My background is in industrial design. I obtained my BA from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. Following this, I completed my advanced studies at the MSc. program ‘Design for Interaction’ of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), the Netherlands with Cum Laude degree. I received my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TUDelft. After graduating, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher.
Research and education have been for me a journey of discovery, of who I am, the world around me, and my contribution to society. This journey so far has opened the doors to share and implement my design perspectives and tools across cultures with an interdisciplinary focus. I work closely with TUDelft in The Netherlands, Beijing Normal University in China, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.
I’m passionate about human-centered design for personal informatics systems. My work is conducted through ethnographically informed design, human-centered design, and participatory design. My interest is to create social impact by designing socio-technical systems that deliver meaningful experiences between people, technology, and data, understanding and representing real human needs through digital interactions that improve people’s daily life.
I focus on:
- Understanding as the initial stage in the development of technological systems
- Designing for user empowerment
- Designing for personal reflective and persuasive informatics
- Integrating qualitative and quantitative data
- Designing for healthcare and wellness scenarios
Current research directions:
- Enhancing the accessibility of healthcare digital technology by closing the gap between design requirements and people’s localized needs and values.
- Developing and applying HCD methods in a real context in order to understand people’s daily life experiences and their impact on the design of solutions.
- Studying the notion of global north vs. global south for best practices in the design of context-oriented solutions.
- Studying behavioral change strategies in developing reflective, persuasive, or coercive personal informatics systems.