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Pervasive Health and Technology

Editorial Board
Editors in Chief:
  • Natalia Romero (Delft University of Technology)
  • Manik Sharma (DAV University, India)+ BioDr Manik Sharma is MCA and UGC-NET qualified, and received his PhD degree in Distributed Query Optimization. He has more than 12 years of teaching experience, having previously worked as head of the Department of Computer Science and Application and officiating principal at Sewa Devi S.D. College, India. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Applications at DAV University, Jalandhar, India. His main research work focuses on query optimization, data mining, soft computing and machine learning. Currently, he is working in the area of data mining, machine learning and soft computing, with a specialization in the diagnosis of diseases and modeling of DSS query optimizers. The thrust area of his research is to improve predictive accuracy in early diagnosis of several fatal human disorders. He has published four books related to computer networks, internet applications, management information systems and database theory. In addition, he has published 25 research papers in various journals of international repute including some indexed by Scopus and Thomson Reuters. He also presented more than 10 research articles in various national and international UGC and IEEE conferences, and has given several talks on query optimization, data mining and health informatics. He is an active member of the international program committees, technical program committees, and advisory committees of several academic conferences.
Area Editors:
  • Asimina Kiourti (The Ohio State University)
  • Venet Osmani (CREATE-NET)
  • Tanveer Zia (Charles Sturt University)
  • Honggang Wang (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)+ BioHonggang Wang is the "Scholar of The Year" (2016, the highest research recognition at UMass Dartmouth). Before he joined UMass Dartmouth in 2009, he has worked for Bell Labs Lucent Technologies China from 2001 to 2004 as a Member of Technical Staff. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. He is a tenured associate professor at UMass Dartmouth and is an affiliated faculty member of Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also the faculty member of Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Ph.D. program (BMEBT) at UMass Dartmouth. His research interests include Internet of Things, Wireless Health, Body Area Networks (BAN), Cyber and Multimedia Security, Mobile Multimedia and Cloud, Wireless Networks and Cyber-physical System, and BIG DATA in mHealth. He has published more than 150 papers in his research areas. He was an invited participant by National Academic Engineering (NAE) for 2017 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, as one of about 50 outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) from US companies, universities, and government labs. He has served as the general chair/co-chair and TPC chair/co-chairs for several IEEE/ACM conferences. He also serves as the steering committee co-chair of IEEE CHASE and TPC co-chair of of IEEE CHASE 2016, which is a leading international conference in the field of connected health. He served as the TPC member for IEEE INFOCOM 2013-2015, IEEE ICDCS 2015, IEEE ICDM 2018, ACM Multimedia 2017 and area chair for IEEE ICME 2016 and 2017. He has also been serving as the Associate Editor in Chief (EiC) for IEEE Internet of Things journal (SCI impact factor: 7.596), associate editors for IEEE Transactions on Big Data, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Associate Editor of IEEE network Magazine. He currently serves as the Vice chair of IEEE eHealth Technical Committee and the Chair of IEEE Comsoc Multimedia Communications Technical committee (IEEE MMTC). He received IEEE Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC) Outstanding Leadership Award (2015) and IEEE HEALTHCOM 2015 Outstanding Service Award. His research is supported by NSF DoT, UMass President office, and UMass Healey Grant (total over 2M dollars). He is an IEEE distinguished lecturer.
  • Mohammad Mahfuz (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
  • Nadeem Javaid (COMSATS Institute of Information & Technology)
  • Kashif Saleem (King Saud University)
  • AtaUllah Ghafoor (National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.)
  • Razan Hamed (Columbia University)
  • Frank Wallhoff (Jade University of Applied Science, Germany)
  • Melina Frenken (Jade University of Applied Science)
  • Anind Dey (University of Washington)
  • Heiko Mueller (OFFIS)
  • Stefan Wagner (Aarhus University)
  • Jina Huh (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Wilko Heuten (OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology)
  • Michael Marschollek (Hannover Medical School)
  • Arijit Ukil (Tata Consultancy Services)
  • Alejandro Dominguez Rodriguez (Alejandro Dominguez Rodriguez, University of Valencia)
  • Mojtaba Taherisadr (University of Michigan)
  • Emilija Stojmenova Duh (University of Ljubljana)
  • Mosabber Uddin Ahmed (University of Dhaka)
  • Ibrar Yaqoob (Kyung Hee University)+ BioIbrar Yaqoob has recently been listed among top 1% researchers by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science) based on the number of citations earned in last three years in six categories of Computer Science. He is currently working as a research professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyung Hee University, South Korea, from where he completed his Postdoctoral fellowship under the prestigious grant of Brain Korea 21st Century Plus. Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. (Computer Sciences) from the University of Malaya (QS Global World Ranking #=87), Malaysia, in 2017. He won BrightSparks scholarship for his Ph.D. studies that is considered prestigious in Malaysia. He received his BS. IT (Hons.) degree from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. His works have been cited more than 2700 times. His total impact factor is more than 170. He is a former researcher and lead developer at the Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research (C4MCCR), University of Malaya. His research has appeared in several prestigious journals, such as IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, Information Systems, Computer Networks, to name a few. His numerous research articles are very famous and among the most downloaded in top journals. One of his journal articles on big data topic is Malaysia’s number one most-cited article. He has reviewed more than 100 articles for the top ISI- Indexed journals and conferences. He has served as a technical program committee member for various international conferences, which were held in Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, and China. Dr. Ibrar has served/serving as a guest editor in various Journals. He is also serving as an associate editor, editor, area editor, and a co-chair in IEEE Access Journal, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks Journal, EAI Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology, and IWCMC 2019, respectively. Dr. Ibrar has won numerous awards during his stay at the University of Malaya. His research interests include big data, edge computing, mobile cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and computer networks.
  • Tessa Dekkers (Delft University of Technology)
  • Juan Wang (-Delta Micro Technology Inc)

