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PhyCS is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


Physiological data in its different dimensions, either bioelectrical, biomechanical, biochemical or biophysical, and collected through specialized biomedical devices, video and image capture or other sources, is opening new boundaries in the field of human-computer interaction into what can be defined as Physiological Computing. PhyCS is the annual meeting of the physiological interaction and computing community, and serves as the main international forum for engineers, computer scientists and health professionals, interested in outstanding research and development that bridges the gap between physiological data handling and human-computer interaction.

PhyCS brings together people interested in creating novel interaction devices, adaptable interfaces, algorithms and tools, through the study, planning, and design of interfaces between people and computers that are supported by multimodal biosignals. We seek contributions that relate synergetic disciplines such as biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, affective computing, accessibility, usability, computer graphics, arts, etc.

Researchers attending PhyCS seek to extend the state-of-the-art by harnessing the power of physiological data to refine the symbiosis between humans and computers in such way that the resulting interactive experiences lead to richer and improved outcomes. This may involve the design of new wearable devices that make physiological data acquisition more pervasive, the design of user interfaces capable of recognizing and adapting to changes in the physiological state of the user, and / or the creation of algorithms to enable robust and seamless control of computational resources using physiological data sources as input.

We call for original submissions that describe novel technologies and applications in this field, and greatly encourage authors to complement their oral and poster communications with demonstrations showing novel physiological computing and interaction concepts or systems.


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:



  • Biomedical Devices for Computer Interaction
  • Haptic Devices
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Health Monitoring Devices
  • Physiology-Driven Robotics
  • Wearable Sensors and Systems
  • Cybernetics and User Interface Technologies


  • Biosignal Acquisition, Analysis and Processing
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Neural Networks 
  • Processing of Multimodal Input
  • Observation, Modeling and Prediction of User Behavior
  • Computer Graphics and Visualization of Physiological Data
  • Video and Image Analysis for Physiological Computing
  • Motion and Tracking


  • User Experience
  • Usability
  • Adaptive Interfaces
  • Human Factors in Physiological Computing
  • Learning and Adaptive Control of Action Patterns
  • Speech and Voice Data Processing


  • Physiology-Driven Computer Interaction
  • Biofeedback Technologies
  • Affective Computing
  • Pervasive Technologies
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Interactive Physiological Systems
  • Physiological Computing in Mobile Devices


António CâmaraYDreams, Portugal
Gernot Müller-PutzGraz University of Technology, Austria
Sandro CarraraEPFL, Switzerland
Thomas FalckPhilips Research, Netherlands


Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on digital support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper on our digital library is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of  these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in a LNCS Series book .
A special issue of the ACM Transactions on  Computer Human Interaction (ToCHI)  on "Physiological Computing for Human-Computer Interaction"  has been planned.
A short list of papers presented at the PhyCS conference will be selected for publication of extended and  revised versions in a special issue of the Springer Journal on Multimedia Tools and Applications .
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.


PhyCS Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setúbal - Setubal Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 184
Fax: +44 203 014 8813
e-mail: phycs.secretariat@insticc.org
Web: http://www.phycs.org


Hugo Plácido SilvaIT- Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal


Andreas HolzingerMedical University Graz, Austria
Stephen FaircloughLiverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Dennis MajoeETH Zurich, Switzerland

Industrial Co-Chairs
Chad L. Stephens, NASA Langley Research Center, U.S.A.
Oliver Brdiczka, XEROX Palo Alto Research Center, U.S.A.
Jakub Tkaczuk, Samsung R&D Institute, Poland


Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Uniberstitatea, Spain
Jean-Marie Aerts, M3-BIORES, Katholieke Universitëit Leuven, Belgium
Jesús B. Alonso, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Philip Azariadis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece & Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Bert-Jan van Beijnum, University of Twente, Netherlands
Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois, Instituto de Biomecánica de Valência, Spain
Sergi Bermudez i Badia, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal
Bir Bhanu, University of California Riverside, United States
Dinesh Bhatia, North Eastern Hill University, India
Luciano Boquete, Alcala University, Spain
Danny Bos, University of Twente, Netherlands
Jovan Brankov, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
Ahmet Çakir, ERGONOMIC Institute, Germany
Mónica Cameirão, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal
Tolga Can, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
M. Emre Celebi, University of Central Arkansas, United States
Guillaume Chanel, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Wei Cheng, Garena Online Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Pietro Cipresso, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
Miguel Coimbra, IT, University of Porto, Portugal
Diane Cook, Washington State University, United States
David Cornforth, University of Newcastle, Australia
Paulo Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Fernando Cruz, College of Technology of Setubal/Polytechnic Institute of Setubal, Portugal
Antoine Danchin, Institut Cochin INSERM U1016 - CNRS UMR8104 - Université Paris Descartes, France
Thomas Dandekar, University of Würzburg, Germany
Farzin Deravi, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Sérgio Deusdado, Instituto Politecnico de Bragança, Portugal
Gintautas Dzemyda, Vilnius University, Lithuania
George Eleftherakis, CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Greece
Mireya Fernández Chimeno, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Leonardo Franco, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Claude Frasson, University of Montreal, Canada
Christoph Friedrich, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Germany
André Gagalowicz, Inria, France
John Gan, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Juan Carlos Garcia, University of Alcala, Spain
Max Garzon, The University of Memphis, United States
Kiel Gilleade, , United States
Daniel Gonçalves, INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
David Greenhalgh, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Tiago Guerreiro, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Andras Hajdu, Univerity of Debrecen, Hungary
Andrew Hamilton-Wright, University of Guelph, Canada
Thomas Hinze, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Eivind Hovig, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Norway
Hailiang Huang, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
Joris Janssen, Philips Research, Netherlands
Bo Jin, MilliporeSigma, Merck KGaA, United States
Sergi Jorda, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Joaquim Jorge, INESC-id, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Ricardo Jota, University of Toronto, Canada
Anastasia Kastania, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Jonghwa Kim, University of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of
Stefanos Kollias, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Shin’ichi Konomi, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Dimitri Konstantas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Georgios Kontaxakis, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Iolanda Leite, INESC-id, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Hongen Liao, Tsinghua University, China
Chun-Cheng Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Huei-Yung Lin, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Giuseppe Liotta, University of Perugia, Italy
Martin Lopez-Nores, University of Vigo, Spain
Mai Mabrouk, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt
Jarmo Malinen, Aalto University, Finland
Dan Mandru, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania
Francesco Marcelloni, University of Pisa, Italy
Elena Marchiori, Radboud University, Netherlands
Jan Mares, University of Chemistry and Technology, Czech Republic
Jorge Martins, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Alice Maynard, Future Inclusion, United Kingdom
Gianluigi Me, Luiss University, Italy
Gerrit Meixner, Heilbronn University, Germany
Nuno Mendes, Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Portugal
Silvano Mignanti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Ji Ming, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
Yehya Mohamad, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
Pedro Monteiro, INESC-ID / IST - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Umberto Morbiducci, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Mihaela Morega, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Alexandru Morega, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Hammadi Nait-Charif, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Nicoletta Nicolaou, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Domen Novak, University of Wyoming, United States
Ian Oakley, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, Republic of
Rui Pedro Paiva, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Gonzalo Pajares, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Richard Pak, Clemson University, United States
Krzysztof Pancerz, University of Rzeszow, Poland
Chaoyi Pang, The Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO, Australia
George Panoutsos, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Joao Papa, UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
José Pazos-Arias, University of Vigo, Spain
Evan Peck, Tufts University, United States
Ernesto Pereda, University La Laguna, Spain
Vitor Pires, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal - Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Portugal
Ales Prochazka, University of Chemistry and Technology, Czech Republic
José Joaquín Rieta, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Luís Rocha, University of Minho, Portugal
Carsten Röcker, Ostfestfalen-Lippe UAS and Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, Germany
Marcos Rodrigues, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
Maytham Safar, Kuwait University, Kuwait
George Sakellaropoulos, University of Patras, Greece
J. Salgado, University of Chile, Chile
Ovidio Salvetti, National Research Council of Italy - CNR, Italy
João Sanches, Institute for Systems and Robotics, Portugal
Andres Santos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Nilanjan Sarkar, Vanderbilt University, United States
Akio Sashima, AIST, Japan
Reinhold Scherer, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Tapio Seppänen, University of Oulu, Finland
Christine Sinoquet, University of Nantes, France
Ferdous Sohel, Murdoch University, Australia
Jordi Solé-Casals, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, Spain
Irena Spasic, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
Mu-Chun Su, National Central University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Hiroki Takada, University of Fukui, Japan
Wallapak Tavanapong, Iowa State University, United States
Miguel Tavares da Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
António Teixeira, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Li Teng, The University of Iowa, United States
Carlos Travieso-González, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
George Tsihrintzis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Alexander Tsouknidas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Alexey Tsymbal, Siemens AG, Germany
Norimichi Ukita, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Pepijn Van de Ven, University of Limerick, Ireland
Egon L. van den Broek, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Marjolein van der Zwaag, Philips Research Europe, Netherlands
Bart Vanrumste, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven campus Group T, Belgium
Michal Vavrecka, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Ricardo Vigário, University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal
Shigeo Wada, Osaka University, Japan
Eric Wade, University of Tennessee, United States
Justin Wan, University of Waterloo, Canada
Yuanyuan Wang, Fudan University, China
Junzo Watada, Universiti Technologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
Quan Wen, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Joyce Westerink, Philips Research, Netherlands
Nicholas Wickstrom, Halmstad University, Sweden
Pew-Thian Yap, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Erliang Zeng, University of Iowa, United States
Huiru Zheng, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Leming Zhou, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Li Zhuo, Beijing University of Technology, China
André Zúquete, IEETA, IT, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal