QoL Technologies Lab: "Science in the Service of Life Quality"
Vision: Quality of Life (QoL) technologies lab vision is to be a leading academic laboratory recognized for inter-disciplinary education, research and development aimed at improving Quality of Life of individuals throughout their lives.
Mission: The lab mission is to develop and evaluate emerging mobile technologies with the goal of assessing individuals' life quality as it unfolds naturally over time and in context, and improving it at all stages of life.
The lab leverages behavioral markers to quantify and improve individuals’ Quality of Life in new ways – drawing on new emerging models from computer science incorporating examination, diagnosis and treatment of daily life as an “organ” – much like a cardiologist examines heart.
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 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 follows the WHO definition of QoL (WHOQOL) and it 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 lab 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) at the University of Geneva (UniGe).
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Quality of Life News
2018-2021: Two New H2020 RIA Projects and a Stanford Psychiatry Grant Accepted
Jul 28, 2017
The QoL team has got two new European H2020 RIA-type research project proposal accepted: Project titled "WellCo: Wellbeing and Health Virtual Coach" as well as "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". The Stanford grant is funded via SPOT and is titled "Smartphone Data Identification of Suicidality in Young Men with Bipolar Disorder".More...
Oct 2017: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshop
Mar 30, 2017
18-21 October 2017, 24th International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference (ISOQOL 2017). The Workshop is titled "Designing Quality of Life-driven Mobile Information Technologies".More...
Aug 2017: Digital Health Book
Jun 2, 2017
August 2017, "Digital Health - Scaling Healthcare to the World" book published by Springer (Web). Prof. Rivas (Stanford) and Prof. Wac are editors of the Book.More...