May 2021: Seminar “Run and sleep for your brain! How exercise, mindfulness and sleep improve your mental health and resilience?”

17 May, 15h CET, ZOOM, QoL Seminar by Prof. Toledo-Rodrigues titled: “How exercise, mindfulness, and sleep improve your mental health and resilience?”. Speaker  Dr. Maria Toledo-Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham Seminar Title Run and sleep for your brain! How exercise, mindset, and sleep improve your mental health […]

Apr 2021: Vlad Manea PhD Defence

14 April, 13h, ZOOM, PhD Defence of Vlad Manea titled: “From Participation Factors to Co-Calibration of Patient- and Wearable-Reported Outcomes in Behavioural, Health, and Quality of Life Studies”. PhD Candidate Vlad Manea Thesis Title “From Participation Factors to Co-Calibration of Patient- and Wearable-Reported Outcomes in Behavioural, Health, and Quality of Life Studies” Abstract Chronic diseases […]

2021-2024 Starting Five New Research Projects

The QoL team has just started to collaborate on the following projects: 2021: The coQoL@hip2neck Study Protocol Design 2021: QoL@GVA: Bien Vivre Dans Nos Territoires Genevoises 2021-2023: European H2020 MSC Fellowship “Onto-mQoL: Extensions of Temporal Representations for Ontology-based and Holistic Reasoning in the Mobile Quality of Life Domain” 2021-2024: AGE-INT – Switzerland’s International Expertise for […]

Oct 2020: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshops and Plenary Talk

21-24 October 2020, International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) Annual Conference, Prague, The Czech Republic. Prof. Wac is a co-chair of the Workshop Sub-Committee as well as a Plenary Speaker at the Session: ““Video killed the radio star”: How technology is changing the way we collect, analyze and interpret patient-relevant data.” Video

Oct 2020: mQoL-Lab Competing for “Prix de l’Innovation” HUG/UNIGE

29 october 2020, 14ème Journée de l’Innovation (WEB), Centre de l’Innovation HUG. The QoL Lab contribution presented by Alexandre De Masi is titled “mQoL-Lab: Une Plateforme Flexible Pour Réaliser Des Études Sur La Santé Aidée Par Des Appareils Interactifs, Mobiles, Portables Et Omniprésents” (project description). See also mQoL-Lab Research Publications for further details.

Aug 2020: Allan Berrocal PhD Defence

28 August 2020, 9-11h, Battelle A, PhD Defence of Allan Berrocal titled: “Peer-ceived Momentary Assessment: Empirical Examination Of A Peer Supported Sensing Method To Augment Personal Sensing In Human Computer Interaction”. PhD Candidate Allan Berrocal Thesis Title “Peer-ceived Momentary Assessment: Empirical Examination Of A Peer Supported Sensing Method To Augment Personal Sensing In Human Computer […]

Jan 2020: “Quality of Life Technologies” Defined

A definition of “Quality of Life Technologies” has been published in the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Reference: Wac K. (2020) Quality of Life Technologies. In: Gellman M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer, New York, NY, USA. DOI “Certain things should never be taken for granted, among them […] the precise meaning of words that […]

Sep 2019: UBICOMP Workshop on Longitudinal Data Collection

9 September 2019, ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP 2019). The LDC Workshop is titled “International Workshop on Longitudinal Data Collection”. Web Co-Organizers: Vlad Manea (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)Allan Berrocal (University of Geneva, Switzerland)Alexandre De Masi (University of Geneva, Switzerland)Naja Holten Møller (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)Katarzyna Wac (University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University […]

Mar 2019: Panel at the Society of Behavioural Medicine 2019

6-9 March 2019, Digital Health Council Panel Titled “Interdisciplinary, collaborative models of designing, implementing, and evaluating digital behavior change interventions”, at the 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of Society of Behavioural Medicine (SBM), Washington, DC, USA. Prof. Wac participates in a Panel discussion. Full citation Madalina Sucala, Katarzyna Wac, Donna Spruijt-Metz, The Digital Health Council Present […]

Nov 2018: Can Data Decide Your Health?

