Authors of the present issue


N. 35 - Special Issue on

Citizen, Territory and Technologies: Smart Learning Contexts and Practices

with a Focus Section on

Pervasive participation - New Horizons for Citizen Involvement and User Experience


Table of contents 




Carlos Aguirre

is Civil Electric engineer from Universidad de Chile. For over 20 years he has developed automatic learning software, visual programming and synchronous educational games on the web. Currently supports the implementation of educational platform for the study of STEM classes and public classes. Since 2009 he has worked as a research assistant at the Center for Advanced Research in Education of the University of Chile.




Cristina Ampatzidou

is a PhD researcher at the University of Groningen on the topic of gaming and urban complexity, and founder of Amateur Cities. Her research investigates the affordances of new media for collaborative citymaking. She previously worked at the University of Amsterdam, TU Delft, Play the City! Foundation and the Architecture Film Festival of Rotterdam.




Roberto Araya

Is Associate Researcher at the Center for Advanced Research on Education of the University of Chile where he leads the Teaching and Learning STEM area. He is interested on designing STEM lessons, doing lesson study and public classes, implementing ICT supported lessons, and measuring its effect on students´ learning.




Matthias Baldauf

is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences St.Gallen, Switzerland. Matthias holds master degrees in Information Systems and Software Engineering from University of Vienna and Vienna Technical University and a PhD degree in Computer Science from Vienna Technical University. Matthias has about 15 years of experience in the domain of mobile computing research and development. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviews scientific publications. Matthias’ research interests include pervasive interaction techniques, context-aware applications, and mobile user experience.




Pablo Becerra

Is primary school teacher with a concentration in History and Geography. Worked in underprivileged schools within the Lo Prado Community. Had a leadership role in Gold Meir School with the title of Technical Pedagogical Supervisor, located in Lo Prado as well.  He participated in the project 'Aka Finland' in 2016, and currently has an active role in the project 'Evaluating the impact of digital tools in terms of teaching Math and Science in Chile'.  Both projects are part of the University of Chile's Center of Advanced Research in Education.




Patricio Calfucura

is an industrial engineer from the University of Chile. For more than 5 years he has worked in various schools designing and implementing STEM classes, using web-based platforms to guide student learning to make experiments, predictions, use of models and argue about potential mechanisms that generate the phenomena. He has collaborated in the design of cross-border public classes.




Vânia Carlos

is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Centre Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education at the University of Aveiro (UA). She holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education by the UA, Masters in Geographic Information Systems by the University of Lisbon and Degree in Geography by the University of Coimbra. Her main research interests are related to Educational Technology, Spatial Literacy and Context-Aware Learning (location-based games, context-aware apps, technology-enhanced places, smart cities learning and spatial citizenship).




Bianca Clavio Christensen

is a research assistant in the Department of Architecture and Media Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. She graduated as a Master of Science in 2017 from Aalborg University and has published research within technology-enhanced learning, movement analysis and game design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in human robotic interactions or in topics related to her current research project which investigates the use of eye-tracking in a virtual reality setting. 




Teodora Constantinescu

is an architect and urban designer. As of 2014 she is a researcher within the Spatial Capacity Building research group at Hasselt University (BE). She explores themes such as spatial capacity building, spaces of urban migration, digital social innovation, urban games and spaces of multicultural micro economies.




Oswald Devisch

is Associate Professor in Urban Design at Hasselt University, Belgium. He is coordinator of the research cluster Spatial Capacity Building and explores themes such as collective learning, casual participation, autonomous urbanisation and the gamification of participation.




Jeremiah Diephuis

is lecturer at the School of Informatics, Communications and Media, Hagenberg and member of the Research Group Playful Interactive Environments.




Monica Divitini

is professor of Cooperation Technology at the Department of Information and Computer Science, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Aalborg University, Denmark.  Her research interests lie primarily in the area of cooperation technology and technology enhanced learning, with focus on mobile and ubiquitous technology. She is project leader for NFR-VERDIKT FABULA and unit coordinator for the EU-FP7 MIRROR. She is coordinator of the TESEO Lab initiative (, focusing on issues related to cooperation, social interaction, and learning.




