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Mattia Gustarini

Dr.  Mattia  Gustarini
Telephone: +41 22 379 02 46


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Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Mattia Gustarini is a Post-Doc at the Institute of Services Science of University of Geneva (Switzerland). He obtained a Master of Science in Informatics (Major in Dependable Distributed Systems) at the University of Lugano (Switzerland) in June 2010 and his PhD at University of Geneva (Switzerland). He is currently focusing his research in the domain of people centric sensing ecosystem and understanding of people subjective context. His main goal is to explore users behaviors using smartphones. Users' subjective context can enrich the information at disposal of service providers and applications developers to offer more personalized mobile services. He is particularly studying the users’ interaction with smartphones under different context intimacy subjective states. How this influences the tasks/interactions performed in a smartphone? How it does change the willingness of users to contribute in crowdsourcing applications (i.e. smart cities apps)? Mr. Mattia Gustarini is a proud co-founder of MobileThinking SARL.

Recent Activities

  • He published a new journal paper with his co-authors Marcello Scipioni, Marios Fanourakis, Katarzyna Wac, Differences in Smartphone Usage: Validating, Evaluating, and Predicting Mobile User Intimacy, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Elsevier, 2016. DOI
  • His Phd thesis is available online: Analysing smartphone users "inner-self": the perception of intimacy and smartphone usage changes, PhD thesis, Information Systems, April 2016, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN 978-2-88903-044-6. Abstract, PDF
  • He obtained his PhD at University of Geneva with the thesis titled: Analysing smartphone users "inner-self": the perception of intimacy and smartphone usage changes (February 2016).

Past Activities

  • He conducted a one month user study with the 40 mQoL living lab participants to verify the algorithms and theories developed along the PCS-OBEY project. Results of this study are under plublication in a major journal (June 2015).
  • He was invited to give a talk at the Open Geneva Contests organized by the Geneva Creativity Center. He was also an official coach for the participants.More info about the contest (March 2015).
  • He was invited with Jerome Marchanoff to give two seminar talks about Open Data hosted by Prof. Thomas Gauthier, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), (December 2014 and March 2015).
  • He co-founded the start-up company MobileThinking (October 2014).
  • He is responsible to develop the Android applications used by the group inside their ongoing projects where data collection with the help of user study's participants is involved.
  • He participated to the conference IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing and presented the paper: "UnCrowdTPG: Assuring the Experience of Public Transportation Users"
  • He presented its PhD thesis current theory and experiments at European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) workshop on "Human side of technology: Human factors in ICT": Context Intimacy: The importance of Studying Smartphone Users’ Attachment to their Contextual Data" (France, Jun 2014)
  • With the QoL team he won the second price of the TPG Open Data Challenge with the UncrowdTPG Android application
  • He presented his PhD thesis project on invitide talk by professor Marc Langheinrich at University of Lugano: "Ops, I was not supposed to share that picture with them! Towards semi-automated centralized privacy settings: what to share, with whom, and in which situation" (event details)
  • He obtained his own foundings for his PhD thesis "Enabling People-Centric Sensing by Overcoming the privacy BarriEr" from the Swiss National Science Foundation for the next two years (2013-2015).
  • His paper "Smartphone Interactions Change for Different Intimacy Contexts" has been accepted for the conference MobiCase 2013, Paris, France, November 7-8.
  • He has presented the paper "Evaluation of Challenges in Human Subject Studies “In-the-Wild” Using Subjects’ Personal Smartphones" at the International Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Instrumentation (UbiMI), co-located with the attended UBICOMP conference, Zurich, ZH, Switzerland.
  • He has attended ENoLL Summer Scholl and Conference as representant of mQoL living lab to receive the 7th wave member certificate of ENoLL.
  • In October and November 2012 he was guest of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he conducted a user study using Android smartphones running the QoL mobile applications. The study was performed in collaboration with Professor Prof. Anind K. Dey and Dr. Jin-Hyuk Hong from the CMU Ubicomp Lab.
  • In September 2012 he presented the paper "Ubiquitous Inference of Mobility State of Human Custodian in People-Centric Context Sensing" at the International Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Instrumentation (UbiMI), co-located with the UBICOMP conference, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • In June 2012 he presented the paper "Estimating People Perception of Intimacy in Daily Life from Context Data Collected with Their Mobile Phone" at the Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia Workshop, co-located with the PERVASIVE Conference, Newcastle, UK.


  • Mobile System and Services (Fall Semester (2011, 2012), part of Master of Science in Management - Orientation Services Science)
  • Technologies for Services (Spring Semester (2011, 2012, 2013), part of Master of Science in Management - Orientation Services Science)

Ongoing projects

Past projects

  • PhD Thesis founded by Swiss National Science Foundation "Enabling People-Centric Sensing by Overcoming the privacy BarriEr" (PCS-OBEY)
  • QoSIS
  • COPD24
  • AAL WayFiS
  • InformaWeb - Master Thesis
    For his master thesis he has designed and developed a web application Informa Web, which is a web app version of the classroom clickers. With Informa Web he has studied the interaction between teachers and students during university lectures. In particularly he studied the impact of students feedback on a teaching methodology.
    Group response systems (classroom clickers) are a new technology used to collect students feedbacks during a lecture. This master thesis describes the implementation of a web app version of the classroom clickers together with the motivations behind it. It also provides an evaluation and a show case of the new system.
    The technologies used for the implementation of the project are Google App Engine and Google Web Toolkit.
    M. Gustarini MSc Thesis (8,568 Kb, pdf)
  • Android Performance Tool - Software Performance project
    The Android Performance Tool is an Eclipse plugin that allow the developer of an Android application to automatically check the performance guidelines given in the Android Dev Guide.
    apt plugin (216 Kb, zip)
    apt doc (125 Kb, pdf)
    apt slides (138 Kb, pdf)