Nina Valkanova

Senior Researcher (Ph.D)

Nina is an interaction and information design researcher, media artist and creative coder, interested in the exploration of innovative ideas at the edge between technology, art and design.

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Nina holds a Master degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Technologies in Darmstadt, Germany. During and after her university studies, Nina has been involved in various projects in the field of interface and interaction design, computer graphics, mixed reality and new media arts at the Fraunhofer Center for Computer Graphics (Darmtadt, Germany), Ars Electronica Future Lab (Linz, Austria), the Synthetic Perceptive Emotive and Cognitive Systems Group and the Group for Interactive Technologies at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

After gaining experience and expertise as a creative design engineer at various academic and experimental institutes, Nina became a Doctoral Research Fellow within the PhD program for Audio-visual Technologies and Communication, with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Pompeu Fabra. Her doctoral research comprises a design and empirical inquiry into the potential of combining data visualization and ubiquitous display and sensing technologies for socially motivated purposes. In particular, she is interested in experimenting and conceptualizing principles for affective and engaging experience with data, exploring the intersections between scientific and artistic design knowledge. During her doctoral studies, Nina has spent an year as visiting researcher at the Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin and her work has been published in various academic venues such as DIS, IASDR, CHI and CSCW. Besides her research activities, Nina loves to participate and has exhibited work projects on festivals and workshops for arts and new media such as Interactivos? and Visualizar (Spain), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), Agosto Digital (Argentina) and Viva Cidade (Brazil).

Nina joins the research team at CIID in order to take up new projects related to human computer interaction tools and their application to teaching and learning, as well as well as pursuing other avenues for her own work and ideas.