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Francisco R. Ortega

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Francisco R. Ortega, Visiting Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida International University (FIU) in 2014, co-advised by Dr. Naphtali Rishe and Dr. Armando Barreto. He received outstanding graduate student 2014 from Computer Science. His dissertation was one of five nominated for best dissertation award for the college of engineering. Dr. Ortega received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, cum laude, in December 2008 from FIU and a master’s degree in Computer Science from FIU in December 2009. Dr. Ortega has over 17 years of experience in software development and systems integration.

His area of expertise are in 3D User Interfaces, Input Interfaces, Human-Computer Interaction, 3D navigation, input modeling, multi-threaded programming for 3D User Interfaces, and framework development, among others. Dr. Ortega has various publications, with many of them as first author. He is the also the first author of the book Interaction Design for 3D User Interfaces to be published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group in January, 2016.

Honors and Awards
  • May 2012. Ortega, F. 1,000 US Dollars to purchase equipment related to 3D User Interfaces provided by CRC Press.
  • March 2012. Ortega, F. 350 US Dollars. ACM I3D Stipend Grant.
  • GAANN Fellowship for 3 Years. Ortega,F. Awarded by the US Department of Education and Florida International University.
  • GAANN Fellowship Extension for 1 additional Year.
  • McKnight Dissertation Fellowship Extension. One additional semester Fall 2014.
Research and Educational Interests
  • 3D User Interfaces
  • User Interaction
  • Input Technologies
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Gesture Recognition
  • 3D Navigation
Background Education

2014 Ph.D., Computer Science, Florida International University

Selected Publications
  1. Francisco R. Ortega, Fatemeh Abyarjoo, Armando Barreto, Napthali Rishe, Malek Adjouadi. “Interaction Design for 3D User Interfaces: The World of Modern Input Devices for Research, Applications, and Game Development”. CRC Press. December 2015.
  2. Francisco R. Ortega, Napthali Rishe, Armando Barreto, “Handbook of Input and 3D User Interaction: Theory and Practice”. CRC Press. December 2016.
  3. Cofino J., Barreto A., Abyarjoo F., Ortega F.R., (2014) “Sonically-Enhanced Tabular Screen-Reading”, Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities (JTPD), Vol. 2, pp. 46-57.
  4. Peng Ren, Armando Barreto, Jian Huang, Ying Gao, Francisco R. Ortega, Malek Adjouadi. “Off-line and On-line Stress Detection through Processing of the Pupil Diameter Signal”. Annals of Biomedical Engineering [journal]. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 42, No. 1, January 2014 ( 2013) pp. 162–176 DOI: 10.1007/s10439-013-0880-9. [Q1 JCR Impact factor 2.575 for 2012] [pdf]
  5. Tangnimitchok S., O-larnnithipong N., Barreto A., Ortega F. R., and Rishe N. D., “Finding an Efficient Threshold for Fixation Detection in Eye Gaze Tracking”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 9732, pp. 1–11, 2016.
  6. Hernandez H., Ortega F.,“Reducing Video Game Creation Effort with Eberos GML2D”, Chapter in Game Development Tools Books edited by Marwan Y. Ansari. May 2011. Chapter 19. pp 267-278. AK Peters/CRC Press pdf] [book] [amazon] [isbn: 978-1568814322]
  7. Ortega, F., Barreto A., Rishe N., O-Larnnithipong, N., Adjouadi M.,Abyarjoo, F., “GyroTouch: Wrist Gyroscope with a Multi-Touch Display.”, HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA. (More info coming soon).
  8. Abyarjoo, F., O-Larnnithipong, N., Tangnimitchok, S., Adjouadi M., Ortega, F.,Barreto A., “PostureMonitor: Real-Time IMU Wearable Technology to Foster Poise and Health.”, HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA. (More info coming soon).
  9. Ortega F., Rishe N.,Barreto A., “TAMGeF: Touch-midAir-Motion Framework for Spatial Input”, In Proceedings of the 1st symposium on Spatial user interaction (SUI ’15) (More info coming soon).