Titiana Petra Ertiö

is a researcher at the University of Turku in Finland. She is interested in the potential of emerging technologies for civic engagement, their adoption and use in urban governance. Her doctoral dissertation investigated how mobile technologies change citizens’ participation in urban planning. Currently, she studies how Finns adopt and use technologies, including mobile payments, social media use, and self-quantification.




Francesco Gianni

is a PhD student at NTNU. Francesco is interested in collaboration technologies for smart cities, pervasive computing, ubiquitous technologies and rapid prototyping. Within his PhD, he is investigating the usage of ubiquitous technologies and Internet of Things to promote learning, smart behaviors and build knowledge in urban communities. His target groups are citizens and workers that animate cities. 




Raúl Gormaz

is a mathematician with a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Grenoble-France (1993). He was in charge of the national standardized test of mathematics (SIMCE) in the Ministry of Education in Chile (2005-2010). Since then he has worked as a consultant in evaluation of assessment instruments in mathematics and science. Currently working at the CIAE (Center for Advanced Research in Education - University of Chile) applying data analysis techniques to discover the variables and / or practices most related to the results of the teaching-learning process.




Cecília Guerra

is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Research Centre “Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education” (CIDTFF), at the University of Aveiro. She holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education, a Masters degree in Communication and Science Education and a Degree in Teaching of Biology and Geology. She has participated in research projects and collaborated in the organization of scientific events. She was also a teacher assistant in the higher education context and an in-service teacher trainer. She has several publications in the areas of Science Education, Educational Technology and Academic Development. She holds a technical production, the Courseware Sere: “The Human being and natural resources”.




Katharina Gugerell

is senior researcher at the Montanuniversität Leoben and the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, Austria; previously University of Groningen. Current research topics include resource and landscape governance, land-use conflicts, collective action as well as games and playful approaches to planning. She teaches at universities in Austria and China.




Sarah Hausmann

is researcher of the Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Her research interests include usable privacy and privacy awareness and Human-Computer Interaction. In December 2015 she completed her studies in Media Informatics at the TU Dresden. Here she has already dealt with usability aspects of privacy for mobile devices, as well as with context modeling and distributed systems.




Masami Isoda

PhD/Prof, Faculty of Human Sciences and Director, Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development, University of Tsukuba, Japan. He has been a project overseer of APEC Lesson Study Project (since 2006). He received the several awards: Nationally such as Most Beautiful Book of the Year 2009 in the Area of Natural Science by Japan Publisher Association (2010)., Best Software in Education by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan (2005), and Internationally such as Honorary Professor by Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Peru (2014), Honorary PhD by Khon Kaen University, Thailand (2011). 




Martina Jauschneg

landscape planner, founded a studio for landscape planning in Vienna 2009. The studio carries out planning, consulting, research and development activities in the fields of mobility, open spaces, landscapes and participation processes. The different needs of users of urban and rural spaces, the linkage between research and education as well as participative settings of planning processes are mainly addressed by their projects.




Eka Jeladze

is a doctoral candidate of Information Society Technologies at the School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University. Her research focuses on digital learning ecosystems, schools transition to digitally enhanced learning environment, organizational change and change management. 




Christine Keller

is researcher and deputy director of the Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Her research interests are ubiquitous and mobile interactive systems, adaptive systems and  semantic technologies applied in the context of mobility systems. She currently works on her PhD in computer science concerning the modeling of human computer interaction for adaptive ubiquitous systems.




Maria João Loureiro

is an Assistance Professor at the Department of Education and Psychology, of the University of Aveiro. She holds a PhD in Education from the Université de Mons (Belgium) and a degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Aveiro. She is a member of the Research Center “Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education” (CIDTFF) and coordinator of Laboratory of Digital Contents (LCD). She is also coordinator of the “Supervision and Evaluation” branch of the PhD in Education. Her main research interests are the Integration of ICT in educational contexts, namely in Science Education, Educational Evaluation and assessment, supported by technologies, and online communities as a strategy for personal and professional development of teachers and researchers.




Margarida Lucas

is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Centre Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education and an Invited Assistant at the University of Aveiro (UA). She holds a PhD in Multimedia and Education, Graduation in Teaching of English and German from UA. Prior to academia she was a teacher across various levels of schooling. Her research interests currently focus on digital technologies integration in teaching and learning and how they can be used to develop digital competence and bridge formal and informal learning.        




