The 10th PETRA Conference will be held on the Island of Rhodes, Greece at the Amilia Mare from June 21-23, 2017.

2017-06-21 08:00:00 2017-06-23 18:00:00 Europe/Athens PETRA 2017 Conference Starts For more information, please visit www.petrae.org Island of Rhodes, Greece at the Amilia Mare UT Arlington petrae@uta.edu

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.



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. The ISBN number assigned to PETRA '17 is 978-1-4503-5227-7. More information regarding the paper preparation and submission is available on the Submission page. Specific submission deadlines are available on the Call for Paper page.

Journal: Technologies

Authors will have the option to extend their PETRA'17 papers after the conference and submit them as journal papers at the Technologies Journal. All papers will be published with fees waived, in Open Access form. Technologies is an international open access journal of emerging technologies, and science and technology policies. The journal provides a single focus for reporting on developments of all technologies, regardless of their application. Through its open access policy, its quick publication cycle and by encouraging authors to publish their results in as much details as possible, Technologies will facilitate the rapid uptake and development of the research presented, ultimately providing benefit to wider society. The submission deadline is October 30th. 2017.

Workshops of PETRA'17

Each year PETRA conference hosts several workshops at the same time as the conference event. In 2016, PETRA conference hosted five workshops covering various topics. More information on PERTA 2016 workshops are available here. The deadline for workshop proposals is January 15th, 2017 . All workshop proposals should be sent directly to the Workshops Chair, Dr. Vangelis Metsis (vmetsis@txstate.edu). Accepted workshops will be announced by Jan 23rd, 2017. There is not specific format for workshop proposals; however, please make sure to include:

  • Information about the workshop organizers
  • Workshop Acronym and Title
  • Abstract
  • List of Topics
  • Goals

Prospective authors can check the tentative deadline schedule for workshops at the Call for Papers page.

Call for Papers

We would like to invite researchers working in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, healthcare and assisted living to submit their original research findings to the PETRA conference.

The submission guidelines are available here.

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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
  • Human monitoring
  • Haptics
  • Gesture and Motion Tracking
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Wearable Computing
  • Interactions and the Internet of Things (IoT)

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


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Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

Workshop Committee

Industrial Relations

Doctoral Consortium


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at: petrae@uta.edu