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Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions
Tenure track professor, Ramón y Cajal fellow

Throughout my professional career, the quality and innovativeness of my work has been recognized with many awards and publications. I have consistently positioned my research in the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning with a focus on Human Computer Interaction and Learning Design. 

In 2011 I obtained my PhD with an Excellent Summa Cum Laude (Best Phd Thesis Award – Potential for transference, UPF Board of Trustees). 

From 2013 to 2016 I was a full-time post-doc researcher, at the University of the West of England (UK), with a career interruption in 2015 due to maternity leave. 

My research career has been developed in the context of competitive and multidisciplinary international research projects. I have publications with 77 international researchers, see: I have worked in R+D+I projects with academic and industry partners across different countries in Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Romania, Denmark, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Portugal ) and other countries such as Chile and Israel. Relevant past projects are: Learning Layers funded by the EU FP7 program with 12 Million EURO (workpackage co-lead); TENCompetence funded by the EU FP6 program with 13,5 Million EURO (task leader).

Since 2017, I am a senior member of the Interactive and Distributed Technologies for Education (UPF). In 2019, I have generated grant funding of more than 2,5 Million EURO in total (300000 EURO assigned to UPF) for European projects that I actively contributed to wrote proposals for.

I was project manager and research leader of the D-TIPS Erasmus+ project (budget: 225000 EURO). Workpackage leader of two projects: CS-Track H2020 (budget: 2,2 Million EURO) and ‘Courage’ Volkswagen Foundation (budget: 1,5 Million EURO). Task leader of  TROMPA H2020 (budget: 3 Million EURO).  Currently, I am one of the principal investigators of the national research project H2OLearn, and coordinator of the transfer knowledge programme 'Makers a les Aules' (funded by Ajuntament de Barcelona).

I have been involved in the design and development of diverse learning technologies, main ones are: Questinsitu: an authoring tool and mobile app designed and built to support assessment in situ activities  (finalist app of the 13th edition of the BDigital Global Congress); TenCompetence Learning Design Toolkit (IMS award in the category of “Most Innovative New Realization of Standards”); Confer: online collaboration spaces for working groups; ILDE+ Makers a les Aules: a Learning Design community platform to support Maker activities; Empatheia: an online game to support Design Thinking in primary schools; Soele: a SEL learning design evaluation tool.

I am head of the teaching innovation unit at Engineering School and ICT Department.

Since 2023, I am Tenure track professor on Human centered Learning Technologies.