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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 (assistant professor) at Universitat de Lleida (UdL). Prior to that, and thanks to being awarded two competitive post-doctoral research fellowships, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain, 2012–2014, Alliance 4 Universities Fellowship) and University of Dundee (Scotland, 2010-2012, Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship). Since 2004, he has been conducting research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction research with older people (60+). He has conducted ethnographical and participant observational studies in computer clubhouses and adult educational centres in Barcelona, Dundee & Madrid, over a 5-year period. He has co-supervised a PhD to completion and is currently co-supervising two PhD students on HCI, C&T, and older people. The key results of his research and co-supervision activities have been published in 8 journal papers (Journal Citations Report, Science and Social Sciences Edition) & in 2 conference papers, which won, respectively, the Best Technical and Refereed Paper Award in ACM-W4A (Web for Accessibility) and CIRN Community Informatics. He participated (2004-2010) in 10 EU-partially funded projects on emerging digital technologies (e.g. digital cinema) and coordinated the Work Package of evaluation of 6 of these projects. Sergio coordinated the proposal of an international 2-year project on digital games and older people (WorthPlay), funded with 246.000 euros. He has lectured HCI to graduate and/or undergraduate students at UPF, UC3M and UdL. He has also lectured Data Structures in Java and Software Quality at UdL. With the help of Prof. Josep Blat, he forged the research area of HCI & older people at UPF.

Selected publications

This paper, which presents results of a PhD dissertation I am currently co-supervising about older people, communities and HCI, was awarded the Best Referred Conference Paper in CIRN 2012
These papers present key results of my PhD dissertation: a change of paradigm in HCI with older people. One of them won the Best Paper Award in ACM-W4A 2009. Another paper is featured as one of the most cited papers in IJHCS published since 2010. The other papers discuss the relative relevance of accessibility barriers in the everyday use of the web (and, in general, ICTs) by older people (e.g. cognition is more important than vision), how they actually become successful ICT learners over time - do older people actually learn to use ICTs, in light of age-related declines in fluid intelligence? - and how their use of CMC tools evolve as their experience of using ICT increases over time.

This paper presents key results of the research conducted in the WorthPlay project, which was about digital games and older people, in which I have been working during most of my post-doctoral research.

These two papers present key results of a PhD dissertation on free-play, school-aged children and wearables I co-supervised.

Full list of publications

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PhD Co-supervision

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)

CV, Research & Teaching statement

PhD, material and projects

Academic positions held

Current - as of Sept 1 2014: Visiting tenure-track lecturer (assistant professor), Universitat de Lleida

2012-2014: Visiting post-doc (Alliance 4 Universities fellowship), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 2010-2012 Visiting post-doc (Beatriu de Pinós fellowship), University of Dundee (Scotland) 2009-2010 Visiting lecturer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona


Updated: July 2015