Work

Aug 2016 - current

Researcher

The University of Nottingham,
United Kingdom

Current projects

Cleaning Reassurance with a UVC robot – Feasibility study (Horizon Digital Economy Research)

Feasibility study exploring the use of a UVC cleanning robot along with a sensor network, and the way in which communication should happen between robot and the users of the spaces it cleans to create reassurance and trust.

Inter-ALTCAI – Interactive Agents with Literacy, Trust, and Comprehension-aware Artificial Intelligence (DfID Transform)

Project exploring the use of Intelligent Virtual Agents as an effective and engaging tool for delivering healthcare and wellbeing advice to expectant and nursing mothers in Nigeria.

ICUBE – Industrial Co-bots Understanding Behaviour (Smart-Products Beacon & Horizon Digital Economy Research)

Demonstrator project exploring the use of natural language as an effective tool to teach the task of sorting the laundry to an industrial co-bot.

VHQ2 – Virtual-Human guided tasks for automatic analysis of depression and anxiety (NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre)

Project developing objective measures for depression and anxiety using analysis of human behaviour, and exploring the effects of using an Intelligent Virtual Agent during the tasks used to assess depression and anxiety.

Past projects

MaTHiSiS – Managing Affective- learning THrough Intelligent atoms and Smart InteractionS (Horizon 2020) – www.mathisis-project.eu/

Project assisting the educational process for learners and their tutors by creating a novel and adaptive “robot/machine/computer”-human interaction ecosystem to enhance learning for individuals with or without learning disabilities.

EDUROB – Educational Robotics for Students with Learning Disabilities (Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission) – www.edurob.eu/

Project exploring the use of robotics in education for people with learning disabilities and offer a solution for its integration in the education of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

I am a researcher in the areas of robotics, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) within Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub and part of the Mixed Reality Laboratory in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.

I am also involved in teaching and supervision activities, as well as on software development.

I am also member of the Human Factors Research Group and, within the same role, I have been a researcher at the School of Medicine, division or Rehabilitation, Ageing and wellbeing, in the area of human-computer interaction.

Feb 2015 - July 2016

IT Consultant and Software Integrator

Edicom,
Spain

I worked on international projects involving global companies, from both the private and the public sectors, in order to introduce the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between them.

Oct 2014 - Mar 2015

Games Producer

Freelance 

I designed and developed a Serious Game for the Gateway to Birmingham Advice Services (GBAS) to be used to help people understand the tribunal process and be better prepared for a hearing.

Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

Research Associate

Nottingham Trent University,
United Kingdom

My research focussed on trying to find the more efficient way to engage and help students with learning disabilities using robotics as an educational tool.

Among other tasks, I was in charge of the development of an application for mobile devices to remotely control the humanoid robot NAO and worked side by side with students and educators, to better understand their requirements and get successful results.