Pablo Jose Ortiz-Lampier

I was awarded a Ph.D. from the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in February 2021.

During my Ph.D., I was a member of the Imagination, Computation, and Expression (ICE) Lab and the Computer Science and Artifical Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). My thesis advisor was Prof. D. Fox Harrell.

In addition, I was affiliated with the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (wireless@MIT), the Li-Shiuan Peh (LSP) Group, and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Lab.

Research Projects

For my dissertation, I studied how one might design online learning systems (e.g., edX, Coursera) to scalably support critical thinking. The major contributions of this research were a framework, grounded in roleplay theory and practice, for designing online learning systems that scalably support critical thinking and a method for effetively evaluating critical thinking at scale.

Dissertation aside, I have a broad range of interests, and this quality is reflected in the (non-exhaustive) list of projects I worked on while at MIT:



Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Conference Proceedings

  • P. Ortiz, D. F. Harrell. "Chimeria:Grayscale MOOC: Towards Critical Self-Reclection at Scale." In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale (L@S 2019), Chicago, IL, USA. Jun 24 - Jun 25, 2019.
  • P. Ortiz, D. F. Harrell. "Enabling Critical Self-Reflection through Roleplay with Chimeria:Grayscale." In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY 2018), Melbourne, Australia. Oct 28 - Oct 31, 2018.
  • M. Treanor, N. Warren, M. Reed, A. M. Smith, P. Ortiz, L. Carney, L. Sherman, E. Carre, N. Vivatvisha, D. F. Harrell, P. Mardo, A. Gordon, J. Dormans, B. Robison, S. Gomez, S. Heck, L. Wright, T. Soule. "Playable Experiences at AIIDE 2017." In Proceedings of the AAAI Confrerence on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE 2017), Snowbird Ski Resort, UT, USA. Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2017.
  • D. F. Harrell, P. Ortiz, P. Downs, E. Carre, A. Wang, M. Wagoner. "Chimeria:Grayscale: An Interactive Narrative for Provoking Critical Reflection on Gender Discrimination." In Proceedings of the Electronic Literature Organization Confrerence (ELO 2017), Porto, Portugal. Jul 19 - Jul 22, 2017.
  • D. F. Harrell, S. Vieweg, H. Kwak, C. Lim, S. Sengun, A. Jahanian, P. Ortiz. "Culturally Grounded Analysis of Everyday Creativity in Social Media: A Case Study in Qatari Context." In Proceedings of ACM Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2017), Singapore. Jun 27 - Jun 30, 2017.
  • D. Franklin, P. Conrad, G. Aldana, S. Hough, N. Avalos Cisneros, F. Lopez, A. Gonzalez, A. Hernandez, S. Jones, J. Lopez, C. Lu,N. Moreno, P. Ortiz, M. Rochin, S. Smith. "Animal Tlatoque: Attracting Middle-School Students to Computing through Culturally-Relevant Themes." In Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2011), Dallas, TX, USA. Mar 09 - Mar 12, 2011.
  • G. Long, D. Franklin, S. Biswas, P. Ortiz, J. Oberg, D. Fan, F. T. Chong "Minimal Multi-Threading: Finding and Removing Redundant Instructions in Multi-Threaded Processors." In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium On Microarchitecture (MICRO 2010), Atlanta, GA, USA. Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2010.