Call: Special Issue on Cognitive Assistants – International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Cognitive Assistants
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
JCR Impact Factor: 1.476
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.815

Manuscript submissions due: April 30, 2017


Cognitive Assistants (CA) are a relatively new concept, advancing the Cognitive Orthotics concept that is only focused on direct assistance, to people with cognitive or physical disabilities, and expanding the area to include complex platforms that include sensors, actuators, monitoring abilities and decision processes. CA is an area containing technologies such as cognitive assistants, multi-agent systems, robotics and applications (such as e-health and e-learning), among others. Essentially, CA is focused on people and their disabilities, providing tools that best fit them using personalization methods. CA can range from a medication reminder to a messaging system that connects its users with their relatives. New developments like the IOT (Internet of Things) and the increasing amount of computing power in handheld devices have allowed the development of environments that were until now unavailable through embedded systems. Therefore, there are a lot of implementation options open for development on this area.

With this IJHCS special issue on Cognitive Assistants we intend to provide an overview of the research being carried out in the interdisciplinary area of cognitive assistants and cognitively inspired systems. To this end, we invite novel, high quality contributions that demonstrate a user-centered focus, and preferably (but not necessarily) present an engineering element in this area.


  • Agent & Multiagent Systems for Ambient Intelligence (AmI)
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence for AmI
  • Cognitive Assistants
  • Context Aware Computing
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Domotics (Home Automation)
  • Evaluation of Cognitive Assistants
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Knowledge Discovery and Acquisition
  • Memory Assistants
  • Mobile Computing
  • Robotics
  • Spatial Cognition and Computation
  • Ubiquitous Computing


Submissions to the special issue must include original research. Papers must be new and have not been published or submitted to other sources. Submissions should be prepared according to the IJHCS Guide for authors, and should be submitted online according to the journal’s instructions. The IJHCS Guide for authors and online submission are available at


  • Manuscript submission due: April 30, 2017
  • First round decision made: July 31, 2017
  • Final decision made: November 15, 2017
  • Final paper due: December 15, 2017


Angelo Costa
University of Minho, Portugal

Vicente Julian
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Grzegorz J. Nalepa
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Paulo Novais
University of Minho, Portugal

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