dr. R.H. De Freitas Gouveia (Rúben)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Rúben Gouveia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design, Production and Management at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente, Enschede. His research focuses on designing and developing tools that support health and wellbeing and evaluating how these tools augment abilities to reflect and to identify opportunities for change – such becoming more physically active and eating healthier.

He received a Phd in Human Computer Interaction from the University of Madeira (UMa) in 2019 where he was the holder of a National PhD studentship awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. He also hold a MS and BS in Computer Science from UMa.

At UMa he was supervised by Evangelos Karapanos and collaborated closely with a number of distinguished researchers, such as Marc Hassenzahl and Jodi Forlizzi. During his graduate studies, he was a research visitor at the University of Washington, where he was advised by Sean Munson.

Rúben frequently contributes to top-tier conferences and journals in Human-Computer Interaction, such as CHI and UbiComp and has received a number of awards including an honourable mention for best paper at UbiComp and being nominated a finalist for the UbiComp Gaetano Borriello Award, given to a researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of ubiquitous computing. His full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.


Engineering & Materials Science
Application Programs
Data Storage Equipment
Social Robots
Video Recording


Al-Quaran, M., Geißler, D., Kamoen, C. , Overdevest, N., Van Lune, M., Weijers, I. , & Gouveia, R. (2022). MoodTurner: A Self-Tracking Smart Jewellery to Support Awareness and Reflection in Sensory Processing Sensitivity Self-Care. In S. Barbosa, C. Lampe, C. Appert, & D. A. Shamma (Eds.), CHI 2022 - Extended Abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-6). [432] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3491101.3519803
Korn, O., Akalin, N. , & Gouveia, R. (2021). Understanding Cultural Preferences for Social Robots: A study in German and Arab communities. ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, 10(2), [12]. https://doi.org/10.1145/3439717
Korn, O., Gay, J. , Gouveia, R., Buchweitz, L., Schulz, A. S., & Umfahrer, M. (2020). Tactile navigation with checkpoints as progress indicators? Only when walking longer straight paths. In 13th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2020 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 241-248). [3392605] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3389189.3392605
Heimburger, L., Buchweitz, L. , Gouveia, R., & Korn, O. (2020). Gamifying onboarding: How to increase both engagement and integration of new employees. In A. Murata, & R. H. M. Goossens (Eds.), Advances in Social and Occupational Ergonomics - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics (pp. 3-14). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 970). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20145-6_1
Gouveia, R., Karapanos, E., & Hassenzahl, M. (2018). Activity Tracking in vivo. In R. Mandryk, M. Hancock, M. Perry, & A. Cox (Eds.), CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [362] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173936
Rapp, A., Cena, F., Kay, J., Kummerfeld, B., Hopfgartner, F., Plumbaum, T., Larsen, J. E., Epstein, D. A. , & Gouveia, R. (2017). New frontiers of quantified self 3: Exploring understudied categories of users. In S. Lee, L. Takayama, & K. Truong (Eds.), UbiComp/ISWC '17: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 861–864). ACM Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1145/3123024.3124456
Other Contributions

selected recent papers:

Activity Tracking in vivo
R.Gouveia, E. Karapanos, M. Hassenzahl.
CHI, 2018.

Exploring the design space of glanceable feedback for physical activity trackers
R. Gouveia, F. Pereira, E. Karapanos, S. Munson, M. Hassenzahl.
Ubicomp, 2016.

Wellbeing in the Making: Peoples’ Experiences with Wearable Activity Trackers
E. Karapanos, R. Gouveia, M. Hassenzahl, J. Forlizzi.
Psychology of Well-Being, 2016.

How do we engage with activity trackers? a longitudinal study of Habito
Best Paper Honorable Mention (top 5%).
R. Gouveia, E. Karapanos, M. Hassenzahl.
Ubicomp, 2015

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring (building no. 21)
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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