Leandro Luque
PhD Student: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Modeling, Accessibility
Supervisor: Prof. Dra. Anarosa Alves Franco Brandão

Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. Leônidas de Oliveira Brandão

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Contact: leandro.luque [at] usp.br

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PhD Research
Models and modeling play an important role in all science fields as a means to produce simpler representations of the world, to provide explanations for scientific phenomena, among others. A model can be represented in different ways, such as through equations, textual descriptions, and graphically. Some models are so tightly dependent on their graphical representations, known as diagrams, that other possible representations are frequently not known nor used. Examples of models with this kind of dependence in the field of computing include those created with languages such as flowcharts, Data Flow Diagram (DFD), Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) and the Unified Modeling Language (UML). These are extensively used to simplify, understand and document different aspects not only of software systems but also of other kinds of systems.The intensive use of this type of model in the computing field creates obstacles to the inclusion of blind people in academia and in the industry. These obstacles relate not only to individual tasks, but also to scenarios in which other blind and sighted people work cooperatively.In this context, Leandro’s PhD project aims to develop and test a method that will enable the inclusion of blind people in model-based cooperative tasks.
Keywords: Cooperation, Collaboration, Model, Diagram, Accessibility, Inclusion, Blind, Visually Impaired.
Leandro Luque was born in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1981. He received the B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Mogi das Cruzes and the M.Sc. degree from the National Institute for Space Research, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is currently a PhD Student in Eletrical Engineering (area of study: Computer Engineering) at the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. His main research interests are Human-Computer Interaction, Accessibility, and Software Engineering.