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Ignacio M. Avellino

Ignacio M. Avellino

HCI, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Psychology

Hey there! I am a recent graduate from the EuMI joint master program between RWTH Aachen and UNIT Trento with a strong focus on Human–Computer Interaction (HCI). This program has taken me from Uruguay, my home country, to Europe, and it has given me the chance to live in Germany and Italy, two amazing countries, and to travel all around Europe. Traveling is one of my greatest passions! At the moment I am a research intern at in|situ|, an HCI lab in Paris, where I will become a PhD student from September onwards.

I have always been interested in Psychology, but I have only approached it through reading books and doing online courses. So far I feel extremely motivated by the research in this field, and I am looking into ways of combining psychology and Computer Science.

Because I want to obtain knowledge in social psychology, I joined the Social Psychology course by Scott Plous on Coursera, and subsequently I joined the Social Psychology Network! Currently I am looking forward to start my Doctoral studies, where I will have the chance to combine HCI and cognitive and social psychology in the context of remote collaboration for wall-sized displays. Also as a crazy idea, I've always been interested in the mix between HCI and neuroscience. Simply put: what new findings can emerge from unbiased and objective data, obtained from users' brain through neuroscience techniques, which will ultimately contribute to the HCI field? It is my strong belief that HCI has a lot to benefit from Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary combination hardly studied so far, but in which I definitively see myself doing research.

Feel free to get in touch with me anytime!

Hoping to meet you, dear visitor,

- Ignacio

Primary Interests:


  • Ing, Computer Engineering

    Universidad Católica del Uruguay
  • M.Sc., Media Informatics

    RWTH Aachen University
  • M.Sc., Informatics

    UNITN Trento University

Work Experience

  • IT development office manager

    Instituto Nacional de Colonización
    February 2009 - September 2010
  • Internship on Augmented Reality

    Signals & Interactive Systems Laboratory, University of Trento
    October 2011 - February 2012
  • Student Assistant

    Media Computing Group, RWTH Aachen University
    July 2012 - March 2014
  • Research Intern

    INRIA Saclay, in|situ|
    April 2014 - present

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • ACM

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese

    Advanced proficiency
  • English

    Advanced proficiency
  • Italian

    Advanced proficiency
  • French

    Intermediate proficiency
  • German

    Basic proficiency
  • Spanish

    Native speaker

Psychology Mentors, Inspirations, and Influences

  • Don Norman
    Nielsen Norman Group
    A master of every day things design.
  • Steve Joordens
    University of Toronto
    First person to teach me and influence me towards psychology.
  • Scott Plous
    Wesleyan University
    My first big influence on social psychology.

Ignacio M. Avellino
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