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Stanford University

Stanford University is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. It hosts seven Schools and over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2011, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked Stanford 1st in the world for both humanities and social sciences, and last year the university managed a USD $16.5 Billion endowment. The Psychophysiology Lab has extensive expertise in emotion regulation and a world-wide recognition.

Key Persons and Expertise

Professor James Gross is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and Director of Psychophysiology Laboratory. He is a world leading expert in emotion regulation having over 25K citations on Google scholar and an H-index over 70. Prof. Gross has received numerous academic awards from psychological and educational associations.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a research university with more than 12,000 students, and 5,000 faculty and staff. We are a global leader bringing ground-breaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses. For 2013-2014, the Times Higher Education ranked CMU 24th in the world, and 17th in the U.S. CMU’s School of Design is one of the oldest and most respected programs in North America, with a rich history in product, communication, and interaction design.

Key Persons and Expertise

Prof Jodi Forlizzi holds interdisciplinary appointments as associate professor both in CMU’s School of Design and its Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII). She is also The A. Nico Habermannn Chair in the School of Computer Science. She teaches graduate level courses in advanced interface and interaction design. She is interested in how people experience products, in order to develop a theory of experience as it relates to interaction design and how technology can bring people new kinds of experiences, beyond those traditionally associated with HCI. Forlizzi holds one US patent on “Method and system for exhibiting media segments”.

University of California at Santa Cruz

University of California at Santa Cruz is a public research university committed to education with progressive, bold, and fearless inquiry in teaching and public service that benefits both the individual and the planet. It was ranked 2nd in the world for research influence in 2012– 2013 Times Higher Education rankings, as measured by the average number citations by our scholars. The Department of Psychology is a Center of excellence.

Key Persons and Expertise

Prof Steve Whittaker works at the intersection of Psychology and Computation. He uses insights from Cognitive and Social Science to design new digital tools to support effective multitasking, memory, collaboration and socialising. Whittaker is Editor of Human-Computer Interaction 1 of 2 top HCI journals. He was awarded ACM Fellow, ACM CHI Academy member, and recently the prestigious ACM CHI Lifetime Research Achievement Award. He holds over 30 US/EU patents, 2 Best paper awards (CHI/CSCW), and 7 Best paper nominations (IUI/CHI/CSCW).

College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Australia

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is ranked in the top 60 universities worldwide and is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its world class research. The College of Fine Arts (COFA) is Australia’s leading faculty for experimental art and design, with an ERA ranking of 5/5 the research fields of Film, Television and Digital Media Arts (1902); Visual Arts and Crafts (1905); Art Theory and Criticism (1901).

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr George Poonkhin Khut is an artist, academic, and interaction-designer working across electronic art, design and health. He won the 2012 National New Media Art Award, at the Queensland Art Gallery and has exhibited work across Australia, the UK, and Asia. His body-focussed interactive and participatory artworks use biofeedback technologies to re-frame experiences of embodiment and health.


Mobile services are revolutionising the healthcare industry worldwide, with innovative ways of enabling people to access physicians’ services, and Ericsson is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Digital He@lth Initiative. Ericsson Microelectronics Design Center has started its journey with Alcatel Microelectronics in 1997, continued with STMicroelectronics in 2002 and bearing the name ST-Ericsson in 2009, the company concentrated its R&D work on wireless communication industry. The company focuses on small foot-print and cost-effective solutions for areas such as public transportation, health and utilities.

Key Persons and Expertise

Fatma Özdemir R&D Director, Electrical Engineering. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Secondment Advisor for ESR 4, Contribution to Industrial Training Module 5. Arda Güreller, R&D specialist. Role: Secondment Advisor for ESR 6.

LifeMote Technologies

LifeMote Technologies focuses on building in-home everyday health platforms using novel commercial-grade devices. Of central importance to this initiative is the non-invasive, “non intrusive” quantification of daily human activity and general well-being, an endeavour which is the primary activity of LifeMote today.

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr. Eren Soyak, Embedded systems, vision algorithms, healthcare technologies, wireless networks. Role: Secondment advisor ESR12, ESR13, Leads Industrial Training Module 6. Dr. S. Derin Babacan, image and video processing algorithms, software development. Role: Secondment advisor ESR3. M. Baris Uyar, hardware design, product development, healthcare technologies. Role: Secondment advisor ESR5, Leads Industrial Training Module 5.

Dacadoo AG

Dacadoo (previously Quentiq AG) is a SME focusing on the development of a secure health platform for healthier lives. The platform innovatively integrates gamification and social networking principles, to motivate better choices for personal health, lifestyle, and sport. The company has expertise in biosignal processing, mobile computing, and gamification.

Key Persons and Expertise

Peter Ohnemus the founder and CEO is a successful high-tech entrepreneur, who has been involved in high-tech and bio-tech investments over the last 25 years, leading to four IPO’s and multiple trade sells. Mr. Ohnemus previously held executive positions with Sybase, Logic Works, and COS, all of which went public during his tenure. He played a leading role in the success of these companies and won the “Entrepreneur of the Year 1999” in Switzerland. He is a frequent commentator in the trade and business press as well as on television and serves on the boards of Rothschild Bank, SQL AG and Visonys. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Secondment Advisor for ESR7, ESR11. Contribution to Industrial Training Module 5, Keynote at Industry Fair.