Uldarico Malaspina

is a full professor at the Sciences Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and has oriented about fifteen MSc thesis on mathematics education. He is a mathematician and obtained his Doctor degree in Sciences at the PUCP. His researches are in mathematics education, mainly on the role of intuition in the solving of optimization problems (paper published in Educational Studies of Mathematics, 2010, vol 75, 1) and in the last six years on problem posing. He has presented research reports and lectures on problem posing and problem solving at recognized international congresses on mathematical education, like PME (2009, 2010 and 2014), CERME (2011 and 2015), ICME (2008, 2012 and 2016), CIAEM (2011 and 2015).




Gabriel Matney

is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at Bowling Green State University, Ohio USA.  He is interested in designing and enacting authentic mathematics and STEM learning spaces to strengthen student’s learning across the world.




Colleen McLean Eddy

is an associate professor of mathematics educaiton at the University of North Texas. Her scholarship focuses on teacher effectiveness in mathematics education for in-service teachers and using this to inform preparation of teacher candidates. The areas of focus include teacher retention, algebra teacher self-efficacy, mathematical knowledge for teaching, inquiry instruction, and formative assessment. Her research has been supported by grants totaling over $8 million.




Arturo Mena-Lorca

Is a researcher in the Mathematics Institute of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, and the chairperson of the Mathematics team in the Curriculum and Evaluation Unit at the Ministry of Education in Chile. His research deals with the teaching of Abstract Algebra and with Epistemology in Didactics of Mathematics as a discipline. He led the Doctorate program in Didactics of Mathematics at the Institute since its beginning and has been involved in Lesson Study research as a professional development strategy for Chilean teachers, in collaboration with CRICED at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, for the last ten years.




Margarida Morais Marques

is a research fellow of the EduPARK project. She holds a PhD in Didactics and Training, branch of Didactics and Curricular Development, Master in Curricular Management and Graduation in Teaching of Biology and Geology, from UA. Member of the CIDTFF and of the LCD located at the DEP of the UA. She has worked in Climate Change Education and her main interest is in the use of technologies, such as Mobile Devices and Augmented Reality, as well as Gamification strategies in the promotion of Scientific Literacy.




Takeshi Noine

is a mathematics & social studies teacher at Japanese School in Peru. His mayor is international comparative studies in mathematics education (curriculum, instruction & teacher education) between Latin America & Japan. Trained as an elementary & secondary teacher of Japan at Hiroshima University, he was engaged in improvement of mathematics education in Nicaragua. He obtained a master degree in education from University of Tsukuba, Japan. During his master course, he studied at University of Chile as an exchange student, and collaborated in various projects with CIAE, University of Chile.




Raimundo Olfos

Is associated researcher at the Mathematics Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso. He is specialist in mathematic education, working in curriculum and evaluation. He contributes in postgraduate, undergraduate and in service teachers education. He is interested in the development of teacher understanding about the teaching of numbers, operations, and initial algebra. He obtained the Philosophy Doctor degree at the University of Wales, and a postdoctoral  specialization on Mathematical Thinking at the King´s College of the University of London. He devoted the last 10 years to the teacher development in math teaching throw Lesson Study in collaboration with the CRICED of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. The more cited contribution is the book “El enfoque de resolución de problemas en la enseñanza de la matemática a partir del estudio de clases”
































Ulrike Passe

is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University (ISU), USA, teaching architectural design and building sciences and directs the Center for Building Energy Research. A Diplom - Ingenieur Architect (Technical University Berlin, Germany), she is a licensed architect and practiced for 15 years. Ulrike researches space as environmental technology. In 2009 she led the ISU US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon project, and from 2011-2016 the building science plank in the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project “Harnessing Energy in the Biosphere to Build Sustainable Energy Systems”. Collaboration with Dr. Francine Battaglia led to the 2015 book “Designing Spaces for Natural Ventilation: an Architect’s Guide, published by Routledge. She currently leads the interdisciplinary ISU team “Big data for sustainable cities decision making.”




Kai Pata

is a senior researcher of educational technology at the School of Digital Technologies, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Tallinn. Her research focuses on digital learning ecosystems, socio-technical transitions and distributed cognition in different schools, higher education, informal learning and workplace learning contexts. She holds the PhD in Education from Turku University, Finland, and The Master of Science degree and the Biology and Chemistry diploma from Tartu University, Estonia.




