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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
  • Semantic Technologies and Cognition


  • 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


Sergi JordaUniversitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Leontios HadjileontiadisAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Alan PopeNASA, Retired, Distinguished Research Associate, United States


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).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library .
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.
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
Pierre ChauvetUniversité Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France


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


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
Luis Azevedo, Anditec, Portugal
Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece & Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Adrian Barb, Penn State University, United States
Emiliano Barreto-Hernandez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Bert-Jan van Beijnum, University of Twente, Netherlands
Dinesh Bhatia, North Eastern Hill University, India
Jovan Brankov, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
Edward Brown, Memorial University, Canada
Alfred Bruckstein, Technion, Israel
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
John Chuang, UC Berkeley, United States
Miguel Coimbra, IT, University of Porto, Portugal
Carlo Colombo, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
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
Miguel Sales Dias, Microsoft Language Development Center / ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
George Dulikravich, Florida International University, United States
Gintautas Dzemyda, Vilnius University, Lithuania
George Eleftherakis, CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Greece
André Falcão, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Paul Fergus, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Mireya Fernández Chimeno, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Fabrizio Ferre, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Dimitrios Fotiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece
Leonardo Franco, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Claude Frasson, University of Montreal, Canada
John Gan, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Juan Carlos Garcia, University of Alcala, Spain
Nuno Garcia, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Miguel García Gonzalez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Paulo Gil, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Kiel Gilleade, , United States
Daniel Gonçalves, INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Alfredo Goñi, University of the Basque Country, Spain
David Greenhalgh, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Tiago Guerreiro, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Andrew Hamilton-Wright, University of Guelph, Canada
Thomas Hinze, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Alexander Hörbst, UMIT - Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria
Eivind Hovig, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Norway
Chun-Hsi Huang, Southern Illinois University, United States
Hailiang Huang, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
Bart Jansen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Sandeep Jha, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Bo Jin, MilliporeSigma, Merck KGaA, United States
Bozena Kaminska, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Bridget Kane, Karlstad University Business School, Sweden
Stavros Karkanis, Technologial Educational Institute of Central Greece, Greece
Anastasia Kastania, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Jonghwa Kim, University of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of
Andrzej Kloczkowski, Ohio State University, United States
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
Ondrej Krejcar, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Vinod Kumar, IIT Roorkee, India
Iolanda Leite, INESC-id, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Hongen Liao, Tsinghua University, China
Huei-Yung Lin, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Chun-Cheng Lin, National Chiao Tung 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
Emanuela Marasco, West Virginia University, United States
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
Majid Masso, George Mason University, United States
G. Matsopoulos, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Sally McClean, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Gianluigi Me, Luiss University, Italy
Gerrit Meixner, Heilbronn University, Germany
Ji Ming, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
Yehya Mohamad, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
Enid Montague, Northwestern University, United States
Pedro Monteiro, INESC-ID / IST - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Jorge Monzon, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina
Raimes Moraes, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Raul Morais, UTAD - Escola de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal
Umberto Morbiducci, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Mihaela Morega, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Alexandru Morega, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Radhakrishnan Nagarajan, University of Kentucky, United States
Detlef Nauck, BT, United Kingdom
Robert Newcomb, University of Maryland, United States
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
Veronica Costa Orvalho, Face in Motion, FCUP, Spain
Rui Pedro Paiva, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Gonzalo Pajares, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Joao Papa, UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Evan Peck, Tufts University, United States
Hanchuan Peng, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States
Ernesto Pereda, University La Laguna, Spain
Carlos Pereira, Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul - UFRGS, Brazil
Vitor Pires, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal - Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Portugal
Octavian Postolache, Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal
Ales Prochazka, University of Chemistry and Technology, Czech Republic
José Joaquín Rieta, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Luís Rocha, University of Minho, Portugal
David Rocke, University of California, Davis, United States
Carsten Röcker, Ostfestfalen-Lippe UAS and Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, Germany
Heather Ruskin, Dublin City University, Ireland
Seonghan Ryu, Hannam University, Korea, Republic of
Maytham Safar, Kuwait University, Kuwait
J. Salgado, University of Chile, Chile
Ovidio Salvetti, National Research Council of Italy - CNR, Italy
Henrique Santos, University of Minho, 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
Emanuele Schiavi, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Tanja Schultz, Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL), University of Bremen, Germany
Hamid Shahbazkia, University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Kulwinder Singh, University of South Florida, United States
Pavel Smrz, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Alcimar Soares, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil
Ferdous Sohel, Murdoch University, Australia
Jordi Solé-Casals, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, Spain
Olga Sourina, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Irena Spasic, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
Deborah Stacey, University of Guelph, Canada
Mu-Chun Su, National Central University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Kåre Synnes, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
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
Mohy Uddin, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), Saudi Arabia
Norimichi Ukita, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Rob van der Mei, CWI Amsterdam, 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
Francisco Veredas, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
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
Didier Wolf, Research Centre for Automatic Control - CRAN CNRS UMR 7039, France
Jingkai Yu, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
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