Ana Pires


Ana Pires is a cognitive psychologist with experience in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain).

Ana is a Research Fellow at ITI-LARSyS and Co-PI of the “Interaction and Perception” research line at the Center for Fundamental Research in Psychology from the Universidad de La República (Uruguay). Much of her work is dedicated to developing inclusive educational technology to facilitate the acquisition of core cognitive skills, such as executive functions, mathematics, and computational thinking, in children with mixed visual abilities. Her research prioritizes participatory and user-centered design approaches and incorporates multisensory and tangible elements to enhance learning, play, inclusion, and collaboration.



Pires, Ana Cristina; Abreu, Lúcia Verónica; Rocha, Filipa; Simão, Hugo; Guerreiro, João; Nicolau, Hugo; Guerreiro, Tiago João

TACTOPI: Exploring Play with an Inclusive Multisensory Environment for Children with Mixed-Visual Abilities Inproceedings

In: IDC, pp. 411–422, ACM, 2023.


Rocha, Filipa; Correia, Filipa; Neto, Isabel; Pires, Ana Cristina; Guerreiro, João; Guerreiro, Tiago João; Nicolau, Hugo

Coding Together: On Co-located and Remote Collaboration between Children with Mixed-Visual Abilities Inproceedings

In: CHI, pp. 606:1–606:14, ACM, 2023.



Rocha, Filipa; Pires, Ana Cristina; Neto, Isabel; Nicolau, Hugo; Guerreiro, Tiago João

Accembly at Home: Accessible Spatial Programming for Children with Visual Impairments and their Families Inproceedings

In: IDC, pp. 100–111, ACM, 2021.



Pires, Ana Cristina; Rocha, Filipa; Neto, Antonio José Barros; Simão, Hugo; Nicolau, Hugo; Guerreiro, Tiago João

Exploring accessible programming with educators and visually impaired children Inproceedings

In: IDC, pp. 148–160, ACM, 2020.