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Current Research Topics

Over the years SERG research has touched on a wide spectrum of topics, from natural language interfaces and intelligent systems interfaces to accessible interaction in various kinds of domains. In 2016, our research concentrates on the following topics:

Human-Centered Computing

This topic broadly touches on research issues at the interface between Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering and Development. The people working on these include:

Adriana Lopes Damian
Alessandro Fabricio Garcia
Clarisse de Souza
João Antonio Marcondes Dutra Bastos
Juliana Ferreira
Luana Müller
Luiz Marques
Milene Silveira
Natasha Costa Valentim
Rafael Brandão
Renato Cerqueira
Simone Barbosa
Tayana Uchôa Conte

End User Development

This is one of the most enduring topics of research at SERG. In the 1990's much of the research around this topic touched on End User Programming. Today, as end users produce all kinds of software and frequently share them with others, there is more to this research than programming. The people working with EUD at SERG include:

Alberto Raposo
Andreia Sampaio
Bruno Azevedo Chagas
Clarisse de Souza
Hugo Fuks
Ingrid Monteiro
Mary Beth Rosson
Priscilla de Abreu Braz
Raquel Prates
Simone Barbosa

Computational Thinking and Self-Expression through Programming

This topic is strongly related to End User Programming in its origin. The same happens at SERG. We began to specialize our research about it in 2010, with the Scalable Game Design Brasil project, carried out in collaboration with Alexander Repenning from the University of Colorado at Boulder. People involved in this research include:

Ana Cristina Bicharra Garcia
Carla Leitão
Clarisse de Souza
Ingrid Monteiro
Luana Müller
Luciana Salgado
Marcelle Mota
Milene Silveira

HCI, Culture and User Diversity

This broad topic encompasses subtopics that we have begun to address in isolation, but soon realized that the foundations for dealing with them, from a semiotic perspective, were essentially the same. They include cultural aspects of HCI design in more traditional terms (like design for users from different parts of the world) and also the kinds of diversity typically related to users with special needs (accessibility). People workinf on these topics include: 

Alberto Raposo
Aline Alves
Bruno Azevedo Chagas
Carla Leitão
Clarisse de Souza
Cristiano Maciel
Hugo Fuks
Ingrid Monteiro
Luciana Salgado
Priscilla de Abreu Braz
Simone Bacellar Leal Ferreira
Vinicius Carvalho Pereira

Semiotic Engineering Theory, Models and Methods

This is our primary topic of research. The people involved with theoretical and methodological research at SERG include:

Carla Leitão
Clarisse de Souza
Ingrid Monteiro
Juliana Ferreira
Luiz Marques
Rafael Brandão
Raquel Prates
Renato Cerqueira
Simone Barbosa

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