Wac, Katarzyna

Seminar Title: 

Keynote 3 - Treated by computers? - A futuristic perspective of health care (25th Congress of the EAHP - Hospital Pharmacy 5.0 - the future of patient care)


University of Copenhagen (Denmark) & University of Geneva (Switzerland)



Current Status, Position

Prof Katarzyna Wac (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Human-centred Computing at the Department of Computer Science (DIKU), University of Copenhagen since 2015. She is also an invited professor at the University of Geneva, affiliated with Stanford University and Medical Centre since 2013. She leads the Quality of Life (QoL) Technologies research lab. 


Prof Wac holds a BSc and MSc degree in Computer Science (2003, WUT, Poland), an MSc in Telematics (2004, UT, the Netherlands) and PhD in Information Systems (2009, UNIGE, Switzerland). She has conducted her postdoc research at the Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and numerous user studies at Stanford Medical Center.

Research Area

Prof Wac is a computer scientist and her research leverages new emerging mixed models at the interface between the computer and social sciences 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. Her research appears in more than 100 peer-reviewed proceedings and journals in computer science, human-computer interaction and health informatics. In 2018, she co-edited a book on "Digital Health", while in 2019/2020 she co-edits a new book on “Quantifying Quality of Life". She is a (co)-PI in several European (including H2020), Swiss National Science Foundation projects and Stanford Medicine projects. She contributes to the ITU European Regional Initiative for mHealth. In 2015, she was a TEDMED Research Scholar. She advises industry, and, as her research attracted considerable attention nationally and internationally, she is regularly interviewed in the mass media.

Conflict of interest: none