Quality of Life News

Smartphone Interaction Study (join our mQoL Living Lab and win 50CHF)
July 1, 2018

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).

Aug 2018: Open Living Lab Days #OLLD18 in Geneva!
November 29, 2017

22-24 August 2018, Annual Summit of the Worldwide Living Lab Community (OpenLivingLab Days 2018), Geneva, Switzerland.

Jun 2018: Christiana Tsiourti's PhD Defense
June 20, 2018

22 June 2018, 10-12h, Battelle ReZ, PhD Defence of Christiana Tsiourti titled: "Artificial Agents as Social Companions: Design Guidelines for Emotional Interactions".

2018-2022: New European COST Action Accepted
April 20, 2018

The QoL team contributes to the accepted European COST Action titled "CardioRNA: Catalysing Transcriptomics Research in Cardiovascular Disease".

May 2018: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops
November 29, 2017

21-24 May 2018, 12th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2018) and Conference Workshops, New York, United States.

Mar 2018: Panel at SBM 2018
January 1, 2018

11-14 April 2018, The Digital Health Council and Education, Training, and Career Development Council organizes a Panel Titled “Perspectives On Effective Digital Health Training In Behavioral Medicine”, at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of Society of Behavioural Medicine (SBM), New Orleans, LA, USA. Prof. Wac participates in a Panel discussion (on hehalf of The Digital Health Council).

Jan 2018: Digital Health Book (Finally Published!)
June 2, 2017

January 2018, "Digital Health" book published by Springer (DOI). Prof. Rivas (Stanford) and Prof. Wac are editors of the Book.

Nov 2017: Talk at University of Geneva Hospitals (HUG) by K. Wac: "Connect for Better Quality of Life" (Video)
November 29, 2017

23 November 2017, Katarzyna Wac, Connecté Pour Mieux Vivre, Careers and Opportunities Network Cafe titled "Nouvelles Technologies de l'information: En Finir Avec Les Préjugés", University of Geneva, Switzerland.

2018-2021: Two New H2020 RIA Projects and a Stanford Psychiatry Grant Accepted
July 28, 2017

The QoL team has got two new European H2020 RIA-type research project proposal accepted: Project titled "WellCo: Wellbeing and Health Virtual Coach" as well as "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". The Stanford grant is funded via SPOT and is titled "Smartphone Data Identification of Suicidality in Young Men with Bipolar Disorder".

Oct 2017: International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL): Conference Workshop
March 30, 2017

18-21 October 2017, 24th International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference (ISOQOL 2017). The Workshop is titled "Designing Quality of Life-driven Mobile Information Technologies".

May 2017: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops
March 9, 2017

23-26 May 2017, 11th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2017) and Conference Workshops: "Challenges and Opportunities in Pervasive Health-enabled Telemedicine", "Leveraging Patient-Generated Data for Collaborative Decision Making in Healthcare", "Health-i-Coach: Intelligent Technologies for Coaching in Health").

Mar 2017: Special Issue of the IEEE Computer: "Quality of Life Technologies"
May 26, 2016

Call for papers for the Special Issue titled "Quality of Life Technologies" in the IEEE Computer Magazine (CFP) with deadline on 1st August 2016 and publication date early 2017. Update March 2017: SI Available online at DOI and multimedia resources for the articles available at Web.

Oct 2016: Panel at the 'Public Health Schweiz' Symposium
September 8, 2016

26 October 2016, The 'Public Health Schweiz', i.e., the Swiss Society of Public Health organizes a Symposium titled “Compter ses pas, mesurer la tension artérielle, calculer les calories : une meilleure santé grâce au «self-tracking» et aux «wearables» ?”, Bern, Switzerland. Prof. Wac participates in a Panel discussion.

Oct 2016: "QoL Vadis" Interdisciplinary Workshop
September 7, 2016

3 October 2016, 9-12h, KUA campus, Room 24.5.62, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, "QoL Vadis" - Interdisciplinary Workshop on Future and Emerging Trends in the Science of Quality of Life.

May 2016: Panel at the ITU-WHO Policy Dialogue on Digital Health
November 23, 2016

23-24 May 2016, ITU-WHO Policy Dialogue on Digital Health for “Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All (SDG3)” in parallel to the World Health Assembly (WHA 2016). Panel in which Prof. Wac participates is titled "Innovations for Global Health Challenges".

Mar 2016: Keynote at the Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
March 23, 2016

16-18 March 2016, 21st Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP 2016). Talk given by Prof. Wac is titled "Star Trek’s Tricorder: Science Fiction or Future Science?".

Feb 2016: Mattia Gustarini's PhD Defense
February 11, 2016

23 Feburary 2016, 10-12h, Battelle A-404/407, PhD Defence of Mattia Gustarini titled: "Analysing Smartphone Users’ “Inner-Self”: The Perception of Intimacy and Smartphone Usage Changes".

Feb 2016: Talk by Anind K. Dey (CMU, USA)
February 18, 2016

23 Feburary 2016, 15-16.30h, Battelle A-432, Invited talk by Prof. Anind K. Dey (CMU, USA) titled: "Understanding Human Behavior Using Everyday Technology".

