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Dr. Katarzyna Wac
Associate Professor
Phone : +41 22 379 02 42
E-mail
http://j.mp/GoogleScholar_Wac

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Katarzyna Wac is an Invited Professor (from Department of Computer Science DIKU, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and the leader of the Quality of Life (QoL) technologies research area. Since 2013 she is affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine (MED). She holds a BSc and MSc degree in Computer Science (2003) from Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT, Poland), an MSc in Telematics (2004) from University of Twente (UT, the Netherlands), as well as a PhD in Information Systems (2009) from University of Geneva (Switzerland). In 2003-2004, Prof. Wac was a research staff member at University of Twente. In 2004 she joined University of Geneva as a research and teaching assistant, while keeping her affiliation with the University of Twente. In 2007-2010, and now since 2016 Prof. Wac is also affiliated with the MobiHealth BV start-up company. In 2009-2010, Prof. Wac was on leave for a one-year Swiss NSF post-doctoral Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU, USA), Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII). In 2010-2012 she has been a senior scientist (French: Maître-Assistant, "MA") and in 2012-2014 Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche ("MER") at the Center for Informatics (CUI) of University of Geneva (UniGE). Since 2015 Prof. Wac is an Advisor of MobileThinking SARL start-up company.

Prof. Wac researchers how mobile technologies can be leveraged for an accurate, longitudinal, real-life, context-rich, minimally obtrusive, privacy-preserving, personalized assessment of the individual’s behavior and QoL and improvement of the latter. As part of this work, the QoL research group has worked so far on creation of new models and algorithms that can be used, for example, to assess individual’s physical safety and security (via an intimacy perception), as well as physical activity, sleep, stress and public transportation usage patterns, while taking advantage of emerging sensor-based technologies. From the computer science point of view, Prof. Wac's research interests include Quality of Experience-aware mobile systems and services with special emphasis on support of adaptive multimedia protocols and Quality of Service mechanisms, especially in the mobile healthcare (i.e., mHealth) domain. Prof. Wac strives towards effective and efficient pervasive mobile computing and communication - meeting the end-user Quality of Service requirements, Quality of Experience expectations and ultimately improving his/her Quality of Life.

Prof. Wac is since 2012 an Associate Expert of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) European Regional Initiative for mHealth. In 2014-2016 Prof. Wac serves as a Co-Chair of Interest Group on Multimedia Communication Systems (MCSIG) in the IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee. In 2015 Prof. Wac has been nominated as a TEDMED Research Scholar. Since 2016 Prof. Wac is a member of the Digital Health Council of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS). Prof. Wac is also a Senior Member of ACM and a Senior IEEE Member - along 2018-2020 contributing to the IEEE Distinguished Visitors program (DVP).

See Prof. Wac's Google Scholar, LinkedIN and Avis d'Experts profile.

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.

Human Subject Studies

  • Studying the Subjective and Objective Experience of Mobile Applications Used in Different Contexts of Daily Life: Protocol accepted on 2.7.2018 by the Ethical Review Board, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Protocol Directors: Prof. K. Wac, Active since 2018.
  • Evaluation of Sleep Using Consumer Wearables and Mobile Devices: Protocol 36071 by the Institutional Review Board, Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Stanford University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. E. Mignot, Active since 2016.
  • Understanding Factors Influencing Lonelines and Corresponding Quality of Life vis Interviews, Smartphone Sensing and Data Modelling: Protocol 2015-15-0117/519-0073/17-5000 by the Institutional Review Board, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Protocol Director: Prof. K. Wac, Active since 2017.
  • SmartData: Smartphone-Based In-Vivo Data Collection, Intervention, and Experimentation: Protocol accepted on 28.4.2016 by the Department of Psychology Ethical Review Board, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Protocol Directors: Prof. T. Broch, Prof. B. Scheibehenne and Prof. K. Wac, Active since 2016.
  • Understanding Diverse Factors Influencing Individuals’ Sleep Quality And Smartphone Based Ubiquitous Assessment Of Individual Sleep Patterns: Protocol 2015-15-0117/519-0019/15-5000 by the Institutional Review Board, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Protocol Director: Prof. K. Wac, Active since 2016.
  • The Role of Online Communities in Supporting Patient Care: Protocol 31900 by the Institutional Review Board, Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Stanford University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. H. Rivas, Active since 2015.
  • Studying the Subjective and Objective Experience of Wearable Technologies Used for Wellness in Different Contexts of Daily Life: Protocol 29414 by the Institutional Review Board, Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Stanford University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. H. Rivas, Active since 2013.
  • Studying the Subjective and Objective Experience of Mobile Applications Used in Different Contexts of Daily Life: Protocol 28265 by the Institutional Review Board, Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Stanford University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. H. Rivas, Active since 2013.
  • Studying the Subjective and Objective Experience of Wearable Technologies Used in the Operating Room to Improve Efficiencies and Safety: Protocol 29481 by the Institutional Review Board, Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Stanford University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. H. Rivas, Active since 2013.
  • Studying the Intimacy Perception of Mobile Phone Users: Protocol HS12-463 by the Institutional Review Board, Research Regulatory Compliance Office, Carnegie Mellon University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. A. Dey, 2012-2014.
  • Studying the Experience of Mobile Applications Used in Different Contexts: Protocol HS11‐018 by the Institutional Review Board, Research Regulatory Compliance Office, Carnegie Mellon University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. A. Dey, 2011-2012.
  • Studying the Use of Mobile Phones in Different Contexts: Protocol HS10‐370 by the Institutional Review Board, Research Regulatory Compliance Office, Carnegie Mellon University, US; Protocol Director: Prof. A. Dey, 2010-2011.

