Who are We?

We're a group of professors & student researchers from the US, Peru, Cuba, China, Jamaica, Brazil, The Dominican Republic, and Colombia. When we're not working on papers we're competing in MLH Hackathons, exercising, and playing/making PC Games and Apps.


Francisco R. Ortega, Ph. D.

Visiting Assistant Professor & Director of OpenHID Lab


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 22 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.

Naphtali Rishe, Ph.D.

Professor & Director of HPDRC


Dr. Naphtali Rishe (ndr@acm.org), The inaugural Outstanding University Professor and Eminent Chair Professor of Computer Science, is the author of three books, editor of five books, inventor of five U.S. patents, author of 300 papers in journals and proceedings, awardee of $55 million in research grants by government and industry, including NASA, NSF, IBM, DoI, USGS, and architect of major industrial software projects. He is Director of the NSF Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology at FIU [http://crest.fiu.edu] and of the NSF International FIU-FAU-Dubna Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement [http://cake.fiu.edu]. Dr. Rishe is the inaugural FIU Outstanding University Professor. Rishe's TerraFly project has been extensively covered by worldwide press, including the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Science and Nature journals, and FOX TV News.


Jules Calella


Jules Calella is a graduate research assistant. He has a primary interest is in electronics, with a focus in communications and digital electronics.

Katherine Tarre


Katherine Tarre is an undergraduate research assistant majoring in Statistics and International Relations. Her work is primarily focused on experimental design and statistical analysis using various computer software. In her free time she enjoys reading and problem solving.

Lukas Borges


Lukas is an undergraduate focused on Augmented Reality and Game Development in Unity.

Seidan Jamides


Seidan Jamides is an undergraduate research assistant majoring Computer Science. He is currently performing research in gesture elicitation.

Mathew Kress


Mathew Kress is a graduate volunteer working on applications with the HTC Vive and Hololens.

Cristina Villarroel


Cristina Villarroel is an undergraduate volunteer collaborating with OpenHID research.

Pablo Mueller


Pablo Mueller is an undergraduate volunteer researching gesture recognition.

Former Students

Alain Galvan

Engineer at Marmoset Toolbag


Alain Galvan was a researcher focused on graphics programming, procedurally generated environments, and making tools for artists/musicians. He's been awarded in MLH Hackathons, Newgrounds, Codepen, among other venues.

Jason Lee Thomas

Senior Engineer at Citrix


Jason Lee Thomas was an undergraduate research assistant, who focused on low end C++ programming for the OpenHID Framework (TAMGeF).

Ruben Balcazar

Engineer at Ultimate Software


Ruben Balcazar was a graduate research assistant for the OpenHID Lab. His contributions include Unity plugins for OpenHID compliant hardware.

Jonathan Bernal

Former Undergraduate Gesture Research Assistant


Jonathan F. Bernal was an undergraduate research assistant, currently conducting research on Human-computer Multimodal Interaction and Augmented and Mixed Reality. Jonathan was also part of the ARCH program of the FIU Honors College. His major hobbies are biking and drawing.