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Paper Deadlines:

  • Full Paper - Mar. 1
  • Short Paper - Apr. 1
  • Poster Paper - Apr. 1

  • 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.

    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 iisa2015.unipi.gr.


    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

    Committees

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    Workshops


    VRRTR - Virtual Reality and Robotic Technologies for Rehabilitation Workshop

    Abstract

    The PETRA conference focuses on computational and engineering approaches to improve the quality of life and enhance human performance. Rehabilitation and therapy play an integral role toward regaining independence, self-reliance and confidence. Incorporating virtual reality and robotic technologies can enhance the rehabilitation process. Multiple fields of engineering and other disciplines combine to create complex systems for rehabilitation. Such systems provide the necessary tools to optimize the therapy sessions specifically for each patient and evaluate the efficiency of the rehabilitation process. The goal of this workshop is to discuss various virtual reality and robotics technologies and techniques utilized to enhance and evaluate the rehabilitation process that will improve quality of life and enhance human performance.

    Topics and Motivation:

    This workshop is motivated by the need to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities and enhance human performance which is in line with the PETRA 2015 conference theme. The rapid advancement and cost effectiveness of virtual reality systems and robotics can be used to enhance and evaluate rehabilitation programs. With virtual reality becoming part of the main stream with video games and smart phones, the technology can be added to the rehabilitation process in order to increase patient motivation, length of time of therapy and create a more patient-centric rehabilitation plan. The Virtual Reality and Robotic Technologies for Rehabilitation Workshop invites papers in areas such as virtual environments for rehabilitation, therapy games, simulation and testing of assistive technologies, predictive models for human movement, user interfaces and visualization for therapy monitoring, vocational rehabilitation using virtual reality, simulation of modified driving systems for individuals with disabilities motion tracking and rehabilitation robotics.

    We would like to invite researchers in the area of virtual reality, robotics technologies, and simulation used for rehabilitation to submit their original research findings to the PETRA Conference Workshop titled Virtual Reality and Robotic Technologies for Rehabilitation.

    List of Topics
    Topics and areas of interest include:
    • virtual environments for rehabilitation
    • vocational rehabilitation using virtual reality
    • simulation of modified driving systems for individuals with disabilities
    • therapy games
    • simulation and testing of assistive technologies,
    • predictive models for human movement
    • user interfaces and visualization for therapy monitoring
    • motion tracking
    • rehabilitation robotics
    Workshop Organizers

    Stephanie Carey
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies (CARRT)
    University of South Florida
    E-mail: scarey3@usf.edu
    Website 1: http://me.eng.usf.edu/
    Website 2: http://carrt.eng.usf.edu/

    Rajiv Dubey
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies (CARRT)
    University of South Florida
    E-mail: dubey@usf.edu
    Website 1: http://me.eng.usf.edu/
    Website 2: http://carrt.eng.usf.edu/

    Important Dates

    Submission deadline: February 15, 2015
    Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2015
    Camera-ready deadline: TBA

    We encourage videos and demonstrations of technologies if possible. Workshop paper submission must be sent via e-mail to the Workshop co-Chairs, Stephanie Carey and Rajiv Dubey, at scarey3@usf.edu by February 15th, 2015. The workshop papers will follow the same format as the main conference paper submissions described on the following website: http://www.petrae.org/submissions/. The workshop papers will be reviewed and notification of acceptance or rejection will be announced by April 15th, 2015th. 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 of eight pages (full paper) or four pages (short paper).

