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 RIA "WellCo: Wellbeing and Health Virtual Coach"

Abstract: WellCo delivers a radical new ICT-based solution in the provision of personalised advice, guidance and follow-up of users for the adoption of healthier behaviour choices that help them to maintain or improve their physical cognitive, mental and social well-being for as long as possible. Advice is given through behaviour change interventions specifically tailored to the singularities of each user (user-centred approach); these interventions range from goals to achieve on a Social Network to recommended activities around the 7 areas defined in WellCo: cognitive stimulation, leisure and entertainment, supporting groups, physical activity, health status, nutrition and tips. Recommendations and goals are provided after performing an assessment of the status for determining the probability of a given disease expression. This assessment accounts: user’s profile, context (Life Plan), socio-economic agents, health and mental status derived from the data of wearable sensors seamlessly integrated into ADL of the user and user’s mood after the application of Affective Computing via visual and speech emotion recognition. Guidance and follow-up is provided by the Virtual Coach developed in WellCo; this consists in affective-aware coach that is always active and interacts through speech with the user in order to: 1) act as virtually interface among the user and the platform managing the flow of all user-platform and platform-user interactions (NLi) 2) empower users in their behaviour change process through simulation activities tailored to their current mood (Affective Computing). The whole service is also followed-up and continuously supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts as well as users’ close caregivers that provide their clinical evidence (Expert- Related Outcomes) and knowledge about the user (Observer- Related Outcomes) to ensure effectiveness and accuracy of the change interventions.

Consortium Partners: HI-Iberia (Spain, the Coordinator), Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy), Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia), Gerencia De Servicios Sociales De Castilla Y León (Spain), Connectedcare Services B.V. (The Netherlands), Monsenso (Denmark), Syddansk Universitet (Denmark) and University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

More details to follow from the official website.

H2020 RIA "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"

Abstract: Although there are effective mental well-being promotion and mental disorder prevention interventions for young people, there is a need for more robust evidence on resilience factors, for more effective interventions, and for approaches that can be scalable and accessible at a population level. To tackle these challenges and move beyond the state-of-the-art, ECoWeB uniquely integrates three multidisciplinary approaches: (a) For the first time to our knowledge, we will systematically use an established theoretical model of normal emotional functioning (Emotional Competence Process) to guide the identification and targeting of mechanisms robustly implicated in well-being and psychopathology in young people; (b) A personalized medicine approach: systematic assessment of personal Emotional Competence (EC) profiles is used to select targeted interventions to promote well-being: (c) Mobile application delivery to target scalability, accessibility and acceptability in young people. Our aim is to improve mental health promotion by developing, evaluating, and disseminating a comprehensive mobile app to assess deficits in three major components of EC (production, regulation, knowledge) and to selectively augment pertinent EC abilities in adolescents and young adults. It is hypothesized that the targeted interventions, based on state-of-the-art assessment, will efficiently increase resilience toward adversity, promote mental well-being, and act as primary prevention for mental disorders. The EC intervention will be tested in cohort multiple randomized trials with young people from many European countries against a usual care control and an established, non-personalized socio-emotional learning digital intervention. Building directly from a fundamental understanding of emotion in combination with a personalized approach and leading edge digital technology is a novel and innovative approach, with potential to deliver a breakthrough in effective prevention of mental disorder.

Consortium Partners: University of Exeter (UK), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), audEERING GmbH (Germany), Universitat Jaume I (Spain), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece), The University of Oxford (UK), Brno University of Technology (Czech Rep), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany), University of Geneva (Switzerland), German Youth Institute (Germany), Monsenso (Denmark), and University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

More details to follow.

Stanford SPOT "Smartphone Data Identification of Suicidality in Young Men with Bipolar Disorder"

PI: Dr. Anda Gershon, co-PI: Prof. Shefali Miller - both with Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University, co-Investigator: K. Wac (Visiting Professor at Stanford School of Medicine).

