Bio, publications and awards

​​Who is Joel Rodrigues
Joel is passionate about designing products, services and experiences that are delightful, usable and innovative.

A recent graduate from the Professional Master's program in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University with a dual-degree from University of Madeira (Portugal), through  CMU|Portugal Program. 

He also completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at University of Madeira. Before venturing into the job world, he took a post-graduation, at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, in Human Aspects of Technology (i.e. Human Factors), where his taste for human-centered design and interaction design grew up from.

Joel is fully immersed in the world of human-centered design, this is clear in his work with Exictos SGPS | Asseco Group to build a contextually aware banking solution. For him, and quoted “understanding people’s behaviour is utterly important to sponsor the flourishing of creative designs, ideas and adequate use of technology that can very much improve everyone's lives”.

Curriculum vitae


Carnegie Mellon University (USA) | m-ITI  :: Diploma ::
Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI Dual degree)

Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (PT)
Post-Graduation in Human Aspects of Technology (Human Factors)

University of Madeira (PT)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Work experience

Usability Research Intern
Research culminated on a written article: Step by Step: Evaluating the User Experience in Mixed Reality Storytelling enhanced by Motion Tracking, submitted to CHI.
Employer: Fragments of Laura project under Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

PT Phonetics and Speech Lead and Software Engineer
I was part of a multidisciplinary team tasked to produce a Text-to-Speech (TTS) of both Portuguese PT and Portuguese BR for the TTS engine CereVoice. TTS Lucia is currently being used at Gatwick Airport, UK.
Employer: CereProc 


  • Vanessa Cesário, Joel Rodrigues, Helen Li, Iris Wu, and Valentina Nisi. 2016. Crescendo: Routine Learning App for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 571-576. DOI:

    • ​Step by Step: Evaluating the User Experience in Mixed Reality Storytelling enhanced by Motion Tracking (see submitted PDF article here)


  • Ericsson Application Awards 2013

  • ​First Place in Student Category with Service Concept Sun Monitor and working prototype.

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