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2021

"Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, 100 Extraordinary Peruvians."
With great honor Prof. Vega was included in the book: “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, 100 Extraordinary Peruvians.” Thanks to the talented illustrator @colinacomics for this amazing portrait. Can’t wait to get this book and learn from all these powerful Peruvian women!
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The Women in Tech Initiative Athena Award!
Prof. Katia Vega received this prestigious award: "I am super honored to receive: The Women in Tech Initiative Athena Award from the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Berkeley Engineering. Everything feels like a much better dream that any one I had when I was a kid in Peru. I am extremely lucky to have around me the strong, amazing and smart women in STEAM that can call friends from US, Brazil, Hong Kong, my lovely Peru and all over the world. And of course, my female students, my new source of inspiration. Happy Women Day, everyone!"
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Augmented Humans 2021 (Virtual): Best Demo Award!
We are deligthed to know that our paper and demo was awarded with the best Demo Award at The Augmented Humans (AHs) International Conference 2021: "GemiN' I: Seamless Skin Interfaces Aiding Communication through Unconscious Behaviors".
Congratulations to our members: Shuyi Sun, Neha Deshmukh, Xin Chen, Hao-Chuan Wang, and Katia Vega.
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ACM News
Thanks ACM and Paul Marks for sharing our work among others on teeth interfaces! "braceIO: biosensing through hydrogel dental ligatures". Collaboration between Katia Vega and Eldy Lazaro (UC Davis) annd Ali Yetisen #imperialcollegelondon #ucdavisdesign #interactiveorganismslab
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Art & Code (CMU)
Prof. Vega presented our research at Art && Code organized by Carnegie Mellon University. Take a look to the great line up of these festival:
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2020

TECHSUYO2020
Prof. Vega participated as the Academic Chair. It is the conference that brings together the Peruvian professional community in the areas of science, technology and innovation. It is organized by PeruSV, a non-profit organization founded by Peruvian professionals working in Silicon Valley. San Francisco, US. (virtual)​. 2020.
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IDEO - Hispanic Week
Prof. Vega presented her experiences as a Latina woman in tech and the IOLab research in the IDEO Hispanic Week. Boston (virtual). 2020.

The Impact of AI in the World
Katia Vega presented at the Innovate Peru. She was sharing her experiences with AI in the Discussion Panel. Lima (virtual). 2020.

 


TEDx Pura Vida - Costa Rica
Katia Vega presented at TEDxPura Vida. Thanks Costa Rica for inviting us to share our work.
 

Exploring AI Ethics Through Intelligent Everyday Objects
Prof. Vega and her collaborator Tomas Laurezo (U. of Colorado Boulder presented at ISEA 2020 their paper. ISEA, Montreal (virtual). 2020.
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New ways of incorporating technology into organisms
Prof. Katia Vega was invited as a keynote speaker at the Ibero-American Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (JIISIC). Colombia (virtual). 2020.
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Eslucent: an eyelid interface for detecting eye blinking
A new collaboration between IOLab and Hybrid Body Lab from Cornell University was presented at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers. Using double eyelid stickers as an on-skin wearable for sensing blinking. It was presented by IOLab alumni Elle Luo. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with Prof. Cindy Kao. ISWC, Cancun, Mexico (virtual). 2020.
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braceIO: Biosensing through Hydrogel Dental Ligatures
Interactive Organisms Lab's new paper will be presented at the International Symposium of Wearable Computing (ISWC 2020). It is a collaboration project between Prof. Katia Vega and Eldy Lázaro (UC Davis) with Prof. Ali Yetisen (Imperial College of London). Eldy Lazaro represented us as a speaker on Wednesday. Go Eldy! Cancun, Mexico (virtual). 2020.
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Design Panel, ISWC 2020.
​We discussed with an amazing group of panelists, the challenges and opportunities in design and technology for wearables, and the role of diversity in technology creation. Cancun, Mexico (virtual). 2020.
Moderator: Katia Vega, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, University of California, Davis, USA
Panelists:
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, USA & Director, Hybrid Body Lab
Leslie Thomas, Co-Founder, Factory 404, USA
Thomas Gaddis, Co-Founder, Factory 404, USA
Troy Nachtigall, Professor, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
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Lima 3D Fashion Week
​Congratulations Eldy Lázaro for participating in Lima 3D Fashion Week with the Mycoaccessories project!


Introducing the Sustainable Prototyping Life Cycle for Digital Fabrication to Designers​
New paper presented at the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS 2020). This paper was a collaboration between our MFA student Eldy Lázaro, Prof. Hao-Chuan, and Prof. Katia Vega (UC Davis). Our paper got a 'Best Demo Honorable Mention' in the virtual Demo session. Eindhoven, Netherlands (Virtual)​. 2020.
Congratulations to Eldy Lázaro for this great award!

