Ando Emerencia

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Hello, my name is Ando Emerencia. Since 2014, I work as a Postdoc researcher in Computer Science at the University of Groningen.

I am currently involved in two projects: Leefplezier and HoeGekIsNL. During my PhD, I worked on Wegweis and Autovar. My work falls under joint supervision of Marco Aiello (head of the Distributed Systems unit), Nicolai Petkov (head of the Intelligent Systems unit), and Peter de Jonge (head of the Interdisciplinary Center for Psychiatric Epidemiology).

Contact

Office at the University Medical Center Groningen

Room K1.16
Address
UMCG
Hanzeplein 1
Universitair Centrum Psychiatrie
Triadegebouw, 1st floor (entrance 24)
9713 GZ Groningen
The Netherlands
Telephone +31 50 361 57 23

Other

E-Mail andoemerenciaatgmaildotcom
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Research Focus

Hoe gek is Nederland?

Hoe gek is Nederland? (translation: "How nuts are the Dutch?") is an online platform designed to support self-measurement of mental health for the entire population of the Netherlands by allowing them to fill out questionnaires and by providing them with personalized feedback. Currently, the web application has ~11,000 active users. One of the ways that we provide feedback is by applying Autovar to find VAR models that determinine contemporary and causal relations between quality of life indicators of EMA data. We then plot those relations as graphs to provide insight to the user, e.g., for identifying the indicators that have a high likelihood of being significant for improving their well-being. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first fully-automated derivation and application of vector autoregression models. This project is an initiative of the ICPE and was conceived as a pilot study for the Leefplezier project funded by Espria.

Leefplezier

Leefplezier (translation: "Well-being") is an online platform to support self-measurement of mental health for the elderly population of the Netherlands by allowing them to fill out questionnaires and by providing them with personalized feedback. Here, we aim to provide the same depth of feedback as for HoeGekIsNL but with focus on the elderly and on the issues that are important to them. This project is an initiative of the ICPE and is funded by Espria.

Autovar

Autovar is an R package (with a web application front end) that I developed to automate the process of generating vector autoregression (VAR) models for time series data (in particular: EMA data). The application covers the entire range from preprocessing to optimal VAR model creation and analysis. This project was conceived by Elske Bos, Judith Rosmalen, and Peter de Jonge from the University Medical Center Groningen.

Wegweis

Wegweis is a web application designed for schizophrenia patients that offers direct access to assessment results and to personalized advice based on those assessment results. We use an ontology-based approach to prioritize information in order to provide patients a second opinion and to better prepare them for discussing their treatment plan. This project is a joint initiative of the Computer Science Department of the University of Groningen and the Department of Psychiatry of the University Medical Center Groningen.

Other

I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Groningen, focusing on knowledge management, data mining, automating vector autoregression, statistical inference, ontological reasoning, and personalization. I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. (cum laude) degrees in Computer Science at the University of Groningen, with the specialization Intelligent Systems. During my studies, I also worked ~2.5 years as a teaching assistant for several courses.

Publications

Published Works

2017

Temporal Dynamics of Health and Well-Being: A Crowdsourcing Approach to Momentary Assessments and Automated Generation of Personalized Feedback

Psychosomatic Medicine, 2017, Vol. 79, No. 2, pp. 213-223
Lian van der Krieke, Frank Blaauw, Ando Emerencia, Maria Schenk, Joris Slaets, Elske Bos, Peter de Jonge, Bertus Jeronimus
APS
2016

Let's get Physiqual - An intuitive and generic method to combine sensor technology with ecological momentary assessments

Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2016, Oct, 63, pp. 141-149
Frank Blaauw, Maria Schenk, Bertus Jeronimus, Lian van der Krieke, Peter de Jonge, Marco Aiello, Ando Emerencia
Elsevier

Automating vector autoregression on electronic patient diary data

IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2016, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 631-643
Ando Emerencia, Lian van der Krieke, Elske Bos, Peter de Jonge, Nicolai Petkov, Marco Aiello
IEEE
2015