Future Healthcare? Human & IT & Legal Perspectives Seminar How are healthcare technologies going to impact our society and relations? And what questions should we consider and discuss for the future, as the healthcare industry right now is changing dramatically? What Human and legal perspectives on the area, in shape of short presentations from experts […]

Nov 2018: Marios Fanourakis PhD Defence

2 November 2018, 9-11h, Battelle 432, PhD Defence of Marios Fanourakis titled: “On the Feasibility and Privacy Benefits of On-Device Data Mining for Opportunistic Crowd-Sensing and Service Self-Provisioning”. PhD Candidate Marios Fanourakis Thesis Title “On the Feasibility and Privacy Benefits of On-Device Data Mining for Opportunistic Crowd-Sensing and Service Self-Provisioning” Abstract Mobile device services are increasingly becoming […]

Oct 2018: “Out of My Head” Migraine Documentary Screening & Discussion

Our lab is generously hosting a free screening of ‘OUT OF MY HEAD’ – documentary on migraine on Monday, October 15th at 18h/6:00 pm, WHERE: ReZ Auditorium, Université de Genève / Battelle building A, Route de Drize 7, 1227 Carouge, Switzerland. How to get here Discussion with participants will follow the screening. Register and ensure your seat! […]

Oct 2018: UBICOMP Workshop on Mobile Human Contributions & Special Issue of IJHCS (Elsevier)

8 October 2018, ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP 2018). The MHC Workshop is titled “Mobile Human Contributions: Opportunities and Challenges”. Web Co-Organizer: Prof. Katarzyna Wac Selected high-quality, high-impact, and original research results papers will be invited to submit extended version of their work to the Special Issue on ‘Human Accuracy in Mobile Data Collection’ of The […]

Oct 2018: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshop (Second Edition)

24-27 October 2018, 25th International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference (ISOQOL 2018). The Workshop is titled “Clinical Outcome Assessments Embedded in Mobile and Wearable Information Technologies” and is a continuation of the successful 2017 workshop titled “Designing Quality of Life-driven Mobile Information Technologies” (ISOQOL 2017). Co-Organizers: Prof. Katarzyna Wac, Allan Berrocal (QoL PhD student), Nikki […]

Aug 2018: Open Living Lab Days #OLLD18 in Geneva!

22-24 August 2018, Annual Summit of the Worldwide Living Lab Community (OpenLivingLab Days 2018), Geneva, Switzerland. OpenLivingLab Days is the annual summit of the worldwide Living Lab community, formally the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) Summer School. The annual 4 day event includes interactive sessions, workshops, lively discussion panels with excursions and off-site visits […]

Jun 2018: Christiana Tsiourti’s PhD Defense

22 June 2018, 10-12h, Battelle ReZ, PhD Defence of Christiana Tsiourti titled: “Artificial Agents as Social Companions: Design Guidelines for Emotional Interactions”. PhD Candidate Christiana Tsiourti Thesis Title “Artificial Agents as Social Companions: Design Guidelines for Emotional Interactions” The Thesis Jury Prof. Gilles Falquet (president of the jury) Prof. Dimitri Konstantas (thesis co-director) Assoc. Prof. Katarzyna Wac […]

2018-2022: New European COST Action Accepted

The QoL team contributes to the accepted European COST Action titled “CardioRNA: Catalysing Transcriptomics Research in Cardiovascular Disease”. European COST Action “CardioRNA: Catalysing Transcriptomics Research in Cardiovascular Disease” The COST Action proposed by Cardiolinc Board Members Yvan Devaux and Clarissa Pedrosa da C. Gomes and co-proposed by other 19 Cardiolinc members and partners has been […]

Apr 2018: Panel at the Society of Behavioural Medicine 2018

11-14 April 2018, The Digital Health Council and Education, Training, and Career Development Council organizes a Panel Titled “Perspectives On Effective Digital Health Training In Behavioral Medicine” (Web), at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of Society of Behavioural Medicine (SBM), New Orleans, LA, USA. Prof. Wac participates in a Panel discussion. Full citation Goldstein […]

2018-2021: Two New H2020 RIA Projects and a Stanford Psychiatry Grant Accepted

The QoL team has got two new European H2020 RIA-type research project proposals accepted: 2018-2021: European H2020 Projects: “WellCo: Wellbeing and Health Virtual Coach” (Call topic SC1-PM-15-2017) and “ECoWeB: Assessing and Enhancing Emotional Competence for Well-Being in the Young: A principled, evidence-based, mobile-health approach to prevent mental disorders and promote mental well-being”(Call topic SC1-PM-07-2017). H2020 […]

