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I am a researcher at the Institute for Management of Knowledge and Learning in Virtual Environments, at the Virtual University System at the University of Guadalajara.

I did my first degree in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science of the National and Autonomous University of Mexico, a Master of Science at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education at Cuernavaca, Morelos, and a PhD at the Department of Artificial Intelligence of the University of Edinburgh. I started my academic career at UNAM (Faculty of Science), firstly as a teacher assistant, later as a teacher, and finally as system administrator. Later, I worked as system administrator at the Centre for Research on Marine Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute. After finishing my master studies, I entered to the (Mexican) Electric Power Research Institute as a researcher, where I worked before and after my doctoral studies. Later on, I worked for the European project LeActiveMath, first at Northumbria University at Newcastle upon Tyne (England) and later at the University of Glasgow (Scotland). Then I returned to Mexico to work as a researcher at the University of Guadalajara.

Areas of interest

My professional development has been in the field of interactions between Education and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT's). More specifically, my interest focuses on discovering ways in which ICT's could bring significant benefits to the teaching and learning process, and understanding why and how such benefits are brought, or are not. Even more specifically, I am particularly interested in those cases in which ICT's include some elements of Artificial Intelligence that transform them from tools, fundamentally inert and unaware of what happens in the educational environment, into intelligent agents capable of acting in such environment and of collaborating with others in order to achieve learning objectives.