Primarily, I'm interested in user interfaces, specifically what makes an interface intuitive. It's my belief that no matter how good your application is, no one is going to use it if it makes them want to shoot themselves in the foot. Therefore, an important part of getting users to adopt your product is to make it as easy as possible for them to use it. In addition to this, you want to accommodate all kinds of users, from the tech-savvy to non, from people familiar with similar applications to those that are completely new to it. How then can you best accommodate all of these needs given that barely anyone takes the time to read an instruction manual anymore?
I'm also interested in the new types of interfaces augmented reality and wearable computing open up. In my vision of the future, technology will be fully integrated with the surrounding environment; the line between technology and the rest of the world will be nearly impossible to distinguish. In my opinion, augmented reality and wearable computing will be two of the tools used to accomplish this, and as such, I would like to help shape the kinds of interfaces that will be used to make our future interactions as pleasant as possible.
User interfaces, human-computer interaction.
In my free time, one thing I like to do is ballroom dance. However, I should mention that I dance lead (as opposed to follow, which is the role women normally take in dance). My favorite dance is West Coast Swing, but sadly there isn't a lot of West Coast dancing around Santa Barbara. I'm also interested in Paso Doble and tango (both Argentine and International/Smooth). I also enjoy occasionally blues dancing.
In addition, I also like role playing games, both table top and electronic. Sadly I do not have a lot of experience with table top gaming, although I have been in a few Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. Also unfortunately, I have not yet found a group in Santa Barbara to play with. I have also had to cut back on electronic RPGs, partially due to an increase in dancing activities.Resume