Funding Schema: Suicide Prevention through Outreach Program at Stanford SPOT

More details to follow.

28 July 2017


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Smartphone Interaction Study (join our mQoL Living Lab and win 50CHF)
Oct 2018: UBICOMP Workshop on Mobile Human Contributions & Special Issue of IJHCS (Elsevier)
Oct 2018: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshop (Second Edition)
Aug 2018: Open Living Lab Days #OLLD18 in Geneva!
Jun 2018: Christiana Tsiourti's PhD Defense
2018-2022: New European COST Action Accepted
May 2018: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops
Mar 2018: Panel at SBM 2018
Jan 2018: Digital Health Book (Finally Published!)
Nov 2017: Talk at University of Geneva Hospitals (HUG) by K. Wac: "Connect for Better Quality of Life" (Video)
2018-2021: Two New H2020 RIA Projects and a Stanford Psychiatry Grant Accepted
Oct 2017: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshop
May 2017: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops
Mar 2017: Special Issue of the IEEE Computer: "Quality of Life Technologies"
Oct 2016: Panel at the 'Public Health Schweiz' Symposium
Oct 2016: "QoL Vadis" Interdisciplinary Workshop
May 2016: Panel at the ITU-WHO Policy Dialogue on Digital Health
Mar 2016: Keynote at the Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
Feb 2016: Mattia Gustarini's PhD Defense
Feb 2016: Talk by Anind K. Dey (CMU, USA)
Dec 2015: Talk at the Conference of International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare
Dec 2015: HOT-MMCS: IEEE GlobeCom Special Session
May 2015: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops
Dec 2014: Smartphone Interaction Study (participate by 31st Dec 2014 and win 50CHF Gift Card)
Aug 2014: UnCrowdTPG (beta) on Google Play for all!
Dec 2013: UnCrowdTPG mobile app awarded
Nov 2013: Talk at USI Lugano by Mattia Gustarini: "Ops, I wasn't supposed to share that picture!"
2013-2015: New Research Projects Accepted
Nov 2013: Special Issue in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Oct 2013: IEEE Healthcom Conference Tutorial
Oct 2013: IEEE Workshop on Service Science for e-Health at IEEE HealthCom 2013
Aug 2013: mQoL becomes part of ENoLL
Apr 2013: "Un bracelet qui mesure tout", Emission Radio sur RTS.ch.
Dec 2012: QoSIS demos - Check the best mobile networking option prescribed for you
Nov 2012: Seminar on Technology of Information for Geographic and Environment Research and Services
Oct-Nov 2012: User Intimacy Study in collaboration with the CMU's Ubicomp Lab in Pittsburgh, US
Sep 2012: ITU Experts Group Meeting "mHealth: Towards Better Care, Cure and Prevention in Europe"
Sep 2012: Paper presented at UbiMi workshop, co-located with the UBICOMP Conference, Pittsburgh, US
Sep 2012: Quantified Self & Quality of Life Seminar Series (#3)
Jun 2012: Papers Presented at the Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia Workshop, Newcastle, UK
May 2012-13: Nous recherchons des volontaires pour participer à l'étude mQoL
Jun 2012: "Future Internet for eHealth" Dagstuhl Seminar
May 2012: ACM SIGCHI CHI Conference Course and TUWien IGW Summercamp
Feb-Jun 2012: Recherche utilisateurs de téléphones mobiles (Android OS) pour une étude scientifique
Anytime: Looking for Mobile Phone Users (Android OS) as Study Participants
Jan 2012: Demonstration of Prototype for Indoor Positioning Based on Dead Reckoning
Dec 2011: Demonstration Video for Android-based Activity Level Estimator (ALE)
Dec 2011: NIH Mobile Health (mHealth) Winter Institute
Aug 2011: MobileHCI Conference Tutorial
May 2011: QoL at Future Internet Assembly in Budapest
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