GTI takes part in the Grace Hopper Celebration 2013

noticiaThe Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2013 (http://gracehopper.org/2013/) was held in October 2-5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, United States. It is the largest technical conference for women in computing and results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for junior women and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing. This annual four-day conference featuring over 200 speakers brings together women at various phases of education and career, including students; women starting their professional careers; mid-career technologists; women entrepreneurs; and those in the highest technical positions at multinational corporations. Top researchers present their work while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields.

Susan Moller Ferreira was awarded a GHC Google-Global International Scholarship, which seeks to broaden the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in computing. She made her presentation on the first day of the conference, in the General Poster Session, and talked about “Designing accessible interactions for older people with online iTV”. This is part of Susan’s ongoing PhD thesis, which is being supervised by Josep Blat (with the support of Sergio Sayago, currently at UC3M). Her PhD research is aimed at understanding the use and accessibility issues of video web portals and interactive television with older people in out-of-laboratory conditions. Her research also includes a cross-cultural aspect, exploring the cultural differences and similarities in ICT use by older people in countries with different level of development, such as Brazil, Spain and Denmark.