Sensor and MObile based Mental Health Solutions

Short description

SyMptOMS is a research project that marries the technical expertise of the GeoSpatial Technologies Research Lab (GEOTEC) with the theoretical and domain knowledge of the Laboratory of Psychology and Technology (LABPSITEC) to develop innovate solutions to promote mental health, diagnose and treat mental health problems, and prevent relapse. Hereby, the fundamental observation and starting point is the fact that, despite its enormous potential, the use of geospatial and mobile technologies for mental health is insufficiently researched and used in practice. In SyMptOMS, we therefore investigate how the current capabilities of modern mobile phones (e.g., GPS coordinates, built-in sensors, environment and context detection) and other wearable devices (e.g., smartwatch, sports bracelets, wearable and/or embedded sensors, etc.) may be used and exploited to modernise or develop new psychological assessment and interventions. In a first phase of the project, the focus is particularly on mobile phones applied for so-called ecological momentary assessment and interventions, whereby the patient’s location and behaviour is monitored in order to deliver in-situ and in real-time interventions. In a later phase, the developed solutions will be extended to include additional patient and context information through wearables.

GEOTEC’s contribution

This project is a collaboration between GEOTEC ( and LABPSITEC ( GEOTEC is an informatics group specialised in geo-spatial technologies, web and mobile development. As such, GEOTEC brings a strong technological expertise to the table, and is responsible for the design and development of the ICT solutions, i.e., the mobile apps and accompanying Web applications, the underlying algorithms, data analysis, etc.


IP: Sven Casteleyn ( & Carlos Granell (
Technical contact: Sven Casteleyn (