Dr. Francisco R. Ortega (fortega@cs.fiu.edu), 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 upcoming book Interaction Design for 3D User Interfaces to be published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group in December, 2015, the editor of the upcoming handbook titled Handbook of Input and 3D User Interaction: Theory and Practice (CRC Press), and a tentative series of 3D User Interfaces and Interaction Design Gems series (CRC Press) for 2017.