May 2017: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops

23-26 May 2017, 11th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2017) and Conference Workshops. Workshops “Challenges and Opportunities in Pervasive Health-enabled Telemedicine” (web) “Leveraging Patient-Generated Data for Collaborative Decision Making in Healthcare” (web) “Health-i-Coach: Intelligent Technologies for Coaching in Health” (web) Katarzyna Wac is the Workshop Chair, see the submission details at […]

Oct 2016: Panel at the ‘Public Health Schweiz’ Symposium

26 October 2016, The ‘Public Health Schweiz’, i.e., the Swiss Society of Public Health organizes a Symposium titled “Compter ses pas, mesurer la tension artérielle, calculer les calories : une meilleure santé grâce au «self-tracking» et aux «wearables» ?” (Web), Bern, Switzerland. Prof. Wac participates in a Panel discussion.

Oct 2016: “QoL Vadis” Interdisciplinary Workshop

3 October 2016, 9-12h, KUA campus, Room 24.5.62, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, “QoL Vadis” – Interdisciplinary Workshop on Future and Emerging Trends in the Science of Quality of Life. Organizer Prof. Katarzyna Wac The Speakers Prof. Ayo Wahlberg, Institute for Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Making Of Quality Of Life – Co-Productions and Anthropological […]

Feb 2016: Talk by Anind K. Dey (CMU, USA)

23 Feburary 2016, 15-16.30h, Battelle A-432, Invited talk by Prof. Anind K. Dey (CMU, USA) titled: “Understanding Human Behavior Using Everyday Technology”. Speaker Prof. Anind K. Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, USA Title Understanding Human Behavior Using Everyday Technology Abstract Commodity smart phones and initial Internet-of-Things devices have made the visions of ubiquitous […]

Feb 2016: Mattia Gustarini’s PhD Defense

23 Feburary 2016, 10-12h, Battelle A-404/407, PhD Defence of Mattia Gustarini titled: “Analysing Smartphone Users’ “Inner-Self”: The Perception of Intimacy and Smartphone Usage Changes”. PhD Candidate Mattia Gustarini Thesis Title “Analysing Smartphone Users’ “Inner-Self”: The Perception of Intimacy and Smartphone Usage Changes” Lay Summary To be more intelligent, mobile services and applications rely on users’ […]

Dec 2015: HOT-MMCS: IEEE GlobeCom Special Session

6-10 December 2015, Special Session on “Hot Topics on Multimedia Communication Systems” (HOT-MMCS) at the 4th IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications (CCSNA) co-located with IEEE GlobeCom. See the dedicated HOT-MMCS website.

May 2015: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops

23-25 May 2015, 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2015) and Workshops. WORKSHOPS Workshop on Adaptive Treatments and Therapies (WATT 2015) Workshop on Personal Health Systems for Chronic Diseases (PHSCD 2015) 2nd Workshop on Process Oriented Approach for Patient Centered Care Delivery (ProCare 2015) Workshop on Issues of Geographically Distributed, Home-Based […]

Dec 2014: Smartphone Interaction Study (participate by 31st Dec 2014 and win 50CHF Gift Card)

Thanks to our collaboration with the Google Research Group, we are currently investigating smartphone usage and interaction for building better interfaces. Since smartphone are becoming a common and ubiquitous devices supporting our daily life activities, better and more usable interfaces are required to make a smartphone even smarter. With the study we are currently conducting […]

Dec 2013: UnCrowdTPG mobile app awarded

The QoL team’s mobile application UnCrowdTPG has won a second place in the TPG Open Data Challenge. Read the full TPG press release in French and read the related article “Comment l’Open Data facilite notre vie”, LeTemps, 6 jan 2014. Check the application website and download instructions at UnCrowdTPG website. Photo of the QoL team […]

Nov 2013: Talk at USI Lugano by Mattia Gustarini: “Ops, I wasn’t supposed to share that picture!”

