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Projects and Research Statement

Research Statement

I see myself as a transdisciplinary researcher. Being initially from the humanities field, then shifting to design and digital media, made my academic portfolio positively interdisciplinary. In some of the research projects that I developed, I aimed to align culture and technology, with emphasis on UX/UI, screen design and usability aspects. One example of that is the cultural hARitage project, which dealt with Augmented Reality and Cultural Heritage. Another one is my current PhD project, in which I am developing mobile app guidelines for world heritage sites recognised by UNESCO placed in urban scenarios. One of my main interests is how the users can get cultural context-aware information in a variety set of formats: museum applications, mobile games, augmented reality, mobile apps, among infinite screen-based possibilities.

Designing screens interactions is an ever-evolving field which changes fast with the advances in technology. It is clear that, nowadays, we are living in a mediatised society and the urban media interactions are intrinsic amalgamated on our social behaviour. Still, every time a new service or technology is present to users, new challenges arrive. Designers must know how to make these interactions smoothly.

Another subject that I have been exploring is urban communication design, through studies about the relation and interaction between digital media and urban spaces. But also on how the public graphic design are displayed on urban scenarios, such as pictograms and icons, affects the wayfinding and public use.

In addition to my academic activities, I developed several parallel projects, from short to long period of development, collaborating with universities and institutions spread around the globe. I can mention institutions such as the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius - Germany (2019); White City Center - Israel (2019); University of Split - Croatia (2019); Edinburgh Napier University - UK (2019); Cyprus Institute (2017); Universidade Lusófona - Portugal (2017); Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences - Netherlands (2016); Università degli Studi di Milano - Italy (2015); University of Thessaly - Greece (2014); iMAL Center for digital cultures and technology - Belgium (2014); University at Buffalo - USA (2013); University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien - Austria (2009).

Summarising, the topics that I am interested (but not limited) to research could be described as:

  • Interface Design Usability for different scenarios (Apps, AR, VR, Games, eTourism, etc.)
  • Mobile Design and Context-Aware/Location-Based interaction
  • Digital Media Interaction in Urban/Open Air scenarios
  • Pictorial urban communication
  • Cross-platform Media Design
During my academic activities, were developed two projects, the mobileHIVE during my Master degree in Digital Media (Bremen/Germany), and more recently the cultural hARitage along with my PhD research (Weimar/Germany).
On both projects I played the role as administrator and designer leader.

cultural hARitage

Augmented Reality & Cultural Heritage
Belgium / Greece / Germany - 2014-2018

The target content for this project is a combination of augmented reality technology with cultural heritage content. The content can be applied for different city backgrounds, from UNESCO's World Heritage Sites to Mythology, as can be seen on the developed project on Belgium, Greece and Germany.

cultural hARitage
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Context-Aware Mobile Game
Bremen / Germany - 2011

The StreetDroids is an open mobile game where the users/players can contribute to its expansion by an available web-editor, being able also to apply the created missions on different games scenarios, taking place in the real environment, following the concept of pervasive gaming or real world mission games.

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Short-term projects

Along with the PhD and Master studies, several short-term projects were developed, with a variety of interdisciplinary topics such as Games for Cities, ICTs for Sustainable Tourism, Smart Cities, Urban Media and Digital Media.

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