For this week I prepared and presented my thesis presentation and wrote Vita, Acknowledgments and Dedication as follows:
Carlos Bautista is from Bogotá, Colombia. He was born on the 27th of July of 1981. He holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Design from Javeriana University. He has academic experience being an Industrial Design professor for different Universities is his country. He is an entrepreneur and has worked in different projects related to design with social impact.
During the past two years he has been doing research trying to find a solution for the antipersonnel mines problem that is afflicting his country. He gained the third Prize, NYC Media Lab Annual Summit, AR-APM (Augmented Antipersonnel Mines) Research Project. Also he has supported student teams in providing guidance and resources for ideation and prototyping and run various workshops for the NYU community as an active leader of the DFA (Design For America) of NYU.
I would first like to thank my thesis advisor Professor Claudio Silva of the Tandon School of Engineering/Computer Science department at NYU. The door to Prof. Silva office was always open whenever I ran into a trouble spot or had a question about my research or writing.
I would also like to thank the experts who were involved in the research phase of this research project: Professor Mark Skwarek, Professor Dana Karwas, Professor Charles Downs and Co-Director and an Industry Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media DeAngela Duff. Without their passionate participation and input, the research phase could not have been successfully conducted.
I would also like to acknowledge Professor Anne Laure Fayard of the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU as the second reader of this thesis, and I am gratefully indebted to her for her very valuable comments on this thesis.
I would also like to thank to The Directorate for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines and their Scientific and Technical Committee headed by Professor Diego Alejandro Torres Galindo who has been an invaluable partner throughout this process.
Finally, I must express my very profound gratitude to my parents, my parents in law and to my wife Andrea Dávila for providing me with unfailing support and continuous encouragement throughout my years of study and through the process of researching and writing this thesis. This accomplishment would not have been possible without them. Thank you.
This thesis is dedicated to Andrea Davila who has been a constant source of support and encouragement during the challenges of graduate school and life. I am very grateful to have you in my life. This work is also dedicated to people in Colombia who have been victims of armed conflict and hope like me, living in a reconciled country.