I am a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL. As a part of my doctoral dissertation, I lead the design, development and deployment study of several ambient social prototypes to connect older adults with their families. I am interested in investigating how novel technology impacts family ambient awareness, perceived identity, off-line encounters, wellness and isolation. I believe that the accessibility and proliferation of SNSs with the design of ambient displays provides older adults with new opportunities to interact with their relatives and friends. Furthermore, through social media older adults can strengthen older their social network and its quality, contributing to their health and wellbeing. Currently, my research efforts are focused on bridging the intergenerational technology gap and support older adults needs. My research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing and Computer Supported Cooperative Work.My overall research goal is to understand how augmented technology empowers everyday human activities with special emphasis on the elderly and those with disabilities. I received a degree in computer and information systems engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de La Paz, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science from CICESE, México. Also, I received training on how to conduct interviews and apply geriatric instruments to older adults.
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