Health on the Web

We invite research contributions for the “Health on the Web” Research Track of the 27th edition of The Web Conference (WWW2018), to be held April 23-27, 2018 in Lyon, France (

Health and medicine are increasingly searched for, tracked, and delivered digitally. This represents opportunities to improve our health and the delivery of medicine, for example, by learning about aspects of people’s health that are difficult to otherwise track, by facilitating rapid collection and dissemination of time-critical medical data, and by providing novel interventions to improve health.

The track “Computational Health” was first introduced at WWW2017. It will be continued at WWW2018 as the “Health on the Web” Track. The track seeks to bring together advances in Internet-related computer science with direct benefits to the medical and health domains. The health track places a special emphasis on research showing how the Web can improve people’s health or provide better healthcare delivery.

Papers submitted to the Health on the Web track are expected to contain significant advances in computer science (machine learning, information retrieval, data mining, optimization, etc.) as well as in medicine or health, or present a novel solution to a health problem enabled by computer science. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review by the Health on the Web Track program committee.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Public health techniques on the Web
    • Online disease detection and tracking
    • Syndromic surveillance
    • Epidemiology
    • Response to health emergencies
    • Supporting public health policy decisions
    • Health risk modeling and forecasting
  • Health care delivery
    • Online health communities
    • Identification of individual health status
    • Telehealth interventions
    • Personal health monitoring and adherence
    • Patient engagement
    • Applied data analytics
  • Personal health in the online world
    • Wearable sensors
    • Mobile health
    • Affective computing
    • Personal care programs
    • Quantified self
    • Behavioral monitoring and change

Track Chairs:

  • William Hersh (Oregon Health & Science University, United States)
  • Elad Yom-Tov (Microsoft, Israel)

Contact: www2018-health (at)

Program Committee:

  • Tim Althoff (Stanford University, United States)
  • Alain Barrat (CNRS, France)
  • Steven Bedrick (OHSU, United States)
  • David Buckeridge (McGill University, Canada)
  • Rumi Chunara (New York University, United States)
  • Aron Culotta (Illinois Institute of Technology, United States)
  • Dina Demner (U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH, United States)
  • Adam Dunn (Centre for Health Informatics Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Noemie Elhadad (Columbia University, United States)
  • Luis Fernandez Luque (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
  • Ran Gilad-Bachrach (Microsoft, United States)
  • Allan Hanbury (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer (MGH/Harvard Medical School, United States)
  • Vasileios Lampos (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Philip Massey (Drexel University School of Public Health, United States)
  • Yelena Mejova (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
  • Ricardo Mexia (Instituto Nacional de Saude Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal)
  • Henning Müller (HES-SO, Switzerland)
  • Karthik Natarajan (Columbia University, United States)
  • Elaine Nsoesie (University of Washington, United States)
  • Michael Paul (University of Colorado Boulder, United States)
  • Nicola Perra (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom)
  • Kirk Roberts (The University of Texas at Dallas, United States)
  • Michal Rosen-Zvi (IBM, Israel)
  • Luca Soldaini (Georgetown University, United States)
  • Christoph Trattner (MODUL University Vienna, Austria)
  • Pierangelo Veltri (Laboratory of Bioinformatics University of Catanzaro, Italy)
  • Karin Verspoor (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Brit Youngmann (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Justin Zobel (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Bin Zou (University College London, United Kingdom)

Important dates:

  • Research tracks abstracts submission deadline : 26 October 2017
  • Research tracks full papers submission deadline : 31 October 2017
  • Research tracks acceptance notification : 22 December 2017
  • Research tracks papers final version due : 18 February 2018

All submission deadlines are at 9:00pm HAST.

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