Paula Alexandra Silva is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher and practitioner, who focuses on designing user interfaces for older adults. She is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA). Before that she was a Postdoc Fellow at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is also a passionate teacher and has lectured on HCI-related courses. In her previous job, she was a senior Scientist at Fraunhofer Portugal, where she managed the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) area. She holds a PhD in Computer Science awarded by Lancaster University, where she wrote a dissertation on ‘Designing User Interfaces with the BadIdeas Method: Towards Creativity and Innovation’ under the supervision of Professor Alan Dix.
Susana Brás is a Postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA), University of Aveiro, Portugal. At this moment, she is focused on information extraction from large biomedical databases and in the study of the morphological alterations in the ECG, with the goal to detect alterations on person emotional state. Before, she was a PhD student at Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute, at University of Porto, Portugal. Her thesis was focused on automation in anesthesia. Her background is in Applied Mathematics, from the Sciences Faculty, at University of Porto. Before joining the research activity, she worked as actuary (pension funds analyst and technician) at a private Bank in Portugal.
Luísa Castro is a postdoc at IEETA, Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, since November 2013. She is applying statistical techniques to large DNA sequences in order to infer functional associations between mutations in genes with a role in Parkinson and Alzheimer disease. She has received her PhD in 2013 in Computational Neuroscience from University of Porto doctoral program of Applied Mathematics (FCT scholarship), where she developed computational models for spatial information encoding in hippocampal neuronal populations. She has a mathematics background and during her major she worked on satellite image data clustering as a starting researcher on an image processing project (Science Faculty of UP). She keeps collaborative work in the area of computational neuroscience.
Francisco Nunes is a PhD student at Vienna University of Technology exploring how self-care technologies can be further embodied in the setting they inhabit. He has a computer science background and extensive experience designing technologies for health that integrate with everyday life. His interest in gaming strategies, and other playful elements, comes from the perspective of simplifying the adoption and integration of self-care technology into daily living. Before joining Vienna University of Technology, Francisco worked at Fraunhofer AICOS institute in designing and evaluating technology for older adults.