Roxanne Leitão

Designer & Researcher

Roxanne is an interaction designer whose work focusses on social design research and practice. She has been involved in a wide range of design research projects from healthcare to cybersecurity, with audiences varying from children and adults with chronic conditions, to clinicians, nurses, law-enforcement agents, and military surgeons.

ENGLISH (NATIVE), PORTUGUESE (NATIVE) LANGUAGE

Work Experience

2017 - Present

Research Lead

Samhæng

United Kingdom, London

2015 - 2016

Designer & Researcher

Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research

United Kingdom, Sheffield

2013 - 2015

Designer & Researcher

Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

United Kingdom, Sheffield

2010 - 2012

Front-end Developer

Somsom LLC

United Kingdom, London

Teaching Experience

2017

Lecturer

Central Saint Martins, London

The Bigger Picture
(BA 2nd year)

2016

Module Lead & Lecturer

Maynooth University, Ireland

Concept Visualisation
(Design Innovation MSc programme)

2015 & 2016

Lecturer

Sheffield Hallam University

Group Software Development Project
(BSc 2nd Year Software Engineering)

2014

Guest Lecturer

Sheffield Hallam University

Web Development
(BSc 2nd Year Software Engineering)

Publications

2018

A Survey on User-Interface Design Strategies to Address Online Bias

Leitão, R. and Jakobsen, F., 2018, April. A Survey on User-Interface Design Strategies to Address Online Bias. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. LBW084). ACM.

2018

Digital Technologies and their Role in Intimate Partner Violence

Leitão, R., 2018, April. Digital Technologies and their Role in Intimate Partner Violence. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. SRC11). ACM.

2017

AUGGMED: developing multiplayer serious games technology to enhance first responder training

Saunders, J., Gibson, H., Leitão, R. and Akhgar, B., 2017. AUGGMED: developing multiplayer serious games technology to enhance first responder training. Proceedings Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, 16: From Research to Security Union, 16, pp.223-253.

2017

Investigating activity zones on smartphones: An empirical study with older adults

Silva, P.A., Leitão, R. and Kerwin, M., 2017, October. Investigating activity zones on smartphones: An empirical study with older adults. In 2017 24º Encontro Português de Computação Gráfica e Interação (EPCGI) (pp. 1-8). IEEE.

2015

Innovage: Developing an Intergenerational Social Innovation to Encourage Physical Activity

Parker, S.G., Rimmer, M., Reed, H., Heller, B., Leitão, R., Gerrish, K., Mawson, S. and Grindell, C., 2015, November. Innovage: Developing an Intergenerational Social Innovation to Encourage Physical Activity. In Gerontologist (Vol. 55, pp. 278-278). Journals Dept, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513 USA: Oxford Univ Press Inc.

2015

Designing an intergenerational intervention to promote physical activity amongst children

Leitão, R. and Reed, H., 2015. Designing an intergenerational intervention to promote physical activity amongst older adults and young children. In 4th Participatory Innovation Conference 2015 (p. 107).

2014

Design and Evaluation of a Mobile User Interface for Older Adults: Navigation, Interaction and Visual Design Recommendations

de Barros, A.C., Leitão, R. and Ribeiro, J., 2014. Design and evaluation of a mobile user interface for older adults: navigation, interaction and visual design recommendations. Procedia Computer Science, 27, pp.369-378.

2014

Developing visualisations for spreadsheet formulae: towards increasing the accessibility of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects

Leitão, R. and Roast, C., 2014. Developing visualisations for spreadsheet formulae: towards increasing the accessibility of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

2013

Young practitioners’ challenges, experience and strategies in usability testing with older adults

Barros, A. and Leitão, R., 2013. Young practitioners’ challenges, experience and strategies in usability testing with older adults.

2013

A study of novice older adults and gestural interaction on smartphones

Leitão, R. and Silva, P.A., 2013. A study of novice older adults and gestural interaction on smartphones. CHI 2013 Mobile Accessibility Workshop, April 28, 2013, Paris, France.

2012

Target and spacing sizes for smartphone user interfaces for older adults: design patterns based on an evaluation with users

Leitão, R. and Silva, P.A., 2012, October. Target and spacing sizes for smartphone user interfaces for older adults: design patterns based on an evaluation with users. In Proceedings of the 19th conference on pattern languages of programs (p. 5). The Hillside Group.

achievements & Awards

2018

Award for best PhD research in Human-Computer Interaction

CHI 2018

2017

Selected as a "talent" under 30 for the UN's UNLEASH - A global innovation lab for the SDGs

UNLEASH 2017

2015 & 2014

Selected as an "Emerging Talent" to attend Thinking Digital.

Emerging Talent Fund and Thinking Digital

Education

Current

PhD Candidate

School of Engineering, University of Porto

Portugal, Porto

2010 - 2012

MSc Interactive Systems & Multimedia

School of Engineering, University of Porto

Portugal, Porto

2006 - 2010

BA Communication Design

School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

Portugal, Porto

Skills

DESIGN & RESEARCH SKILLS

CoDesign/Participatory Design
90%
UI/UX Design
80%
Research through Design
80%
Academic writing
80%

CODING SKILLS

HTML5
95%
CSS
95%
PHP
65%
JavaScript
70%

Contact

Mobile Number
+44 (0)745 081 88 77