Platform for the Development of Accessible Vocational Training
This project, which was partially funded by the Brazilian Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (MCT/FINEP/FNDCT), aimed at developing new educational and social engagement technologies to facilitate the qualification and inclusion of people with disabilities in the labor market. In this context, we at IBM Research (Brazil) first performed studies of communities to better understand the requirements for vocational training, and then developed solutions for social communication and engagement, technologies for smart education, and methods for performance monitoring and continuous improvement of the training process. My contributions to this project included the use of iterative user-centered design (e.g., for requirements gathering, iterative prototyping and user evaluation) and the development of mobile education solutions.
Together Anywhere, Together Anytime (TA2)
How can technology help to nurture family-to-family relationships? This was the question asked by the collaborative project Together Anywhere, Together Anytime (TA2). For many people, families form the key social unit. Many of our enduring experiences, holidays, celebrations and moments of fun and laughter are framed as family events. This is something that current technology does not address well: modern media and communications serve individuals best, with phones, computers and electronic games devices tending to be individually owned and providing individual experiences. TA2 seeked to redress this imbalance, by exploring how technology can support group to group communication. Family letters are often written from one family to another; family games are played between families. Memories in the form of videos and photographs are often shared within families. TA2 aimed to enhance and support these processes; enabling people to share their stories, pass digital photos and videos around, add comments to them, and to pass them back. While working at CWI, my Ph.D. was funded by TA2 (EU FP7). In this project I designed, developed and evaluated a number of novel end-user multimedia tools. My participation allowed me to work in an international environment, where both theoretical and business aspects were taken into consideration. It also gave me the opportunity to work with researchers from different fields, including social scientists. The results I've obtained in TA2 were essential to my thesis work.
Authoring, Producing and Formatting Hypermedia Documents for Interactive Digital TV
With the decision of the Brazilian government to adopt an interactive digital TV standard, increased the interest for solutions and services in several areas. In Brazil's case, NCL (Nested Context Language) was selected as the declarative language for creating iTV applications. While working in the TeleMídia Lab at PUC-Rio, I was the main responsible for the design and development of NCL Composer, an authoring tool of interactive digital TV programs for GINGA (the middleware for the Brazilian Digital TV System). This work, which was the topic of my master's dissertation under supervision of Prof. Dr. Luiz Fernando Gomes Soares (in memoriam), also won the 2008 Rio Info Solution Award. My work in TeleMídia received funding from MC/MCT/FINEP/FUNTTEL.
MultiJADE: A Domain Independent Multiagent Active Design Documents Environment
This was my first research project and I participated as a research intern of the Scientific Initiation Program (PIBIC/CNPq). MultiJADE used multiagent technology to support activities in concurrent and distributed design. It could be used in different domains and it allowed multiple designers to work simultaneously. MultiJADE was based on the Active Design Documents (ADD) framework. It used ADD’s potential to capture and generate design rationale for supporting conflict mitigation between peers in a concurrent design. The results I've obtained in this project were used in my undergraduated final year project at UFES under supervision of Prof. Dr. Flávio Miguel Varejão.
Characterization and Optimization of the Experiment to Determine the LNLS Storage Ring Optics
This was a Brazilian government funded summer program for talented undergraduate students (8.93% admission rate). It took place in the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), which is a research institute on physics, chemistry, material science and life sciences that has the only particle accelerator (a synchrotron) in Latin America. During my internship at LNLS I investigated the characterization and optimization of the storage ring. The experiment consisted of creating small perturbations on a beam of electrons circulating inside the ring and measuring these disorders using position monitors. We assessed the repeatability of measurements using different setups. The collected data was then used in a simulation tool that I developed to verify the storage ring parameters. Results of the simulations showed that the determination of such parameters improved the symmetry of the ring, led to a higher injection efficiency and increased the lifetime of the beam of electrons. This work was carried out under supervision of Dr. Liu Lin and Dr. Ruy H.A. Farias.