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PETRA'15 Proceedings have been published.

Paper Deadlines:
Full paper - Jan 20
Short paper - Feb 20
Poster paper - Mar 20

The 9th PETRA Conference will held on the Island of Corfu, Greece at the Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel from June 29 to July 2, 2016.

Dr. Taskin Padir from Northeastern University, USA and Dr. Tsolaki Magda from University of Thessaloniki, Greece will be giving their invited talks at PETRA'16.

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.

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.

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Call for Workshops

We invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 9th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2016). We encourage proposals on related topics. Each workshop proposal will be evaluated according to the value and relevance of its topic, the expertise and experience of the workshop organizers, and the workshop's potential for attracting participants and generating useful results.

Submission Guidelines

A workshop proposal must be authored by at least two organizers, and should contain the following sections:

About the Organizers:

  • Name: Organizers full name
  • Contact information: Affiliation, job title, postal address, email address, phone number, URL (if available)
  • Brief biography: 100-200 words
  • Primary contact: Identify one organizer as the primary contact

About the Workshop:

  • Title: Workshop title and acronym
  • Abstract: 150-200 words describing the workshop
  • Topics and motivation: topics, themes, and areas of interest. How is the workshop relevant to the conference theme?
  • Goals and expected results
  • Participants: expected number of participants. Explain how the workshop will attract attendees.

A Preliminary Call for Workshop Papers:

The workshop call for papers should address the following items:

  • Overview of the motivation, topics, and goals
  • Deadlines of the workshop
  • Submission guidelines and review process

ACM Publicaion:

Accepted workshop papers will be included in both the electronic conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. For ACM publication, final versions of each workshop paper will have to be prepared using ACM formatting, granting ACM copyright and will have to be limited in length to eight pages (full paper) or four pages (short paper)

How to Submit:

Workshop proposals must be sent via email to the Workshop Chair (Dr. Zikos at by December 20, 2016.

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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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

Venues and Accomodations

Hotel Information

PETRA 2016 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


Program Committee

Organizing Committee


Registration Costs

  • Regular registration: TBA
  • Student registration: TBA

Important notice about registeration:

  • 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.

Past PETRA Conferences

Past PETRA Proceedings @ ACM Digital Library

Island of Corfu, Greece
July 1-3, 2015
Program of 2015
Proceedings of 2015

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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