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Role Models Contest, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design
Congratulations to our lab member, Eldy Lázaro for winning the first prize in the Role Models Contest with her proposal Myco-Electronics for the Circular Economy. This annual design contest offers a chance for students to be a “Role Model” to the design world by proposing an innovative approach to design combined with a demonstration of how creative practice can have a positive impact on personal health, the health of our neighbors, and the world at large. New York, USA. 2020.

The Peruvian in Tech Professionals in Silicon Valley
Prof. Katia Vega was invited to share her experiences in teaching during COVID-19. San Francisco, USA (virtual). 2020.
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International Conference: Challenges of Digital Transformation
Prof. Katia Vega participated at UPSJB 2020. She shared her research with the faculty and students from the University San Juan Bautista in Peru (virtual). 2020.
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The Environmental Impact of Physical Prototyping: a Five-Year CHI Review
Workshop paper presented in SelfSustainableCHI 2020, a (Virtual) CHI 2020 Workshop on self-powered sustainable interfaces and interactions: "The Environmental Impact of Physical Prototyping: a Five-Year CHI Review". This paper was a collaboration between our MFA student Eldy Lázaro, Prof. Hao-Chuan, and Prof. Katia Vega (UC Davis). Honolulu, Hawaii (Virtual). 2020.
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Towards Environmental Sustainability in Digital Fabrication Classes: DIY Prototyping with Biomaterials
Workshop paper presented in EduCHI 2020, a (Virtual) CHI 2020 Symposium: "Towards Environmental Sustainability in Digital Fabrication Classes: DIY Prototyping with Biomaterials". It was a collaboration between our MFA's student Eldy Lázaro and Prof. Katia Vega. Honolulu, Hawaii (Virtual)​. 2020.
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MycoAccessories, Wearable Biotech & Growable Interfaces
​Prof. Vega and Eldy Lázaro represented the IOLab exhibiting MycoAccessories. MIT Media Lab. 2020.
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Wearable Biotech & Growable Interfaces
​Prof. Katia Vega presenting Interactive Organisms's research at MIT Media Lab: Wearable Biotech Conference. Boston, NY. 2020.
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TechDay
Prof. Vega was part of the TechDay from the Peruvian cosmetic company: Belcorp. It was a pleasure to share the IOLab research with specialists in beauty products. Belcorp, Peru. 2020.
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2019

Rome Fashion Week 2019
"Myco-accessories" was selected to participate in the Rome Fashion Week, in the category of Biomaterials, promoted by Fondazione Mondo Digitale in collaboration with Altaroma. This catwalk showcased 37 projects by young designers from 12 countries around the world.
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Textile Academy 2019 (virtual)
Prof. Vega is an instructor of Textile-academy, from the Fab Labs network. The textile-academy is an interdisciplinary course based on hands-on learning and bottom-up approach . 14 different labs from all over the world are connected together and creating skin interfaces. Barcelona. 2019.
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LAB4+ Pacific Alliance Annual Summit
Prof. Vega was invited to present Beauty Technology at the largest event of the Pacific Alliance on Entrepreneurship and Technology. The LAB4+ Pacific Alliance Annual Summit was held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. 2019.
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Myco-accessories: Sustainable and Biodegradable Wearables
ISWC honored the IOLab with an award in the Fiber Art category at the Design Exhibition (London, 2019). Prof. Vega and Eldy Lázaro were exhibiting the project.
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From Plastic to Biomaterials: Prototyping DIY Electronics with Mycelium​

Prof. Katia Vega and our MFA student Eldy Lázaro present a collaboration demo paper at Ubicomp 2019. London, UK. 2019.
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The Skin as My Canvas
Prof. Vega was part of the amazing exhibition 'Reclaiming the Future' and the long conversations organized by Stochastic Labs. She was representing her research collaborators with the Dermal Abyss and great discussions with JD Beltran and Sharon Chang. Fort Mason, San Francisco. 2019.
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ICML 2019
Prof. Vega was a keynote speaker at Latin AI at the International Conference in Machine Learning, 2019. It was a great pleasure to share her work with Latino/women/Peruvian researchers. Long Beach, CA. 2019.
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CSU Maker Convention 2019
Prof. Vega was a keynote speaker at CSU Maker Convention, 2019. She had the pleasure of talking to other maker faculty and presented IOLab research: "Interactive Body Modification Techniques." Sonoma, CA. 2019.
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Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Award
Granting Prof. Vega and our lab with $150,000 and three years of mentorship. New Jersey, USA. 2019.
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ECOA 2020
Prof. Vega participated at ECOA 2019 organized by PUC-Rio (Brazil). She presented her experienced in Shenzhen and the makers community. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2019.
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2018

