Our Research Team

Animal Computer Interaction research

At the FutureLab research team of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), my thesis supervisors and I are working on the Animal Computer Interaction field by developing suitable and engaging playful digital experiences for animals. We are part of the Software Engineering and Information Systems (ISSI) research group, at the Department of Information Systems and Computation (DSIC).

patricia ponsPatricia Pons MSc (2013, Universitat Politècnica de València – UPV) is currently a PhD student at the UPV. She received a degree in Computer Science (2012) obtaining the Best Student Award in Computer Science at UPV in 2012. She also received a MSc in Software Engineering, Formal Methods and Information Systems (2013) at the same university. She has been granted a research fellowship from the Spanish Government to work with the FutureLab team at the ISSI research group. Her current research interests include multimodal technology for animal use and the development of interactive digital games for animals.

javier jaen

Javier Jaén (FutureLab Head), PhD (2006, Universitat Politécnica de Valencia – UPV), MSc (1998, Virginia Tech), DEA (1994, INSA de Lyon) is currently an associate professor with the Laboratory of Advanced Information Systems at the DSIC. His current research interests include ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and tabletop-based computing. He was recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and is a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for Computing and Information Disciplines. Dr. Jaen was the winner of the Best PhD Dissertation in Computer Science Award and the UPV Social Council’s Award, and won the eMobility Award in 2003.

alejandro catalaAlejandro Catalá, PhD (2012, Universitat Politécnica de València – UPV), MSc (2008, UPV), Ing. (2006,UPV) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction (HMI) at the University of Twente. He also served as a postdoc researcher at the ISSI research group at the UPV, and LoUISE research group at the University of Castilla-LaMancha. He was awarded the Best Student in Computer Science Engineering Award in 2006 at the UPV. His current research interests include learning and entertainment interactive and collaborative systems, surface computing, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and evolutionary computation.

Our other interests

In the FutureLab research team we are also working on the development of multi-touch technology and collaborative systems for pre-school children, multi-display environments for tabletop interfaces, technology for the cognitive rehabilitation of elder people, novel forms of collaborative interaction with tablets and surfaces. Our team also has expertise in ant-colony optimization algorithms, evolutionary computation and ubiquitous computing. For more information on these topics, see the work of Javier Jaén, Alejandro Catalá and the following members of FutureLab:

fernandoFernando García-Sanjuan MSc (2013, Universitat Politécnica de València – UPV) received a degree in computer science from UPV in 2012. In 2013 he received a master’s degree in software engineering, formal methods and information systems at the same university. Currently, he is a PhD student in the computer science program under the supervision of Dr. Javier Jaen and Dr. Alejandro Catala. His research areas of interest include multi-touch technologies, game-based learning and multi-display environments.

vicenteVicente Nácher MSc (2013, Universitat Politécnica de València – UPV) has been granted a fellowship from the Ministry of Education to work with the FutureLab team at the ISSI research group. He obtained the Best Undergraduate Student Award in Computer Science at the UPV in 2012. He is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Javier Jaen, and his current research interests include multi-touch usability and collaborative systems for pre-school children.

FutureLab contact

If you want to know more about our work at FutureLab, please contact Dr. Jaen: fjaen@upv.es