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Research Lines:

Accessibility • User Centred Design (UCD) • Usability

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Studies:

Diploma in Computer Engineering. University of Lleida, 2001-2004.

Final Project: Design and development of an ubiquitous information system. (El fil d'ariadna). Director: Jesús Lorés. The project was used on Interacción 2004 as a means of communication between attendees and conference organizers. Based on sending messages to mobile phones. Project was one of the best job of Computer Engineering in Award-ACCÉS AETI

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Computer Science Degree. University of Lleida, 2004-2006.

Final Project: Heuristic evaluation of the initiative UsabAIPO discovery techniques knowledge in databases. Directors: Maria Paula Gonzalez and Jesús Lorés. The project results were presented as research papers in different national and international conferences and served for the doctoral thesis of Maria Paula Gonzalez: "Integrating Techniques of Knowledge Discovery in Databases in Models of Usability Engineering".

Download an abstract of final project (Spanish. PDF)

MhD:

Master in Human computer Interaction, University of Lleida, 2007-2009

Master's Thesis: Contributions to the improvement of accessibility evaluation web 2.0 interactive environments managed by content management systems. Directors: Juan Miguel Lopez and Toni Granollers. The project results were presented as work research in various national and international conferences and have helped me to know the scope of the investigation.

Download Master's Thesis Spanish document (PDF 2.646 Mb). by Recercat.cat repository.

PhD:

Title: Accessibility in interactive web environments: overcoming digital barriers. Directors:  Toni Granollers (University of Lleida) and Mireia Ribera (University of Barcelona). 

Abstract:

Every day, thousands of users with non-technical knowledge publish web content on blogs, wikis, social networks, etc. Although there are W3C accessibility recommendations, such as authoring tool accessibility guidelines (ATAG) andweb content accessibility guidelines (WCAG), that they have become standards (ISO/IEC 40500: 2012, UNE 139803: 2012 in Spain, or Section 508 in United States) and even mandatory laws, web accessibility is still a feature rarely implemented today. Users, unconscious of accessibility requirements, keep on publishing content which presents barriers to people with disabilities, and which impact their civil rights.

This PhD explores this issue, aiming at find a solution, and puts the focus on the communication of accessibility barriers to people who publish web content without technical knowledge. The hypothesis underlying the thesis is that «reducing the complexity of the information related with accessibility would help the application of accessible criteria in authoring, and would increase the overall quality of web content».

With techniques related with DCU and Semiotics Engineering (IngSem), the PhD thesis makes a proposal of communication of accessibility barriers, demonstrated through a proof of concept, the Emphatic Editor for Accessibility (EE4A).

Other interesting data:

2007-2011. I worked as a promoter of technology transfer between GRIHO and enterprises