Sérgio Alves

PhD Student

I completed my Master’s degree in Informatics in 2017 at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and my BSc degree in Information and Communication Technologies in 2015 at the same institution. During my Master’s, I developed Scrapbook, a web application that enables biographical and personalised reminiscence therapy for people with dementia. This project led to further research, as I became a hired researcher at LASIGE. A period in which Scrapbook grew into a cognitive stimulation platform and a bridge between people with dementia, psychologists and caregivers.

In 2018 I moved to Open Lab, Newcastle University. Extending the previous work of the lab, we designed a solution to support the self-management of the symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease, namely with the creation of a mobile application that enables, among other things, the creation of personalized cues in a wearable device.

I am currently working in my PhD at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, with a focus on personalization of user interfaces. I have been studying the factors preventing greater adoption of third-party personalization mechanisms and exploring different personalization solutions.

My main research interests are human-computer interaction, accessibility, personalization, and pervasive healthcare. My goal has been to create useful and usable technologies to improve people’s quality of life.


Digital health and patient adherence: A qualitative study with older adults

Filipa Ferreira-Brito, Sérgio Alves, Tiago Guerreiro, Osvaldo Santos, Cátia Caneiras, Luís Carriço, Ana Verdelho


GitUI: A Community-Based Platform to Democratize User Interfaces

Sérgio Alves, Ricardo Costa, Kyle Montague, Tiago Guerreiro

CHI EA 2023 ‑ Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April, 2023

SmartFeeding4Kids: a Digital Platform for Nutritional Behaviour Change of Parents of Young Children

Diogo Branco, Sergio Alves, Hugo Simão, Ana C. Pires, Ana Gomes, Ana Pereira, Luísa Barros, Tiago Guerreiro

ICGI 2021 ‑ International Conference on Graphics and Interaction, November, 2021

myView: End-user Authoring of Virtual Environments for Therapy

Sérgio Alves, Pedro Caldeira, Filipa Brito, Luís Carriço, Tiago Guerreiro

ASSETS 2021 ‑ ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Photo-realistic interactive virtual environments for neurorehabilitation in mild cognitive impairment (NeuroVRehab.PT): a participatory design and proof-of-concept study

Filipa Ferreira-Brito, Sérgio Alves, Osvaldo Santos, Tiago Guerreiro, Cátia Caneiras, Luís Carriço, Ana Verdelho

JCM 2020 ‑ Journal of Clinical Medicine