CLOSED: Call for Papers: Special Issue on Pervasive Computing for Populations In Crisis

IEEE Pervasive Computing seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 30 April 2023

Important Dates

  • Title and abstracts due: 30 April 2023
  • Publication: January-March 2024

Pervasive computing technologies have much to offer in times of crisis. Some crises are acute, happening over a relatively short period of time, such as natural disasters. Others are chronic and continue at different levels over a much longer period, such as the climate crisis or racial violence. Technologies can support people training for or experiencing different types of crises, including: first responders such as those performing search and rescue or fighting seasonal wildfires, volunteers coordinating with professionals to manage response to natural disasters, communities dealing with public health crises such as the opioid epidemic, gun violence, or gender-based violence, soldiers, government and NGO officials, and local and displaced populations in regions affected by geopolitical crises such as war, indigenous communities using drones to monitor their borders, individuals and populations affected by PTSD and other forms of psychological trauma after surviving or responding to a crisis.

This special issue aims to provide a broad view on the many different ways that pervasive computing technology is being used to support either acute or chronic crisis situations, whether training in preparation for, deployment during, or recovery after such situations. This special issue invites articles covering a wide range of topics including innovative computing methods, technologies, design and evaluation studies of their use and impact in practice, surveys, and vision papers. All investigations must include thorough and appropriate evaluations of their approaches and methods. In particular, we are seeking article submissions for this issue around topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Sensor networks for use in crisis situations
  • Techniques for gaining and disseminating situational awareness
  • Technology for social support, resilience, prevention, and interventions addressing psychological trauma and health issues
  • Novel approaches to maintaining communication and organization under adverse conditions
  • Roles for wearable computing and physiological monitoring of both first responders, soldiers, or victims
  • Integration of diverse digital and networked devices (robots, drones, etc.)
  • Pervasive computing techniques applied to robust and self-healing systems for extreme environments
  • Cybersecurity protocols for pervasive computing infrastructure in hostile environments
  • Pervasive technologies used to train personnel to respond to crisis situations
  • Open-source initiatives and experiences to develop pervasive applications to support populations in crisis
  • Human-centered design and evaluation of crisis-support applications

Submission Guidelines

For author information and guidelines on submission criteria, please visit the Pervasive Computing’s Author Information page. Please submit papers through the ScholarOne 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.


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Guest Editors:

  • Maria Ebling, United States Military Academy, West Point, USA
  • Gabriela Marcu, University of Michigan, USA
  • Claudio Pinhanez, IBM Research Brazil, Brazil