Featured Publications

This article describes the design, development, and evaluation of an application to help people with autism spectrum condition (ASC) express themselves through the creation of stories and comics.

This paper presents three learning experiences where early childhood students perform educational activities using tablet computers, interactive whiteboards, and paper cards. The results show that students who used the technology were more motivated and achieved better results that those who used paper cards.

In this paper we present an authoring toolkit composed by two applications: DEDOS-Editor, which allow teachers to design their own learning activities, and DEDOS-Web, which allows the students to perform those activities adapting them to multiple devices. To test both tools, we have performed two evaluations. One with teachers to test the authoring tools and a second one with primary school students to test if the activities designed with this tool enhance their learning process.

This paper emphasizes the importance of learnability for preventing rejection or abandonment by of such an authoring tool, and how acceptance is deeply affected by the interaction paradigm and the creation metaphor used in the tool. We present an analysis comparing two design paradigms: the widespread menu-based and choice-guided interaction paradigm versus a consistent metaphor with direct manipulation. The latter was implemented in DEDOS-Editor, a novel authoring tool that allows the creation of diverse educational activities that can be performed on different devices, such as PCs, digital blackboards, tablets, and multitouch surfaces. An experimental study shows the tremendous impact that interface choices have on the tool's learning curve.

User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines is motivated by the need to bring attention to how people with special needs can benefit from adaptive methods and techniques in their everyday lives. Assistive technologies, adaptive systems and context-aware applications are three well-established research fields. There is, in fact, a vast amount of literature that covers HCI-related issues in each area separately. However, the contributions in the intersection of these areas have been less visible, despite the fact that such synergies may have a great impact on improving daily living. Presenting a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art practices on user modeling and adaptation for people with special needs, as well as some reflections on the challenges that need to be addressed in this direction, topics covered within this volume include the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of adaptive systems to assist users with special needs to take decisions and fulfil daily routine activities.
In HCI Series Springer

Recent Publications

  • "Today I Tell" A Comics and Story Creation App for People with Autism Spectrum Condition

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  • Impact of using interactive devices in Spanish early childhood education public schools

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  • DEDOS: An authoring toolkit to create educational multimedia activities for multiple devices

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  • Mind the gap: Impact on learnability of user interface design of authoring tools for teachers

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  • Accessible smartphones for blind users: A case study for a wayfinding system

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  • User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines

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  • Supporting the development of mobile adaptive learning environments: a case study

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  • The impact of learning styles on student grouping for collaborative learning: a case study

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  • Blue Thinking

    Blue Thinking is an application that allows the person with ASD to learn programming

  • Clipit

    ClipIt is an online social learning platform focused on reflective learning using videos created by students.


    DEDOS is a toolset which allows teachers to design their own educational activities which can be performed on several devices (PCs, digital whiteboards, Android devices and multitouch tabletops).


I am a teaching instructor for the following courses at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos:

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Didácticas de la informática y la tecnología // Didactics of ICT (Master en Formación del profesorado de Ed. Secundaria, Bachillerato, FP e Idiomas)

Computer Science Degree

  • Programación Orientada a Objetos // OOP (Campus Vicálvaro)
  • Interacción Persona-Ordenador // HCI (Campus Vicálvaro)