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, mostly 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.

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]

H2020 Project on Web Accessibility Kick-Off

The kick-off meeting of the WAI-Tools EU H2020 project took place on the 28th of November in Brussels. This is an exciting project that will create the tools to support a more efficient evaluation of websites in line with supporting the implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive. [Read More]