Dr. Rogerio de Paula is a sr. research scientist at IBM Research Brazil, and manager of the Visual Analytics & Insights Research Group. He has 15+ years experience designing and conducting empirical research of the adoption and use of social & cognitive computing technologies. He is particularly interested in the design of technology in support of expert decision making. In that, he investigates how emerging cognitive technologies can best support knowledge worker practices to devise new socio-cognitive models, technologies, and theories to shape and improve IBM's cognitive computing solutions. Currently, he has been looking into news ways of capturing, modeling, and representing expert data, context, and knowledge to support the development of new visual-comprehension systems.
His main research areas are human computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work, social studies of technology, social networks, and visual analytics. He leads an emerging field of "information practices," which attempts to understand the socio-cultural, cognitive, and technological means by which information flows across different work settings and practices.
Before joining IBM, he carried out ethnographic studies and designed new technologies for the emerging markets. His particular research interests rested on understanding how everyday practices and new media affect the design and adoption of computing technologies. Lately, Rogerio led a research and innovation initiative, which aimed at identifying new academic and industry partnership opportunities.
In 2004, he held a post-doctoral fellow position at University of California Irvine, where he investigated the practical issues of privacy and security that emerge as people interact with technology.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1999-2004). His dissertation work focused on the social and cultural studies of technology, which investigated the design and adoption processes of a social-networking system. He also holds a M.S. in Telecommunications from this university (1997-1998), and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (1989-1993).