Computational Health

We invite research contributions for the 26th World Wide Web Conference Computational Health Track.

Health and medicine are increasingly searched for, tracked, and delivered via digital means. One of the primary among these is the Internet. 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 newly-introduced health track at WWW2017 seeks to bring together advances in computer science with direct benefits to the medical and public health domains. The health track places a special emphasis on research with clear relevance to people’s health or health systems.

Papers submitted to the Computational Health track are expected to contain significant advances in computer science (machine learning, information retrieval, data mining, optimization, etc.) as well as in medicine or public health, or present a novel solution to a health problem enabled by computer science.

Topics of interest consist of four main themes:


  • Disease detection and tracking
  • Epidemiology
  • Response to health emergencies
  • Supporting public health policy decisions
  • Health risk modeling and forecasting


  • Online health communities
  • Identification of individual health status
  • Online interventions
  • Personal health monitoring


  • Wearable sensors
  • Affective computing
  • Personal care programs
  • Quantified self
  • Behavioural monitoring and behavioural change


Track Chairs


  • John Brownstein (Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
  • Elad Yom-Tov (Microsoft Research)
  • Ciro Cattuto (ISI Foundation)

Program Committee

Philip Abdelmalik Public Health Agency of Canada
Eyhab Al-Masri University of Waterloo
Alain Barrat CNRS
David Buckeridge McGill University
Rumi Chunara
Enrico Coiera
Ingemar Cox University College London
Aron Culotta Illinois Institute of Technology
Craig Dalton
Jeff Dalton
Adam Dunn Centre for Health Informatics, Macquarie University
Noemie Elhadad
Luis Fernandez-Luque Qatar Computing Research Institute
David Fisman
Ran Gilad-Bachrach Microsoft Research
Bruno Gonçalves New York University
Emre Kiciman Microsoft Research
Vasileios Lampos University College London
Larry Madoff
Philip Massey Drexel University School of Public Health
Yelena Mejova Qatar Computing Research Institute
Ricardo Mexia Instituto Nacional de Saude Doutor Ricardo Jorge
Elaine Nsoesie University of Washington
Daniela Paolotti ISI Foundation
Michael Paul University of Colorado Boulder
Nicola Perra
Luz Rello Carnegie Mellon University
Michal Rosen-Zvi IBM
Marcel Salathé
Maurizio Santillana
Samuel Scarpino University of Vermont
Alessio Signorini University of Iowa
Luca Soldaini Georgetown University
Scott Teesdale
Michele Tizzoni ISI Foundation
Alberto Tozzi
Andrew Turpin The University of Melbourne
Effy Vayena
Ingmar Weber Qatar Computing Research Institute
Bin Zou University College London

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