João Paulo Pereira

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Throughout the last decade many approaches have been made to the problem of developing CAD systems that are usable in the early stages of product ideation. Although most of these approaches rely on some kind of drawing paradigm and on the paper-and-pencil metaphor, only a few of them deal with the ambiguity that is inherent to natural languages in general(More)
CAD systems have yet to become usable at the early stages of product ideation, where precise shape definitions and sometimes even design intentions are not fully developed. To overcome these limitations, new approaches, which we call Calligraphic Interfaces, use sketching as the main organizing paradigm. Such applications rely on continuous input modalities(More)
BACKGROUND The training to become a dentist can create psychological distress. The present study evaluates the structure of the 'Perceived Stress Questionnaire' (PSQ), its internal consistency model and interrelatedness with burnout, anxiety, depression and resilience among dental students. METHODS The study employed a cross-sectional design. A sample of(More)
GIDeS (Gesture-based Intuitive Design System) is a gesture-based modeling system that addresses the known ergonomic shortcomings of present-day CAD systems for conceptual shape design. GIDeS uses a tablet and stylus combination to combine the intuitive appeal of gesture-based interfaces with context-based information to achieve what we call RISCI(More)
This paper describes error handling and ambiguity in a class of applications organized around drawing and sketching, which we call Calligraphic Interfaces. While errors and imprecision are unavoidable features of human input, these have long been considered nuisances and problems to circumvent in user interface design. However, the transition away from(More)
BACKGROUND Psychological flexibility has been suggested as a fundamental process in health. The Psychological Inflexibility in Pain Scale (PIPS) is one of the scales employed for assessing psychological inflexibility in pain patients. The aim of this study was to validate the Spanish version of the PIPS and secondly, to compare it to two other psychological(More)
Sketch-based interfaces can provide a natural way for users to interact with applications. Since the core of a sketch-based interface is the gesture recognizer, there is a need to correctly evaluate various recognizers before choosing one. In this paper the authors present an evaluation of three gesture recognizers: Rubine's recognizer, CALI and the $1(More)