The key aim of the Quality of Life (QoL) technologies research lab is to promote Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to improve QoL of individuals through inter-disciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research, education, science communication and outreach. Particularly, given the current expertise of the team, its goal is to establish quality research in mobile networking systems delivering accurate and timely services to their users “anywhere-anytime-anyhow”.
The general approach is necessarily a transdisciplinary one, as many of the challenges in development and deployment phases of these systems need to be addressed considering not only the system and its Quality of Service (QoS) provided in an operational networking environment, but, as sometimes missing in the current research – the actual system end-users, approaching mobile networking not from the perspective of new hype technology, but from the perspective of new innovative ways to achieve some pre-defined goal.
These end-users have thus different services’ requirements, expectations and perceptions of the Quality of Experience (QoE), including system’s usability, efficiency and effectiveness. In transdisciplinary research projects, we aim to establish innovative methodologies to demonstrate the value of mobile networking systems improving the QoS, the QoE and ultimately the QoL outcomes of its end-users, and society at large.
The QoL team follows the WHO definition of QoL (WHOQOL) and it currently contributes to research on mobile computing and communications applied in mobile healthcare (i.e., Digital Health) solutions for well-being, disease self-management, active and healthy ageing and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) by leveraging personal, big data approaches (like ‘quantified-self’ one) in Living Lab settings.
The QoL technologies research lab has been established in 2010 by Prof. Katarzyna Wac and is a part of Institute of Services Science (ISS) and Center for Informatics (CUI) at the University of Geneva (UniGe, Switzerland). Since 2015, we also conduct our research at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Computer Science (DIKU, Denmark). Additionally, selected studies of the QoL lab are conducted at Stanford University and Stanford Medicine, with which Prof. Wac is affiliated since 2013.
Photos of our team – top to bottom – from 2012 to 2017.