Semiotic Engineering Research Group

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Semiotic Engineering Research Group

The Semiotic Engineering Research Group (SERG) is an academic center of advanced research involving Semiotics and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Although research in Semiotic Engineering started back in the early nineties, the group as such was created in 1996 by Prof. Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza, at the Department of InformaticsPUC-Rio.


Featured Work

Doctoral Theses

Communicative Dimensions of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
Author: Luiz Marques Afonso (April 6th, 2015) - Text in English

A Capture & Access technology to support documentation and tracking of qualitative research applied to HCI
Author: Rafael Rossi de Mello Brandão (April 8th, 2015) - Text in English

Comunicação através de modelos no contexto do desenvolvimento de Software
Author: Juliana Soares Jansen Ferreira (April 10th, 2015) - Text in Portuguese

Autoexpressão e engenharia semiótica do usuário-designer
Author: Ingrid Teixeira Monteiro (April 15th,2015) - Text in Portuguese

Masters Dissertations

End-User Configuration in Assistive Technologies. A case study with a severely physically impaired user
Author: Bruno Azevedo Chagas (September, 2015) - Text in English

Apoio à transferência de conhecimento de raciocínio computacional de linguagens de programação visuais para linguagens de programação textuais
Author: João Antonio Dutra Marcondes Bastos (April, 2015) - Text in Portuguese

Avaliação da Metacomunicação Intercultural na Interação Humano-Computador: um vocabulário para acessar as perspectivas culturais dos usuários
Author: Catia Maria Dias Ferreira (March, 2014) - Text in Portuguese


Semiotic Engineering Books

The Semiotic Engineering of Human-Computer Interaction
By Clarisse de Souza (The MIT Press, 2005)

This book is a comprehensive introduction to Semiotic Engineering. It includes a chapter that presents the main concepts from semiotic theory used in the book. The book has been written for researchers and reflective practitioners (working with Interaction Design, Computer-Mediated Communication and Requirements Engineering). As an educational resource, we recommend it for advanced HCI courses. Available as hardcover and paperback formats at MIT Press and also as Amazon's Kindle Edition.

Endorsed by: Thomas Green, Don Norman and Terry Winograd
See sample chapter at the The MIT Press website
About the Portinari's art on this book's cover

Semiotic Engineering Methods for Scientific Research in HCI
By Clarisse de Souza and Carla Leitão (Morgan & Claypool, 2009)

This book presents a detailed description and discussion of the Communicability Evaluation Method and the Semiotic Inspection Method, with an extensive Case Study that demonstrates how the methods can be used in technical (professional) and scientific (research) contexts. As an educational resource, we recommend it for advanced HCI courses.

A Journey through Cultures - Metaphors for Guiding the Design of Cross-Cultural Interactive Systems
By Luciana Salgado, Carla Leitão and Clarisse de Souza
(Springer, 2013)

"A Journey Through Cultures addresses one of the hottest topics in contemporary HCI: cultural diversity amongst users. For a number of years the HCI community has been investigating alternatives to enhance the design of cross-cultural systems. Most contributions to date have followed either a ‘design for each’ or a ‘design for all’ strategy. A Journey Through Cultures takes a very different approach. Proponents of CVM – the Cultural Viewpoint Metaphors perspective – the authors invite HCI practitioners to think of how to expose and communicate the idea of cultural diversity. A detailed case study is included which assesses the metaphors’ potential in cross-cultural design and evaluation. The results show that cultural viewpoint metaphors have strong epistemic power, leveraged by a combination of theoretic foundations coming from Anthropology, Semiotics and the authors’ own work in HCI and Semiotic Engineering." (Publishers' back cover text). As an educational resource, we recommend it for advanced HCI courses.

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