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Special Issue "Smart Sensors for Physical and Cognitive Health"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomedical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2023) | Viewed by 716

Special Issue Editors

Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI-LARSyS), University of Madeira, 9020-105 Funchal, Portugal
Interests: physical activity; physical fitness; quality of life; aging; cognition; health
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Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI-LARSyS), University of Madeira, 9020-105 Funchal, Portugal
Interests: physical activity; physical fitness; quality of life; aging; cognition; health
Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
Interests: healthy aging; active aging; cognitive stimulation; cognitive functioning; cognitive reserve; cognitive health; cognitive development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the digital age, smart sensors have opened the door for a more fine-grained assessment of countless indicators of physical and cognitive health in real-time. These technological advancements will have an invaluable impact on our societies’ health. For instance, smartwatches and other wearable health sensors allow tracking physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, heart rate, or even electrocardiography, blood oxygen level, critical noise level, and skin conductance. Smart home technologies can be used to monitor individuals’ health behaviour, such as medication adherence, nutrition and drinking behaviour, weight, and hygienic behaviours. They can also detect falls, fainting, and cognitive failures, such as forgetting to switch off the oven after cooking. These new technologies will fundamentally change our world and our health by supporting several activities of daily living. First, detailed multidimensional monitoring with smart sensors can help track and better understand healthy behaviour patterns. Second, it facilitates the identification of physical and cognitive dysfunction in real-time. Third, it lays the basis for designing, conducting, and evaluating tailored intervention programs addressing these health problems. Fourth, since these technologies become more and more affordable in price, they will increase their potential to improve our health in the future. 

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) important advancements in smart sensor technologies on physical and cognitive health, their challenges, and benefits in an overarching topical issue. We strongly encourage submitting papers focussing on the keywords below, but works on related topics will also be considered.

Dr. Élvio Rúbio Gouveia
Dr. Bruna Raquel Gouveia
Dr. Andreas Ihle
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • cognitive health
  • physical health
  • physiological monitoring
  • smart home
  • assisted living system
  • smart sensors
  • augmented virtual reality
  • health technologies
  • behavioural tracking
  • big data

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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