¡Bienvenidos! Welcome!

I am Associate Professor and Associate Department Head and Director for Graduate Studies in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I am originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico but now reside in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia.

Research

My research is in Human-computer interaction. Some areas of HCI that I have studied are in personal information management, information refinding, tools for building interactive systems, digital libraries, use of computers for education, and cultural influence in interface design.

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Teaching

I usually teach HCI graduate courses and some intro courses in our undergraduate program. I also keep most of the content for my courses available on the web. Some of the more recent course even have video podcast of my lectures.

Teaching this Spring 2014: CS 5714 Usability Engineering.

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Service

I do a lot of service in the department and professionally. I am currently program chair for the ACM 2014 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference, Vice-President of the board for the non-profit Virginia Network for Latinos in Higher Education (VALHEN), and a an active member of the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC).

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News

  • 2014-01-31: The Tapia conference is next week! After lots of work, I am looking forward to it.
  • 2014-01-14: Our VTS project was mentioned on this blog post. http://roadside.org/news/five-misconceptions-about-documentation-archiving-and-communication-field-community-cultural

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Current students

This is the short list of my current students. These are the students that I am their advisor of record (in no particular order).

I also work closely with several other students, including Bobby Beaton and Michael Stewart.

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Social Media

You can find me around the web at these sites... Sorry, some of them are more personal than others and thus blocked from public view.