QoL Technologies: "Science in the Service of Life Quality"
The key aim of the Quality of Life (QoL) technologies research area is to promote ICT technologies to improve QoL of individuals through rigorous scientific 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 currently contributes to research on mobile networking systems deployed in healthcare (denoted as 'mHealth') for personal well-being, active and healthy ageing and ambient assisted living by leveraging personal, big data approaches (like 'quantified-self' one) in Living Lab settings. The QoL technologies research area has been established in 2010 by Assoc. Prof. Katarzyna Wac and is a part of Institute of Services Science (ISS) and Center for Informatics (CUI) of Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) at University of Geneva (UniGe).
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Quality of Life News
Mar 2017: Special Issue of the IEEE Computer: "Quality of Life Technologies"
May 26, 2013
Call for papers for the Special Issue titled "Quality of Life Technologies" in the IEEE Computer Magazine (CFP) with deadline on 1st August 2016 and publication date early 2017.More...
May 2016: Panel at the ITU-WHO Policy Dialogue on Digital Health
Nov 23, 2015
23-24 May 2016, ITU-WHO Policy Dialogue on Digital Health for “Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All (SDG3)” in parallel to the World Health Assembly (WHA 2016). Panel in which Prof. Wac participates is titled "Innovations for Global Health Challenges" (Web).More...
Mar 2016: Keynote at the Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
Nov 23, 2015
16-18 March 2016, 21st Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP 2016). Talk given by Prof. Wac is titled "Star Trek’s Tricorder: Science Fiction or Future Science?". Web, Slides, VideoMore...