Dec 2015: Talk at the Conference of International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare
November 23, 2015

5 December 2015, 3rd Conference of International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare (WATCH 2015). Talk given by Prof. Wac is titled "Human Aspects in Use (and Misuse) of Mobile Apps and Wearables for Health Self-Management".

Dec 2015: HOT-MMCS: IEEE GlobeCom Special Session
March 9, 2013

6-10 December 2015, Special Session on "Hot Topics on Multimedia Communication Systems" (HOT-MMCS) at the 4th IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications (CCSNA) co-located with IEEE GlobeCom.

May 2015: PervasiveHealth Conference and Workshops
March 9, 2013

23-25 May 2015, 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2015) and Conference Workshops: WATT 2015, PHSCD 2015, ProCare 2015 and HomeSHARE 2015.

Dec 2014: Smartphone Interaction Study (participate by 31st Dec 2014 and win 50CHF Gift Card)
December 14, 2014

We are looking for Android OS smartphone users to help us in our research on smartphone usage and interaction for building better interfaces. The exercise lasts 1 hour and once you finish it, you automatically qualify for a lottery of one (of three) Google Play Gift Card (value of 50CHF each).

Aug 2014: UnCrowdTPG (beta) on Google Play for all!
August 4, 2014

UnCrowdTPG is now available to the public as beta version on Google Play!

Dec 2013: UnCrowdTPG mobile app awarded
December 10, 2013

The QoL team's mobile application UnCrowdTPG has won a second place in the TPG Open Data Challenge

Nov 2013: Talk at USI Lugano by Mattia Gustarini: "Ops, I wasn't supposed to share that picture!"
November 11, 2013

Mattia Gustarini has been invited by Prof. Marc Langheinrich to give a talk about his PhD project: PCS-OBEY at University of Lugano, Switzerland.

2013-2015: New Research Projects Accepted
October 13, 2013

The QoL team has got two research project proposals accepted: Swiss NSF "PCS-OBEY" and European AAL "ANIMATE".

Nov 2013: Special Issue in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
May 26, 2013

Call for papers for the Special Issue titled "Services Science for e-Health" in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI) with deadline in November 2013 and publication date early 2014.

Oct 2013: IEEE Healthcom Conference Tutorial
June 6, 2013

9 October 2013, Katarzyna Wac is giving a tutorial titled "Methodology for Evaluating Experience of Mobile (Healthcare) Applications Used in Different Contexts of Daily Life", at the 15th Intl Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Services (IEEE HealthCom'13) conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Oct 2013: IEEE Workshop on Service Science for e-Health at IEEE HealthCom 2013
March 9, 2013

9-12 October 2013, IEEE Workshop on Service Science for e-Health (SSH) co-located with the IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Services (IEEE HealthCom 2013)

Aug 2013: mQoL becomes part of ENoLL
August 1, 2013

Since August 2013 our Quality of Life Living Lab (mQoL) is a Member of European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

Apr 2013: "Un bracelet qui mesure tout", Emission Radio sur RTS.ch
May 8, 2013

25 April 2013, "Un bracelet qui mesure tout", Emission Radio, Invitée: Dr. Katarzyna Wac, RTS.ch

Dec 2012: QoSIS demos - Check the best mobile networking option prescribed for you
December 20, 2012

As part of the QoSIS, QoL focuses on measurements-based performance evaluation of wireless access networks provided by diverse mobile network operators towards prescribing the best mobile networking option for a given user. The QoL team has developed an Android OS mobile application that uses measurements data provided by the real mobile users living in Geneva area to predict the networks' expected performance. There are measurements data and therefeore predictions available for Swiss operators: Swisscom, Sunrise, Orange CH, as well as French ones: F SFR, Bouygtel and Virgin. The overall study is called mQoL and involves already 30 participants.

Nov 2012: Seminar on Technology of Information for Geographic and Environment Research and Services
November 4, 2012

13 November 2012, Participation in the Seminar Series on Technology of Information for Geographic and Environment Research and Services (TIGERS), University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

Oct-Nov 2012: User Intimacy Study in collaboration with the CMU's Ubicomp Lab in Pittsburgh, US
September 24, 2012

Oct-Nov 2012, In the following months of October and November Mattia Gustarini from the QoL lab will perform a user study about intimacy of users while using their mobile phones.

Sep 2012: ITU Experts Group Meeting "mHealth: Towards Better Care, Cure and Prevention in Europe"
September 25, 2012

25-26 September 2012, Participation in the ITU Experts Group Meeting titled "mHealth: Towards Better Care, Cure and Prevention in Europe", held within the framework of the ITU European Regional Initiative on ICT Applications, including e-Health, Geneva, Switzerland.

