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Cristhian Parra

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Informatics Engineer
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • National Research Institute for Computing and Automation
  • 27PublicationsNumber of items in Cristhian's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 30Followers

Research interests

interactive systemsservice oriented computing and architecturesparticipatory budgetingcivic participationHCI researchscience and technology studiesparticipatory designsocial/community informatics

About

I am passionate about science and technology, in particular about the kind that has a positive direct impact in improving people's well-being and their opportunities of participation in society. I like to research, design and implement experiences that bring people together, fostering social interactions and facilitating participation within the community. I see technology as a tool that can support these experiences, but I believe people must be at the center of our design processes, having always a careful attention upon their expectations and their particular ways of appropriating and using technology, which are not always the ones we foresee at the beginning of our work. Constant change is a part of the process, and when working to design solutions for people, I think we must consider with high regard their own opinions and views about it. To sum up the principles that drive me in my works, I like the way the internet has somehow paraphrased the words of Carl Jung: "You can learn out all the theories, master all the techniques, but when you touch a human soul, you have to be just another human soul". I got an Informatics Engineering degree from the National University of Asunción (Paraguay) in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento (Italy) in 2014. Recently, the focus of my work has been in the multidisciplinary realm of Social-Community Informatics and Human Computer Interactions, using Participatory Design and Participatory Action Research as my principal approaches to the study and design of interactive systems that improve people's health and well-being. In my years of professional research and work, I have had experience working with a myriad of topics, including mainly the following: User experience and HCI research, qualitative research methods, participatory design, participatory action research, web engineering, service oriented computing (particularly RESTful based service platforms), data and knowledge management, mobile applications design and implementation. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento, Italy. Here, my work is divided in two streams of work that might seem unrelated, but are ultimately well connected. Half of my time is devoted to working in the study and design of ICT for active ageing. The other half is devoted to online education of ICT for health and well-being.

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Recent publications

  • CREATIVITY AND PARTICIPATORY ARTWORK FOR CIVIC AWARENESS

    • Macchia T
    • Parra C
    • Mate P
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  • Gelee: Cooperative Lifecycle Management for (Composite) Artifacts

    • Báez M
    • Parra C
    • Casati F
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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique

November 2015 - Present

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California Berkeley

February 2015 - Present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Universita degli Studi di Trento Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienza dell'Informazione

May 2014 - December 2014(7 months)

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Trento - Dept. of Inform. Eng. and Comp. Sc.

November 2009 - April 2014(4 years)

Visiting Researcher

Centro Ricerche GPI

March 2013 - March 2014(a year)

Visiting Ph.D. Student

University of Tartu

August 2010 - October 2010(2 months)

Visiting Ph.D. Student

CSE, University of New South Wales

February 2010 - March 2010(a month)

Researcher

University of Trento - Dept. of Inform. Eng. and Comp. Sc.

February 2009 - October 2009(8 months)

Specialized Technician

Centro Nacional de Computación de la Universidad Nacional de Asunión

October 2006 - September 2009(3 years)

Education

Ph.D. in Information Engineering and Computer Science

University of Trento - Dept. of Inform. Eng. and Comp. Sc.

November 2009 - April 2014(4 years)

Informatics Engineer

Universidad Nacional de Asunción

February 2004 - October 2009(6 years)

Electronics Technician

Centro de Capacitación Técnica de Luque

February 1997 - December 2002(6 years)