Call: “Ambient Assisted Living and Cognitive Assistants” issue of Applied Sciences

Special Issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417; impact factor 1.698)
“Ambient Assisted Living and Cognitive Assistants”

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019


Recent studies have shown that people who stay in their homes have a higher quality of life, often better than those who are institutionalized. Another important social factor is the high cost of institutional care, which a great number of families are unable to pay, thus being the only option to keep their elderly relatives at home. To respond to these issues, the services and care available in the institutions must be replicated in the family environment. These new challenges require new solutions, technological ones.

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), and more recently, Cognitive Assistants (CAs) aim to provide technological advancements with the aim of assisting people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Their operational areas include complex platforms that include sensors, actuators, monitoring processes and decision support systems. These two domains provide a two-pronged approach: the AAL focuses on enriching the home environment and the CAs focuses on directly assisting the people on that environment.

Together, they include technologies such as personalized smart assistants, multi-agent systems, robotics, electronic health applications, and more, with the goal of providing elderly and disabled people the tools that best fit them using personalization methods.

Although these areas have been providing solutions to help the users, the customization element has not been widely addressed and it is necessary to have custom systems that can effectively respond to users’ expectations. Thus, integrated human-computer interaction solutions are needed, which can offer a more natural way of interacting with users and supporting them effectively.

This special edition aims to present research papers in the interdisciplinary fields of ambient assisted living, cognitive assistants and cognitively inspired systems. To this end, we invite high-quality innovations and contributions that demonstrate advances in these fields.


  • Agent & Multi-agent Systems for Ambient Intelligence
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Ambient Intelligence Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence for Ambient Intelligence
  • 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


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in. Once you are registered, go to and upload your paper. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.


Angelo Costa
University of Minho, Portugal

Vicente Julian
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Paulo Novais
University of Minho, Portugal


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