I am an HCI reseacher with focus on improving access to computing technologies to people with different abilities, and on re-designing interactions and workflows for pervasive healthcare. Alongside, I am concerned with how people, in general, are able to secure their data, particularly from non-sophisticated insiders. I do all this with a strong user- and data-driven approach, pillared by deploying and assessing technological artifacts in-the-wild (i.e., in the real world). My work depends on a strong involvement with end-users (e.g., I am proud to be collaborating with institutions for blind people for over 12 years, with weekly engagements and prototypes being used for periods over 8 years; and with care homes, clinical centres and hospitals, in the last five years, with longitudinal (and still ongoing) deployments of our prototypes). Besides my research, I seek to have near-term impact in the life of the populations I work with by deploying functional prototypes, making them available (e.g., Braille21), or by training people in using technology. I am a Professor of Computer Science at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa and a researcher at LASIGE, where I coordinate the Accessibility and Aging Research Line.

New members!

The Tech&People lab welcomes two new PostDocs, one PhD student, and two MSc students

ASSETS 2020 General Chair

Happy to announce I will be ACM ASSETS 2020 General Chair. ASSETS is the flagship accessibility conference.

CHI 2019 Subcommiteee Chair

Delighted to be teaming up Anne Marie Piper as the CHI 2019 "Accessibility and Aging" Subcommittee chairs.

Hybrid-Brailler accepted at ACM CHI 2018

Our paper Hybrid-Brailler: Combining Physical and Gestural Interaction for Mobile Braille Input and Editing was (conditionally) accepted at CHI 2018. The camera ready copy is available. The paper presents Hybrid-Brailler, an input solution that combines physical and gestural interaction to provide fast and accurate Braille input. We use the back... [Read More]