Smartex SRL

Smartex develops e-textile or textile compatible structures for implementing bio-sensing cloths (t-shirts, bands, vests, etc.) able to monitor vital signals, such as electrocardiograms, heart rate, respiration signal and rate, index of activity as well as biomechanical signs: gesture and posture recognition. Smartex also designs and implements solutions for biochemical sensing and body liquid handling. Smartex own the IP and technical knowledge to implement textile sensing, acquisition and parameter extrapolation in various application domains.

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr Rita Paradiso, R&D manager, graduated in Physics from the University of Genoa and received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 1991. Her main interests are in Molecular Electronics, Biosensors and Biomaterials for biomedical applications. She has over 40 scientific publications and conference presentations since 1989. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Contribution to Industrial Training Module 3, and Workshop WS-TS-5 Engagement and communication.

Biosync Technology

Biosync Technology, Sweden is a technology company specializing in mHealth business development and commercialisation of research prototype. One of such systems is the Affective Health biofeedback data measurement and visualization, based on the research performed over 10 years by Swedish ICT, SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science) and the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre.

Key Persons and Expertise

Björn De Jounge CEO & Co-Founder of Biosync Technology AB, is an experienced manager with 20 years within the IT and telecoms business. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Contribution to Industrial Training Module 4. Dina Titkova, Business Development Manager at Biosync Technology AB with 5+ years in the medical devices industry; Bioentrepreneurship masters student at Karolinska Institute. Role: Contribution to Industrial Training Module 4 and WS-TS-4 Industry innovation and leadership.

Dovetailed Limited

Dovetailed is a Cambridge-based micro-company hosting a design studio. It focuses on developing technologies for personal development by crafting inventive, engaging and effective digital user experiences on novel and existing platforms.

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr Vaiva Kalnikaite has expertise in HCI, user experience, interaction design, memory technologies and systems supporting self development and behavioural change. She is also a visiting researcher at the University College London, Interaction Centre in London. Dr Kalninkaite received two Best of CHI honorable mention award (top 5%) in 2015 and 2012.Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Secondment Advisor for ESR9, ESR10, Contribution to Industrial Training Module 1, and Hackathon 1.

SilverCloud Health Ltd.

SilverCloud Health, silvercloudhealth.com, is an innovative provider of online therapy solutions. Using interactive, web-based technology, we provide a safe and secure environment to help individuals overcome their personal challenges and go on to lead a happier, more fulfilling life. SilverCloud Health was awarded the title of “Most Investable Business in Ireland 2012” from the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA).

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr. Derek Richards, Clinical Research Director, PhD Psychology, expertise in online mental health interventions. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Secondment Advisor for ESR5 and access to clinical samples, Leads the Industrial Training Module 4. Dr. David O’Callaghan, Senior Software Engineer, has considerable experience in development and administration of systems for scientific research—with expertise in security and virtualization. Role: Secondment Advisor for ESR11, Contribution to WS-TS-4 Industry innovation and leadership.

Centro Clínico de Psicología Previ

Previ is a spin-off from the Universidad Jaume I, la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and Universidad de Valencia, founded by a team of researchers and psychotherapists. It is a cognitive-behavioural assessment centre that has access to therapists and clinical population.

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr Azucena García Palacios has extensive practice in clinical psychology. She has research interests in the use of VR in therapeutic practice. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Secondment Advisor for ESR4 and ESR8, Mentor for ESR1. Leads Industrial Training Module 2 and Contributes to WS-TS-4 Industry innovation and leadership.

Istituto Auxologico Italiano

The Istituto Auxologico Italiano is a private law foundation recognized by the Ministries of Health and Education as a biomedicine research and care institute. IA has access to therapists and clinical population and contains an Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab (ATN-P) that pioneered many of the applications of Virtual Reality and the Internet in health care.

Key Persons and Expertise

Prof. Andrea Gaggioli is senior researcher at ATN-P and has over 10 years research experience in HCI, particularly virtual reality applications. He received the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine Prize in 2005 and the Italian E-Content Award for E-Health in 2007. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Secondment Advisor for ESR3. Dr Pietro Cipresso has expertise in biosensor analysis. Role: Contribution to Industrial Training Module 6. Dr Silvia Serino in cognitive processes in emotional control. Role: Secondment Advisor for ESR10, ESR15, Leads Industrial Training Module 4.


Codasign Ltd is an arts technology education company that was founded in 2011. At Codasign we believe that digital technologies have the same creative potential as paint and canvas. Our workshops enable people with great ideas to use computers to express themselves and bring these ideas to life. We teach electronics and programming using open source tools like Arduino and Processing, framed within creative projects.

Key Persons and Expertise

Dr Becky Stewart is a co-founder and director of Codasign. She holds PhD in audio signal processing from Queen Mary, University of London. Roles: Member of Supervisory Board, Delivering two DIY workshops with biosensor development kits to digital makers community, Leads Industrial Training Module 1

AffecTech is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020