About Miguel

SACHI_blackOnWhite-1I am currently a lecturer in human-computer interaction at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom. I am a co-founder of the School’s human-computer interaction group (SACHI). vertical-crest

I am also an adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Calgary. Finally, I am an Associate Member of the Centre for GeoInformatics (CGI) of the University of St Andrews.


I was born in Madrid (Spain), and I have studied/worked in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Saskatoon (Canada), Osaka (Japan), Seattle (U.S.), Calgary (Canada). I currently live in Cellardyke, Scotland, a wonderful fishing village in the East Neuk of the Kingdom of Fife (you can see some pictures and a description of what it is like to live and work in the St Andrews area).

My research is focused on new form factors for interaction such as tabletops, large displays, and mobile devices and on how to combine them together to create useful multi-display environments  (MDEs, a.k.a. multi-surface environments). As tools, I use and believe in: sketching, hardware prototyping, qualitative observation, laboratory studies, and in a thorough knowledge of previous literature across different pools of knowledge. In particular, I believe that the areas of perception and psychophysics are often overlooked by the HCI literature, and can be instrumental in developing and validating the next generation of user interfaces.

In the past I have been a post-doctoral fellow at the ilab, University of Calgary, under the supervision of Sheelagh Carpendale and Saul Greenberg, an invited researcher at Osaka University, working with Prof. Yoshifumi Kitamura (now at Tohoku University), and an intern at Microsoft Research, working with Andy Wilson, Patrick Baudisch, and Hrvoje Benko. I finished my Ph.D. in 2009 under the supervision of Carl Gutwin, at the Interaction Lab of the Computer Science Department, University of Saskatchewan, which is located in a beautiful town called Saskatoon, in the Canadian prairies. My doctoral topic was multi-display environments. You can download my dissertation but most of my research is in a more citable form as publications in many of the HCI’s fields journals and conferences. I am an engineer in electrical engineering (Ingeniero Superior de Telecomunicación) by the Escuela Superior de Telecomunicación de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

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