dr. A. Catala Bolos (Alejandro)

About Me

Alejandro Catalá, PhD (2012, Universitat Politécnica de València – UPV), MSc (2008, UPV), Ing. (2006,UPV) is now with Human Media Interaction to work in the research project coBOTnity, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under a the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant. He has served as a postdoc researcher at the LoUISE research group of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), and the ISSI group of the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV).

Most of his resarch has focused on Human-Computer Interaction and Intelligent User Interfaces, which has been applied to different applications domains and contexts (creativity, education, entertainment, museums, etc.). His current research interests include learning and entertainment interactive and collaborative systems. Other topics of interests are bioinspired metaheuristics applied to optimization problems, vibrotactile interfaces applied to surfaces and tracking technology.


Find out more at:

coBOTnity project: https://www.utwente.nl/ewi/hmi/cobotnity/

Former affiliations: http://issi.dsic.upv.es/Members/acatala

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AdB0eqcAAAAJ


Intelligent Systems
Learning Systems
Display Devices


Fabiano, F., Pelikan, H., Pingen, J., Zissoldt, J., Catala, A., & Theune, M. (2017). Designing a Co-Creative Dancing Robotic Tablet. Paper presented at 6th International Workshop on Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence, Madrid, Spain.
Catala, A., Theune, M., Reidsma, D., ter Stal, S., & Heylen, D. K. J. (2017). Exploring Children’s Use of a Remotely Controlled Surfacebot Character for Storytelling. In Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment : 9th International Conference, INTETAIN 2017 (Vol. 215). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering). Funchal: Springer International Publishing.
Pons, P., Jaen, J., & Catala, A. (2017). Towards future interactive intelligent systems for animals: Study and recognition of embodied interactions. In IUI 2017 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (pp. 389-400). Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3025171.3025175
Catala, A., Theune, M., Sylla, C., & Ribeiro, P. (2017). Bringing Together Interactive Digital Storytelling with Tangible Interaction: Challenges and Opportunities. In N. Nunes, I. Oakley, & V. Nisi (Eds.), Interactive Storytelling: 10th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2017, Proceedings (Vol. 10690 LNCS, pp. 395-398). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10690 LNCS). Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-71027-3_51
Catala, A., Theune, M., Gijlers, H., & Heylen, D. (2017). Storytelling as a creative activity in the classroom. In C&C '17: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2017 (pp. 237-242). Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3059454.3078857, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3059454.3078857
Catala, A., Theune, M., & Heylen, D. (2017). My tablet is moving around, can I touch it? In TEI 2017 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 495-502). Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3024969.3025082

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