UMUAI: Special Issue on Recommender Systems for Health and Wellbeing

UMUAI: Special Issue on Recommender Systems for Health and Wellbeing

Motivation and Scope

Information systems developed with the purpose of keeping us healthy and increasing our general wellbeing have grown in popularity and adoption in the last years. Recommender Systems have an integral part in these systems attempting to improve our awareness, understanding and behavior regarding our own health and general wellbeing. Popular as they are, these application areas bring new challenges into the recommender systems community, e.g. recommendations that influence the health status of a patient may have legal consequences and as such, often need to involve a human in the loop to make sure the recommendations provided are sound. Aspects focusing on liability, user trust, as well as privacy, are key factors in these systems as well.


This special issue focuses on topics around recommendation and personalization in the health and wellbeing domain, from the perspectives of users, vendors, as well as society at large. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Algorithms and Recommendation Strategies
  • Pervasive Systems
  • Domain Knowledge Representation
  • Personalization
  • Regulations and Standards
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Medical Evaluation Techniques
  • Persuasion/Nudging/Behavioral Change
  • User Profiling
  • Fairness
  • Gamification and Serious Games
  • Adherence
  • Trust
  • Empowerment
  • Explanations
  • Patient needs and satisfaction
  • User interaction design
  • Human/Expert-in-the-loop
  • Privacy
  • Ethics


Authors must submit an extended abstract via EasyChair by the deadline indicated below. It must be at most 3 pages long, not counting references, and formatted according to the journal template. The guest editors of the special issue will then screen all submitted extended abstracts and will invite authors of submissions that pass this screening to submit a full manuscript to be submitted via the journal’s submission system.


Guest Editors