Xavier is a second year Master student at the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on exploring novel interactions between users and objects through the design and implementation of software and hardware prototypes. He is specially interested in HCI, UX Design, IoT, wearable devices, AR and VR. His work has been featured in several international conferences and media such as CHI, UIST, New York Times and CNN. In the summer of 2015, he did an internship at Microsoft Research working on pushing the boundaries of VR and AR experiences. Before joining the Fluid Interfaces Group, he graduated in Electronic Systems Engineering in Communications at Ramon Llull University (Barcelona).

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Judith Amores, Xavier Benavides and Patricia Maes. "PsychicVR: Increasing mindfulness by using Virtual Reality and Brain Computer Interfaces", CHI 2016 Video Showcase, San Jose 2016.   [Link]

Xavier Benavides, Judith Amores, Pattie Maes. "TagMe: An Easy-to-Use Toolkit for Turning the Personal Environment into an Extended Communications Interface." ACM Intl. Conf. Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2014), Work-In-Progress.   [PDF]   [Link]

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Ermal Dreshaj, Judith Amores, Sang-won Leigh, Xavier Benavides, Pattie Maes, Ken Perlin and Hiroshi Ishii. clayodor: Retrieving Scents through the Manipulation of Malleable Material. TEI 2015 Work-in-progress, 2015   [PDF]   [Link]

Amores . J, Benavides. X , Maes. P, ShowMe: A Remote Collaboration System that Supports Immersive Gestural Communication, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 18-23, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea   [PDF]   [Link]

Amores, J., Benavides, X., Boldu, R., & Maes, P. (2015, April). Exploring the Design of a Wearable Device to Turn Everyday Objects into Playful Experiences. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2145-2150). ACM.   [PDF]   [Link]

Benavides, X, Amores, J, & Maes,. Invisibilia: revealing invisible data using augmented reality and internet connected devices. (UbiComp '15:) International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers   [PDF]   [Link]

Benavides. X, Amores. J, Maes. P. Remot-IO: a System for Reaching into the Environment of a Remote Collaborator. (UIST´15) 28th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium.   [PDF]

Javier Hernandez, Daniel McDuff, Xavier Benavides, Judith Amores, Pattie Maes, Rosalind Picard. "AutoEmotive: bringing empathy to the driving experience to manage stress" in Proceedings of the companion publication on Designing interactive systems (DIS Companion '14)   [Link]