A Service-Oriented Architecture for Web Applications in E-Mental Health: Two Case Studies

Proceedings of the 8th IEEE Conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications, SOCA'15
IEEE

HowNutsAreTheDutch (HoeGekIsNL): A crowdsourcing study of mental symptoms and strengths

International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 2015, doi: 10.1002/mpr.1495
Lian van der Krieke, Bertus Jeronimus, Frank Blaauw, Rob Wanders, Ando Emerencia, Maria Schenk, Stijn de Vos, Evelien Snippe, Marieke Wichers, Johanna Wigman, Elske Bos, Klaas Wardenaar, Peter de Jonge
Wiley Online Library

Ecological Momentary Assessments and Automated Time Series Analysis to Promote Tailored Health Care: A Proof-of-Principle Study

JMIR Res Protoc, 2015, Vol. 4, No. 6, e100, doi: 10.2196/resprot.4000
Lian van der Krieke, Ando Emerencia, Elske Bos, Judith Rosmalen, Harriette Riese, Marco Aiello, Sjoerd Sytema, Peter de Jonge
JMIR
2014

Computing a Second Opinion: Automated Reasoning and Statistical Inference applied to Medical Data

Doctoral Dissertation - Ando Emerencia
Promotores: Marco Aiello, Nicolai Petkov, Peter de Jonge
University of Groningen

HowNutsAreTheDutch: Personalized feedback on a national scale

In AAAI Fall Symposium on Expanding the Boundaries of Health Informatics Using AI, HIAI'14: Making Personalized and Participatory Medicine A Reality, pp. 6-10
Frank Blaauw, Lian van der Krieke, Elske Bos, Ando Emerencia, Bertus Jeronimus, Maria Schenk, Stijn de Vos, Rob Wanders, Klaas Wardenaar, Johanna Wigman, Marco Aiello, Peter de Jonge
AAAI

Bringing Adaptiveness and Resilience to e-Health

Book chapter in Adaptive, Dynamic, and Resilient Systems, 2014
Editors: Niranjan Suri, Giacomo Cabri
Auerbach Publications

E-Mental Health Self-Management for Psychotic Disorders: State of the Art and Future Perspectives

Psychiatric Services, 2014, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 33-49
Lian van der Krieke, Lex Wunderink, Ando Emerencia, Peter de Jonge, Sjoerd Sytema
American Psychiatric Association
2013

A Web-Based Tool to Support Shared Decision Making for People With a Psychotic Disorder: Randomized Controlled Trial and Process Evaluation

Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2013, Vol. 15, No. 10, pp. e216
Lian van der Krieke, Ando Emerencia, Nynke Boonstra, Lex Wunderink, Peter de Jonge, Sjoerd Sytema
JMIR

Generating personalized advice for schizophrenia patients

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 2013, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 23-36
Ando Emerencia, Lian van der Krieke, Sjoerd Sytema, Nicolai Petkov, Marco Aiello
Elsevier
2012

Usability Evaluation of a Web-Based Support System for People With a Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2012, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. e24
Lian van der Krieke, Ando Emerencia, Marco Aiello, Sjoerd Sytema
JMIR
2011

Assessing Schizophrenia with an Interoperable Architecture

Proceedings of the first International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and Complexity in Health Systems, MIXHS'11, pp. 79-82
Ando Emerencia, Lian van der Krieke, Nicolai Petkov, Marco Aiello
ACM

An Online Portal on Outcomes for Dutch Service Users

Psychiatric Services, July 2011, Vol. 62, No. 7, pp. 803
Lian van der Krieke, Ando Emerencia, Sjoerd Sytema
American Psychiatric Association

Other

2009

Student's t Distributions in Learning Vector Quantization

Master's Thesis - Ando Emerencia
Advisor: Michael Biehl
University of Groningen

Using Shape Vectorization inspired by the V4 Area for Object Recognition

Research Internship - Ando Emerencia
Advisor: Nicolai Petkov
University of Groningen
2007

Multiplying Huge Integers Using Fourier Transforms

ICS Project
University of Groningen