Faculty and Staff


Faculty

Maria Mercedes T. Rodrigo, PhD, Head

I am a professor of the Ateneo de Manila University. I teach in the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. My areas of specialization are educational technology, intelligent tutoring systems, and affective computing. In 2011, I established the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences through a grant from the Department of Science and Technology’s Engineering Research and Development for Technology program.

Jessica O. Sugay, Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Education, majoring in Information Technology Integration. I am also the Moderator of the student organization, the Computer Society of the Ateneo.

Walfrido David A. Diy, Lecturer

I am a lecturer in Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. As someone who grew up playing video games, I am interested in all things game-related, from entertainment to education, digital or otherwise.

Eric Cesar E. Vidal, Jr., PhD, Research Associate

I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science at Ateneo in 2001 and 2005, respectively, then served as a researcher at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Games Lab from 2009 through 2014, in charge of developing an A.I. planning engine for game applications. Thereafter, I returned to the Philippines to complete my Ph.D. degree, again with Ateneo, which I received in 2020.


My current research interests include Augmented Reality (AR), serious games for education, computer graphics and artificial intelligence. I was the technical lead of the MAGIS (Mobile Augmented-Reality Games for Instructional Support) project, an open-source AR framework that was instrumental in the production of several educational mobile games: The Mind Museum ARventureTuklas (Museo Pambata), and the Igpaw series of location-based adventure games. I am presently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, researching future Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VAMR) possibilities.

John Michael Santos, Lecturer

I’m helping in the development of an engine for augmented reality instructional games. I received my B.S. degree in Computer Science at the Ateneo in 2016. I’m interested in games, anything that involves interactive multimedia, and graphic design.

Victor “Icon” Ortega, Lecturer

I am a lecturer in Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. I do all things game-related, from playing them to studying them to making them. My work as a research assistant is focused towards the game design of minigames and the game development of virtual and augmented reality apps. I graduated in 2017 with a degree in Computer Science, specialization in interactive multimedia.

Dominique Manahan

Dominique Manahan is a researcher for the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences, and was a former Teach for the Philippines teacher fellow assigned to Kamuning Elementary School for two school years. She has been involved in managing education and business-related programs and projects in the corporate, government and academe settings.

Jenilyn A. Casano, PhD

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. My areas of interest include human-computer interaction, game-based learning, and gamification in education.

Jonathan DL. Casano, MS

I am a part-time instructor in the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University and a full-time researcher in the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences. My research practice is centered on Embodied Cognition and Gamification. I also do work on alternative location sensing using Bluetooth Low-Energy Beacons.

Jayzon F. Ty, Lecturer

I am currently a part-time instructor in the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ateneo in 2014, and my Master’s degree in Engineering from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in 2018 under the Interactive Media Design (IMD) laboratory. My current research interests include Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VAMR), as well as computer graphics.

Japheth Duane Samaco, Assistant Instructor

Rose Madjos, Admin Staff

Francisco Amante, Assistant Instructor

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