Call for Papers: Special Issue on Multimedia for Personal Health and Healthcare

Health systems worldwide are challenged on multiple fronts. Demographic change, the increase of both communicable and non-communicable and chronic diseases, and economic sustainability are some examples. On the other hand, medical and technical progress have dramatically improved the possibilities for not just disease prevention, early recognition, and therapy, but also living well beyond traditional expectations. Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a vital role here in this progress, and it is of utmost importance that researchers from all communities of ICT investigate opportunities to contribute to improving worldwide health with their expertise.

Multimedia and multi-modal sensors have become an integral part of our lives. People take pictures and videos, communicate with rich media beyond voice and text including social media mechanisms, and collect tremendous amounts of continuous data about our lives through our devices and ubiquitous ambient sensors. This opens amazing opportunities to solve personal and societal challenges, but also imposes new and, so far, unforeseen questions in both health and computing. Multimedia research has thus evolved into a core enabler for future applications that would shape the future health of society.

Managing one’s health is among the most personal and most important challenges. Within this special issue, we will explore the relevance, contribution, and future directions of multimedia towards advancing health systems and personal health. Contributions of multimedia in this field now already range from medical imaging to daily life monitoring, from high-tech medical devices to low-cost wearable sensors to analyses of personal media archives. Furthermore, the ongoing progress in both multimedia and medical research will lead to new opportunities and future growth in this exciting field.

Research in multimedia and health is driven by the current technological advancements in sensors and personalized healthcare. There is an increasing amount of research that shows how core multimedia research is becoming an important enabler for solutions with applications and relevance for the societal questions of health. This special issue brings together researchers from diverse topics such as multimedia, pervasive health, lifelogging, accessibility, HCI, health, medicine, and psychology to address challenges and opportunities of multimedia in and for health. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Fusing, interpretation, and visualization of health and wellness multimedia data
  • Supporting self-monitoring of personal health by multimedia
  • Complex health monitoring from heterogeneous multimedia data streams
  • Eye movements and mental commands for the impaired
  • Brain-computer interfaces and multimedia analysis
  • Multimedia in health behavior change technology and personal health records
  • Long-term health monitoring beyond health behavior change
  • Multimedia activity monitoring of health-related daily activities
  • Health-related event detection in large data collections
  • Multimedia for the self-management of personal health
  • Multimedia retrieval for personal big health data collections
  • AR/VR for exploring multimedia health data

Important Dates

Abstracts due: February 1, 2021 (submit via e-mail to
Submissions due: May 31, 2021
Publication: July-September 2021

Submission Guidelines

For author information on how to submit a manuscript, visit Please submit your papers through the ScholarOne online system ( and be sure
to select the special-issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal. Abstracts should be sent by email to the guest editors directly.

Guest Editors

Contact the guest editors at

  • Susanne Boll, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Jochen Meyer, OFFIS–Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Noel E. O’Connor, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Jeannie Lee, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore
  • Nitish Nag, University of California – Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
Special Issue on Multimedia for Personal Health and Healthcare
31 May 2021