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

  • Swiss National Science Fundation Project "Context-aware Mobile Internet Quality Model" (MIQmodel) (SNSF-157003) (2015-2018) embracing "Quality of Service-Information System" (QoSIS.com) and "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) (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) (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)
  • European Ambient Assisted Living project "intergenerAtioNal communIty for coMpAny knowledge TransfEr" (AAL-ANIMATE) (AAL-2013-6-071) (2014-2017)
  • 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)
  • European COST Action "Architectures, Algorithms and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments" (AAPELE-IC1303) (2013-2017)

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

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Past Projects

  • 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) (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 Used Wearable Sensor Systems

E4 (continous HR, EDA, accelerometer, BVP, temperature monitor), Empatica Inc, USA

FreeStyle Libre (continous glucose monitor), Abbott Diabetes Care Inc, USA

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

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

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

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

Apple Watch, Apple Inc., USA

Google Glass, Google Inc., USA

Basis Watch, Basis Science Inc., USA

Q Sensor, Affectiva Inc., USA (mid-2013: Affectiva Inc. has discontinued the Q sensor)

SenseWear, BodyMedia Inc., USA

Fitbit, Fitbit Inc., USA

Heart Rate Monitor, Polar, Finland

PiKo-1 Lung Health Monitor, nSpire Health, USA

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

Track Dr. Wac's physical activity via FitBit or 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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