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 - and the resulting Quality of Life as a "vital sign" - routinely reported for patients and non-patients alike.
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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We are looking for Android OS smartphone users to help us in our research on smartphone usage and interaction for building better interfaces. You will be asked to join our Living Lab and contribute your data via short random surveys appearing on your screen randomly throughout a day for 4 weeks. Once you complete the study, you automatically qualify for a lottery of one (of three) Gift Card (value of 50CHF each).
Oct 2018: UBICOMP Workshop on Mobile Human Contributions & Special Issue of IJHCS (Elsevier)
June 13, 2018
8 October 2018, ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP 2018). The MHC Workshop is titled "Mobile Human Contributions: Opportunities and Challenges".
Oct 2018: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshop (Second Edition)
February 28, 2018
24-27 October 2018, 25th International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference (SOQOL 2018). The Workshop is titled "Clinical Outcome Assessments Embedded in Mobile and Wearable Information Technologies" and is a continuation of the successful 2017 workshop titled "Designing Quality of Life-driven Mobile Information Technologies" ISOQOL 2017).