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Pedro Sanches

I am a design researcher in Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence with a focus on health, autonomy and well-being.



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Assistant professor at Department of Informatics
MIT-huset, Campustorget 5, MIT.F.423 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

How are biodata-driven technologies changing the conceptions of health and wellbeing, at individual, community and societal levels? In my research I explore how to design these technologies in a way that they work for everyone: a plurality of bodies, lifestyles, and ways of being in the world. I approach these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining interaction design, computer science and STS.

For an overview of my publications see my Google scholar profile


Proceedings of the design society, Cambridge University Press 2024 : 2785-2794
An, Qingfan; Sanches, Pedro
CHI '23: proceedings of the 2023 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems
Bala, Paulo; Sanches, Pedro; Cesário, Vanessa; et al.
CHI EA '23: extended abstracts of the 2023 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems
Lee-Smith, Matthew L.; Benjamin, Jesse Josua; Desjardins, Audrey; et al.
DIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference : 1693-1709
Søndergaard, Marie Louise Juul; Campo Woytuk, Nadia; Howell, Noura; et al.
CHI EA '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts
Claisse, Caroline; Umair, Muhammad; Durrant, Abigail C.; et al.
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Publications 2022, Vol. 29, (3)
Karpashevich, Pavel; Sanches, Pedro; Garrett, Rachael; et al.
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Sanches, Pedro; Howell, Noura; Tsaknaki, Vasiliki; et al.
CHI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Ståhl, Anna; Balaam, Madeline; Comber, Rob; et al.
DIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc 2022 : 1878-1892
Tsaknaki, Vasiliki; Sanches, Pedro; Jenkins, Tom; et al.

As a teacher, I have been actively involved in 12 different courses, mainly within the areas of HCI and Interaction Design, and also Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology. I believe in Project-Based Learning, where students independently pursue their own research and development. Often, my courses involve complex and enganging projects that cover the entire design cycle, from user research to implementation (typically web-based, app, or physical prototypes). I have taught students from different disciplinary backgrounds, such as computer science, media technology, and interaction design.