Call for Papers

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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
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
PhyCS 2014 will have several invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas. Their names are not yet confirmed.

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 (full and short) will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
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The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index).

Conference Date: 7 – 9 January, 2014
Regular Papers
Paper Submission: July 30, 2013
Authors Notification: October 9, 2013
Camera Ready and Registration: October 22, 2013

Position Papers
Paper Submission: September 18, 2013
Authors Notification: October 28, 2013
Camera Ready and Registration: November 12, 2013

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: [email protected]


The Sana Lisbon Hotel is situated in the Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo (close to Marquês de Pombal), within walking distance of Lisbon historical center and easily reached from Lisbon International Airport or Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente Train Stations.

The hotel has eleven meeting rooms which are easily transformed for either small meetings or conferences for up to 900 people.

The modern and elegant decoration of all areas of the hotel have been conceived to create an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility to all guests.

Sana Lisbon Hotel’s central location and good access routes are ideal for conferences, business meetings, social events and to explore the best that Lisbon has to offer.
Hugo Plácido da Silva, IT- Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal

Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz, Austria
Stephen Fairclough, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Dennis Majoe, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Uniberstitatea, Spain
Luis Azevedo, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois, Instituto de Biomecánica de Valência, Spain
Sergi Bermudez i Badia, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal
Ahmet Çakir, ERGONOMIC Institute, Germany
Mónica Cameirão, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal
Raul Carneiro Martins, IT – Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Guillaume Chanel, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Febo Cincotti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Pietro Cipresso, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
Miguel Coimbra, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Rui Cortesão, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Luca De Vito, University of Sannio, Italy
Miguel Sales Dias, Microsoft Language Development Center / ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
Pedro Fernandes, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
Mireya Fernández Chimeno, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Nuno Garcia, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Kiel Gilleade, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Daniel Gonçalves, INESC-id, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Tiago Guerreiro, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Joyce H. D. M. Westerink, Philips Research, Netherlands
Joris H. Janssen, Philips Research, Netherlands
Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Sergi Jorda, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Joaquim Jorge, INESC-id, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Ricardo Jota, University of Toronto, Canada
Iolanda Leite, INESC-id, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Paulo Lobato Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Guillaume Lopez, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Henrique M. D. Santos, University of Minho, Portugal
Jorge Martins, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Silvano Mignanti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Yehya Mohamad, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
Enid Montague, Northwestern University, United States
Domen Novak, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ian Oakley, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, Republic of
Verónica Orvalho, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Richard Pak, Clemson University, United States
Evan Peck, Tufts University, United States
Danny Plass-Oude Bos, University of Twente, Netherlands
Thierry Pun, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Kenneth Revett, British University in Egypt, Egypt
Luís Rocha, University of Minho, Portugal
João Sanches, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Carlos Santos, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Nilanjan Sarkar, Vanderbilt University, United States
Dominique L. Scapin, INRIA, France
Reinhold Scherer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Jordi Solé-Casals, University of Vic, Spain
Jan Stage, Aalborg University, Denmark
Miguel Tavares da Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
António Teixeira, DETI/IEETA, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Pepijn Van de Ven, University of Limerick, Ireland
Egon van den Broek, University of Twente / Radboud UMC Nijmegen, Netherlands
Marjolein van der Zwaag, Philips Research Europe, Netherlands
Nadir Weibel, University of California, San Diego, United States

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