakers

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.

WikiCFP: Petra 2015

The 6th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2015) takes place immediately after PETRA.The IISA Conference has Topics of Interest that overlap and compliment PETRA’s and provides an opportunity for an extended stay on Corfu. To learn more about IISA 2015, please visit

Venues and Accomodations

Hotel Information

PETRA 2015 will be held at Corfu Holiday Palace. The 5-star Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel, ex Hilton International, is the only hotel with a direct view to the famous landmark of the island, Pontikonissi, and the monastery of Mary of Vlachernes, just 4km away from the old town of Corfu (UNESCO historical monument), built in Kanoni, in a 45,000 square meters area, on a peninsula which has been characterized as one of particular natural beauty with pine trees, cypresses, eucalyptuses and a magical beach with green-blue waters. To see more pictures or get general information about the hotel, please visit:

You can reserve your room(s) at special conference rates here.

Hotel Address: Nausicas Street, Kanoni Beach, Kanoni 49100, Greece

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.

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Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Big Data Management
  • Data Privacy and Remote Health Monitoring
  • Therapy Games and Rehabilitation
  • Tools, infrastructures, architectures and techniques for designing, implementing and deploying pervasive applications in assistive environments
  • Sensor networks for pervasive health care
  • Mobile and wireless technologies for healthcare information storage, transmission, processing, and feedback
  • Aging and Health smart devices
  • Wearable, ambient and home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring technologies
  • Context aware mobile networks
  • Healthcare privacy and data security
  • User interface design for assistive environments
  • Usability and HCI issues, multimodal interfaces
  • Reasoning systems and machine learning for assistive environments
  • Safety and home design for assistive environments
  • Social impact of the use of pervasive technologies on the user in pervasive assistive environments
  • Integrative user interfaces and visualization for monitoring and caregiver training
  • Sensor environments for rehabilitation
  • Game design for cognitive assessment and social interaction studies
  • Sensor data stream fusion, feature extraction and pattern analysis
  • Location tracking
  • Gesture and motion tracking
  • Sensing of affect, emotion and cognitive state
  • Behavior-driven assistance
  • Intelligent biomedical devices for assistive environments
  • Affect-aware interfaces
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Distributed robotics
  • Image processing tools and applications in healthcare and aging
  • User cognitive modeling
  • Virtual and augmented reality environments for assistive applications
  • Ambient assisted living and health monitoring
  • Navigation systems for healthcare
  • Data modeling, ontologies and information management for pervasive assistive environments
  • Collaboration and data sharing tools
  • Social, ethical, legal and e-government issues in pervasive healthcare and aging
  • Wearable devices, wellness measurement and monitoring technologies
  • Business cases and cost analysis of assistive environments
  • Development of standards
  • Home design for intelligent assistive environments
  • Drug evaluation and discovery through behavioral pattern analysis
  • Clinical and brain health correlation to behavior
  • Global Healthcare and the Citizen
  • Information Technology and Biomedicine
  • Telemedicine and biotechnology applications
  • Human Centered Computing and the Senior Citizen
  • Building smart environments and tools, for virtual and real spaces
  • Smart materials for rehabilitation
  • Machine learning and data mining tools for decision making
  • Devices and orthotics for physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Eyetracking
  • Vocational, Safety and Health
  • Cognitive Remediation
  • Haptics


Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

Workshop Committee

Editorial Committee

Organizing Committee


You can now register for the PETRA 2015 conference here.

Deadlines for Registration

Online registration is now closed. Only on-site registration is available.

Registration Costs

Regular registration onsite: 500 euro
Student registration onsite: 300 euro

Other Notes

  • At least one author per paper has to be registered in order for the paper to be included in the proceedings. We require one registration for each paper.
  • If you have used this system before, you should be able to use your previous account.

NSF Doctoral Consortium Student-Author Travel Scholarships

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PETRA'15 has received NSF funding to support 12 graduate and undergraduate student authors to participate in the conference.

The award covers travel expenses and registration up to $2200, based on receipts. Any additional expenses will need to come from another source.

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.

Student applicants will need to have submitted a paper to any of the workshops or the main conference.

Applications are now closed.

Past PETRA Conferences

Past PETRA Proceedings @ ACM Digital Library

Island of Rhodes, Greece
May 27-30, 2014
Program of 2014
Proceedings of 2014

Island of Rhodes, Greece
May 28-31, 2013
Program of 2013
Proceedings of 2013

Crete, Greece
June 6-8, 2011
Program of 2012
Proceedings of 2012

Crete, Greece
May 25-27, 2010
Program of 2011
Proceedings of 2011

Samos, Greece
June 13-15, 2010
Program of 2010
Proceedings of 2010

Corfu, Greece
June 09-13, 2009
Program of 2009
Proceedings of 2009

Athens, Greece
June 15-19, 2008
Program of 2008
Proceedings of 2008


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