    Submission Instructions Email to scarey3@usf.edu


    SleepMon -- Non-Invasive Monitoring Technologies for Sleep Disorder Assessment Workshop

    Abstract

    A sleep disorder is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person. Sleep disorders can interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning. Furthermore, sleep disorders are associated with comorbidities such as stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis or arthritis impact, which are directly related to an individual’s quality of sleep. The current mainstream sleep disorder detection and assessment methods (e.g. Polysomnography) are very inconvenient for patients due to the cumbersome wiring that is required for the biosignal acquisition. In addition, there is a high cost associated with a sleep test at a specialized lab, which includes the use of facilities and equipment, as well as technical staff and physicians involved in data collection and the interpretation process. As a result many patients with sleep-related problems go undiagnosed, and even the ones who are tested in a sleep lab cannot be monitored of over longer periods of time to assess longitudinal variations. The points mentioned above, emphasize the need for automatic, non-intrusive methods for sleep disorder assessment, that patients can use in their homes. This would not only help decrease health care costs but also increase the number of diagnosed patients due to increased accessibility of sleep disorder testing. The potential of home sleep testing has lately attracted attention due to its many benefits:

    1. The patient self-administers the home sleep test (HST), and is able to spend the night in the patient’s own bed in familiar surroundings (reducing first night effect).
    2. HST can be especially advantageous and accessible to the home-bound, elderly in assisted living care, or those with chronic illness, who require specialized care. It is also beneficial for those with difficulty arranging time out of their schedules to spend the night in-lab by removing this barrier to diagnosis.
    3. HST diagnostics would reduce cost compared to the cost of an in-lab sleep study.

    This workshop invites contributions that seek to advance the current standards in sleep monitoring by taking advantage of new sensing devices that can effectively and non-invasively collect biosignals and behavioral sleep data, as well as methods and tools for more efficient and automated data analysis.

    List of Topics
    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Non-invasive sensing devices for biosignal data acquisition
    • Method and tools for biosignal data analysis
    • Audio and video-based methods for sleep pattern monitoring
    • Methods and tools for sleep disorder detection
    • Devices for in-home sleep monitoring
    • Multi-source data fusion methods for sleep-related decision making
    • Sensor data stream fusion, feature extraction and pattern analysis
    • Usability issues of sleep monitoring devices
    • Data privacy concerns in sleep monitoring
    • Methods and tools for sleep disorder treatment
    • Use of mobile devices for sleep monitoring
    • Automatic detection of events of interest during sleep
    • Machine learning and data mining tools for sleep disorder-related decision making
    • Methods for evaluating the effect of sleep disorders on daily activities
    Workshop Organizers

    Dr. Vangelis Metsis
    Department of Computer Science
    Texas State University
    E-mail: vmetsis@txstate.edu
    Website: http://cs.txstate.edu/~v_m137/

    Dr. Gregg Marshall
    Department of Respiratory Care & Texas State Sleep Center
    Texas State University
    E-mail: sm10@txstate.edu
    Website: http://www.health.txstate.edu/RC

    Important Dates

    Submission deadline: April 1, 2015
    Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2015
    Final version due: May 5, 2015

    Submission Instructions
    Submit workshop paper here.


    STHENOS -- Affective Computing for Biological Activity Recognition in Assistive Environments Workshop

    Theme and Goals

    The goal of the STHENOS Workshop on Affective Computing for Biological Activity Recognition in Assistive Environments is to present the research within the framework of the STHENOS project (www.sthenos.gr), which aims at the development of methodologies and systems for assistive environments. The research within the project aims at the development of methodologies and tools to compose pervasive human-centered systems, which will be able to understand the human state (identity, emotions and behavior) in assistive environments using audiovisual and biological signals.

    List of Topics
    For this workshop on Affective Computing for Biological Activity Recognition in Assistive Environments, we seek contributions about the following topics:
    • Tools to recognize human behaviors from audio-visual content using fusion of non-invasive sensors such as visual or audio.
    • Tools to identify affect and emotion from audio-visual data in a non-invasive way.
    • Tools to analyze neurophysiological data (EEG, ECG, SCR) in order to recognize emotional states and to perform follow-up studies.
    • Tools for dynamic multimodal human-machine interaction. Further to that,,visual attention mechanisms will be investigated and correlated to social behavior
    Workshop Organizers

    I. Maglogiannis
    Dept. of Digital Systems
    University of Piraeus
    Email: imaglo@unipi.gr

    P. Bamidis
    Medical School
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    Email: bamidis@med.uth.gr

    K. Karpouzis
    School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    National Technical University of Athens
    Email: kkarpou@image.ntua.gr

    Important Dates

    Paper Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014
    Paper Acceptance Notification: April 04, 2015
    Camera Ready Paper Deadline: April 20, 2015

    Submission Instructions
    Submit workshop paper here.