It is internationally recognized that future healthcare systems will be supported by pervasive healthcare systems in order to target the upcoming societal health challenges. Pervasive Health and Technology (PHT) Journal is a cross-disciplinary journal focusing on issues related to development, delivery and management of pervasive healthcare and the impact of technology within future healthcare systems.

The journal aims to become an information source and to create a community of shared interests between health professionals, technologists, patients and other professionals related to pervasive healthcare.

The journal will present and discuss issues pertaining to personal electronic health assistants, health crowdsourcing, data mining and knowledge management, IT applications to needs of patients, disease prevention and awareness, electronic and mobile health platforms including design, implementation and evaluation of supporting hardware and software in ambulant and hospital workflows, needs of physicians, nurses and other healthcare staff.


Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

  • Physiological models for interpreting medical sensor data
  • Sensing/Actuating Technologies and Pervasive Computing
  • Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • Hardware and Software Infrastructures
  • Activity recognition and fall detection
  • User modelling and personalization
  • Modelling of Pervasive Healthcare environments
  • Sensor-based decision support systems
  • Design and evaluation of patient and ambient-related sensors
  • Wearable and implantable sensor integration
  • Data fusion in pervasive healthcare environments
  • Data mining of medical patient records
  • Software architectures
  • Electronic Health Records

Understanding Users

  • Identifying and addressing stakeholder needs
  • Usability and acceptability
  • Barriers and enablers to adoption
  • Social implications of pervasive health technology, and social inclusion
  • Coverage and delivery of pervasive healthcare services
  • Patient and caregiver empowerment
  • Diversity: population and condition-specific requirements
  • Inclusive research and design: engaging underrepresented populations
  • Digital interventions and health behavior change


  • Autonomous systems to support independent living
  • Clinical applications, validation and evaluation studies
  • Telemedicine and mHealth solutions
  • Chronic disease and health risk management applications
  • Health/Wellbeing promotion and disease prevention
  • Home based health and wellness measurement and monitoring
  • Continuous vs event-driven monitoring of patients
  • Smart homes and hospitals
  • Using mobile devices in the storage, update, and transmission of patient data
  • Wellbeing and lifestyle support
  • Systems to support individuals with auditory, cognitive, or vision impairments
  • Systems to support caregivers

Pervasive Healthcare Management

  • Challenges surrounding data quality
  • Standards and interoperability in pervasive healthcare
  • Business cases and cost issues
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Training of healthcare professional for pervasive healthcare
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Staffing and resource management
Pervasive healthcare, Healthcare management, Healthcare technology, Cross-disciplinary studies, Data mining, Crowd-sourcing, Knowledge management, Disease assessment, Patients' needs, Disease prevention, Applications, Public health, Large scale studies, Telemedicine, Independent living, Economic impact, Social challenges, Business cases, Innovation aspects, Societal impact, 713, Internet of Things (IoT) and collaboration