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Quality of Life (not) Technologies


Katarzyna Wac, Professor, University of Geneva, GSEM, CUI, Quality of Life Technologies Labdonnera un talk pour le cours Selected topics:

Quality of Life (not) Technologies

Date: Lundi 12 octobre 2020 à 17h15

Lieu: CUI / Battelle bât. A, FacLab (rez-de-chaussée)



Patterns of diseases are changing; they relate less and less to sudden infections or crippling accidents, and on a growing scale they develop as slow and debilitating afflictions caused by repetitive harmful behaviours (e.g., poor nutrition). These behaviours relate to different domains - the physical, psychological, social and environmental - and contribute significantly to the individual’s overall health and Quality of Life (QoL) in the long term. In parallel, the ubiquitous availability of personalized, miniaturized mobile and wirelessly connected technologies embedded in smartphones and wearables enable longitudinal, real-life minimally obtrusive assessments of the individual’s behaviours, modelling of his/her health risks and the resulting QoL in the long term. A smartphone is eventually becoming smarter, taking the role of a personal agent of behavioural change, impacting individual lives. The QoL lab models overall health and life quality and hence it focuses on a robust, reproducible and evidence-based modelling approach based on ‘small personal data’ acquired throughout everyday life via an individual’s smartphone and wearables. This talk gives examples of past and recent research projects and emphasizes the importance of a variety of human factors and not just technologies in the overall modelling approach.

Courte bio:

Katarzyna Wac, PhD, is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and an Invited Professor of Health Informatics at the Department of Computer Science (DIKU), University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and is affiliated with Stanford University and Medical Centre since 2013. Prof Wac leads Quality of Life (QoL) Technologies lab researching how emerging sensor/actuator-based mobile and wearable technologies can be leveraged for a personalized assessment and improvement of the individual’s behaviour and QoL, as they unfold naturally over time and in context. Prof Wac’s research appears in more than 100 peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals in computer science, human-computer interaction and health informatics, and in 2018 she co-edited a book on Digital Health. Prof Wac is a (co)-PI in several European (including H2020), Swiss National Science Foundation projects and Stanford Medicine projects. Prof Wac contributes to the International Telecommunication Union’s European Regional Initiative for mHealth and well as consults industry on the topics related to Digital Health. Prof Wac is a keynote speaker, a teacher, and a mentor, and in 2015 was a TEDMED Research Scholar. Prof Wac is also a Senior Member of ACM and the IEEE. More info at https://www.qualityoflifetechnologies.com/