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Call for Papers

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
  • Robotic Interfaces Mediated by Biosignals


  • Biosignal Acquisition, Analysis and Processing
  • Simulation of Physiological Processes
  • 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
  • Understanding Expressivity from Physiological Data
  • Guidelines for the Design of Physiological Interfaces


  • Physiology-driven Computer Interaction
  • Biofeedback Technologies
  • Affective Computing
  • Pervasive Technologies
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Interactive Physiological Systems
  • Physiological Computing in Mobile Devices
  • Characterisation of Psychophysiological Constructs


Eduardo RoconConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain
Lucas NoldusNoldus Information Technology bv, Netherlands
Georgios N. YannakakisUniversity of Malta, Malta


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 CD-ROM 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).
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.


Conference Date: 19 - 21 September, 2018

Paper Submission: May 2, 2018
Authors Notification:
July 3, 2018
Camera Ready and Registration:
July 17, 2018

Paper Submission: June 13, 2018
Authors Notification:
July 18, 2018
Camera Ready and Registration:
July 31, 2018

Workshop Proposal: May 4, 2018

Doctoral Consortium
Paper Submission: July 10, 2018
Authors Notification: July 23, 2018
Camera Ready and Registration: July 31, 2018

Special Sessions
Special Session Proposal: May 4, 2018

Tutorial Proposal: August 6, 2018

Demo Proposal: August 6, 2018

Panel Proposal: August 6, 2018


PhyCS Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 184
Fax: +351 265 520 186
e-mail: phycs.secretariat@insticc.org
Web: http://www.phycs.org/


Available soon.


Alan PopeNASA, Retired, Distinguished Research Associate, United States
Hugo Plácido da SilvaIT- Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal


Juan-Manuel Belda-LoisInstituto de Biomecánica de Valência, Spain
Chen WangXinhua Net, China


Mohamed Abouelhoda, Nile University, Egypt
Jesús B. Alonso, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Carryl Baldwin, George Mason University, United States
Panagiotis D. Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece & Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Rémi Bastide, Jean-Francois Champollion University, France
Peter Bentley, UCL, United Kingdom
Dinesh Bhatia, North Eastern Hill University, India
Luciano Boquete, Alcala University, Spain
Ahmet Çakir, ERGONOMIC Institute, Germany
Mónica Cameirão, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal
Eric Campo, LAAS CNRS, France
Pierre Chalfoun, Ubisoft, Canada
Pietro Cipresso, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
Miguel Coimbra, IT, University of Porto, Portugal
Jan Cornelis, VUB, Belgium
Thomas Dandekar, University of Würzburg, Germany
Sérgio Deusdado, Instituto Politecnico de Bragança, Portugal
Vitor Duarte Teodoro, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Portugal
George S. Dulikravich, Florida International University, United States
Gintautas Dzemyda, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Mireya Fernández Chimeno, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Elisa Ficarra, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Leonardo Franco, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Claude Frasson, University of Montreal, Canada
Ioannis Fudos, University of Ioannina, Greece
Juan Carlos Garcia, University of Alcala, Spain
Nuno Garcia, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Miguel Angel 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
David Greenhalgh, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Max H. Garzon, The University of Memphis, United States
Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Clemens Heitzinger, Technical University Vienna (TU Vienna), Austria
Thomas Hinze, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Alexander Hörbst, UMIT - Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria
Chun-Hsi Huang, University of Connecticut, United States
Sandeep K. 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
Jonghwa Kim, University of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of
Michel Klein, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Stefanos Kollias, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Georgios Kontaxakis, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Ondrej Krejcar, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Vaclav Kremen, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Dean Krusienski, Old Dominion University, United States
Ying Li, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, United States
Chun-Cheng Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Martin Lopez-Nores, University of Vigo, Spain
Christoph M. Friedrich, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Germany
Mai S. Mabrouk, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt
Jarmo Malinen, Aalto University, Finland
Dan Mandru, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania
Jan Mares, University of Chemistry and Technology, Czech Republic
Jorge Martins, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Gianluigi Me, Luiss University, Italy
Yehya Mohamad, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
Mohyuddin Mohyuddin, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), Saudi Arabia
Pedro Tiago Monteiro, INESC-ID / IST - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Umberto Morbiducci, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Mihaela Morega, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Robert W. Newcomb, University of Maryland, United States
Domen Novak, University of Wyoming, United States
Benny P. L. Lo, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Rui Pedro Paiva, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Krzysztof Pancerz, University of Rzeszow, Poland
Shahram Payandeh, Simon Fraser University, Canada
José J. Pazos-Arias, University of Vigo, Spain
Evan Peck, Bucknell University, United States
Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, Catholic University of Murcia, Spain
Vitor Pires, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal - Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Portugal
Helcio R. B. Orlande, POLI/COPPE Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
José Joaquín Rieta, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Luís Rocha, University of Minho, Portugal
Simona E. Rombo, Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Heather Ruskin, Dublin City University, Ireland
Seonghan Ryu, Hannam University, Korea, Republic of
Maytham Safar, Kuwait University, Kuwait
George Sakellaropoulos, University of Patras, Greece
J. Cristian Salgado, University of Chile, Chile
Henrique Santos, University of Minho, Portugal
Akio Sashima, AIST, Japan
Chutham Sawigun, Mahanakorn University of Technology, Thailand
Emanuele Schiavi, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Tapio Seppänen, University of Oulu, Finland
Pavel Smrz, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Mu-Chun Su, National Central University, Taiwan
Wallapak Tavanapong, Iowa State University, United States
Miguel Tavares da Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
William Toscano, NASA Ames, United States
Carlos M. Travieso, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
George Tsihrintzis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Luis Valente, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Rob van der Mei, CWI Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michal Vavrecka, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Alfredo Vellido, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Francisco Veredas, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Susana Vinga, IDMEC, Portugal
Justin Wan, University of Waterloo, Canada
Yuanyuan Wang, Fudan University, China
Quan Wen, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Vera Yashina, Dorodnicyn Computing Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
Erliang Zeng, University of South Dakota, United States
Huiru Zheng, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Leming Zhou, University of Pittsburgh, United States
André Zúquete, IEETA, IT, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

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