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

The workshop will be carried out remotely using the following GotoMeeting link
09:00 - 09:05Opening
09:05 - 09:50 Keynote: Aki Harma, Philips Research. Conversational Interfaces for Personal Health.
Abstract: Many chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, and sleep disorders, can be helped by a lifestyle change, supported by smart technologies and human caregivers. We believe that collaborative care management with an automated conversational agent will be central for many future health self-management services. The key element is the engaging dialogue which makes the user reflect own lifestyle choices and barriers and find opportunities and motivation for a change. This requires advances in sensing technology, model-based cognitive interaction technologies, and new ways to analyze and generated content. In the talk we give an overview of opportunities and key enabling technologies that we believe are central for conversational interfaces in health self-management, and where also breakthroughs are needed. (45 minutes)
09:50 - 10:10Danilo Dessi, Rim Helaoui, Vivek Kumar, Diego Reforgiato Recupero and Daniele Riboni, TF-IDF vs Word Embeddings for Morbidity Identification in Clinical Notes: An Initial Study (15 minutes+questions)
10:10 - 10:30Simone Balloccu, Ehud Reiter and Steffen C. Pauws, A NLG framework for User Tailoring and Profiling in Healthcare (15 minutes+questions)
10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25Sergio Consoli, Danilo Dessi, Gianni Fenu and Mirko Marras, Deep Attention-based Model for Helpfulness Prediction of Healthcare Online Reviews (20 minutes+questions)
11:25 - 11:45Silvia Maria Massa and Marco Manolo Manca, Toward a Brain-controlled Prosthetic Arm Through Advanced Machine Learning Methods (15 min+questions)
11:45 - 12:05Hamed Alavi, Saili Zhong and Denis Lalanne, Predictive Models of Indoor Carbon Dioxide Concentration to Prevent Daily Decay of Productivity and Well-Being in Shared Offices (15 min+questions)
12:05 - 12:30Challenges and tasks for NLP AND SENSOR-BASED AI
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:20Nino Cauli and Diego Reforgiato Recupero, Video action recognition and prediction architecture for a robotic coach (15 min+questions)
14:20 - 14:40Ivan Rodin, Antonino Furnari, Dimitrios Mavroeidis and Giovanni Maria Farinella, Scene Understanding and Interaction Anticipation from First Person Vision (15 min+questions)
14:40 - 15:00Ronja Moller, Antonino Furnari, Sebastiano Battiato, Aki Harma, and Giovanni Maria Farinella, Face Analysis and Body Language Understanding from Egocentric Cameras (15 min+questions)
15:00 - 15:30Challenges and tasks for AI, IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMPUTER VISION
15:30 - 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:20Allmin Pradhap Singh Susaiyah, Aki Harma, Ehud Reiter, Rim Helaoui and Milan Petkovic, Towards a Generalised Framework for Behaviour Insight Mining (15 min+questions)
16:20 - 16:40Jing Yuan, Maria Chiara Di Guardo, Raymond Sterling and Ruben Alonso, Exploring end-user Acceptance and Exploitation Routes of Industrial Use Cases Related to AI and HMI (15 min+questions)
16:40 - 17:15Challenges and tasks for all sessions applied to real world scenarios and where business can be foreseen
17:15 - 17:30Closing remarks

Pictures from the Workshop

Although the COVID-19 outbreak, we carried out the workshop remotely with 24 participants. In the following some pictures of the workshop that was held remotely with all the participants.

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