Mattia Gustarini, Ops, I was not supposed to share that picture with them! Towards semi-automated centralized privacy settings: what to share, with whom, and in which situation, University of Lugano, Switzerland, Nov 2013 Highlight news Ubiquitous data collection from our smartphones is becoming a mainstream. We share data (e.g., photos, location) with our social networks, […]

2013-2015: New Research Projects Accepted

The QoL team has got two research project proposals accepted: 2013-2015: Swiss National Science Foundation Basic Reserach Project “Enabling People-Centric Sensing by Overcoming the privacy BarriEr” (PCS-OBEY) 2014-2016: European Ambient Assisted Living project “intergenerAtioNal communIty for coMpAny knowledge TransfEr” (ANIMATE) (AAL-2013-6)

Oct 2013: IEEE Healthcom Conference Tutorial

9 October 2013, Katarzyna Wac is giving a tutorial titled “Methodology for Evaluating Experience of Mobile (Healthcare) Applications Used in Different Contexts of Daily Life”, at the 15th Intl Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Services (IEEE HealthCom’13) conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Abstract: Many attendees at IEEE HealthCom conferences deal on a growing scale with […]

Aug 2013: mQoL becomes part of ENoLL

Since August 2013 our Quality of Life Living Lab (mQoL) is a Member of European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Mattia Gustarini represented the mQoL team at the ENoLL meeting, see Pic1,Pic2,Pic3.

Apr 2013: “Un bracelet qui mesure tout”, Emission Radio sur

25 April 2013, “Un bracelet qui mesure tout”, Emission Radio, Invitée: Dr. Katarzyna Wac, Tout quantifier dans sa vie, c’est la tendance pour les accros à la technologie. Pour les adeptes du “Quantified Self”, un nouveau bracelet est disponible en Suisse. Le UP permettrait de tout mesurer dans sa vie, du sport au sommeil. […]

Dec 2012: QoSIS demos – Check the best mobile networking option prescribed for you

As part of the QoSIS (MIQmodel), QoL focuses on measurements-based performance evaluation of wireless access networks provided by diverse mobile network operators towards prescribing the best mobile networking option for a given user. The QoL team has developed an Android OS mobile application that uses measurements data provided by the real mobile users living in Geneva […]

Sep 2012: Quantified Self & Quality of Life Seminar Series (#3)

24 September 2012, 18.00, UniGe-UniMail, M3220, Seminar Series co-organized by Clement Charles (Quantified Self Labs, Geneva) and Dr. Katarzyna Wac (University of Geneva, Switzerland) Following our seminar on 11th June of 2012, we meet again in September! Quantified Self Labs is a collaboration of users and (self-)monitoring tool makers who share an interest in self […]

Sep 2012: ITU Experts Group Meeting “mHealth: Towards Better Care, Cure and Prevention in Europe”

25-26 September 2012, Participation in the ITU Experts Group Meeting titled “mHealth: Towards Better Care, Cure and Prevention in Europe”, held within the framework of the ITU European Regional Initiative on ICT Applications, including e-Health, Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Katarzyna Wac contribution has been titled “mHealth Services Science – Science in the Service of Life Quality”. […]

Sep 2012: Paper presented at UbiMi workshop, co-located with the UBICOMP Conference, Pittsburgh, US

Mattia Gustarini presented his scientific paper at the International Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Instrumentation (UbiMi) workshop, co-located with the UBICOMP Conference, Pittsburgh, US You can find the paper and the slides under the following link: Mattia Gustarini, Katarzyna Wac, Ubiquitous Inference of Mobility State of Human Custodian in People-Centric Context Sensing Link to the UbiMi […]

Jun 2012: Papers Presented at the Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia Workshop, Newcastle, UK

Sokratis Barmpounakis and Mattia Gustarini presented their scientific papers published at the Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia Workshop, co-located with the PERVASIVE Conference in Newcastle, UK. You can find the papers, poster and slides under the following links: Sokratis Barmpounakis, Katarzyna Wac, Deriving Connectivity and Application Usage Patterns From Longitudinal Mobile Phone Usage Data Mattia […]

