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.


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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