Executive summary

Computer Scientist, Software Engineer, Human-Computer Interaction Practitioner. Industry experienced, research scientist approved. User interfaces, usability studies, user experience, service design, context-awareness, mobile instrumentation.

Academia

2013 ~ present: Post-Doc in Mobile Health (University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine)
Developing and evaluating tools to better understand how mobility and social context affects your wellbeing and others.
2011 ~ 2013: Ph.D. in Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing (University of Oulu)
Thesis: AWARE: A Mobile Context Instrumentation Middleware To Collaboratively Understand Human Behavior [here].
2009 ~ 2010: Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction (Carnegie Mellon University)
Capstone: OneTouch, a mobile software solution that respects your personal time, helps you remember details and keeps you informed of what is going on. Developed in Android.
2007 ~ 2009: Master’s in Software Engineering (University of Madeira)
Thesis: Meta.Tracer-MOF with traceability, enhancing software engineering modeling with traceability. Developed in C#.
2001 ~ 2007: Major in Computer Science (University of Madeira)
Project: Pascal-C, a compiler that validated Pascal with C syntax. Developed in Flex and Yacc.

Responsibilities

  • Organizer of UbiMI’2013 Ubiquitous Mobile Instrumentation workshop, collocated with Ubicomp 2013 (UbiMI’2013).
  • Teaching Assistant for Mobile & Social Computing class (Spring 2013).
  • Teaching Assistant for Human-Computer Interaction and Research Methods class (Fall 2012).
  • Organizer of UbiMI’2012 Ubiquitous Mobile Instrumentation workshop, collocated with UbiComp 2012 (UbiMI’2012).
  • Reviewer venues: UbiComp; Mobile HCI; Pervasive; IJ Human-Computer Studies, CHI, MobiSys and others.

Research

September 2011 ~ present as a HCI/Ubicomp/Mobile Research Scientist (iUBI, CSE, University of Oulu): Instrumenting the city of Oulu by leveraging panOULU infrastructure (WiFi AP, Bluetooth AP, traffic sensors, public displays and projectors, city lights), augmented with AWARE mobile context middleware (http://www.awareframework.com).

February 2011 ~ August 2011 as a HCI Researcher (Ubicomp Lab, HCII, Carnegie Mellon University): Collecting massive amount of data from a large-scale deployment of context-aware information from mobile devices with the Ubicomp Lab group at CMU HCII. One paper accepted at Ubicomp’11, where we analyzed how far are current smartphone users from their devices on multiple conditions. In collaboration with M-ITI, we published two papers on users’ location sharing preferences and perceptions (Interact’11, CMU-LSCS 2011).

June ~ September 2010 as a HCI Researcher (Ubicomp Lab, HCII, Carnegie Mellon University): User research, data mining and visualization, user studies and interviews for the Ubicomp Lab group at CMU. Our group explored how people use their mobile phones and how they manage the battery life. Published the results at Pervasive’11. We also looked at what applications people use on their devices and where they use it (home, work, outside). Started the project Aware framework, where Android mobile devices are used to collect context information.

February ~ May 2010 as a HCI Researcher (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute): Retrospective, Think-alouds, Prototyping, Interviews, Questionnaires for SINAIS project. Integration and information sharing between different devices motivated us to build a publish-subscribe server based on JXTA and XMPP. Gathering phone events (ringing, missed call, received sms) we assessed how frequently people interact with their phones to check for these events, using Ambient Notifier (paper published at MobileHCI’10). As a proof of concept, we built Smart Mail box, that would send an email for each mail received.

August ~ December 2009 as a HCI Researcher (University of Pittsburgh): Contextual Inquiries, Surveys, Prototyping and Interviews for the Dental Informatics Department at University of Pittsburgh. We explored how could a patient oriented treatment plan change the patient’s understanding of his/her’s own dental records.

Industry

November 2008 ~ April 2009 as a Project Manager, Software Engineer (TotalCenter Lda): Development team project lead. Requirements, architecture and system modeling, interface prototyping and usability analysis for re-billing membership management system.

September 2004 ~ August 2008 as a Web Software Engineer (Expedita SA): PHP software engineer and web UI developer. Web interface prototyping, implementation and usability analysis, mostly Joomla-based content management systems and components.

Awards

  • 2013 – KAUTE Foundation Research Scholarship
  • 2012 – Best Young Teacher Of The Year (University of Oulu)
  • 2012 – Tauno Tönning Foundation Research Scholarship
  • 2011 – Nokia Foundation Personal Scholarship
  • 2009 – Winner of Summer of Widgets Vodafone R&D Germany competition
  • 2007 – Microsoft Imagine Cup 2007 Web Development finalist

Miscellaneous

Source bending skills: Android, Arduino, Java, PHP, C variants, Pascal, Bash, SQL variants, HTML, Javascript and what not. Fast learner!

Speech capabilities: Portuguese (native), English (excelent), French (moderate), Spanish (moderate), Finnish (beginner).

Hobbies

I’m a tropical fish aquarium hobbyist, mountain trekker and world explorer! I play Floorball on Mondays with our department group. I also enjoy listening to music (I’m open to listen to different melodies!) and reading sci-fi novels.