Rita Santos

She is an Assistant Professor at the Águeda School of Technology and Management, University of Aveiro. She obtained her MSc and bachelor in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering (University of Aveiro) and holds a PhD in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms (Universities of Aveiro and Porto).

She has developed research activities related to digital literacy and inclusion promotion. Her actual main fields of interest are the conceptualization and development of innovative digital applications that aim at helping citizens improve their well-being and quality of life, especially whose target audience is the elderly, following User-Centered Design and Participatory Design methodologies.

Currently she is member of CHIC Cooperative Holistic View on Internet and Content project that aims the development of a complete voice interaction solution for television, as close to human interaction as possible. In the area of ageing, she coordinates the VoluntAge project which aims to develop a technologically mediated environment to support volunteer activities targeting the elderly and she is also member of the SmartWalk SmartCities for Active Seniors project that proposes the creation of a physical activity monitoring system for older adults using the network infrastructure of smart cities.

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