Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez

Postdoctoral Associate · University of Calgary · gonzalo.mendez.cobena@gmail.com

I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary, where I work on designing novel approaches to visualization authoring and interaction techniques. As part of my previous research at the University of St Andrews, I designed and developed iVoLVER, a tool that allows users to create visualizations using many types of data without textual programming.

I am proficient in several programming languages (e.g., Java, C/C++, and JavaScript) and have experience with digital image processing and computer vision. My skills also include designing visual interfaces and widgets, and qualitative experimental design.

Experience

Lecturer

Computing and Electrical Engineering Faculty, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

Subjects: Data Structures and Algorithms & Communications with Digital Tools

October 2013 - March 2014

Research Assistant

Information Technologies Center, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

Research Program on Learning and Teaching Technologies

October 2012 - March 2014
April 2008 - August 2010

Multimedia Developer

Information Technologies Center, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

Multimedia Division

August 2007 - April 2008

Teaching Assistant

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

Programming Fundamentals, Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Programming Fundamentals and Data Structures, Computing and Electrical Engineering Faculty

May 2004 - May 2007

Education

University of St andrews, UK

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science
Information Visualization & Human Computer Interaction

Dissertation: Designing Digital Constructive Visualization Tools

April 2014 - March 2018

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Master of Science in Applied Sciences and Engineering: Computer Science
VLIR Scholarship - With the Grade of Distinction
September 2010 - September 2012

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Minor in Multimedia Systems

May 2003 - February 2008

Publications

Considering Agency and Data Granularity in the Design of Visualization Tools
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, Miguel A. Nacenta, and Uta Hinrichs
Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18)
iVoLVER: A Visual Language for Constructing Visualizations from In-the-Wild Data
Miguel A. Nacenta and Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez
Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS '17)
Bottom-up vs. Top-down: Trade-offs in Efficiency, Understanding, Freedom and Creativity with InfoVis Tools
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, Uta Hinrichs, and Miguel A. Nacenta
Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17)
Opportunistic Visualization with iVoLVER
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez and Miguel A. Nacenta
2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2016)
Tools for Opportunistic Information Visualization: Visual Analysis with Non-traditional Data Sources
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez
2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2016)
Constructing Interactive Visualizations with iVoLVER
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez and Miguel A. Nacenta
Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '16)
iVoLVER: Interactive Visual Language for Visualization Extraction and Reconstruction
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, Miguel A. Nacenta, and Sebastien Vandenheste
Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16)
Curricular Design Analysis: A Data-Driven Perspective
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, Xavier Ochoa, Katherine Chiluiza, and Bram de Wever
Journal of Learning Analytics, 2014
Techniques for Data-driven Curriculum Analysis
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, Xavier Ochoa, and Katherine Chiluiza
Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK '14)
Expertise estimation based on simple multimodal features
Xavier Ochoa, Katherine Chiluiza, Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, Gonzalo Luzardo, Bruno Guamán, and James Castells
Proceedings of the 15th ACM on International conference on multimodal interaction (ICMI '13)
Evolution of Scientific Collaboration Communities in the AACE
Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez
Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2012
Who We Are: Analysis of 10 Years of the ED-MEDIA Conference
Xavier Ochoa, Gonzalo Gabriel Méndez, and Erik Duval
Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2009