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Juan-Luis Suárez

Juan-Luis Suárez

Director, Philosopher, Digital Humanist, Runner, Amateur Cook

I founded the CulturePlex Lab in 2010 with funding from the Canada Founda­­tion for Innovation with the goal of establishing a creative place to help de­­fine the digital trans­formation. My work focuses on the digital condition, cultural analytics, the language of groups, cultural networks theory, and creativity.

Yadira Lizama-Mué

Yadira Lizama-Mué

Software Engineer, Data & Peace Researcher, Project Manager

I am a Data Scientist and Ph.D. can­didate in Hispanic Studies with a specialization in Scientific Com­puting and Transitional Justice. A former Software Engineer and graduate from Universidad de las Ciencias Informá­ticas in Havana, Cuba. My research in­terests are focused on data science (artificial intelligence, NLP, networks, and statistics) mainly applied to Peace Innovation.

Ana Ruiz-Segarra

Ana Ruiz-Segarra

Computer Graphics Engineer & Humanist, Video game enthusiast

I am a Ph.D. student and a specialist in data analysis, visualization, gra­phic and web design, and coding. My Ph.D. research focuses on developing VR games and digital experiences for cour­ses in the Humanities. As a researcher at the CulturePlex Lab, I use network theory and data visualization to analyze the behaviour and in­teractions of peo­ple in online communities.

Daniel Varona-Cordero

Daniel Varona-Cordero

Computer Scientist, Ethics in AI Researcher, Ph.D. Candidate

I have sixteen years of experience in software development. My current re­search interests include the study of the ethical and social impact of artificial intelligence systems, the design of trustworthy automatic decision-making solu­tions, and con­ducting empirical re­search on human aspects in software engineering.

Emilio Calderón

Emilio Calderón

Cultural data analyst, Innovation Scout, Coffee Aficionado

I am a researcher at the CulturePlex Lab and a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Studies at the Department of Lan­guages and Cultures. My research focuses on analyzing cultural networks com­bining quantitative and qualitative methods. In addition, I examine the di­gital trans­formations of cultural orga­nizations to understand how they envision creative solutions.

Bárbara Romero-Ferrón

Bárbara Romero-Ferrón

Digital Art History. Museums & Art Collections

I am a digital art history researcher at the CulturePlex Lab, at Western Uni­versity, Canada, and at the iArtHislab group, University of Málaga, Spain. I am a third-year PhD in the Languages and Cultures Department at Western Uni­versity. My research focuses on art exhibition data, data curation in GLAM, information visualization, and digital art history.

María Paula Espejo

María Paula Espejo

Political scientist, Conflict resolution, Food & travel lover

I am building a creative method that leverages innovation to strengthen peacebuilding through gastronomy in post-conflict societies. I am working on a roadmap that will enhance cultural networks between sustainability, citi­zenship, and re­conciliation. This me­thod will advance on the betterment of society by introducing responsible and conscious use of natural resources.

Zeina Dghaim

Zeina Dghaim

Museum Collections & Education, Visual artist inspired in nature

My doctoral research focuses on re­newing museum collections through motion design and cultural net­works. My work promotes a sense of wonder, curiosity, co­existence, and beauty to inspire people of all ages. I believe in creative work that helps people, or­ganisations, and communities reach their highest potential and approach all my projects with these deep-rooted values.