• Carolina Fuentes

    Computer Science | HCI | HRI | ICT4D

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University, working on Human-Computer Interaction as part of the Complex System Research Group.

    Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham, I worked in the area of Human-Robot Interaction and Human-Computer Interaction. Also, I was part of the EPSRC project "Autonomous Internet of Things", at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.

     

    My research focuses on human-robot collaboration, human-computer interaction, Internet of Things (IoT), and a socially responsible approach for designing technology. I am particularly interested in understanding the impact of technology through a user-centered research focus in different contexts, i.e healthcare, domestic environments, factory domains, and the global south.

     

    My background is in Computer Science, I received my Ph.D. at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, working at the HumaLab research group, during that time I explored:

    • The impact of novel interfaces to support the self-report of emotions of informal caregivers/unpaid carers.
    • How digital skills affect preferences of interfaces: Tangibles, Mobiles, and Ambient.

    • Technology and social network use in complex contexts, i.e mothers of children with chronic illness, informal caregiver/unpaid carers of dependent elderlies, and isolated caregivers.

  • Research

    overview of ongoing and completed projects

    Human Robot Interaction

    RoboClean Project

    The Human Robot Collaboration for Allergen-Aware Factory Cleaning project investigates the potential of human-robot collaboration, integrated with IoT sensors for cleaning and allergen detection on a factory floor.

    More details here.

    Internet of Things

    Autonomous Internet of Things: Home Essentials Study

    The A-IoT is an EPSRC project that looks at the interaction between humans and autonomous agents. The data produced by the Internet of Things (IoT) is likely to keep growing, beyond human capacity to turn it into meaningful information that can be acted on. More details about the project here.

    As part of this project, we investigated why is so difficult for a system to predict when essential items will run out. More details in our CHI paper “Tracking the Consumption of Home Essentials”.

    TechUp

    Retraining 100 women into technology careers.

    The TechUP programme retrains in technology 100 women from the Midlands and North of England, particularly from underrepresented communities, and gives them the opportunity to interview with a company for an internship/apprenticeship/job. More details here

    Informal Caregivers Wellbeing

    Technology for Informal Caregivers

    More details soon.

    Socially responsible technology

    Domestic scenarios, privacy, and impact of technology in mental health

    More details soon.

    Prototypes and tools

    Prototypes for research

    More details here.

  • Publications

    Publications

    This section is under construction. You can find my publications in my google scholar profile. If you can't find the pdf please do send me an email and I will send you an author's copy.

  • Teaching

    Teaching Experience

    2019 - Teaching Assistant, Mixed Reality Technology. University of Nottingham.

     

    2016 - Lecturer, Engineer and Software requirements. Andrés Bello University, Santiago, Chile.
     

    2014 - Instructor, Advanced Programming, Python. Finis Terrae University, Santiago, Chile
     

    2012-2014 - Adjunct Instructor, Introduction to Programming, Python and Java. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

  • Blog & News

    Public engagement

  • Outreach

    Encourage and support more diversity in Computer Science

    Future activities

    2019

    • Summer School 2019
    • Ada Lovelace Day 2019
     A computer scientis

    Computer Science Discovery Day

    May 2019

    Ada Lovelace Day 2018

    October 2018

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    2017

  • Contact

    FuentesToroC@cardiff.ac.uk

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