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

Full Programme






Welcome and Introduction



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


Paper presentations (Session 1)

Chris Baber, Ahmad Khattab, Joachim Hermsdoerfer, Alan Wing and Martin Russell. Coaching Through Smart Objects

Matthias Woelfel. Acceptance of Dynamic Feedback to Poor Sitting Habits by Anthropomorphic Objects


Coffee break


Paper presentations (Session 2)

Julia Mollee, Anouk Middelweerd, Saskia Te Velde and Michel Klein. Evaluation of a personalized coaching system for physical activity: user appreciation and adherence

Daniel Aranki, Uma Balakrishnan, Hannah Sarver, Lucas Serven, Carlos Asuncion, Kaidi Du, Caitlin Gruis, Gao Xian Peh, Yu Xiao and Ruzena Bajcsy. RunningCoach – Cadence Training System for Long-Distance Runners

Carme Zambrana, Sebastian Idelsohn-Zielonka, Mireia Claramunt-Molet, Maria Almenara-Masbernat, Eloy Opisso, Josep Maria Tormos, Felip Miralles and Eloisa Vargiu. A Hierarchical Approach to Recognize Purposeful Movements Using Inertial Sensors: Preliminary Experiments and Results

Antigoni Mezari and Ilias Maglogiannis. Gesture recognition using Symbolic Aggregate approximation and Dynamic Time Warping on Motion Data

George Moore, Leo Galway and Mark Donnelly. Remember to smile – design of a mobile affective technology to help promote individual happiness through smiling

Claudia Villalonga, Harm Op den Akker, Hermie Hermens, Luis Javier Herrera, Hector Pomares, Ignacio Rojas, Olga Valenzuela and Oresti Banos. Ontological Modeling of Motivational Messages for Physical Activity Coaching





Christopher Eccleston. e-living with pain and bodily sensations


Paper presentations (Session 3)

Martin Gerdes, Santiago Gil Martinez and Dian Tjondronegoro. Conceptualization of a Personalized eCoach for Wellness Promotion

Elham Dolatabadi, Ying Xuan Zhi, Bing Ye, Marge Coahran, Giorgia Lupinacci, Alex Mihailidis, Rosalie Wang and Babak Taati. TRSPD dataset to detect and categorize compensation during robotic rehabilitation therapy

Maria Alejandra Garcia Corretjer, Sergi Navarro Aubanell and David Miralles. Towards a new measurement language for Self-Knowledge in Personal-Informatics [SHORT PAPER]


Coffee break


Paper presentations (Session 4)

Ramazan Gundogdu, Alexander Bejan, Christopher Kunze and Matthias Woelfel. Activating People with Dementia using Natural User Interface interaction on a Surface Computer [SHORT PAPER]

Ramon Hervas, David Ruiz-Carrasco, Tania Mondejar and Jose Bravo. Gamification mechanics for behavioral change: A systematic review and proposed taxonomy

Gabriel Lugo, Mario Ibarra-Manzano, Fang Ba and Irene Cheng. Virtual reality and hand tracking system as a medical tool to evaluate patients with Parkinson’s [SHORT PAPER]

Rieks Op Den Akker, Randy Klaassen, Kim Bul, Pam Kato, Gert Jan van der Burg and Pierpaulo di Bitonto. Let them play: experiences in the wild with a gamification and coaching system for young diabetes patients

Zilu Liang, Takuichi Nishimura and Satoshi Nishimura. Explicit Exercise Coaching for Health Promotion based on Biomechanics and Ontology Engineering [SHORT PAPER]


Discussion and Wrap-up