Sep 2012: Paper presented at UbiMi workshop, co-located with the UBICOMP Conference, Pittsburgh, US
September 24, 2012

8 September 2012, Mattia Gustarini presented his scientific paper at UbiMi workshop, co-located with the UBICOMP Conference, Pittsburgh, US

Sep 2012: Quantified Self & Quality of Life Seminar Series (#3)
April 29, 2012

24 September 2012, 18.00, UniGe-UniMail, M3220, Seminar Series co-organized by Clement Charles (Quantified Self Labs, Geneva) and Dr. Katarzyna Wac (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Jun 2012: Papers Presented at the Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia Workshop, Newcastle, UK
July 12, 2012

18-22 June 2012, Sokratis Barmpounakis and Mattia Gustarini presented their scientific papers published at the Mobile Data Challenge by Nokia Workshop, co-located with the PERVASIVE Conference in Newcastle, UK.

May 2012-13: Nous recherchons des volontaires pour participer à l'étude mQoL
May 17, 2012

Le but de ce projet est de tester et de collecter différentes données par l’intermédiaire d’un téléphone mobile pour différents sous projets réalisés par le groupe QoL, de l’Institut de Science des Services de l’Université de Genève. Ces données seront utilisées afin de comprendre: a) comment l’utilisateur interagit avec le téléphone, b) quelles sont les habitudes (utilisation d’application) de l’utilisateur face à un temps donné et une position, c) comprendre la qualité de réseaux disponibles pour l’utilisateur en fonction de sa position, et d) comprendre les déplacements journaliers de l’utilisateur. Intéressé(e)? study.qol(at)gmail.com

Jun 2012: "Future Internet for eHealth" Dagstuhl Seminar
May 24, 2011

3-6 Jun 2012, Dagstuhl Seminar co-organized by Prof. Dr. Paolo Bonato (Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, USA), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Fiedler (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden), Prof. David Hausheer (TU Darmstadt, Germany) and Dr. Katarzyna Wac (University of Geneva, Switzerland).

May 2012: ACM SIGCHI CHI Conference Course and TUWien IGW Summercamp
December 11, 2011

5-10 May 2012, Katarzyna Wac is teaching a course on Methodology for Evaluating Experience of Mobile Applications Used in Different Contexts of Daily Life at the ACM SIGCHI CHI conference in Austin, Texas, USA. A shorter version of the course has been also taught at the Human-Computer Interaction group of Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology, (IGW Summercamp), Vienna, Austria, 3-5 June 2012.

Feb-Jun 2012: Recherche utilisateurs de téléphones mobiles (Android OS) pour une étude scientifique
January 13, 2012

Anytime: Looking for Mobile Phone Users (Android OS) as Study Participants
December 22, 2011

Jan 2012: Demonstration of Prototype for Indoor Positioning Based on Dead Reckoning
January 31, 2012

1 January 2012, As part of the European project WayFiS, QoL focuses on indoor positoning methods and have developed an Android mobile application that uses dead reckoning method and estimates the user's indoor location.

Dec 2011: Demonstration Video for Android-based Activity Level Estimator (ALE)
October 17, 2011

1 December 2011, As part of the European project AAL TraiNutri, QoL focuses on activity monitoring developing the ALE - an Android mobile application that monitors the physical activity level and estimates the user's energy expenditure of the mobile phone owner.

Dec 2011: NIH Mobile Health (mHealth) Winter Institute
October 6, 2011

5-9 December 2011, Participation at mHealth Training Institute organized by the US National Institute of Health (NIH) and co-located with the mHealth Summit at Washington DC, USA.

Aug 2011: MobileHCI Conference Tutorial
August 23, 2011

31 August 2011, Katarzyna Wac is giving a tutorial titled "Performance evaluation of mobile services: measurements-based methodology and example assessment techniques" at the MobileHCI conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

May 2011: QoL at Future Internet Assembly in Budapest
May 13, 2011

18 May 2011, Katarzyna Wac is co-organizing the session on "Dynamically Adaptive Future Internet-Applications: Beyond Adaptive Services", at FIA Budapest, where she will present adaptive eHealth applications scenario. See latest SESERV news "From e-Health to i-Health...this is no accident" for a post-session summary.

Apr 2011: Tecfa Brown Bag Seminar
April 1, 2011

5 April 2011, 12.15, Katarzyna Wac gives a Seminar at TECFA titled "From Wearable Computing to Usability for Behavioral Change in Chronic Disease Management"

Mar 2011: New Project: Way Finding Seniors
March 1, 2011

Feb 2011: Boursières d'Excellence
February 3, 2011

3 February 2011, 8.30, "Boursières d'Excellence" talk by Katarzyna Wac, titled Translational Research on Effective and Efficient Telemedicine Services Supporting the Self-management of Chronically Ill Patients

Oct 2010: ESF-COST Conference and Ambassador role
October 1, 2010

2-7 October 2010, "COST Ambassador" grant for participation in European Science Foundation and European Cooperation in Science and Technology (ESF-COST) Research Conference 'Future Internet & Society'

Sep 2010: BodyNets 2010
September 1, 2010

10-12 September 2010, Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets)

Jun 2009: PhD Defense Trial Katarzyna Wac
June 6, 2009

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