Christian E. López B. completed his Ph.D. from the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.  He holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. He has worked as an Industrial Engineer in both the Service and Manufacturing sectors before pursuing his Ph.D.

Starting in Fall 2019, he will be an Assistant Professor in Computer Science with an affiliation in Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College.

    I am interested in the design and optimization of intelligent decision support systems and persuasive technologies to augment human proficiencies. My research over the last few years has focused on the development of machine learning methods that personalize the human learning process and enhance the efficiency of task completion and decision making. Currently, I am working on the analysis and design of personalized persuasive systems to improve the motivation and task performance of individuals. I am a member of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A.) Laboratory at Penn State.

Research Interests:

-Machine Learning & Data Science

-Human Factors & Human-Computer Interaction

-Persuasive Technologies & Gamification

-Affective Computing

-Engineering Desing and Education

 

XV International Scientific Research Congress & more…

Earlier this month, I participated in the XV International Scientific Research Congress organized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic (DR). In this congress, there were more than 300 presentations given by researchers...

College of Engineering Research Symposium-1st place

Thanks to Penn State Engineering for the Best Paper Award at their Research Symposium, I got the chance to present some of my work on Gamification, Deep Generative models, and Machine Learning for personalized apps.

ASEE Zone 1 Conference ’19: Gamification in Engineering Bridge Programs

Last weekend I attended the 2019 ASEE Zone 1 Conference at Niagara Fall, NY (from April 11-13). There, we have the chance to present our work implementing Gamification in Engineering Bridge Programs (see PDF)(see PTT).  Thanks to the College of Engineering Center of...

Outstanding Graduate Student Award-College of Engineering Penn State

Thanks to the Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering for the Multicultural Engineering Program Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Spring 2019.  Thanks for all the support, guidance, and hard work from Erin Hostetler, Helen Edson, Dorcas Kaweesa, Dwayne...

Engaging students about AI and Machine Learning at UASD

Last week I was at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Frist of America) giving several talks about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (news articles HERE and HERE), motivating the students to learn more about these topics and showing them the potential...

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) 2018:

The International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is one of the largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conferences in the world. This year, it took place in Pittsburgh, PA...

SHPE 2018 National Convention: Better Together

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 2018 National Convention celebrated in Cleveland, OH (November 7th-11th, 2018) was an extraordinary experience. Once again, I was honored to participate in the NSF Leverage Faculty Development Symposium supported...

Diversity in STEM: Materials and Strategies for Success

Thanks to the Materials Research Institute at Penn State University for a great workshop on Diversity in STEM. Special thanks to Dr. Linda Sapochak from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and our own Associate Dean Dr.Tonya Peeples from the College of Engineering...

College of Engineering STEM Fall Open House

The Penn State Graduate School and College of Engineering STEM Fall Open House. Students had back to back tours and meetings with faculties and grad students. Here are Dean Justin Schwartz and Associate Dean Tonya Peeples giving some remarks. Thanks to Erin Hostetler...

Multicultural Engineering Program-welcome back BBQ

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ACM Tapia Conference 2018: “Diversity: Roots of Innovation”

Once again, I was awarded a Tapia Scholarship to participate in the 2018  Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference (Sept. 19-22, Orlando, FL). In this...

ASME 2018 International IDETC/CIE Conferences

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) & Computers & Information in Engineering (CIE) Conference was a great experience. I had the chance to present my research and discuss with...

Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates

Thanks to Erin Hostetler for inviting us to the Graduate discussion panel for the 2018 Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates (MS REU) at Penn State. This was an excellent opportunity to debunk some of the myths and misconceptions about graduate school....

ASME 2018 CIE Graduate Research Poster Award

I was one of the 12 graduate students awarded a prize of $750 dollars for their research work submitted to the 2018 ASME Computer & Information Engineering Conference Graduate Research Poster session. In this session, we will be presenting our work titled:...

Welcoming New International Students- Summer 2018

This summer, Penn State welcomed 74 new international students. I helped the Penn State Global Programs in the Summer 2018 International Student Orientation (ISO), from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd. I had a great time sharing my own experience as an international...

Pediatric Research Day at Hershey Children’s Hospital

We had the great opportunity to present our work at the Penn State Hershey Childre's Hospital Pediatric Research Day, Hershey, PA, May 24, 2018. There Dr. Conrad Tucker presented a lecture on "Advancing Personalized Healthcare through Big Data and Machine Learning."...

Stereotype and Identity Threat with Dr. Claude Steele.

On April 17th, 2018, we were fortunate to be part of the first Distinguished Lecture on Engineering and Humanity from the Collge of Engineering at PSU. In this event, Dr. Claude Steele presented his work on "Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a...

Imagine RIT- Innovation + Creativity Festival (rain or shine)

Once again, I had the opportunity to attend to one of the greatest innovation and creativity festivals from my alma mater: Imagine RIT. This was the11th year anniversary and my 7th year attending!!. It was so great to visit the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)...

Getting ready for the ASME 2018 IDETC/CIE Conference

We are getting ready for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) & Computers & Information in Engineering (CIE) Conference. This will take place in Quebec City, Canada from August...

Industry Open House- Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Eng.

We had a great time, during the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Industry Open House (April 25th, 2018).  We had the privilege to present our research on personalized learning systems that take advantage of machine learning...

CHOT 2018 Spring IAB Meeting- Machine learning and genomics to advance personalized medicine

We were honored to present the research impact and insight of our project titled "An unsupervised machine learning method for discovering patient cluster based on genetic signatures" (see presentation) at the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) 2018...

2018 CERS at Penn State-Second Place WINNER!!

Once again we participated in the College of Engineering Research Symposium, which took place April 10th, 2018 in the Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State. This time we won second place, which included a $200 prize, with our research "The quest towards...

USA Science & Engineering Festival ’18- the biggest celebration of STEM in the USA

I was excited to attend this great festival. The 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival was the most exciting, educational, and entertaining STEM festival in the US. The festival took place in Washinton D.C., from April 7-8th. There were so many...

ASEE 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference-Mining Facial Expressions in Engineering Lab Environments (Best Paper Award)

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mid-Atlantic Spring  2018 Conference, which took place at the University of the District of Columbia from April 6-7, was a great opportunity to network with peers in the field of Eng. education. In the...

ICS Symposium 2018: Harnessing the Power of Data

We took part in the 2018 Institute for CyberSiciene (ICS) symposium: Harnessing the Power of Data at Penn State.   This one-day conference, that focused on innovative computational research in the fields of Precision Health, Cybersecurity, and Smart Communities....
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