CMU Portugal Alumnus Receives Best Young Teacher Award from Oulu University
Denzil Ferreira, alumnus of the dual degree Professional Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI), between 2010 and 2011, received the Best Young Teacher Award from the University of Oulu in Finland, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing.
According to a press release published by the University of Oulu, Denzil Ferreira received this award due to his “contribution to developing training material and facilitating student projects on two courses: Human-Computer Interaction and Mobile & Social Computing.” The award was recommended by engineering student guilds and is offered to one of the youngest teachers of the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Communications Engineering.
Denzil Ferreira is not only a researcher at the MediaTeam Oulu group at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oulu, but also a member of the UbicompLab research group at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His Ph.D. thesis focuses on AWARE, a mobile context and instrumentation middleware for understanding human behavior, a subject he has always been interested in.
A native of the Madeira Island, Portugal, Denzil Ferreira majored in Computer Science and two years later concluded his master’s degree in Software Engineering. The researcher has also worked in industry for over 8 years. The HCI master’s program, during which he developed a mobile software solution (“OneTouch”), gave him the opportunity to explore new ways of bringing technology to everyone, which is something he always strived for. The dual degree Professional Master in Human-Computer Interaction is taught by the Universidade da Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University, in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
The Best Young Teacher Award is an annual honor given by the University of Oulu.