Andrés Lucero (ACM distinguished speaker)
Andrés Lucero is an Associate Professor of Interaction Design and research leader of the Embodied Design Group (EDG) at Aalto University in Finland. His work focuses on the design and evaluation of novel interaction techniques for mobile devices and other interactive surfaces. His research interests include human-computer interaction, design, and play.
Andrés got his Masters degree in Visual Communication Design from Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana (UTEM). In 2004 he received a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) degree in User-System Interaction from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), which included a one-year project in Philips Research. In 2009 he completed his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the TU/e, during which he was Visiting Researcher at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TAIK).
He was Senior Researcher at Nokia from 2008 to 2014, where he was both leader in user-centered design projects overseeing all stages of the research process, and user experience (UX) expert evaluating future Nokia devices at different stages of the development process. In 2014 he returned to academia as Associate Professor of Interaction Design, first at the University of Southern Denmark and since 2017 at Aalto University.
Varvara & Mar
Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. Often duo’s work is inspired by the information age. In their practice, they confront social changes and the impact of the technological era.
The artist duo has exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals, like MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican and V&A Museum in London, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, etc. Dr Varvara Guljajeva is an Assistant Professor in Computational Media and Arts at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou). Mar Canet Sola is a PhD candidate and research fellow at Cudan research group in BFM Tallinn University.