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Sergio holds a PhD Cum Laude in
Computer Science and Digital Communication by Universitat Pompeu
Fabra (UPF, 2009). As of September 1, 2014, he is a visiting
tenure-track lecturer at Universitat de Lleida (UdL). Prior to
that, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Universidad
Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M, 2012 – 2014, Alliance 4 Universities)
and at University of Dundee (UoD, Scotland, 2010-2012, Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship).
He has been conducting research in the field of Human-Computer
Interaction with older people (60+) since 2004. He has carried
out five years of fieldwork (ethnography and participant
observation) in computer clubhouses and adult educational
centres in Barcelona, Dundee & Madrid. He has co-supervised
a PhD to completion and is co-supervising three PhD students on
HCI & older people. The key results of his research and
co-supervision activities have been published in six journal
papers (Journal Citations Report, Science and Social Sciences
Edition) & in two conference papers, which won the Best
Technical and Refereed Paper Award in ACM-W4A (Web for
Accessibility) and CIRN Community Informatics. He participated
(2004-2010) in eight EU-partially funded projects on emerging
digital technologies and coordinated the Work Package of
evaluation in six of them. Sergio led the proposal of an
international 2-year project on digital games and older people,
funded with 246.000 euros. Since 2003, he has been lecturing HCI
to graduate and undergraduate students. His lecturing activities
have taken place at UPF, UoD, UC3M and UdL. With the help of his
supervisor, Prof. Josep Blat, he forged the research area of HCI
& older people at UPF. Sergio's main
goal for the near future is to get a position in HCI at an
Selected publications (awarded papers first, asterisk indicates
- Righi*, V., Sayago, S., Blat, J. (2012). Older people's
use of Social Network Sites while participating in local
online communities from an ethnographical perspective. CIRN
2012 Community Informatics Conference: 'Ideals meet
Reality', 7 - 9 Nov, Prato (Italy), ISBN: 978-0-9874652-0-7.
Best Refereed Conference Paper
S., Blat, J. (2009). About the relevance of accessibility
barriers in the everyday interactions of older people with
the web, International Cross-disciplinary Conference on Web
Accessibility (W4A-ACM), 104-113, April 20-21, Madrid
(Spain). ACM ISBN: 978-1-605558-561-1. Best Paper Award
- Rosales*, A., Sayago, S., Carrascal, JP., Blat, J. (2014).
On the evocative power and play value of a wearable
movement-to-sound interaction accessory in the rich
free-play of schoolchildren. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart
Environments: Thematic Issue on Playful Interactions and
Serious Games, 6, 313-330 (IF=1.298, Q2)
S., Blat, J. (2010). Telling the story of older people
e-mailing: an ethnographical study, International Journal of
Human-Computer Studies, 68, 105-120. (IF = 1.600,
S., Blat, J. (2011). An ethnographical study of the
accessibility barriers in the everyday interactions of older
people with the web. Universal
Access in the Information Society, 10(4), 359-371.
(IF = 0.3, Q4)
S., Forbes, P., Blat, J. (2013). Older people becoming
successful ICT learners over time: challenges and strategies
through an ethnographical lens. Educational Gerontology, 39(7), 527-544.
(IF = 0.388, Q4)
S., Guijarro, JM., Blat, J. (2012). Selective attention in
web forms: an exploratory case study with older people, Behaviour and Information
Technology, 31(2), 171-184. (IF = 1.011, Q3)
Full list of publications
S., Sloan, D., Blat, J. (2011). Everyday use of
computer-mediated communication tools and its evolution over
time: an ethnographical study with older people. Interacting with Computers,
23(5), 543-554. (IF = 1.233, Q2)
Sayago's profile in Google Scholar
Sayago's profile in Mendeley
Rosales, A. (2014). Designing wearable and playful
accessories to encourage free-play amongst school-aged children:
conception, participatory design and evaluation. DTIC, UPF.
Excellent Cum Laude. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Josep Blat & Dr.
Sergio Sayago. Viva: 3-September. Panel: Prof. Dai Griffiths
(Bolton University), Prof. M. Paloma Díaz (UC3M) and Dr.
Narcís Parés (UPF)
Research & Teaching statement
PhD, material and projects
Academic positions held
Current - as of Sept 1 2014: Visiting tenure-track lecturer,
Universitat de Lleida
2012-2014: Visiting post-doc (Alliance
4 Universities fellowship), Universidad
Carlos III de Madrid
Visiting post-doc (Beatriu de Pinós fellowship), University
of Dundee (Scotland)
2009-2010 Visiting lecturer,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
- Sergio was born in Barcelona, with roots in the south
of Spain (Extremadura).
- Catalan and Spanish are his mother tongues.
- Sergio is fond of sports.
- Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of
Cambridge, June 2010.
Updated: January 2015