Professional Activities

Supervision of PhD students

  • Allan Berrocal, Center for Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland (co-supervised with Prof. Giovanna DiMarzo since 2016)
  • Alexandre de Massi, Center for Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland (since 2016)
  • Marios Fanourakis, Center for Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland (co-supervised with Prof. Dimitri Konstantas since 2013)
  • Christiana Tsiourti, Center for Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland (co-supervised with Prof. Dimitri Konstantas since 2013)
  • Mattia Gustarini, Center for Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2011-2016)
  • Selim Ickin, School of Computing, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden (main supervisor: Prof. Markus Fiedler, (2011-2015), now with Ericsson Research)

Co-organization of Scientific Events

  • 9th, 11th and 12th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Workshops Chair (9th, 11th) and TCP Chair (12th) (PervasiveHealth)
  • International Workshop on “Designing Quality of Life-driven Mobile Information Technologies” (Web) at the Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research(ISOQOL 2017), Oct 2017
  • Special Session on "Hot Topics on Multimedia Communication Systems" (HOT-MMCS) at the Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications (CCSNA) at the IEEE GlobeCom 2015, Dec 2015
  • Co-Chair of Interest Group on Multimedia Communication Systems MCSIG, IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (2014-2016)
  • International Workshop on Enhanced Living EnvironMENTs (ELEMENT 2014) at the 6th International Conference on Mobile Networks and Management (MONAMI 2014), Sep 2014
  • "IEEE Workshop on Service Science for e-Health" (SSH) at the IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Services, Oct 2013 and Oct 2014 (IEEE HealthCom 2013, 2014)
  • Fifth Biannual Humaine Association Conference on "Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction" (ACII 2013), Sep 2013
  • "Future Internet for eHealth" Dagstuhl Seminar 12231, Jun 2012 (Report)

Session Chairing

  • 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Short Papers and Posters Chair (PervasiveHealth 2014)
  • Business Forum on "eHealth Support in the Future Internet - Viable Business Models for Quality of Service Assurance" at IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2011)
  • Special Sesion on "Adaptive Services" (in the eHealth Application Domain), Future Internet Assembly Workshops (FIA Budapest 2011) (commented in the FP7 SESERV project's FISE conversation)

Journal Guest Editorship

  • Wac, K., Associate Technical Editor (ATE), IEEE Communications Magazine, since February 2017.
  • Wac, K., Rivas, H., Fiordelli, M., Guest Editors for Special Issue on Quality of Life Technologies, IEEE Computer, March 2017. DOI
  • Swiatek, P., Wac, K., Martini, M., Patrick, K., Guest Editors for Special Issue on Service Science for e-Health, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 18(5):1515-1517, September 2014.DOI
  • Rawassizadeh, R., K. Wac, and M. Tomitsch, Guest Editors for Theme Issue on Electronic Memories and Life Logging, Journal on Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer, 17(4):603-604, April 2013. DOI

Technical Program Committee and Peer-Reviewing Responsibilities for Scientific Conferences and Workshops

