1st Workshop on
Smart Personal Health Interfaces

Associated to ACM IUI 2020, Cagliari, Italy, March 17-20, 2020

About The Event


Given the increasing adoption of personal health services and devices, research on smart personal health interfaces is a hot topic for the communities of AI and human-computer interaction. The first wave of health solutions based on wearables and apps have not been shown to be sufficiently effective for behavior change and health self-management. In order to enhance acceptance and effectiveness of personal health systems, it is necessary to devise novel methods to establish interaction among users and their personal devices in an advanced and intuitive way. In particular, existing conversational interfaces have reached good accuracy in terms of language understanding, but they fall short in understanding unstructured user intents and communications. As a result, they often offer a frustrating experience to the user. This issue is particularly perceived by frail categories of users such as the elderly and people with disabilities.

The workshop, within the ACM IUI 2020 Conference, aims to bring together researchers, industry, and the community interested in next-generation personalized health services exploiting AI for leveraging natural interaction. The workshop will be supported by the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network project PhilHumans. We expect to receive both mature contributions and early results on these topics, as well as position papers illustrating innovative research directions. A NAO robot with some use case related to some of the topics of the workshop will be shown during the workshop to further stimulate collaborations and discussion

Topics of Interest

SmartPHIL explores cutting-edge and disruptive research topics related to AI-supported human-machine interfaces for personal health services. The main topics of the workshop are (but not limited to):

  • Advanced and intuitive personal health interfaces
  • Conversational agents for personal health services
  • Scene understanding for interaction anticipation
  • Face analysis and body language understanding
  • Clinical natural language processing, semantics and sentiment analysis
  • Insights mining in health communication
  • Business economics and robotics for health services
  • Business Process Management in health technology
  • Advanced Machine Learning and Deep Learning in healthcare applications
  • Knowledge-base, Information Retrieval, Cognitive Computing in personal health technology

Submission Details

Papers must comply with the standard ACM sigconf format, using one of the Interim ACM templates available at

Papers are submitted in PDF format via the workshop’s EasyChair submission pages
Submissions can fall in one of the following categories:

  • Full research papers (8-12 pages)
  • Short research papers (4-7 pages)
  • Position papers (2-3 pages)

Accepted papers (after blind review of at least 3 experts) will be published by CEUR–WS. At least one of the authors of the accepted papers must register for the workshop (pre-conference only option) to be included into the workshop proceedings.

Important Dates

Workshop Paper Submissions:
Friday, 20 December 2019
Notifications to authors:
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Friday, 17 January 2020
SmartPHIL Workshop day:
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Workshop program


Program Committee

  • Antonio Furnari, University of Catania, Italy
  • Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Raymond Sterling, R2M Solution, Spain
  • Ruben Alonso, R2M Solution, Spain
  • Massimiliano Raciti, R2M Solution, Italy
  • Davide Buscaldi, University of Paris 13, France
  • Dimitrios Mavroeidis, Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, The Netherlands