I am an Associate Professor in the Information Sciences Department at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. Since 2003 I am a member of Paragraphe Lab, a transdisciplinary and inter-university research laboratory in Paris, France. I am also a collaborator member of the Cultural Analytics Lab and treasurer of the International Association for Visual Semiotics (IAVS).
My research investigates relationships between humanities, the arts, social and computer sciences. I am particularly interested in visual expressions and the description of their meaning within a practical context: graphical interfaces, data visualization, media art (combining Art, Science, and Technology), digital text, Web design, and hypermedia systems. In my work, I combine semiotic theory and applied experiments using software and programming languages using visual computing techniques. Among my research activities, I have chaired twice the Computer Art Congress (Mexico 2008 and Paris 2016), a scientific gathering of artists and technologists including paper sessions and artistic exhibition; I founded the Web Studies Congress (Toluca 2010 and Paris 2018, in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB); and, I am the Art Papers Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2019. In 2017, I published my authored book “The image-interface” at Wiley-ISTE and I have also edited four collective books and translated to Spanish two books (Lev Manovich’s Software Takes Command (El software toma el mando) in 2014 and Edward Shanken’s Art and Electronic Media: A Survey (Inventar el futuro) in 2012).
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on digital culture, data science and visualization, creative coding for the Web, and research methodology. I also supervise students with their Masters and PhD dissertations, in the fields of information sciences, media studies, art, design, technology, digital humanities, and visual media.
Since 2016, I am co-director of the Masters in Digital Humanities at Université Paris 8, a graduate program that includes five specialties. I am an elected member of the School of Mathematics, Informatics, Technology, Information and Communication Sciences council.
Prior to my current appointment, from 2011 to 2015 I was Associate Professor at the Université Paris 13 where I served as co-director of the Masters in Interface Design. From 2007 to 2011 I was Assistant Professor and director of the B.A. program in Animation and Digital Art at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Toluca, Mexico and member of the SNI (National System of Researchers) for the Mexican scientific council Conacyt.