    RAsEnv -- 5th International Workshop on Robotics for Assistive Environments

    Abstract

    The Workshop on Assistive Robotics aims at bringing together experts in robotics, computer vision, health science, psychology, social and cognitive sciences, to discuss recent and future advances in robotics and their use in assistive environments to enhance the quality of life.

    Assistive robotics encompasses a growing and increasing community that merges researchers and industry with the objective of creating robotics applications and solutions to ameliorate the quality of life of human beings. Since robots can interact with the environment and redeploy their sensing and end-effector assets, they can accomplish much more complex tasks than stationary sensors. We believe that only through a tight collaboration among many science and engineering disciplines will allow assistive robotics to enhance the quality of life for large populations of users.

    Accepted workshop papers will be included in both the electronic PETRA conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. Furthermore, a selection of best papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal (Springer).

    List of Topics We are interested in original papers including but not limited to:
    • Human metrology by robots
    • Human Robot Interaction (HRI)
    • Robotic Mobility Aids
    • Assistive Robotic Devices
    • Computer Vision Assistive technologies
    • Sensor fusion and calibration from heterogeneous sensors
    • Robotic Vision
    • Assistive, Medical Rehabilitation and Service robotics
    • Augmented-reality in assistive environments
    • Social robotics
    • Single and Multi-robot control and localization
    Workshop Organizers

    Mariottini, Gian-Luca
    University of Texas at Arlington, USA
    E-mail: gianluca@uta.edu

    Popa, Dan
    University of Texas at Arlington, USA

    Important Dates
    Paper Submission Deadline: March 20th, 2015
    Notification of acceptance:  April 15th, 2015

    The workshop papers will follow the same format as the main conference paper submissions described in the submissions section. The workshop papers will be reviewed and notification of acceptance or rejection will be announced by April 15th, 2015 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 of eight pages (full paper) or four pages (short paper).

    Submission Instructions
    Submit workshop paper here.


    Past PETRA Conferences

    Past PETRA Proceedings @ ACM Digital Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Submissions

    Submission Portals

    During the submission process, you should be able to select via a dropdown menu whether you are submitting to the main conference or the workshops.

    Information on how to prepare your paper can be found below.

    Preparing Your Submission

    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. Authors should use the ACM Word or LaTeX style templates to prepare their articles. See: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates

    Authors should apply ACM Computing Classification categories and terms. The Classification Scheme can be found at:  http://www.acm.org/class/1998/

    Submitted papers should be up to 8 pages. Papers may be accepted either as full papers (8 pages), short papers (4 pages) and posters (2 pages).

    The reviews will be single-blind.

    Camera Ready Paper Submission Guide

    Camera-Ready submission instructions will be given after the notification of acceptance.

    Registration

    You can now register for the PETRA 2015 conference here.

    Deadlines for Registration

    Early - May 20, 2015
    Late - Jun. 15, 2015

    Registration Costs

    Regular registration early: 400 euro
    Regular registration late: 450 euro
    Regular registration onsite: 500 euro

    Student registration early: 250 euro
    Student registration late: 275 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.

    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: corfuholidaypalace.gr.

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





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



    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.

    To apply, a student must complete the application form, provide a letter of support from a faculty or advisor, and a resume.

    All application documents are to be submitted to petrae@uta.edu by April 30, 2015, regardless of whether the paper has been accepted already.

    Student applicants will need to submit a paper (full, short, or poster paper) no later than April 1.


    Contact

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