  • 2018: ACM CHI (reviewer), IEEE EMBC (Associate Editor), EAI PervasiveHealth, IQ2S workshop at IEEE PERCOM
  • 2017: ACM CHI (reviewer), IEEE EMBC (Associate Editor), I-SPAN, ISOQOL, ACM DigitalHealth, QoMEX, AugmentedHuman, EAI PervasiveHealth, NetMob, SoftCom
  • 2016: ACM CHI (reviewer), AugmentedHuman, EAI PervasiveHealth, AAAI, EAI HealthWear, IQ2S workshop at IEEE PERCOM, IEEE EMBS BHI, QoE-FI Worskhop at IEEE ICC, EAI GOWELL at eHealth360° Summit, EAI FI-eHealth, QoMEX, QoEMC Workshop at IEEE GlobeCom, SMARTOBJECTS at ACM MobiCom, GOODTECHS, IEEE EMBC (Associate Editor), NordicHCI, ACM ICMI, ACM UBICOMP (reviewer), IEEE NEW2AN, frontiersQS2 Workshop at the ACM UBICOMP, ITU Kaleidoscope, EAI MindCare
  • 2015: EAI PervasiveHealth (Workshops Program Chair), ACM CHI (reviewer), QoE-FI workshop at IEEE ICC, Aarhus Conference on Critical Alternatives, IEEE EMBC (Associate Editor), ELEMENT Workshop at ICT Innovations, Workshops: HBU, frontiersQS and PerPart (at ACM UBICOMP), LivingLab Workshop at IEEE HealthCom, IoTAAL Workshop and HOTMMCS session at the CCSNA Workshop at IEEE GlobeCom, CCBD, GOODTECHS, ICMUT, Advisory for OBD
  • 2014: IEEE Globecom, AAAI, EAI PervasiveHealth (Short Papers and Posters Program Chair), GameDays, Careum Congress, ACM CHI (reviewer), IEEE CNSM, WirelessHealth, Concerto workshop, Global Telehealth Conference
  • 2013: CNSM, WirelessHealth, ACM UBICOMP (reviewer), UbiMI workshop at ACM UBICOMP, LISE, SoftCOM, PerPart, BCSS workshop at PERSUASIVE, MobiWIS, BCFIC
  • 2012: UbiMI workshop at ACM UBICOMP, MobiWIS, GameDays, IEEE CCNS, LifeStyle workshop at ACM RecSys, BCFIC, QoMEX, WiBAN workshop at IEEE ICNC, ACM IHI
  • 2011: IEEE EMBC, IEEE CAMAD, GameDays, Ami, ACM IHI, ICEHST, IQ2S workshop at IEEE PERCOM
  • 2010: MobileHCI, ACM IHI, ADAMUS workshop at ACM ICPS, PERVASIVE, BioAmbIS, IQ2S workshop at IEEE PERCOM
  • 2009: MobileHCI, IQ2S workshop at IEEE PERCOM, ADAMUS workshop at ACM ICPS, UCMedia, CAMS workshop at OTM
  • 2008: MobileHCI, MBUSINESS, ADAMUS workshop at IEEE WoWMoM
  • 2007: CAMS workshop at OTM, ADAMUS workshop at IEEE WoWMoM
  • 2006: MSPE workshop

Peer-Review of Articles in Scientific Journals

  • Since 2005: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Pervasive Computing, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, European Transactions on Telecommunications (Wiley), IET Communications Journal, ACM Computing Surveys, ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, Pervasive and Mobile Computing (Elsevier), Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Springer), IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Sensors (MDPI), Interacting with Computers (Oxford), Expert Systems With Applications (Elsevier), Human-Computer Interaction (Frontiers ICT), Human-Media Interaction (Frontiers in Psychology), International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (IGI Global), International Journal of Information Technology and Management (Inderscience), Behavior Research Methods (Springer), Applied Research in Quality of Life (Springer), IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (previously IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine), IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (BMJ), Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR Publications Inc.), International Journal of Medical Informatics (Elsevier), Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (Elsevier), International Journal of Electronics and Communications (Elsevier), International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications (Hindawi), PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science), Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes (Springer)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association des Professeurs de l’Université de Genève (APUG)
  • Association Suisse des Femmes Ingénieures (SVIN)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, Senior Member), Prof. Wac is a Co-Chair of Interest Group on Multimedia Communication Systems MCSIG, IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (2014-2016)
  • Wireless World Research Forum - Working Group on e/m-Health and Wearables (WWRF)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM, Senior Member)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) - Prof. Wac is a Member of the Digital Health Council (Web)
  • Association for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR)
  • International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) - Prof. Wac is a Member of the Board of Directors (Web)
  • International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU), European Regional Initiative for mHealth (Prof. Wac is an Associate Expert of ITU for mHealth)
  • International Society for Ambulatory Assessment of Human Psychophysiology (SAA) and Humaine Association (emotion-research)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Social Psychology Network (SPN), International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and European Network for Positive Psychology (ENPP)
  • Association Suisse des Femmes Ingénieures (SVIN), European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT), European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) and International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  • World Future Society (WFS) and Futuristic Club of Amsterdam (CoA)
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