Pedro Sanches

I am a researcher in Media Technology at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Previously, I worked at the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme at Tanzania in malaria surveillance in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute.

My research covers the design of data driven technologies from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective combining interaction design, software engineering and science and technology studies.


Mirroring body in everyday life
Mirroring body in everyday life
Soma bits: Biodata as a design material
Soma bits: Biodata as a design material
Co-performing with smart materials
Co-performing with smart materials
Considerate use of network data for modelling population mobility
Privacy-sensitive population mobility mining
Tracking malaria with technology
Tracking malaria
Under surveillance: designing for dissidents
Under surveillance: designing for dissidents

Research Summary

Data is not a given, it is designed. Designing data from a human-centered perspective involves considering what is the data useful for, how it could be re-interpreted in the future, who benefits from it, and which groups stand more to lose.

Ultimately, I take a practice based approach to data production, and consider now only how technological tools produce data, but also consider how these tools are inserted in sociotechnical contexts. Data is not only made by technology, it is made by all the practices around it.


1. Sanches, P., Tsaknaki, V., Rostami, A. and Brown, B. 2020. Under Surveillance: Technology Practices of those Monitored by the State. Proceedings of the 2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2020), 1–13.

2. Alfaras, M., Tsaknaki, V., Sanches, P., Windlin, C., Umair, M., Sas, C. and Höök, K. 2020. From biodata to somadata. Proceedings of the 2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2020), 1–14.

3. Sanches, P., Janson, A., Karpashevich, P., Nadal, C., Qu, C., Daudén Roquet, C., Umair, M., Windlin, C., Doherty, G., Höök, K. and others 2019. HCI and Affective Health: Taking stock of a decade of studies and charting future research directions. Proceedings of the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2019), 1–17.

4. Tsaknaki, V., Balaam, M., Ståhl, A., Sanches, P., Windlin, C., Karpashevich, P. and Höök, K. 2019. Teaching Soma Design. Proceedings of the 2019 on ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (2019), 1237–1249.

5. Windlin, C., Ståhl, A., Sanches, P., Tsaknaki, V., Karpashevich, P., Balaam, M. and Höök, K. 2019. Soma Bits-Mediating Technology to Orchestrate Bodily Experiences. RTD 2019-Research through Design Conference 2019, the Science Centre, Delft, on 19th to 22nd March 2019. (2019).

6. Sanches, P., Höök, K., Sas, C. and Ståhl, A. 2019. Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices: The case of skin conductance. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). 26, 4 (2019), 1–32.

7. Karpashevich, P., Hornecker, E., Honauer, M. and Sanches, P. 2018. Reinterpreting Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet: interactive costume for unthinkable movements. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2018), 1–13.

8. Sanches, P. and Brown, B. 2018. Data Bites Man: The Production of Malaria by Technology. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. 2, CSCW (2018), 1–19.

9. Sanches, P. 2016. Seeing mobility: how software engineers produce unequal representations. Engineering Studies. 8, 1 (2016), 27–47.

10. Boman, M. and Sanches, P. 2015. Sensemaking in intelligent health data analytics. KI-Künstliche Intelligenz. 29, 2 (2015), 143–152.

11. Cakici, B. and Sanches, P. 2014. Detecting the Visible: The Discursive Construction of Health Threats in Syndromic Surveillance System Design. Societies. 4, (2014), 399–413.

12. Ferreira, P., Sanches, P. and Weilenmann, A. 2013. Awareness, Transience and Temporality: Design Opportunities from Rah Island. IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (2013), 696–713.

13. Monika Buscher, L.W., Markus Bylund, Pedro Sanches, Leonardo Ramirez 2013. A new Manhattan project?: interoperability and ethics in emergency response systems of systems. 10th International ISCRAM Conference (2013).

14. Sanches, P., Svee, E.-O., Bylund, M., Hirsch, B. and Boman, M. 2014. Knowing your population: privacy-sensitive mining of massive data. Network and Communication Technologies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 34-51, 2013

15. Sanches, P., Höök, K., Vaara, E., Weymann, C., Bylund, M., Ferreira, P., Peira, N. and Sjölinder, M. 2010. Mind the body! Designing a mobile stress management application encouraging personal reflection. Proceedings of the 8th ACM conference on designing interactive systems (2010), 47–56.

16. Silvăşan, I., Kreuger, P., Sanches, P., Vaara, E. and Sjölinder, M. 2010. Movement identification in Affective Health–a mobile biofeedback monitoring system. 18th Telecommunications forum ℡FOR 2010 (2010).

17. Ferreira, P., Sanches, P., Höök, K. and Jaensson, T. 2008. License to chill! How to empower users to cope with stress. Proceedings of the 5th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction: building bridges (2008), 123–132.