Ana Cristina Pires

PostDoc Researcher

I am a cognitive psychologist with experience in multidisciplinary Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Currently, I am a PostDoc Researcher in LASIGE, Faculty of Science, University of Lisboa. In our projects, we emphasize participatory design, user-centered design and the use of multimodal interactive systems. We personalize and tailor digital interventions to enable a greater behavioural change and adherence to the treatment or training. Great part of my work has been to create cognitive and educational tools to foster the acquisition of core skills, such as executive functions, mathematics and computational thinking in younger children- sighted and visually impaired children. We use multisensory environments combining tangible interaction with digital auditory feedback, to enable blind children to take benefits from both real and virtual worlds. We also apply inclusive multisensory systems in other domains, as for instance, in neuro-cognitive assessments for elderly people (including visual impaired people).


Learning Maths with a Tangible User Interface: Lessons Learned through Participatory Design with Children with Visual Impairments and Their Educators

Ana Cristina Pires, Ewelina Bakala, Fernando Gonzalez-Perilli, Gustavo Sansone, Bruno Fleischer, Sebastian Marichal, Tiago Guerreiro

IJCCI 2021 ‑ International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction

Fostering Collaboration with Asymmetric Roles in Accessible Programming Environments for Children with Mixed-visual-abilities

Filipa Rocha, Guilherme Guimarães, David Gonçalves, Ana Cristina Pires, Lúcia Abreu, Tiago Guerreiro

ASSETS 2021 ‑ ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Exploring how a digitized program can support parents to improve their children's nutritional habits

Diogo Branco, Ana C. Pires, Hugo Simão, Ana Gomes, Ana Pereira, Joana Sousa, Luísa Barros, Tiago Guerreiro

INTERACT 2021 ‑ International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, September, 2021

Accembly at Home: Accessible Spatial Programming for Children with Visual Impairments and their Families

Filipa Rocha, Ana Pires, Isabel Neto, Hugo Nicolau, Tiago Guerreiro

IDC 2021 ‑ ACM Interaction Design and Children, June, 2021

LEGOWorld: Repurposing Commodity Tools and Technologies to Create an Accessible and Customizable Programming Environment

Gonçalo Cardoso, Ana Pires, Lúcia Abreu, Filipa Rocha, Tiago Guerreiro

CHI EA 2021 ‑ Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May, 2021