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PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA)

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.

The PETRA 2019 proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM ICPS program.

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 Rehabilitation
  • User Interface Design and Usability
  • Reasoning Systems and Machine Learning
  • Affective Computing
  • Cyberlearning : Theory, Methods and Technologies
  • 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

Conference Chair

  • Fillia Makedon - University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Program Committee Chairs

  • Oliver Korn - PC Chair - Offenburg University, Germany
  • Ahmad Lotfi - Associate PC Chair - Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Panagiotis Papapetrou - Associate PC Chair - Stockholm University, Sweden

Workshops Committee

  • Konstantinos Tsiakas - Workshops Chair - Yale University, USA

Organizing Committee

  • Maher Abujelala - Conference Coordinator - University of Texas at Arlington, USA


Program Committee Members

  • Alexandros Lioulemes Barrett Technology USA
  • Alexandros Papangelis Toshiba Research Europe Limited UK
  • Ali Sharifara Univ. of Texas at Arlington USA
  • Anastasios Doulamis National Technical Univ. of Athens Greece
  • Antonis Argyros ICS-FORTH Greece
  • Antonis Billis Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki Greece
  • Benjamin Godde Jacobs University Bremen Germany
  • Bruno Bouchard University of Quebec at Chicoutimi Canada
  • Costin Badica University of Craiova Romania
  • Dimitrios Zikos Central Michigan Univ. USA
  • Dimitris Grammenos FORTH Greece
  • Dominik L. Michels KAUST / Stanford Univ. KSA / USA
  • Eleni Efthimiou Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ATHENA RC Greece
  • Eric Becker Univ. of Texas at Dallas USA
  • Fotis Liarokapis University of Sussex Czech Republic
  • Gerald Bieber Fraunhofer IGD Germany
  • Glenn Wylie Kessler Foundation USA
  • Helen Petrie University of York UK
  • Jaako Hollmen Aalto University Finland
  • Jean Hallewell Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Sciences Austria
  • Konstantinos Tsiakas Yale University USA
  • Marco Santos University of Aveiro Portugal
  • Maria Kyrarini University of Bremen Germany
  • Marian Haescher University of Rostock Germany
  • Markus Funk TU Darmstadt Germany
  • Marouane El Mabrouk Abdelmalek Essaadi Univ. Morocco
  • Mihai Burzo Univ. of Michigan-Flint USA
  • Nicolas Tsapatsoulis Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
  • Nikolaos Doulamis National Technical Univ. of Athens Greece
  • Noluntu Mpekoa Nelson Mandela Univ. South Africa
  • Randa I. Elanwar Electronics Research Institute Egypt
  • Peter Klein User Interface Design GmbH Germany
  • Randa I. Elanwar Electronics Research Institute Egypt
  • Sara Colombo MIT USA
  • Sarantos Kapidakis Ionian University Greece
  • Sergio Mascetti University of Milan Italy
  • Shawn Gieser Univ. of Texas at Arlington USA
  • Theo Tryfonas University of Bristol UK
  • Timo Gotzelmann Nuremberg Institute of Technology Germany
  • Vassilis Athitsos University of Texas at Arlington USA
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/05/2019 - 7:00am - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 6:00pm
Event Details
Location: 
Rhodes, Greece