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Professional Memberships



  • ‘Future Field Force Using Mixed Reality’ – Highly Commended.
    Information Technology category. IET Innovation Awards. November 2018.

  • Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards 2018 – Finalist.
    Finalist at Computing’s Women in IT Excellence Awards, in the ‘Rising Star’ category. November 2018.
  • Best KTP Associate 2016
    University of Essex, UK. December 2016.

    Awarded based on the wider commercial exposure achieved and accepted publications on the first year of a three-year KTP project between the University of Essex and British Telecom. A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way collaboration between a company, an academic institution and a researcher (Associate). The central objective is to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

  • Best Video Award
    10th International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2014 (IE’14), Shanghai, China; July 2014.
  • University of Essex Full PHD Studentship
    University of Essex, UK. October 2009.

    4-year fully funded PhD studentship within the Intelligent Environments Group (IEG) working for the Scale Up joint project between the University of Essex (UK) and King Abdulaziz University (KSA).

  • Santander Universities Scholarship
    Santander Universities, UK. October 2009.

    Merit-based mobility grant given by Santander Universities to international students for postgraduate courses at a university within the Santander Universities network.

  • FIDERH – Central Bank of Mexico Studentship
    Central Bank of Mexico, Mexico. October 2009.

    Educational loan scheme for postgraduate studies, awarded based on demonstrated academic/professional merit as determined by FIDERH scholarship committee. FIDERH is a Federal Trust managed by the Central Bank of Mexico, which for over 40 years has been supporting graduate studies.

  • Undergraduate Best Grades Award (2nd Semester)
    Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico. January 2001.

Editorial Work


Organising Committee


Technical Program Committee / Reviewer

  • IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems 2017 (FUZZ-IEEE’17)
    Naples, Italy – July 9-12, 2017.

  • Immersive Learning Research Network Conference 2017 (iLRN’17)
    Coimbra, Portugal – June 26-29, 2017.

  • IEEE International Conference on Computers, Software & Applications – Symposium on Computing Education & Learning Technologies CELT
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA – June 10-14, 2017.

  • The 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE’15)
    Prague, Czech Republic, 15-17 July 2015.

  • 5th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC) 2013
    Colchester, UK, 17 – 18 Sep 2013.

Invited Talks

  • “Immersive Technologies in Field Service Operations”
    Presented at Ada Lovelace Day (Women in STEM). University of Essex, Colchester, UK. 10 Oct 2017.

  • “Challenges and Opportunities for KTP Associates”
    Presented at the University of Essex’ “Winter Celebration of KTP 2017”. Wivenhoe House Hotel, Wivenhoe, UK. 12 Dec 2017.
  • “Mixed reality collaborative environments”
    Invited presentation at “Creativity, Ideas & Innovation” Workshop. The Business School – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. 18 Nov 2014.
  • Invited as a Mixed-Reality Specialist/Consultor to MobileSummer 2013 (Mobiilikesäkoulu 2013). Mustiala Park, Tammela, Finland. 23-24 May 2013.

In the media

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