Ana Maria Cardenas is a Ph.D. student in the Media Arts and Technology Program in the Expressive Computation Lab. She received her M.S. in Information at the University of Michigan, her B.S. in Computer Science, and a B.A. in Design at Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. She has worked with the Museum of Memory in Colombia to create AR exhibitions for narratives of the armed conflict in Colombia. She has also worked with companies like Snap and Adobe, exploring AR’s use for social connection, storytelling, and performance.
Ana Maria is interested in creating technologies that support storytelling and foster human connection through narrative. She has experience designing and developing Augmented Reality experiences and studying users’ interactions with them. In her research, she is particularly interested in supporting artists, institutions, communities, and organizations using Augmented and Virtual Reality to create narratives that help foster empathy and understanding of sensitive stories.