May 2012-13: Nous recherchons des volontaires pour participer à l’étude mQoL

Objectif: Le but de ce projet est de tester et de collecter différentes données par l’intermédiaire d’un téléphone mobile pour différents sous projets réalisés par le groupe QoL, de l’Institut de Science des Services de l’Université de Genève. Ces données seront utilisées afin de comprendre: a) comment l’utilisateur interagit avec le téléphone, b) quelles sont […]

Feb-Jun 2012: Recherche utilisateurs de téléphones mobiles (Android OS) pour une étude scientifique

Notre groupe de recherche vous invite à participer à une étude scientifique. Nous vous proposons de tester une application pour téléphones mobiles développée dans notre laboratoire – ALE. Cette application détecte et calcule votre niveau d’activité physique journalier de manière non intrusive et sans autres appareils que le téléphone portable. Par le biais de cette […]

Jun 2012: “Future Internet for eHealth” Dagstuhl Seminar

3-6 Jun 2012, Dagstuhl Seminar co-organized by Prof. Dr. Paolo Bonato (Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, USA), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Fiedler (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden), Prof. David Hausheer (TU Darmstadt, Germany) and Dr. Katarzyna Wac (University of Geneva, Switzerland). Motivation: The support of […]

Anytime: Looking for Mobile Phone Users (Android OS) as Study Participants

Researchers at University of Geneva, Quality of Life team, would like to invite volunteers to participate in a research study, which purpose is to gather data on how participants use their mobile phone throughout their everyday activities and in different context and what is their subjective experience for different applications. By studying this, we hope […]

May 2012: ACM SIGCHI CHI Conference Course and TUWien IGW Summercamp

5-10 May 2012, Katarzyna Wac is teaching a course on Methodology for Evaluating Experience of Mobile Applications Used in Different Contexts of Daily Life at the ACM SIGCHI CHI conference in Austin, Texas, USA. A shorter version of the course has been also taught at the Human-Computer Interaction group of Vienna University of Technology, Institute […]

Dec 2011: NIH Mobile Health (mHealth) Winter Institute

5-9 December 2011, Participation at mHealth Training Institute organized by the US National Institute of Health (NIH) and co-located with the mHealth Summit at Washington DC, USA. Using mobile technologies to more rapidly and accurately assess and modify behavior, biological states and contextual variables has great potential to transform medical research. Recent advances in mobile […]

Aug 2011: MobileHCI Conference Tutorial

31 August 2011, Katarzyna Wac is giving a tutorial titled “Performance evaluation of mobile services: measurements-based methodology and example assessment techniques” at the MobileHCI conference in Stockholm, Sweden. This tutorial first presents a generic methodology for measurements-based performance evaluation of a mobile communication system and its service(s), and second, it presents an application of this […]

May 2011: QoL at Future Internet Assembly (FIA) in Budapest

Organizers: Andreas Metzger and Clarissa Marquezan (Paluno, U of Duisburg-Essen; S Cube Network of Excellence and FInest FI PPP Use Case project), Katarzyna Wac (U of Geneva), David Hausheer (TU Darmstadt) Future Internet applications will draw on the convergence of Services, Things, Contents and Networks. This means that the capabilities and features of FI applications […]

Apr 2011: Tecfa Brown Bag Seminar

An increasing availability of miniaturized computing, storage and communication resources for personal wearable electronics devices as well as the availability of diverse sensors for human vital signs (e.g., heart rate, respiration) enable the development of a wide variety of wearable systems for ambulatory psychophysiological measurements. These systems pave the way for acquisition of quality data […]

Feb 2011: Boursières d’Excellence

3 February 2011, 8.30, “Boursières d’Excellence” talk by Katarzyna Wac, titled Translational Research on Effective and Efficient Telemedicine Services Supporting the Self-management of Chronically Ill Patients

Oct 2010: ESF-COST Conference and Ambassador role

Katarzyna Wac received a “COST Ambassador” grant for presenting the topic “From Quality of Service to Quality of Experience in Health Informatics Systems” at the ESF-COST Research Conference ‘Future Internet & Society Complex Networks Perspective ‘ Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy, 2-7 October 2010

Sep 2010: BodyNets 2010

Katarzyna Wac presented a paper entitled “Body Area Networks for Ambulatory Psychophysiological Monitoring: A Survey of Off-the-Shelf Sensor Systems” at BodyNets Corfu, Greece, 10-12 September, 2010, ACM Press Publisher