Hello. I'm Michael J. Gonzales.

I am a PhD. graduate student in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. I work in the Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab under the direction of Laurel D. Riek. I am an Adobe GEM Fellow and GAANN Fellow.

Learn about my work

My main research area is Human-Computer Interaction.

My work spans the areas of multimodal and collaborative interfaces, mobile applications, health informatics, and affective computing.
My research goals involve the following:

Facilitating Communication

My current work focuses on the creation of interfaces that help facilitate communication between people in environments where it is difficult, yet criticially important (e.g., medical settings).

Interactive Workspaces and Collaborative Interfaces

My interests involve researching the effect of different interactive modalities and interfaces tailored to specific environments or scenarios. My goal is to promote effective information sharing and visualization.

Interactive Tasks and Workflows

My current research involves the creation of interactive workflows for collaborative tasks. This work aims to help people perform group-based tasks in an effective manner with the goal of reducing errors.

Some of the more recent projects I've been involved in.

While these projects are tailored to medical environments, I'm interested in many other domains as well.

Spatial Interfaces

Up to 400,000 people may die each year as a result of preventable medical errors. We're developing hands-free and multimodal interfaces to facilitate situational awareness in collaborative tasks and procedures. Work in this area is still ongoing.

Pain Synthesis

The ability for healthcare providers to identify pain in patients is of critical importance. We introduce a novel method using performance-driven synthesis in virtual avatars for tools that may one day help train providers to better recognize pain.

Cancer Care Interfaces

The meeting when cancer patients first receive their diagnosis is a difficult conversation. Needs vary among both patients and providers. In this work, we provide considerations for the development of interfaces to facilitate this conversation.



  • Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. "A Multimodal Interactive System to Support Team Situational Awareness in Acute Care". Simulation in Healthcare, Vol. 9, Issues 6, 2014.

  • Iqbal, T., Gonzales, M.J., and Riek, L.D. "Mobile Robots and Marching Humans: Measuring Synchronous Joint Action While in Motion". In Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence in Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI), 2014.

  • Moosaei, M., Gonzales, M.J., and Riek, L.D. (2014) "Naturalistic Pain Synthesis for Virtual Patients". In Proc. of the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA). [Acceptance Rate: 17%]

  • Iqbal, T., Gonzales, M.J., and Riek, L.D. (2014) "A Model for Time-Synchronized Sensing and Motion to Support Human-Robot Fluency". In Proc. of the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Workshop on Timing in HRI.


  • Gonzales, M.J., Moosaei, M., and Riek, L.D. (2013). “A Novel Method for Synthesizing Naturalistic Pain on Virtual Patients”. Simulation in Healthcare. Vol. 8, Issue 6. [PDF] [Best overall paper and Best student paper, Technology Innovation, IMSH 2014]

  • Gonzales, M.J., Gerardi, C., and Riek, L.D. (2013). “Designing mHealth Communication Tools for Cancer Care: What patients need, what clinicians need, and what's the difference?”. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH).

  • Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. (2013). "Co-designing Patient-centered Health Communication Tools for Cancer Care". In Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth). [Acceptance Rate: 32%]. [PDF]

  • Gonzales, M.J., O'Connor, M.F., and Riek, L.D. (2013) “Contextual Constraints for the Design of Patient-Centered Health IT Tools”. In Proceedings of the AMIA International Conference on Context Sensitive Health Informatics (CSHI). [PubMed]


  • Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. (2012) "Designing an Interface to Support Shared Decision Making in Oncology." In Proc. of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare.

  • Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. (2012). “A Sociable Robotic Aide for Medication Adherence”. In Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments [PDF]

  • Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. (2012). “A Shared Interface to Improve Oncologist-Patient Communication” In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth) [PDF]

  • Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. (2012). “Physic: A Domestic Robot for Medication Adherence”. ACM International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA). (Ongoing Work Poster Presentation)



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Contact Info

If you have questions or comments regarding my work, or would like to discuss possible collaborations or something for the future, please feel free to contact me.

Michael J. Gonzales
355 Fitzpatrick Hall
Dept.of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Notre Dame
mgonza14 [at] nd.edu