In 2015 I was appointed full professor of new media at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. As Head of Research I am responsible for the Doctoral Studies in the Media Lab Helsinki. In the MA studies programme I teach media design research and information visualization design.
My research interests are focused in: 1. Annotation software; 2. Virtual networked environments; 3. visualization formats and genres; 4. Combined use of anthropology and new media to promote human-centered design. I work primarily with qualitative methods, including design research.
I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Venezuela and Puerto Rico. I attended university in the United States. My educational background is in anthropology (Brandeis University), computer arts (School of Visual Art, NYC), and new media (University of Art and Design Helsinki/UIAH). I am also a graduate of the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Arts in New York.
In the arts I have worked as an audio-visual specialist, multimedia designer, and a photographer and camera operator with clients and employers such as Bozell, Inc., Dow Jones, Intel, and Merrill Lynch. I was a Fulbright scholar (Spain, 1990–1991) doing research at the Archive of the Indies in Seville.
I came to Finland in 1995 and completed my dissertation about activity theory, design and archaeology in 2001. I have 2 children and a sheep dog.