Andrea Rosales

Andrea Rosales HCI Researcher
Andrea Rosales HCI Researcher

Andrea Rosales is a HCI Researcher in topics related with TICs and Older People. How do seniors use mobile technologies? How does this differ from younger adults? How do older people learn how to use technologies? And, what new technologies do they imagine would be useful in their lives?

Andrea Rosales conducts user studies about ICTs. Her activities include fieldwork and ethnographic explorations, log data studies, co-design and evaluation processes. She also has developed wearable systems for playful and educative purposes.

Education: Andrea Rosales received her Ph.D. in Information Communication and Audiovisual Technologies at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) with the dissertation,  “Designing wearable and playful accessories to encourage free-play amongst school-aged children” (2014). Previously she received her Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from the UPF and her Social Communication Degree from the Universidad del Valle.

Contact: arosalescl (at) uoc (dot) edu

Research Interests: HCI, children, older people, ethnographic methods,  prototyping, participatory design, playful interaction, log data.

Current projects:

Finished projects:


Journals JCR:

  • Andrea Rosales, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, Francesca Comunello, Simone Mulargia, & Nuria Ferran-Ferrer. (2017). Older people and smartwatches, initial experiences. El Profesional de La Información, 26(3), 457–463. 
    JCR IF:1.063, Q3 in Information science & library science
  • Sergio Sayago, Andrea Rosales, Valeria Righi, Susan M. Ferreira, Graeme W. Coleman, and Josep Blat, “On the Conceptualization, Design, and Evaluation of Appealing, Meaningful, and Playable Digital Games for Older People,” Games and Culture, vol. 11, pp. 1–28, 2015, doi:10.1177/1555412015597108
    JCR IF:0.390, Q2 in Cultural Studies
  • Andrea Rosales, Sergio Sayago, J.P. Carrascal, and Josep Blat, “On the evocative power and play value of a wearable movement-to-sound interaction accessory in the free-play of schoolchildren,” Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, vol. 6, no. 3, 2014.
    JCR IF: 1.063, Q2 in Computer Science, Information Systems
  • Andrea Rosales, Sergio Sayago, and Josep Blat, “Beeping Socks and Chirping Arm Bands: Wearables That Foster Free Play,” Computer, vol. 48, no. 6, 2015, doi: 10.1109/MC.2015.176
    JCR IF: 1.443, Q2 in Computer Science, Hardware & Architecture
  • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Raul Nieves, Ernesto Arroyo, Andrea Rosales, Javier Melero, and Javier Blat, “SOS: Orchestrating collaborative activities across digital and physical spaces using wearable signaling devices,” Journal of Universal Computer Science, vol. 18, no. 15, 2012.
    JCR IF: 0.466, Q4 in Computer Science, Software Engineering

Journal Scopus:

  • Andrea Rosales and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, “Beyond WhatsApp: Older people and smartphones,” Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, 2016,
    Scopus Indexed

Book Chapter:

  • Sergio Sayago, Valeria Righi, Susan Ferreira, Andrea Rosales, and Josep Blat, (2017): Tales of the map of my mobile life: intergenerational Computer-Mediated Communication between older people and fieldworkers in their early adulthood. In L. Murray and S. Robertson (eds.), Intergenerational mobilities, Ashgate. ISBN: 9781472458766


  • Davinia Hernández-Leo, Raul Nieves, Ernesto Arroyo, Andrea Rosales, Josep Blat. “Sistema de optimización en la asignación de recursos compartidos en espacios físicos (P201131518)”, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, concedido 20-08-2014.

Conferences Proceedings in Scopus:

Other conference proceedings (not Scopus):

Conference presentations (not included above):

  • Andrea Rosales and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (2016): Age Discrimination in Big Data Analysis: The Case of Age-Predictive Systems. 5th International Conference on the Elderly and New Technologies, Castellón, Spain.
  • Andrea Rosales and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (2016): Understanding smartphone’s logs in the era of Big Data, European Communication conference (ECREA’16), Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Sergio Sayago, Valeria Righi, Andrea Rosales, Susan M. Ferreira, Josep Blat (2016): Rethinking social innovations for active and healthy ageing within ICT research and innovation programs in Europe, Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, International conference, (SIfoAGE’16), Barcelona, Spain.
  • Andrea Rosales, Sergio Sayago, & Josep Blat (2015): Personalized Games for and by Older People.  ACM Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, Ageing playfully workshop, (PlayChi’15), London, UK.