Textile Academy 2018 (virtual)
Prof. Vega is an instructor of Textile-academy, from the Fab Labs network. The textile-academy is an interdisciplinary course based on hands-On learning and bottom up approach . She teaches the Skin Electronics Class. 14 different labs from all over the world are connected together and creating skin interfaces. Barcelona. 2018.
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Can the skin become an interactive platform?
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at UC Berkeley's Field Notes Distinguished Lecture Series at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. UC Berkeley, California. 2018.
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On-Body Interaction: Embodied Cognition Meets Sensor/Actuator Engineering to Design New Interfaces
Prof. Katia Vega participates and presents at Dagstuhl Seminar 18212, Germany. 2018.

Beauty Technology: When skin meets technology
Prof. Katia Vega presents at CS Colloquium, UC Davis.​ 2018.

Asilomar Microcomputers Workshop
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Asilomar Microcomputers Workshop. California.​ 2018.
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PNAS. Science and Culture: Wearable tech meets tattoo art in a bid to revolutionize both.
Prof. Katia Vega is proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).​ 2018.

Ars Electronica
Prof. Katia Vega exhibits "Beauty Technology" at Ars Electronica. Osaka,​ 2018.
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Body Hacking Conference

Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Body Hacking Conference. Austin​.​ 2018.
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HeartMe: Thermochromic Display as An Expression of Heart Health
Manlin Song presents at Designing Interactive Systems (DIS). Hong Kong, China.​ 2018.


Vivid Sydney
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Vivid Sydney. Sydney.​ 2018.
Scentery: a calming multisensory environment by mixing virtual reality, sound, and scent
Elle Luo presents a poster at MobileHCI '18. Barcelona​.​ 2018.
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Beauty Tech Nails
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Artists as Catalysts Exhibition, Ars Electronica. Osaka.​ 2018.

Dermal Abyss
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at SXSW 2018. Austin, Texas​.​ 2018.

MAKE. State of Electronics
Prof. Katia Vega is interviewed from State of Electronics. Shenzhen​.​ 2018.

 

Tattoos could soon be used to monitor health
Prof. Katia Vega presents at BBC​.​ 2018.

SXSW 2018: Hereʼs all the winners from SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards
The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards honored DermalAbyss with the Scifi No Longer Award, given to "the coolest scientific achievement or discovery that before 2017 was only possible in science fiction."
 
 

2017

Dermal Abyss
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Demo and Performance, Ars Electronica. Linz.​ 2017.
 
 

Maker Faire
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Maker Faire. Shenzhen​, 2017.
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Kinisi
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Exhibition at Gaite Lyrique, Look Forward Fashion Tech Festival.​ 2017.

TEDxTukuy
Prof. Katia Vega presents at TEDxTukuy. Peru​, 2017.
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Beauty Technology: From Traditional to Interactive cosmetics
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Physics Colloquium. UC Davis​.​ 2017.

Hack your Body with Cosmetics
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Biohackers Summit. Stockholm​.​ 2017.
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When the Skin Meets Technology
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at TXC-290 seminar​. UC Davis​.​ 2017.

Beauty Technology
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at UFC Intercampus Day. UC Davis​.​ 2017.

Demand Solutions
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Ibero American Development Bank. Paraguay.​ 2017.
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De Vinci
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at De Vinci. France.​ 2017.
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UNMSM
Prof. Katia Vega presents at UNMSM. Peru.​ 2017.
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The Dermal Abyss and Beauty Technology Artist Talks
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at ISEA. Colombia.​ 2017.
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TEDxPura Vida
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at TEDxPura Vida. Costa Rica.​ 2017.
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Diabète : un tatouage interactif pour en finir avec les piqûres
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Les on unique​​​. 2017.

Color-changing Tattoo Ink Could Monitor Medical Conditions
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Laboratory Equipment​​​. 2017.

Designing Smart Tattoos To Help Monitor Your Health
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Forbes.​ 2017.

Artists as Capitalists
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Knowledge Capital​​. 2017.

Colour changing tattoos monitor health
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Printed Electronics World​​. 2017.

Inked up: Smart tattoo monitors your health
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at​ Medical Plastics News​.​ 2017.

Tatoeage meet glucose in bloed
Prof. Katia Vega presents at De Ingenieur​​. 2017.

Use of tattoos to measure blood sugar being researched
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at​ at Digital Journal​.​ 2017.
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Researchers develop smart tattoos for health monitoring
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at​ Phys Org​.​ 2017.

