• Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • M.S., St. Mary’s University, 2017
  • B.S., Dom Bosco Catholic University, 2015
  • B.S., St. Mary’s University, 2012


Dante Tezza is an Assistant Professor of Computer and Software Engineering in the St. Mary’s University Engineering Department. He joined St. Mary’s in August 2020.

Tezza is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of South Florida. He is expected to complete his doctoral program in the Spring 2021. He received a M.S. in Software Engineering (2017) and a B.S. in Computer Engineering (2012) from St. Mary’s University. He also received a B.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Dom Bosco Catholic University (2015), Brazil.

Tezza focuses his research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), human-drone interaction, and how to use drones to enhance STEM education. Additionally, he is also interested in Brain-Computer Interfaces, with an emphasis on how to create a direct communication channel between the human brain and robotic systems. Before returning to academia to pursue graduate education, he worked in industry developing UAVs and mission-critical software.

He is enthusiastic to introduce new students to STEM. Therefore, he frequently performs outreach activities such as demonstrations and presentations to children. He also conducts Summer camps to teach middle and high school students drone technologies and computer programming.

Additionally, he recently became a Google scholar after receiving the prestigious Generation Google scholarship. Tezza is a member of IEEE, ACM and SIGCHI. He is an active researcher with various peer-reviewed published papers, he is also a reviewer for top-tier conferences and journals.


Journal Publications

Tezza, D., & Andujar, M. (2019). The state-of-the-art of human–drone interaction: A survey. IEEE Access, 7, 167438-167454.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications

Tezza, D., Laesker, D., & Andujar, M. (2021, March). The Learning Experience of Becoming a FPV Drone Pilot. In Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 239-241).

Tezza, D., Garcia, S., & Andujar, M. (2020, July). Let’s Learn! An Initial Guide on Using Drones to Teach STEM for Children. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 530-543). Springer, Cham.

Tezza, D., Caprio, D., Pinto, B., Mantilla, I., & Andujar, M. (2020, July). An Analysis of Engagement Levels While Playing Brain-Controlled Games. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 361-372). Springer, Cham.

Tezza, D., Caprio, D., Garcia, S., Pinto, B., Laesker, D., & Andujar, M. (2020, July). Brain-Controlled Drone Racing Game: A Qualitative Analysis. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 350-360). Springer, Cham.

Pham, T., Tezza, D., & Andujar, M. (2020, July). Enhancing Drone Pilots’ Engagement Through a Brain-Computer Interface. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 706-718). Springer, Cham.

Tezza, D., Garcia, S., Hossain, T., & Andujar, M. (2019, July). Brain eRacing: An exploratory study on virtual brain-controlled drones. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 150-162). Springer, Cham.

Peer-Reviewed Workshop Publications:

Tezza, D., Caprio, D., Laesker, D., & Andujar, M. (2020). Let’s Fly! An Analysis of Flying FPV Drones Through an Online Survey. In iHDI@ CHI.

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