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Maria Jose (Marisé) Galvez Trigo

Researcher, Faculty of Science



Marisé is a Computer Scientist and Engineer (BEng + MSc) specialised in the area of interactive technologies and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the application of robotics in these areas.

Her current work focuses on studying the use of multi-modal interactive systems and educational robots in the classroom to assist teachers and help children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), as well as in exploring the user involvement in the design and development of systems, and the use of Virtual Agents in health care settings. She is currently working towards a multidisciplinary PhD in rehabilitation and health care research & human factors at the University of Nottingham, and combines her studies with her responsibilities as Researcher, and with teaching and supervision activities.

Marisé has experience working on European projects, as well as in industry, which allows her to have a better understanding and perspective about how some processes work.

Teaching Summary

- Demonstrator in the course "Basic Statistics with SPSS (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)" (MHSBST) in 2017.

- Support tutor in the module "Ergonomics Methods" (MM4ERM) for the courses 2016/2017, and tutor in 2017/2018.

- Statistics tutor and lecturer in the module "Studying Human Performance" (MM4SHP UK) for the courses 2017/2018, 2018/2019.

- Literature Review tutor in the module "Investigatory Methods for Innovation in Engineering and Management" (MM3IEM UK) for the course 2017/2018.

- Co-supervisor in the module "MEng Individual Project" (MM4MPR), with Dr David Branson III as main supervisor, for the Final Project "Children with Autism: An Interactive NAO Robot Mathematics Game" for the course 2017/2018.

- Literature review tutor/supervisor with Dr Sue Cobb of a group of 8 students from the module "Contemporary Issues in Human Factors and Interactive Systems" (MM4HSD) for the course 2017/2018.

Research Summary

Marisé is currently a researcher in the Mixed Reality Laboratory, Computer Science, and her work focuses on Computer-Human Interaction and Virtual Agents, among other things.

She is also working towards a multidisciplinary PhD in rehabilitation and health care research and human factors. Her PhD aims to develop and evaluate, through a user-centred, "in the wild" approach, an easy to use, accessible, and affordable system, compatible with different educational robots, that students with disabilities and their teachers can effectively use to assist and enhance the learning experience.

Selected Publications

Past Research

Marisé worked as Research Assistant in MaTHiSiS (Managing Affective-learning THrough Intelligent atoms and Smart InteractionS), a project funded by the European Union under the H2020 work programme that will assist the educational process for learners and their tutors and caregivers by creating a novel and continuously adaptable "robot/machine/computer"-human interaction ecosystem to enhance vocational training, workplace learning and education for individuals with or without Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

She also participated as Research Associate in EDUROB (EDUcational ROBotics for people with learning disabilities), a project carried out within the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. This project aimed to explore the use of robotics in education for people with learning disabilities and offered a solution for its integration in the education of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Future Research

Marisé is especially interested in research involving Computer-Human Interaction, Robot-Human Interaction, UX and UI design and development, assistive technologies, and improving the accessibility of current technologies.

School of Computer Science

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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