At the Human-Centred Design group, she contributes to teaching and research, specifically focusing design methods for embodied AI and interactive agency. Cristina interests lay in the interaction design and related methodologies for technological products and systems that aim at social good, especially physically embodied AI-driven systems (e.g., robots, IoTs).
At the DesignLab, she investigates methodologies, methods, tools, and techniques to connect science, technology, and society through responsible design.
Previously, Cristina has worked at the Human-Media Interaction Group (University of Twente) and the Robots in Groups Lab (Cornell University, USA) on her doctoral research about “robothings”, everyday robotic objects and toys, to promote children’s prosocial behaviors in collaborative play. Cristina teaches about Interaction Design, Human-Robot and Human-Computer Interaction with a special focus on design/research methods and prototyping. For three years, she coordinated a course on Communication Technologies for Global Work together with prof. Vanessa Evers and Stanford University.
Her award-winning work in Human-Robot Interaction has received many accolades. She is regularly invited as a speaker at events (e.g., TEDx), symposia, and conferences. Cristina regularly publishes in top tier conference venues (CHI conference, HRI conference, CSCW conference) and is heavily involved in academic service for ACM SIGCH. Cristina was selected as Google Women TechMaker Scholar 2018 for her research quality and her support to empower women and children in STEM.