Neuza Pedro

Professor in Education and Teacher Training at the Institute of Education-University of Lisbon- Portugal. PhD in ICT in Education, Master's in Educational Psychology. Certified in 'E-teaching' by the University of Adger in Norway and in 'E- assessment' by the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Coordinator of the Master Program in Education and Digital Technologies. Also assumes the coordination of the E-learning Lab of University of Lisbon, since 2010.




Ana Margarida Pisco Almeida

is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is graduated in New Communication Technologies, holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and Technologies (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and lectures in the following undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses offered by the Department of Communication and Art: BSc in New Communication Technologies, Master in Multimedia in Communication, Doctoral Program on Information and Communication in Digital Platforms, and Doctoral Program on Multimedia in Education.

She was Vice-Director (2006-2010) and Director (2010-2013) of the BSc on New Communication Technologies and is currently member of the Scientific Board of the Doctoral Program in Multimedia in Education (since 2014) and of the Pedagogical Council of the University (since 2016).

Member of the Coordination team of the DigiMedia-Digital Media and Interaction research unit, coordinating the area of Knowledge Media in Connected Communities (KMCC) and the Digimedia group 'eHealth and Wellbeing'.

She is reviewer of several journals as well as of scientific events where she has been involved as a member of its Scientific Committees and as responsible for organizing special tracks.

Author/co-author of over 100 scientific publications in these domains, she has been involved in national and international projects that explore digital media potential in supporting inclusion, communities of users with special needs and the promotion of healthier behaviours.




Lúcia Pombo

is an Invited Scientist at the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Aveiro (Portugal), as Coordinator of the EduPARK Project. She is also one of the 4 Members of the Coordinating Commission of “Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education” Research Unit/ CIDTFF, which involves 117 integrated researchers. She holds 2 PhDs: in Biology and in Education. She also has a MSc in Costal Zones Sciences and a graduation in Biology. Her research interests are related to the Integration of Technologies in Education in Sciences, namely Learning Powered by Mobile Devices, Augment Reality and Gamification. 




Alenka Poplin

is an Assistant Professor of Geoinformation Science and GeoDesign at Iowa State University and a founder of the GeoGames Lab. Her research interests intersect geospatial modelling, interactive virtual geo-environments, game-based modelling and design, and interaction with online mapping systems. Her main application areas include civic engagement, public participation in urban planning, energy games, and smart cities. She holds a PhD in Geoinformation Science from Vienna University of Technology, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Clemson University, SC and a Master in Surveying and Spatial Planning from the Technical University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Alenka recently published in several journals including Journal of Urban Technology, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS), The Cartographic Journal, Transactions in GIS, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and others. She is one of the co-editors of the edited book The Virtual and The Real: Perspectives, Practices and Applications for The Built Environment, Routledge. 




James Sunney Quaicoe

is a professional teacher. He has taught at the various educational levels - from basic to the tertiary in Ghana. He holds an undergraduate degree and postgraduate degrees in Technology Education, Educational Administration and ICT in Education respectively. Presently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Tallinn University in Estonia. His research interests are: ICT in Education, Digital divide and Digital Literacy, Teacher digital empowerment and training for innovative teaching and learning practices.




Matthias Rehm

is a Professor for Human Machine Interaction at the Technical Faculty of IT and at Aalborg University, Denmark. He received his Diploma and Doctoral degrees (with honors) in 1998 and 2001 respectively from Bielefeld University in Germany. In 2008, he successfully completed his habilitation process in Informatics at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

His research is focused on modeling social, affective and cultural aspects of everyday behavior for intuitive and human centered technology including social robots, embodied conversational agents, as well as multimodal and mobile interaction and has over 100 peer reviewed publications.

In 2010, he became founding and steering group member of Aalborg University's cross-departmental Robotics program Aalborg U Robotics. In 2014, he co-founded an international startup that is actively pushing the limits in culture related learning technologies. Since 2016, he is the vice president of the Association for Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development.