Innovation by Design Awards
The Dermal Abyss project won honorable mention at Fast Company​​ "Innovation by Design" 2017.
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Dos peruanas entre los veinte latinos más influyentes en tecnología de EE.UU
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at El Comercio​. 2017.

From tattoo regret to tattoo desire: The risks and benefits of body inking
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Mims Today. 2017.

CNET en Español: The 20 most influential Latinos in tech
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at CNET. 2017.
 
 

Elektronické tetování jako chytrý pomocník pro diabetiky
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Tizeali​​​. 2017.

Tatuajes para la salud: un laboratorio a flor de piel y en tiempo real
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Infobae. 2017.

These color-changing tattoos could help millions monitor their health
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at World Economic Forum​. 2017.

My mother asked me why the tattoo is, of course, "for health"
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Infanr. 2017.

Le Fashion Tech Festival dévoile les prouesses technologiques de la mode de demain
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at France info.​​​. 2017.

MIT-Forscherin Katia Vega vereint Schönheit mit Technologie
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Wired​​​. 2017.

Creating Diabetes Tattoos That Sense Changes in Blood Sugar
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at A Sweet Life​. 2017.

El MIT desarrolla un tatuaje que avisa del estado de salud
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at La Vanguardia, Barcelona. 2017.

Warum sich Diabetiker ein Tattoo stechen lassen sollten
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Wired​​​. 2017.

Forget smartwatches: This tattoo could soon track your health
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at CNET​. 2017.

These Biosensing Tattoos Change Color When Your Health Is at Risk
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Interesting Engineering​​​. 2017.

MIT Researchers Develop Tattoo Ink That Can Track Your Health
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at The Daily Caller. 2017.

Tatuajes que cambian de color según tu nivel de glucosa
Prof. Katia Vega presents at PC World​. 2017.

MIT Has Developed Colour-Changing Tattoo Ink That Monitors Your Health in Real Time
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Science Alert​​. 2017.

Estos tatuajes cambian de color reaccionando a tu estado de salud
Prof. Katia Vega presents at EcoDiario.es​. 2017.

The incredible colour changing tattoos that monitor the blood sugar levels of people with diabetes in real-time
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at Daily Mail. 2017.

MIT researchers develop color-changing tattoos that help monitor your health
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at Metro US. 2017.

MIT and Harvard's biosensing tattoos will change color when you're dehydrated
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at Digital Trends. 2017.

MIT Has Created a Biosensing, Color Changing Tattoo Ink
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Motherboard​​. 2017.

Un tatouage qui change de couleur en fonction de notresanté
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Paris Match. 2017.

This Tattoo Ink Can Sense How Healthy You Are
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at Popular Mechanics. 2017.

MIT researchers develop tattoo inks that could act as health trackers
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Deezeen​. 2017.

Scientists created tattoos that change color to give you real-time data about your body
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Mic. 2017.

These Color-Changing Tattoos Monitor Your Health, No Wearable Needed
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Fast Company​​. 2017.

Smart tattoo with biosensor ink can monitor glucose levels and more
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at SlashGear​​. 2017.

Color-changing tattoos being developed for monitoring health
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Inquirer​. 2017.


These Tattoos Have Biosensors in Them
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Facebook. 2017.

Color-Changing Tattoo Ink Indicates When Your Health Is At Risk
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Kombini​​. 2017.

#GenteQueHaceHistoria
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Facebook​​. 2017.

Horizon cosmétique : le maquillage du futur
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Tracks Art TV​​. 2017.

"Smart Tattoo" announced that changes color with health. Will it solve the power supply and connectivity problems of health system trackers?
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at Engadget. 2017.

Creadora del concepto Beaty Technology
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at Correo​​. 2017.

Le numérique à fleur de peau : de nouvelles interfaces de communication
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at The Conversation​. 2017.

Ahora podrá prender la luz con sus propias pestañas
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at El Comercio. 2017.

El MIT lo dice. La peruana innovadora del 2016
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Publimetro​. 2017.

Premio a la innovación: "Mit Technology Review" reconoce a cinco peruanos
Prof. Katia Vega presents. 2017.

Katia Cánepa Vega fue una de las ganadoras de la reconocida premiación MIT Review 2017
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Facebook​​. 2017.

2016

Campus Party
Prof. Katia Vega speaks at Campus Party. Mexico.​ 2016.
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Skrin
Prof. Katia Vega presents at Music Tech Festival. Berlin. 2016.
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Los superpoderes de Katia Cánepa
Prof. Katia Vega gives a talk at La Republica​​. 2016.

KATIA VEGA, proposing novel ways of interacting with the world
Prof. Katia Vega is featured at Clot Magazine. 2017.