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Jorge Toro

Part-Time Lecturer

Contact

Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
202 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jorge Toro, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Research Interests

  • User interfaces and user experience
  • Information architecture
  • Human factors
  • Human computer interaction

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, DePaul University
  • MS in Human Computer Interaction, DePaul University
  • MS in Computer Science, University of Los Andes, Colombia
  • BS in Computer Science, University of Los Andes, Colombia

Biography

Jorge Toro is a part-time lecturer in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern, as well as a Human Computer Interaction Engineer at MORSE Corp in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is actively involved in the design and development of interactive systems for both military and civilian Department of Defense personnel. His professional interests lie in fields associated with the creation of usable, efficient and effective user interfaces for people.

After completing his Ph.D. in 2005 at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, Jorge moved to Boston where worked as a Software Engineer at VT MAK in Cambridge. After a few years in the software development arena and given his deep interest in HCI, Jorge joined the team at Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) in Waltham, MA where he worked as a UX Engineering Consultant. During his tenure at ICS, Jorge provided consulting services to a variety of companies including; Shell, Intel, Panasonic, Microsoft, and Electrolux. After ICS, Jorge worked as a HCI Engineer at Shell Techworks in Cambridge, MA, where he worked on various multidisciplinary projects for the oil & gas industry focusing primarily on user requirement elicitation, user safety, user interface design, and feasibility studies.

Jorge teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in human computer interaction with a focus on prototyping techniques, usability inspection methods, information architecture, and user interface design. He has also taught introductory computer science with an emphasis on programming in; C, C++, JAVA, C#, and VB.NET, and the modeling, rendering and scripting computer graphics. As a native of Colombia, Toro is a loyal coffee drinker and a sworn enemy of fruit flies!

About me:

What are the specifics of your educational background?

My educational background is a hybrid between computer science with a focus in software development, and human-computer interaction. My undergraduate, as well as my first master’s degree were primarily on software development for robotics applications, specifically path planning and computer graphics. Later I developed a strong interest in user interfaces since that was an area that never taught in school and was totally neglected in the industry. The result of such interest landed me in the United States where I pursued my master’s in human-computer interaction and later my Ph.D. in Computer Science with focus in HCI.

What is your research focus in a bit more detail?

For research, I am interested in developing improved analytical models and methods for design, evaluation, and testing of mobile tools to help people with disabilities. I also have a personal interest in researching analytic models based upon user data to build better information architectures. One product of this research was the CardZort software which I authored. I also researched the practical application of augmented reality in the oil and gas sector and as well as the impact of situational awareness during the operation of complex systems (all of these resulted in internal, confidential reports).

Most recently I have primarily worked in applying what I have learned in HCI to produce better and more efficient tools for use primarily in air drops for military research and analysis. These research interests possess real-world application in the areas of product design, information architecture design, emerging technologies, and UX design; which can complement the existing research interests of the department.

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • CS 5340: Computer/Human Interaction