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.
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).