Intelligent Technologies for Coaching in Health

Within the ACM 11th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2017)

May 23-26, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Scope and topics

This workshop aims to set the principles and foundations for the development of smart coaching systems for health and wellbeing applications. We are particularly interested in exchanging lessons learned from prior projects in this domain as well as discussing the roadmap for the first generation of effective coaching systems for the real-world. Moreover, this workshop aims at bringing together specialists from diverse domains as an opportunity to join efforts and create potential collaboration networks. We welcome novel, innovative and exciting contributions in areas including but not limited to:

Keynote Speakers

Perception and health behavior: Using principles of behavioral economics to change perception and increase health equality

Jesus Favela is a Professor of Computer Science at CICESE, Mexico, where he leads the Mobile and Ubiquitous Healthcare Laboratory. Much of his research efforts have focused on the design and evaluation of ambient computing environments for healthcare, mostly to assist the demanding conditions of hospital work and to support older adults and their caregivers. Dr. Favela holds a BSc from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and MSc and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

e-living with pain and bodily sensations

Christopher Eccleston is Professor of Medical Psychology at The University of Bath in the United Kingdom, where he directs the Centre for Pain Research. He is particularly interested in the psychology of physical sensations and how people live with a body that interrupts, interferes, and challenges. In 2016 Oxford University Press published ‘Embodied: the psychology of physical sensation’ which explores the ten neglected senses of pain, itch, balance, movement, breathing, temperature, pressure, appetite, fatigue, and the experience of matter leaving the body, as expulsion. He has led the development of remote self-management of pain, online and mobile therapy for behaviour change, and is particularly interested in how technology can improve on what therapists do face to face. In this session he will first give an update on the current state of e-health and mhealth innovations for the management of pain, then outline the opportunities for next generation solutions, and finally explore how the barriers to innovation can be overcome.

Technical Program Committee


Submission procedure

Proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Submissions must adhere to the double-column ACM format. Proceeding templates must be used for preparing the submissions (see Word and LaTeX templates). We invite both short (up to 4 pages) and long papers (up to 10 pages). The materials presented in the papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee and external experts to reach a decision on acceptance. In some cases, the Program Committee may decide to conditionally accept a paper to allow the authors to update their submission based on the committee's feedback.

Articles submitted to Health-i-Coach'2017 need to be submitted electronically through Easychair ( in PDF format. All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and published in the ACM Digital Library. They will also be indexed in: Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings, SCOPUS, DBLP, and ScienceDirect, among others. Distinguished papers selected from the workshop, after further extension, will be recommended for submission and publication in a Special Issue on Smart Sensing Technologies for Personalised Coaching of the journal SENSORS (IF: 2.033).

Important Dates

(Tentative) Programme






Welcome and Introduction



Perception and health behavior: Using principles of behavioral economics to change perception and increase health equality

Prof. Jesus Favela (CICESE)


Session 1 (paper presentations)


Coffee break + Posters


Session 2 (paper presentations)





e-living with pain and bodily sensations

Prof. Christopher Eccleston (Univ. of Bath)


Session 3 (paper presentations)


Coffee break + Posters


Session 4 (paper presentations)


Discussion and Wrap-up