Kasper Rodil

is currently employed as Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Architecture and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. His central focus is that of design and development of technology with an emancipatory perspective manifested through the application of a Participatory Design methodology. His projects are primarily orbiting the concept of design for diversity. Whether being social robots for cognitively impaired citizens in Denmark or digital systems design for intangible cultural heritage preservation among indigenous communities in Namibia – his focus is to co-design and co-construct technology and knowledge with inside actors and future users. Kasper has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and articles together with people from across the globe. He has chaired and organized a number of conferences such as the Participatory Design Conference, International Conference on Culture & Computer Science etc.




Lara Sardinha

qis a PhD student of the Doctoral Program on Multimedia in Education in the University of Aveiro. She is a student contributor of DigiMedia-Digital Media and Interaction research unit. She is graduated in Interior Design and has taken a post-graduation in Interior Design in Scuola Politecnica di Design di Milano. Her research focuses in the role that New Media and space reconfiguration have in the promotion of an inclusive learning environment for NEET and Migrants.




Thomas Schlegel

is full professor at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and head of the Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems (IUMS). He holds the INIT endowed chair. His research interests focus on ubiquitous systems with a human (HCI) and technological (models, systems) perspective with applications in mobility and industry. As a professor in the faculty of Information Management and Media (IMM) he is one of the key professors in Transportation Management and responsible for Information Technology. Before, he has been in research positions at different companies, Fraunhofer society, post-doc at University of Stuttgart and a Assistant Professor at Technische Universität Dresden. With more than 100 publications and serving as editor, reviewer and PC member in different fields, he is strongly engaged in research as well as education with interaction, systems and software technology related topics since the start of his academic career.




Linda Shenk

is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Iowa State University where she teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature. She also leads the community engagement for a Big Data and Sustainable Cities Decision-making research team, which is funded by Iowa State University's Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative. In her research, she applies her background in storytelling and narrative gaps to how we incorporate certain types of technologies such as GIS and agent-based models into community engagement. Working with stakeholders, particularly with underrepresented populations, she approaches these technologies as fellow storytellers, using an interplay among the spatial components of GIS, ABM’s “what if” scenarios, and the space these technologies leave for stakeholders’ stories that can to spark agency and locally relevant action projects.




Jorge Soto-Andrade

is Full Professor at the Mathematics Department of the Faculty of Science and Principal Researcher at the Centre of Advanced Research in Education of the University of Chile. He earned his Doctorat-ès-Sciences Mathématiques from the University of Paris XI in 1975 and is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow since 1979. He is involved in research in Mathematics (Representation Theory), Systems Theory and Relational Biology (Autopoietic systems, Organisational Closure and Self-Reference) and Cognitive Science and Didactics of Mathematics (Learning, Metaphorisation and Enaction). He is author or co-author of approximately 60 papers and contributions to monographs in these fields.  




Sarah-Kristin Thiel

works a Postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Science Department of the Aarhus University, Denmark. Before, Sarah worked at the Austrian Institute of Technology, where she mainly worked on projects pertaining to e-participation, but also Smart Home applications and personalization when applying gamification. Her doctoral thesis at the University Salzburg investigated the usefulness of gamification in digital public participation applications.  She currently conducts research on the intersection of gamification and creativity as well as how creative process can be supported in blended interaction spaces. Her research interests include (mobile) interactive technologies, gamefulness and technology in society.




Joseph Williams

is an educator, researcher and entrepreneur. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of London, as well as two post-graduate diplomas from Universidad Católica de Chile. He spent three years in primary education before transitioning into English language teaching. He is currently director of The Language Company, which he has led since its creation in 2007. He is also a part-time researcher at the University of Chile’s Center for Advanced Research in Education, where he is involved in a project to investigate how language and STEM can be integrated in the classroom.




Yuriko Yamamoto Baldin

is Dr. Sc in Mathematics (Differential Geometry), Senior Professor in Mathematics at Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, where she developed academic career along with the investigation in Teacher Education for mathematics teachers. Since 2003 her interest has focused especially in developing teaching materials for teachers, the integration of technology in learning materials, interdisciplinary STEM education. The Problem-Solving in Lesson Study, learning community of school teachers, are among her research methodologies. She collaborates with international projects of Mathematics Education, being currently a member at large of the Executive Committee of ICMI-IMU in second term, after representing Brazil in ICMI.