I am a PhD Researcher in the Department of Computer Architecture and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). I am also a member of the Laboratory of Human–Computer Interaction for Special Needs – EGOKITUZ, where I’ve been working since 2012 in different projects related with access to ICT for people with disabilities.
I received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of the Basque Country. You can access my PhD dissertation, entitled: “Assisted Interaction for Improving Web Accessibility: An Approach Driven and Tested by Users with Disabilities”.
A summary of my most relevant personal information is available in my one-page CV.
I’m interested in studying ways of enhancing web accessibility for people with disabilities by means of software components, and so improve their performance and satisfaction when browsing the Web. My research work covers two main scopes:
- Building systems to automatically adapt UI, as well as alternative target acquisition techniques to assist conventional mouse pointing.
- Conducting user tests to study the behaviour of people with disabilities, as well as to evaluate and improve the proposed techniques on an iterative process.
Some other topics of my interest are:
- Assistive Technologies
- Dexterity and visual impairments
- Interaction analysis
- User modeling
- Usability evaluation
- User Experience
I’ve also worked on a navigational cognitive assistant. During my time on the accessibility team at IBM Research – Tokyo, I worked on the NavCog project, which aims to help blind people explore unfamiliar indoor environments with an iPhone app for audio-based navigation.
We implemented the navigation system in the Nihonbashi-Muromachi shopping center (Tokyo), and conducted a field experiment on site for several weeks. In order to provide audio guidance, a detailed description of the environment and every route was defined, as well as bluetooth beacons were installed throughout the building to recognise the users’ location.