Dr Pamela Andrade

Research Associate

School/Department: Computing and Mathematical Sciences, School of


Address: 404, Ken Edwards Building, Leicester LE1 7RH


My work as a Research Associate at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Leicester involves conducting research and development for the Personalised Space Technology Exercise Platform (2021-present). P-STEP is a multidisciplinary project funded by the European Space Agency that aims to design an interactive mobile application to provide support and exercise guidance to people with long-term conditions based on health and satellite data combined with artificial intelligence.

In the past, I have worked as an HCI Specialist at the University of Leicester in two projects. These were funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 and are known as the GO-LAB Initiative (2017-2019) and ARETE (2021). GO-LAB's ecosystem facilitates the use of innovative learning technologies in STEM education, with a particular focus on online laboratories and inquiry learning apps. ARETE'S ecosystem studies and develops AR technologies and contents to stimulate interactive learning.



My main research interest is in Human-Centered Computing, as defined by the ACM Computing Classification System.

Areas where I have conducted research in the last few years include: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), Interaction and User Interface Design, Gamification, Mobile Health Applications, Educational Technologies, and Augmented and Virtual Reality.


(0) Heintz, M., Law, E. L. C., & Andrade, P. (2021, September). Augmented Reality as Educational Tool: Perceptions, Challenges, and Requirements from Teachers. In European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (pp. 315-319). Springer, Cham.

Andrade, P., & Law, E. L. C. (2021, August). Improving student experience and learning performance with traditional instructional methods and new digital media. In IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 97-106). Springer, Cham.

Andrade, P., & Law, E. L. (2021, July). Can Educational Software Support Learning in the Global North and South Equally? A Comparison Case Study. In 34th British HCI Conference 34 (pp. 294-305).

Andrade, P., Law, E. L. C., Farah, J. C., & Gillet, D. (2020, December). Evaluating the effects of introducing three gamification elements in STEM educational software for secondary schools. In 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 220-232).

Law, E. L. C., Heintz, M., & Andrade, P. (2019). Plug and learn: Online labs for next-generation learning experiences. School Science Review, 101(375), 36-39.

Andrade, P., & Law, E. L. C. (2018, July). User-based evaluation of gamification elements in an educational application. In Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference 32 (pp. 1-13).

Heintz, M., Law, E., & Andrade, P. (2018, July). Comparison of paper-and tool-based participatory design approaches: A case study with PDotcapturer. In Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference 32 (pp. 1-12).


I am not taking any PhD supervision applications at the moment.


When I joined the University of Leicester in 2016 working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I helped with modules such as Databases and Web Applications, Semantic Web, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Architecture, Requirements Engineering and Professional Practice, Software Project Management, Understanding Statistical Information, but I am not currently involved in teaching for my role as a Research Associate.


In 2013 I received an award in recognition of the Highest Academic Achievement, issued by the Metropolitan University of Ecuador to the exceptional academic performance.

In 2012 I received a Student Merit Scholarship issued by the SENESCYT, for having obtained one of the highest scores on the National Assessment Test of Accreditation of Higher Education in Ecuador.



  • CHI 2022


  • BHCI 2021

  • INTERACT 2021

  • OzCHI 2020

  • BHCI 2018


I hold a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Leicester (2016-2021) and since 2018 I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I  graduated with Distinction as a Master in Cloud Computing at the University of Leicester (2015-2016) and I also graduated with Distinction as an Information Systems Engineer at the Metropolitan University of Ecuador (2007-2013).

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