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TÂNIA ROCHA received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Multimedia and Informatics from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal, in 2009 and 2014. Since 2010, she has been an Invited Assistant at the University of TraÌ�s-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where she is currently lecturing on accessibility, communication and multimedia.  She is a Collaborator Researcher at INESC Technology and Science – INESC TEC Oporto. Her main research interests are in the domain of Human-Computer Interaction, with focus on Multimedia, Universal design, Digital Accessibility and Usability, Assistive Technologies and Special Education.

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  • Name

    Tânia Vilela Rocha
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    06th November 2013
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Publications

2018

Image-type representation: A preliminary study on preferences of users with intellectual disabilities

Authors
Rocha, T; Bessa, M; Bastardo, R; Magalhaes, L;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES

Abstract
Previous findings have shown that users with intellectual disabilities navigate the Web more easily and with greater interest when images are used to represent hyperlinks (Rocha, 2008; 2014; Rocha et al., 2012). Although images can be better for navigation purposes, there is a need to understand how these images should be designed to enhance users' interaction with digital content for this particular group of people. The purpose of this study is to measure the user's preference for image-type representation (Object, Action and Universe), within four different categories (music, movies, sports, games). The sample consisted of 20 individuals with intellectual disabilities, their ages ranging from 22 to 49 years old. The results showed that they preferred less complex images, namely object representative images, and that categories had no effect.

2018

Web application for assisting on medication and information management of medical consultations for the elderly [Aplicação Web para o auxílio da toma de medicamentos e de gestão de informação de consultas médicas para Idosos]

Authors
Rocha, T; Reis, A; Barroso, J;

Publication
Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI

Abstract
Average life expectancy of the humans has been increasing with the advancement of medicine, hence observing an aging of the population in general. Associated with aging, loss of cognitive ability and memory failure are often observed, which can have a great impact on the quality of life and autonomy of people who need to take medication on an hourly basis. In this work, we present the development of an application that helps to manage two key issues for the quality of life of the elderly: the time of medication and the time of medical consultations. The application is managed (information is added, altered or deleted) by a responsible, as a family member or health professional. After analyzing several solutions, it was verified that the biggest problem identified is the difficulty of interaction with the interface (sometimes it presents a lot of information and do not focus on functions of immediate necessity). In this context, we present a solution that focuses on two main objectives: first, to present a clear and simple list of medication and list of information of consultations; and second, to provide a simplified interface for the management of medication by a caregiver (child, nurse, and tutor). In the first development phase, we evaluated the usability of this interface, with ten health care professionals, who evidenced the potentiality of the solution presented here. © 2018 AISTI.

2018

A Proposal for a Remote Interactive Class System with Sign Language Interpretation

Authors
Martins, M; Borges, J; Justino, E; Rocha, T; Barroso, J; Reis, A;

Publication
Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Virtual, Augmented, and Intelligent Environments - 12th International Conference, UAHCI 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 15-20, 2018, Proceedings, Part II

Abstract
Portugal, as part of the European Union, has general legislation regarding accessibility and inclusion for general purposes, particularly for education. There are several international and national initiatives, including some projects. However, disabled and non-disabled people still do not share equal opportunities. In this project a proposal for a remote class system is presented, which includes sign language interpretation, targeted at those students who cannot be physically present in the classroom and/or need sign language interpretation. The system is based on audio and video communication between the classroom, the student and an interpreter, so that the student can access and understand the content of the class in real-time, as well as be able to interact with the professor and classmates. A prototype is being developed in conjunction with the Portugal Telecom Foundation, which should be a step forward to a new full-featured service targeted at educational institutions and disabled students. © Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018.

2018

Evaluation of e-commerce websites accessibility and usability: an e-commerce platform analysis with the inclusion of blind users

Authors
Goncalves, R; Rocha, T; Martins, J; Branco, F; Au Yong Oliveira, M;

Publication
Universal Access in the Information Society

Abstract
Considering the importance associated with e-commerce website accessibility and usability, a study on one of the most relevant Portuguese e-commerce websites has been performed using both automatic and manual assessment procedures. In an initial stage, we evaluated the chosen website with a Web accessibility and usability automatic tool called SortSite; after that, we performed a manual evaluation to verify each previously detected error and present possible solutions to overcome those faults. In a third phase, three usability specialists have been used to perform a heuristic evaluation of the chosen website. Finally, user tests with blind people were carried out in order to fully assess the compliance with accessibility and usability guidelines and standards. The results showed that the platform had a good score regarding the automatic evaluation; however, when the heuristic and manual evaluations were performed, some accessibility and usability problems were discovered. Moreover, the user test results showed bad marks regarding efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction by the group of participants. As a conclusion, we highlight user interaction problems and propose seven recommendations focused on enhancing accessibility and usability of not only the evaluated e-commerce website, but also of other similar ones. © 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany

2017

AppVox: An Application to Assist People with Speech Impairments in Their Speech Therapy Sessions

Authors
Goncalves, C; Rocha, T; Reis, A; Barroso, J;

Publication
Recent Advances in Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2 [WorldCIST'17, Porto Santo Island, Madeira, Portugal, April 11-13, 2017].

Abstract
In this study an application to assist people with speech impairments in their speech therapy sessions is presented. AppVox simulates a vocalizer (audio stimulus feature) that can be used to train speech by repeating different words. In this paper, we aim at presenting the application as an assistive technology option and assess if this is a usable option for digital interaction for children with speech impairment. To assess the application we present a case study in which the participants were asked to perform tasks using the AppVox application. The results showed that this group of participants attained a good performance when interacting with the application. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.

Supervised
thesis

2017

Solução tecnológica para a inclusão digital de pessoas com deficiência intelectual

Author
Jorge Luís Rocha dos Santos

Institution
UTAD

2017

Arte Visual Acessível: a técnica de colagem digital

Author
Marta Maria Pedro Tavares Amaral Resende

Institution
UTAD

2017

Um modelo de valor de entrega de informação aplicado ao Governo eletrónico

Author
José Augusto de Araújo Monteiro

Institution
UTAD

2017

Presença da cultura Geek nos medias Portugueses

Author
Joana Filipa Dias Peniche

Institution
UTAD

2017

Importância de um Gabinete de Comunicação no serviço hospitalar: Caso de Estudo Hospital de Vila Real

Author
Iolanda Carvalho de Ferreira Gonçalves

Institution
UTAD