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Committed Team

Team Members

A motivated multidisciplinary team with expertise in several complementary areas such as computer science, engineering, modeling, animation and psychology, working daily with dedication in the development of new technologies that support the deaf community and those who directly or indirectly are involved in the community.

Who we are

Paula Maria de S Oliveira Escudeiro

Supervisor

PhD in Computer Science/Information Systems and Technologies in Education/Multimedia Systems, Adjunct Professor in Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, in the Department of Computer Science, where she teaches disciplines of the Degree's course in Computer Engineering and Master's course in Computer Engineering - specialization in Graphics and Multimedia. Director of the Postgraduate course in Technology and Informatics Applied to Education.

Member of Appraisers panel of the National Agency and External Evaluator of European Projects. She held the position/title of Subdirector of the Department of Computer Engineering, Director and Founder of the Department of Computer Engineering Media Laboratory, Director of the Information Systems of the Institute for Technological Development, Vice-President of the Pedagogical Council, Director of the Core of Multimedia Product Development for the National Institute of Administration, Element of the Assessment Subcommittee of the Quality for the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto.

Currently holds the position of Director of the GILT Research Group - Games Interaction & Learning Techologies and coordinator of the Learning Technology research area. Performs research activities and collaborates in Formative actions and of Extension in National and International Institutions. Experience in coordination and participation in more than 20 international projects. National Project Coordinator funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Author of the Patent No. 20091000045179, Code 0198, Related process 104557 K. Advisor of PhD theses, Master and Bachelor.

Guest speaker at events and conferences. Leading publisher of TICAI magazines - Educational Technologies, IEEE - Sociedad de Educacin Captulos Espaol, Portugus, y Brasileo e "EAI Transactions on Serious Games", among others. Conference chair in national and international conferences, Associate Editor and member of the Scientific Council of publications and national and international conferences. Author of over 100 scientific articles in the area of Information Technology (Computer Science). Creator of the quantitative evaluation model of software quality - QEF (Quantitative Evaluation Framework). Chairman of the Supervisory Board (of Serious Games Association).

Nuno Filipe Fonseca Vasconcelos Escudeiro

Co-Supervisor

Teacher at IPP-ISEP and a researcher at LIAAD INESC Tech - Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support. Nuno has a PhD in Informatics from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and a MSc in Data Analysis and Decision Support Systems from the University of Economics of the University of Porto. His research activity is being focused on text mining and active learning.

He has a vast experience in higher education and cooperation with industry accumulated during the last 25 years of professional activity both in the industry and in academia. Nuno has 15 years' experience on software industry, prior to his academic career. He was the Erasmus Coordinator from the Computer Engineering Department of ISEP for several years.

For the last nine years, Nuno has been involved in several national and international projects both as coordinator and partner. These projects include research projects and projects related to the development of higher education in Europe.

Rosa Maria Do Nascimento Da Silva Reis

Contributor

Associate Professor at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Department of Computer Engineering. Contributor in the project VirtualSign.

Pedro Manuel Pereira Rodrigues

Researcher

Degree and Master Degree in Networks and Computer Systems Engineering from the Faculdade de Cincias da Universidade do Porto. With particular interest in the fields of Computer Vision, Web Development, Mathematics and Cryptography. Currently working in the VirtualSign project.

Jorge Leonel Borges Lopes

Researcher

Degree in Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, and attending the Masters in Graphics Systems and Multimedia at ISEP. With general interests in video-games development. Currently working in the VirtualSign project with special focus in the modeling and animation.

Marcelo Torres Norberto

Researcher

Degree in Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, and attending the Masters in Graphics Systems and Multimedia at ISEP. With general interests in Game Developing and 3D Applications. Currently working in the VirtualSign more particularly in the game design.

Ana Bela Baltazar

Contributor

Born in Mozambique in 1972. Ana Bela has the course of Portuguese Sign Language Interpreters (PSL), obtained at the Portuguese Association of the Deaf (Delegation of Porto) in 1994. Since 1994 exercises the functions of Sign Language interpreter at conferences, lectures and workshops and has participated as a speaker and trainer at numerous events on the theme of Portuguese Sign Language workshops.

Has the Course in Translation and Interpretation in Portuguese Sign Language (ASP) in 1999. Has been responsible for the project the "Training Course to Standardization of Angolan Sign Language" in Luanda, on request of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Angola from 1999 to 2001. Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University Lusada. Master in Clinical and Health Psychology (ISMAI), in 2011. Master in Translation and Interpretation of Portuguese Sign Language (ESEP) in 2012. Taught the discipline of "Theory and Practice of Translation and Interpretation of Portuguese Sign Language" at the School of Education of Porto and oriented internships from Courses of Translation and Interpretation of PSL.

Has been involved, as formal member, on the Constitution Committee for the Defense of Portuguese Sign Language and Rights of the Deaf. Author of the Dicionrio de Lngua Gestual Portuguesa (2010), the first Dictionary of PSL. Today is interpreter of Portuguese Radio and Television, Association of the Deaf of Porto, where he teaches courses in Service Training for Sign Language Interpreters. President of the Center for Translators and Interpreters of Sign Language. And manager partner of the company CTILG, Lda (in the same area).

José Bidarra

Contributor

Received his PhD in Educational Communications at Universidade Aberta (the Portuguese Open University), where he is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology. He is head of the Informatics, Physics and Technology Section (SIFT) and coordinator of a master degree program in multimedia (MEGA).

His current research interests focus mainly on the application of multimedia and digital media in distance education, including ebooks, games and simulations. Some of his master and doctorate students are developing new methodologies to engage learners in valuable experiences with digital media.

Most of the research is conducted at Universidade Aberta and at CIAC (Center for the Arts and Communication Research, University of Algarve), other research includes a recent fellowship at the Games, Learning, and Society unit, University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA), and frequent collaborations with Portuguese and European universities.

F. P. Maciel Barbosa

Contributor

Attended a five years course in Electrical Engineering at FEUP (Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Oporto University), in 1971. In October 1976 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronic at UMIST (Manchester). In 1977 he completed his M.Sc. degree and in 1979 his Ph.D. in Power System Analysis.

His main research interest includes Power System reliability and power system analysis (load flow studies, steady state security analysis, stability analysis and economic operation of Power Systems) and the development of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions. He has been involved in several research projects, most of them subsidized by the EU.

In the lasts years he has been involved in some higher education projects in the area of electrical engineering and has been involved in the accreditation of academic programs in the area of computing and electrical engineering in Portugal and in some European countries. He is author or co-author of more than 200 research papers published in national and international journals.