• Hi!
    I'm Adriana

    Ph.D. student in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine.

  • I am a Researcher

    Member of the Software Design and Collaboration Laboratory (SDCL)

    I study software designers and how they interact with tools to document design work.


Ph.D. in Software Engineering 2017–present

  • University of California, Irvine
  • GPA: 3.96 (0-4 scale)
  • Dissertation: "Important Design Moments capture and delivery for design meetings"

M.S in Engineering 2016

  • CETYS University, Tijuana, Mexico
  • GPA: 100 (0-100 scale)
  • Summa Cum Laude

B.S. in Computational Systems Engineering2013

  • Technological Institute of Tijuana (ITT), Tijuana, Mexico
  • GPA: 96.39 (0-100 scale)

My Research

One problem designers confront in practice is capturing design information produced during design meetings, which usually take place as informal conversations at the whiteboard. Another equally important problem is bringing that design information back during future meetings, right 'in-the-moment' the developers need it.

Nowadays, both activities most likely require heavyweight processes, and the tool support available is usually obtrussive, with interactions that hinder the developers from actively participating in the meeting. Therefore, developers barely use them.

My research attempts to address this tandem-problem through the development and evaluation of lightweight tools to (semi-) automatically capture and deliver important design information.


  • A. Meza Soria and A. van der Hoek, "Collecting Design Knowledge through Voice Notes" 2019 IEEE/ACM 12th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE), Montreal, 2019, pp. 33-36
  • Y. Du and A. Meza Soria, "Designing Conversational Agents to Support Home Exercises for Children Who Receive Speech and Language Therapy," AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium, United States, 2018
  • A. Meza Soria and A. van der Hoek, "Toward Collecting and Delivering Knowledge for Software Design at the Whiteboard," 2018 IEEE/ACM 11th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE), Gothenburg, 2018, pp. 108-109
  • A. Meza Soria and A. Hirales Carbajal, "A Node Selection Criterion for Multi-group Membership on Wi-Fi-Direct Networks," 7th International Supercomputing Conference in Mexico (ISUM), Mexico, 2016 (Poster, 2 pages).
  • A. Meza Soria and A. Hirales Carbajal, "Characterizing Smartphones Voice, Text and Connectivity Communication," 1st Workshop on Human Computer Interaction at Encuentro Nacional de Ciencias de la Computación (ENC), Mexico, 2015, unpublished

Professional Experience

Grupo Tress Internacional (GTI) | Senior Software Engineer 2013-2017

End-user application design and development, architectural upgrade design, and coaching.

IWAI Metal Mexico, IT Assistant | IT Assistant 2012-2013

Internal software development and IT management activities.

TELNOR | Intern 2011-2012

Early design and prototyping.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant Fall 2018–Winter 2019

  • UC Irvine CA, U.S.A
  • Software Design I: Application Design
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Professor 2016–2017

  • CETYS University Tijuana, Mexico
  • Advanced Programming

Professor 2014–2017

  • Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) Tijuana, Mexico
  • Emergent Technologies
  • Process Re-engineering

Contact Info

At ICSE 2018