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.

ASSETS 2018 Posters and Demos Chair

Happy to announce that I will be joining the ACM ASSETS 2018 Organizing Committee as a Posters and Demos Chair (Venue still a secret and announced at ASSETS 2017!). Delighted to continue to contribute to this community.

ASSETS 2017 Paper PDFs Available

We had two short papers accepted at ACM ASSETS 2017, to be held in Baltimore, Oct 29-Nov 2. One focuses on in-context crowdsourced smartphone support for blind people. The second presents personalizable virtual overlays to improve system-wide non-visual accessibility to smartphones. Congrats to André Rodrigues, that also had his Doctoral... [Read More]

We made it into the Best of Computing notable articles list

Our paper Snooping on Mobile Phones: Prevalence and Trends, published at SOUPS 2016 and recipient of the Distinguished Paper Award, was selected to the Computing Reviews 21st Best of Computing list. The Notable Books and Articles list consists of item nominations from reviewers, CR category editors, the editors in chief... [Read More]