Research

The QoL research focus is Quality of Service/Quality of Experience in mobile computing and communications applied in mobile healthcare (mHealth) for wellbeing, 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.

Current Research Projects

  • European H2020 Project "WellCo: Wellbeing and Health Virtual Coach" (no. 769765) (2018-2021) embracing "mQoL Living Lab" (mQoL) (details TBP)
  • European H2020 Project "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" (no. 754657) (2018-2021) embracing "mQoL Living Lab" (mQoL) (details TBP)
  • Swiss National Science Fundation Project "Context-aware Mobile Internet Quality Model" (MIQmodel) (SNSF-157003) (2015-2018) embracing "mQoL Living Lab" (mQoL)
  • Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education Project "Applications And Validation Assessments Of Consumer Mobile And Wearable Devices And Mobile Applications For Sleep Monitoring" (Spectrum) (2017) PI: J. Cheung, MD MS, Sleep Medicine and Neurology, Stanford School of Medicine (Prof. Katarzyna Wac contributes to this project as a co-Investigator)
  • Stanford Global Health Seed Grant Project "Scaling Access to Care in Rural Mexico via Digital Health, Telemedicine and Drones" (CIGH) (2017) PI: H. Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS, Stanford School of Medicine (Prof. Katarzyna Wac contributes to this project as a co-Investigator)
  • European Ambient Assisted Living project "Caregivers and Me" (AAL-CoME) (AAL-2014-7-127) (2015-2018) embracing "Empowering Individuals in Preventive Health and Quality of Life" (myQoL)
  • Google Research Grant, Google Cloud Platform Credits for UnCrowdTPG services

The QoL research team members participate in the following COST actions:

  • European COST Action "Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services" (ACROSS-IC1304) (2013-2017)

The QoL research is supported by the funds from the following organizations and programs.

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Past Projects

  • European COST Action "Architectures, Algorithms and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments" (AAPELE-IC1303) (2013-2017)
  • European Ambient Assisted Living project "intergenerAtioNal communIty for coMpAny knowledge TransfEr" (AAL-ANIMATE) (AAL-2013-6-071) (2014-2017)
  • Swiss National Science Fundation Project "Enabling People-Centric Sensing by Overcoming the privacy BarriEr" (PCS-OBEY) (SNSF-149591) (2013-2015)
  • European Ambient Assisted Living project "A Pervasive Guardian for Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairments" (AAL-MyGuardian) (AAL-2011-4-027) (2012-2015)
  • European COST Action "European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services" (QUALINET-IC1003) (2010-2014)
  • Dr. Katarzyna Wac Swiss National Science Foundation's International short research visit at Stanford University (USA) titled "Studying the Usage of Mobile Applications for Chronic Disease Self-Management in Different Contexts of Daily Life" (SNSF-IZK0Z2_148824)(SNSF, Stanford)(2013)
  • European Ambient Assisted Living project "Way Finding Seniors" (AAL-WayFiS) (AAL-2010-3-014) (2011-2013)
  • "Tele-Ultrasonography" (TeleUSG)
  • "Tele-monitoring and Tele-treatment of Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Disease" (COPD24)
  • European Ambient Assisted Living project "TRAINing and NUTRItion senior social platform" (AAL-TraiNutri) (AAL-2009-2-129) (2010-2012)
  • European COST Action "Traffic Monitoring and Analysis" (TMA-IC07003) (2008-2012)
  • Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) project on "Monitoring and Analysis of Wireless Networks for a QoS-Prediction Service" (QoSIS.com) (SER-C08.0025) (2009-2011)
  • Dr. Lucjan Janowski Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) Fellowship at University of Geneva (Switzerland) titled "QoHealth: QoE Optimalisation for Health Tele-monitoring and Tele-treatment Systems with Constrained QoS" (SCIEX 10.076)(QoHealth)(2010-2011)
  • Dr. Katarzyna Wac Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) titled "Context-aware quality-of-service management for personalised mobile applications" (SNSF-PBGEP2-125917)(SNSF)(2009-2010)
  • US NSF project "Network Data Services for Exposure Biology Studies in Natural Environments" FieldStream (US-NSF-0910754) (Dr. Katarzyna Wac has contributed to this project along the academic year 2009-2010)
  • European FP7 Collaborative Project PlayMancer (FP7-INFSO-ICT-215839) (2007-2010)
  • Dutch Freeband AWARENESS project (BSIK-5902390) (2004-2006), see epilepsy scenario movie(Dr. Katarzyna Wac has contributed to this project as a PhD student)
  • European FP6 Network of Excellence INTEROP (FP6-IST-2003-508011) (2003-2006) (Dr. Katarzyna Wac has contributed to this NoE as a MSc/PhD student)
  • European FP5 Collaborative Project MobiHealth (FP5-IST-2001-36006) (2002-2004), (Dr.Katarzyna Wac has contributed to this project as a MSc student) see the interview with Prof. D. Konstantas and K. Wac and the chronic pain scenario movie by the MobiHealth BV start-up company (Dr. Katarzyna Wac has been R&D Ambassadress)

