Members
paul Dr. Paul Craig is leader of the Sistemas Interactivos research group at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca. He graduated with an MSc (Distinction) in Software Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University in 2001 and completed his PhD thesis, ‘Animated Interval Scatter-plot Views for the Exploratory Analysis of Large Scale Microarray Time-course Data’ in 2006. Paul worked as a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier from 2006 to 2010 and has been involved in research projects with the National Science Foundation, Scottish Enterprise and Conacyt with 20 plus publications including IVJ and BMC Bioinformatics journal papers. His research interests include Information Visualization, Bioinformatics, Information Retrieval and Complex Systems. See http://paulspapers.wordpress.com/.
nena Néna Roa Seïler is a Professor and Researcher working in Sistemas Interactivos Research Group at the Division Computing Department at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca in Oaxaca Mexico. She is also studying for a PhD at Edinburgh Napier entitled ‘Towards an emotionally intelligent interaction strategy for multimodal ECAs acting as Companions’ and holds an MSc Multimedia- Hypermedia from Télécom ParisTech (ENST) (1997) and an MSc in Design & Innovation from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (2006) in France. She has worked at the Cité des Sciences Museum in Paris, was Art Director of the Creative Studio of France Télécom R&D from 2000 to 2004, and a researcher on the EU funded Companions project from 2007 till 2010. Her research interests are Interaction Design, Emotion as Interaction, Evaluations of User’s Experience, and Embodied Conversational Agents.
ana Ana D. Olvera-Cervantes is a Professor and Researcher working in the Instituto de Ciencias Físico-Matemáticas at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Cádiz in Spain. The title of her thesis will be ‘Quantile curves and central regions using regions and Archimedean copulas’. She is also a member of the Sistemas Interactivos research group and has an MSc in Statistics from the Department of Mathematical Sciences University of Texas at El Paso (2012). Her research interests include Affective Computing and Statistical Analysis methods.
ariadna Ariadna Benítez Saucedo is a Master student in Interactive Media at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca. She is currently writing her thesis entitled: “Avatares emocionales en la mensajería instantánea”. The project is framed in the field of interaction design and emotional design through implementation of synthetic characters involved in an instant messaging system. Her research interests include design and development of emotional interactive systems with, User Centered Design and Kansei Engineering.
marcela Marcela Martínez-Díaz is an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca currently writing her thesis entitled “Using an intelligent agent as a tutor on a collaborative learning environment” with the Sistemas Interactivos Research Group at the UTM. She recently presented her first conference poster, “Educational Video Games: an alternative to improve primary education in the State of Oaxaca” at the second Congreso Mexicano de Ciencias de la Complejidad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her research interests are Educational Videogames and Artificial Intelligence.


Associate Members

 Felipe Dr. Felipe Lara-Rosano is head of the Cybernetics and Complex Systems Laboratory at the Centre for Applied Sciences and Technological Development which is part of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He earned his PhD in Operational Research  at the Facultad de Ingeniería in the UNAM in 1973 and has published more than 90 international journal articles, book chapters and conference proceeding papers and another 108 research articles in Mexico. Dr. Lara-Rosano is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Mexican Academy of Engineering, and holds an honorary doctorate from the International Institute for Advanced Systems Research and Cybernetics. He was elected to the office of president of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Arts, Technology and Humanities in 2007 and is a grade three member of the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. Dr. Lara is in charge of the CONACYT project: Theory, Methods and Complexity Social Models, is a member of IEEE and fellow and board member of International Institute for Advanced Systems Research and Cybernetics. His research interests include Complex Systems Analysis and Modeling, Artificial Intelligence, Theoretical and Applied Cybernetics, Neural Nets, Fuzzy Logic and applications.
Jessie Prof. Jessie Kennedy has published widely with over 90 peer reviewed publication in the areas of database technologies and information visualization. She has had over £1 million in research funding and supervised 11 PhD completions. Professor Kennedy is currently director of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University.
David Prof. David Benyon is director of the Centre for Interaction Design, and faculty director for interdisciplinary research at Edinburgh Napier University. He has obtained funding from several European Funding programs and developed a number of novel theoretical ideas on human-computer interaction concerning the sense of self and place in mixed reality environments and also published on semiotics and experientialism applied to new media. David has authored six books and over numerous pivotal papers in the field of human computer interaction.
marcelo Dr. Marcelo Hernández Ávila is currently a member of the Mexican national system of investigators with Promep funding for research in the area of material sciences. He obtained his PhD entitled “Study of ternary blends epoxy/PMMA/Montmorillonite: Elaboration and control of morphology and properties” from the Institut National des Sciences Appliques de Lyon (INSA-Lyon) and currently works developing polymeric composites reinforced with natural fibers.

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