Gabriela was born in San JosÃ©, Costa Rica. She has a bachelorâ€™s degree in Computer Engineering from Instituto TecnolÃ³gico de Costa Rica. Before starting her masterâ€™s studies, she worked as a Technology Consultant at Hewlett Packard Costa Rica. Currently, she is working on a dual masterâ€™s of science degree, majoring in Human Computer Interaction and Design. The first year of this program was spent at UniversitÃ© Paris Sud XI, France after which she moved to Finland to complete her studies at Aalto University. For the summer of 2015 she will be an intern at the User Interfaces Research Group researching on the topic of in-car text input, aiming to find a mechanism to improve safety and performance.