Currently Under Evaluation and/or Used in Research Wearable Sensor Systems

2017: Tally (alcohol consumption), Quantac Inc, USA

2017: One Digital Stethoscope (heart and lung sounds), Thinklabs Medical LLC, USA

2017: Sense (wireless wrist blood pressure monitor) and Air (wireless pulse oximeter (SP02)), iHealth Labs Inc, USA

2017: Gear Fit2 (continuous GPS, pulse rate, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer) and Gear S3 (continuous GPS, pulse rate, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, light), Samsung Inc, USA

2017: Inner Balance (heart rate variability trainer), HeartMath, LLC, USA

2017: Arc (physical activity, sleep, pulse rate), Amazfit / Huami Inc, USA

2017: HealthBe (continuous impedance sensor, piezo sensor, galvanic skin response (GSR) sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope), Healbe Inc, USA

2017: Dexcom G5 (continuous glucose monitor), Dexcom, Inc, USA

2016: FreeStyle Libre (continuous glucose monitor), Abbott Diabetes Care Inc, USA

2016: E4 (continuous pulse rate, electrodermal activity (GSR), accelerometer, BVP, temperature monitor), Empatica Inc, USA

2016: Go (physical activity, sleep), Withings Inc, USA (Now part of Nokia)

2016: S+ (sleep monitor), ResMed Inc., USA

2016: Thync (energy and calmness inducer), Thync Inc., USA

2016: LumoLift (posture sensor), Lumo Bodytech Inc., USA

2015: Spire (wearable activity and state of mind tracking), Spire Inc., USA

2015: Apple Watch (1,2) , Apple Inc., USA

2014: Google Glass, Google Inc., USA

2013: Basis Watch (pulse rate, activity, sleep, temperature, skin perspiration), Basis Science Inc., USA (end-2016: Basis Inc. has discontinued the Basis Watch)

2012: Q Sensor (galvanic skin response, accelerometer), Affectiva Inc., USA (mid-2013: Affectiva Inc. has discontinued the Q sensor)

2012: SenseWear (accelerometer, galvanic skin response, temperature, energy expenditure), BodyMedia Inc., USA

2010: Fitbit (activity, sleep, pulse rate), Fitbit Inc., USA

2010: Heart Rate Monitor, Polar, Finland

2010: PiKo-1 Lung Health Monitor, nSpire Health, USA

Additionally since 2010: standard glucose meter, sphygmomanometer (blood pressure meter) and skin temperature sensor.

Track Prof. Wac's physical activity via FitBit or RunKeeper and see some example of activity and sleep patterns along the FitBit and Basis screenshots.

Standardization

We follow the technology standardization activities carried out in the Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) via the ITU Technology Watch.

Current Collaborations

Prof. Anind K. Dey, Ubicomp Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Fiedler, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Sweden

Dr. Maddalena Fiordelli, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland

Prof. Homero Rivas, Stanford University Medical Center, USA

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