REHAB 2019 Workshop



Popayán, Colombia
11 a 13 de Septiembre, 2019

Universidad de Cauca

Calle 5 Nº 4-70


During the last few years, there has been increasing interest in the application of Virtual Reality and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), in the field of rehabilitation, with clinical results that prove their effectiveness.

The virtual reality is being an increasingly used method in physical rehabilitation, allowing individualized treatments, as to facilitate learning motivation, to finally, provides patients pleasant and enjoyable homework exercises. This is can be done, for example, by applying the use of Nintendo Wii Balance Board, a low-cost visual biofeedback systems, and the implementation of programs for improving the patients balance.


This workshop invites authors to submit contributions on concepts Virtual Rehabilitation Discussion, applications, techniques or environments where interaction design play a central role by improving the rehabilitation process at all levels.

Previous editions:


  • Virtual and enhanced environments
  • Motor rehabilitation
  • Neuroimaging in rehabilitation
  • Virtual rehabilitation
  • Clinical assessment
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Communication and language
  • Ambisonics and audio environments
  • Haptic devices
  • Sensory impairment
  • Medical systems
  • Input devices, sensors and actuators
  • Multi-user systems for user interaction
  • Computer access
  • Virtual humans
  • Balance, posture and mobility
  • Communications aids
  • Tools for architectural/CAD design
  • Product design, testing and prototyping
  • Training tools for rehabilitation
  • Augmented reality applications
  • Human factors
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Children with disabilities

Juan Manuel

keynote speaker

Juan Manuel GonzalezI am a research professor at the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), a scientific collaborator of the Belgian Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction and the UsiXML consortium, Country Manager of the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF). I received an DEA and a PhD in computer science from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), and my thesis research focused on interactive devices and technology for 3D interaction. I was a project leader at UCL in the European project FP7 HUMAN where new devices, models and interactive technologies were introduced. Currently, I develop research for the development of interactive solutions for physical and cognitive rehabilitation purposes.

Sergio Albiol

keynote speaker

Sergio Albiol is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Universidad de Zaragoza in Teruel, Spain. He is the Main Researcher of the “Health Multimodal” Consortium of Campus Iberus (Spain) and also the Main Researcher of the team “Sistemas tecnológicos en el Campo de la Salud” at the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón (Spain). He received the Computer Science Degree at the Universidad Politécnica of Valencia in 1999. In 2010, he completed the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) at the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia. In 2014, he defended his PhD thesis with Cum Laude at the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, He has been teaching since 2001 at the Computer Science and Systems Engineering Department, Universidad de Zaragoza. He has organized workshop sessions regarding Virtual Rehabilitation Theories and Applications. He has coauthored more than 40 papers (articles, conference papers, and chapter books). His research interests focus on patients with serious injuries and illnesses by using Virtual Rehabilitation techniques, in the area of Virtual Motor Rehabilitation, and Systems based on Interaction for the recovery of Mental Disorders. His research lines are: Multimodal Systems in patients with neurological disorders, Gross and Fine Rehabilitation in patients with sensorimotor disorders, Virtual Rehabilitation: Fall prevention in old people, and Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Mª Elena de la Guía

keynote speaker

Mª Elena de la Guía has received her B.Sc.,and M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering, from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. She defended her PhD recently. She spent some months at St. Andrews HCI Research (SACHI) lab of the School of Computer Science at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her primary research area is human-computer interaction, with a focus on new interaction mechanisms based on DUI (Distributed User Interfaces), TUI (Tangible User Interfaces), cognitive psychology, education and game design for users with special needs. Currently, she is researching, developing and intregating new technologies (wearables, smartdevices, NFC, sensors, etc.) in educational and healthcare environments. The main objective is to help children, youth, and adults to improve their quality of life through new technologies and new learning techniques.

Habib Fardoun

keynote speaker

Habib Fardoun Ph.D in Computer Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Consultant of Vice Presidente for Development for International Relations & University Ranking at Kind Abdulaziz University. His Current Work is focused on the development of effective strategies to improve university rankings and academic reputation, along with my teaching and research on the fields of Higher Education Curricula, Human Computer Interaction, ICTs and Rehabilitation and Sofware Engineering in the Cloud.

Submission and Publication


We invite researchers interested in these topics to submit a workshop paper (4 pages) using the ACM format for papers. Please find detailed instructions on the REHAB Web Page Papers should be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair submission page.

Please note that at least one author of an accepted paper must register for the REHAB workshop.

A Wiki for Calls for Papers.


All accepted submissions would be published in the ACM Digital Library, and Extended into Springer Chapter books to be indexed by dblp, Scopus and Science Direct and submitted to Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Science (ISI Web of Science).

All accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version for inclusion in a special issue of an (ISI) International Journal, according to the paper topic:

Important Dates

Submission Deadline Extension: May 31, 2019

Author Notification: July 5, 2019

Camera-Ready Deadline: August 20th, 2019

Workshop Date: Sept 11th-13th, 2019

To register in the Workshop, please send the next information to e-mail (, Name / Surname / Country / Paper number / Contact email.

We will contact you for payment.

Workshop Program Committee

Belinda Lange.
Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

Willem-Paul Brinkman.
Delft University of Technology

Mariano Luis Alcañiz.
Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación en Bioingeniería

Beatriz Rey.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Christos Bouras.
University of Patras

Imre Cikajlo.
Univerzitetni rehabilitacijski inštitut Republike Slovenije

Roberto Lloréns.
Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación en Bioingeniería

José Antonio Gil.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Mónica Cameirão.
University of Madeira

Sergi Bermudez.
University of Madeira

Emily Keshner.
Temple University

Hermenegildo Gil.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Kjartan Halvorsen.
Uppsala University

Thalmann Daniel.
University of Paul Sabatier

Rosa Maria E. Moreira.
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Georgina Cárdenas-López.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Evelyne Klinger.
French National Research Agency

Ben Challis.
Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries

Patricia Mesa Gresa.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Hermenegildo Gil Gómez.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

José Antonio Lozano Quilis.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia


Organizers and Sponsors


Habib M. Fardoun, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Elena de La Guia, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
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Sergio Albiol Pérez, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón (IIS). Univesrity of Zaragoza.
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Organization Committee:

César A. Collazos, University of Cauca, Popayán- Colombia

Julio Hurtado, University of Cauca, Popayán - Colombia

Sandra P. Cano, University of San Buenaventura, Cali - Colombia