This workshop provides a much-needed forum to exchange and develop ideas on how recent advances in mobile technologies and visual analytics can be leveraged and contribute to new mobile healthcare systems. Researchers, professionals, and designers working in relevant fields are invited for participation to discuss, compare, and demonstrate effective design approaches that can be adopted to improve the designs of mobile support systems for interactive visualization in healthcare.


Call for Participation

Scope and Focus

This workshop, which is co-located with MobileHCI 2014, invites submissions of papers describing new research challenges and inspiring discussion topics that highlight interactive visualizations in mobile and healthcare environment. Topics may include (not limited to):

  • Conceptual approaches for designing mobile healthcare support systems such as iterative design processes vs throwaway methodology
  • User centric design including suitable methods for involving users in the design process and retaining user interest through design cycle
  • Multimodal user interfaces for mobile devices
  • Visualization techniques for mobile healthcare systems
  • Methods of analysis and visualization of aggregated data, which provides information on design requirements on data collection and data handling (including privacy of user data)
  • Interaction design models
  • Natural user interface designs for mobile systems
  • Methods of categorising a system’s users (such as experts, patients) for whom designs might be targeted
  • Importance of differences of user expectations between different platforms used to inform design.
  • Ways to track changes in use under different design conditions
  • Design for appropriation in the healthcare domain
  • Privacy-sensitive design
  • Integrating support for immediate health needs and support for long term health goals
  • Supporting collaboration and communication across healthcare teams including extended circles of care

We accept position papers describing research results, work in progress, and practitioner/industry or experience reports focused on any workshop topic. Papers should describe the purpose and goals of the work, cite related work, and clearly state the (expected) contributions to the field (innovation, lessons learned)


We invite position papers of 2 to 4 pages in length. The paper should present a debatable opinion about an issue related to the workshop topics. Position papers should draw upon authors' own research results, work in progress, or practitioner/industry experience reports. Authors should describe the goals and (expected) contributions of their work, and cite related work. Papers should be submitted in MobileHCI 2014 Extended Abstracts format to and should not be anonymized. Papers will be peer-reviewed by organizers and will optionally be made available on the workshop website. Authors may choose to have only the abstract published on the website, especially for work-in-progress that will eventually be published elsewhere. Authors of the best paper, as chosen by the organizers, will be invited to submit an expanded version for inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of MobileHCI (IJMHCI).


Registration for the workshop through the conference website is mandatory for participation.

Important Dates

Paper Submission:  July 10, 2014
Notification of Accepted Paper:  July 18, 2014
Final Paper Submission: August 10, 2014


Dr. Sara Diamond
OCAD University

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, a leader in art, design and digital media research and curriculum. Diamond continues to lead Canadian and international research networks in data visualization, wearable technologies, mobile technology and content and collaborative systems (2002 to present), including the Centre for Information Visualization and Data Driven Design. She is the co-chair of Mobile HCI and of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre. Diamond serves as university research representative on the Brazil-Canada Joint Committee, ICT. Her recent books include Euphoria/Dystopia: the Banff New Media Dialogues, 2012; Taking Ontario Mobile, 2013. Current research interests include the aesthetics of visual analytic systems. In 2013 she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadians and was honored as a digital media pioneer by the National Centre of Excellence GRAND; in 2012 she received the Order of Ontario and in 2009 she was nominated and inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.

Dr. Derek Reilly
Dalhousie University

Dr. Derek Reilly is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, where he is a member of the Graphics and Experiential Media (GEM) Lab. Much of his research is concerned with the impact of our physical environment on how we interact with computers. He has explored this within a range of technical contexts, including interactive visualization, mobile computing, mixed reality environments, and whole body interaction.

Dr. Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan
OCAD University

Dr. Bhuvaneswari Arunachalan is a postdoctoral research fellow in the visual analytics lab at OCAD University. Her research is mainly focused on use of mobile technology in healthcare systems for better patient-care service, visual analytics, natural user interface design, multimodal interactions, and interactive visualizations. Her research contribution includes a HL7-based mobile communication standard and an electronic patient-care record (e-PCR) system that operates in handheld devices to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulatory section, NB, Canada.

Dr. Bonnie MacKay
Dalhousie University

Dr. Bonnie MacKay is a postdoctoral research fellow at Dalhousie University. Her main research area interest is in the field of Human Computer Interaction with a focus on designing and evaluating applications for mobile devices and the Web. Her research with mobile devices includes mobile visualization techniques, viewing and interacting with 3D models on tablets, helping users wayfind, and developing and designing mobile applications for health care treatment programs and interventions. She is also interested in supporting users perform multi-session tasks and task resumption.


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