Curriculm vitae

Present appointment

2009 - Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento (Italy).

Previous appointments

  • 2007 - 2009 Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction Manchester Business School University of Manchester)
  • 2004 - 2007 Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction School of Informatics University of Manchester (probation released 2005)
  • 2001 - 2004 Senior HCI Researcher Advanced Technology and Research – Discovery Centre, Dundee (UK) NCR Ltd Responsibilities: proposing and conducting research projects, sourcing
  • 2000-2001 Research Fellow Knowledge Lab, London (UK) NCR Ltd
  • 1998-200 Post-doc in Applied Cognitive Psychology Department of Psychology, University of Trieste (Italy) Research topics: multimodal communication (gesture & natural lan-guage).
  • 1996-1997 Research Associate IRST, ITC (currently FBK), Trento, Italy Cognitive and Communication Technologies Division

Honorary appointments

  • 2002-2004 Honorary Associate Research Fellow University of Abertay, Dundee, UK Division of Psychology, School of Social and Health Sciences.
  • 2008 - Honorary Associate Research Fellow Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies CNR - Roma (Italy)

Visiting appointments

  • 1998 (3 months) Invited Researcher Language and Dialogue research team LORIA, Nancy, France Wizard of Oz experiments with multimodal systems (gesture & speech)
  • 1998 (4 months) Invited Researcher Cognitive and Communication Technologies Division Fondazione Bruno Kessler (nee ITC-IRST) Trento, Italy User evaluation of NL systems
  • 1997 (6 months) Invited Researcher Language and Dialogue research team LORIA, Nancy, France Wizard of Oz experiments with multimodal systems


  • 1995 (3 months) NSF founded internship Center for Human-Computer Communication, Department of Computer Science Oregon Graduate Institute, USA
  • 1993 Attendance at selected modules of the Graduate School for Perception and Technology, IPO, Institute for Perception Research, Eindhoven, The Nederland
  • 1992 (6 months) Visiting Research Student Department of Social Psychology, UVA University of Amsterdam, The Nederland
  • 1991 (11 months) Internship ITC-IRST (currently Fondazione Bruno Kessler), Trento, Italy


  • 1998 2-year CNR (Italian National Research Council) grant for research on ap-plied cognitive psychology (declined)
  • 1992-1996 4-year doctoral scholarship from the Italian Ministry for Higher Education and Scientific and Technological Research
  • 1995 NSF grant to work at OGI, USA .
  • 1993 NATO-ASI Grant to attend the summer school ‘Basics of Man-Machine Communication for the Design of Educational Systems’, Eindhoven, Hol-land.
  • 1992 – 2000 Several travel grants from the University of Trieste
  • 1991 6-month Erasmus grant and University of Trieste grant for young re-searchers

Professional activity

From 1993 to 1999 I have worked as HCI-HF consultant. Principal customers and projects are listed below.

  • CRF (FIAT Research Center, Torino, Italy). INFOCAR: expert-based and user-based evaluation of innovative on-board information systems. Steering-wheel commands: lab-experiments to provide ergonomic guidelines for command design.
  • EC-project CEMVOCAS: driving-simulator experiments to investigate the workload induced by car-phones.
  • Elderly drivers: lab-experiments to provide design guidelines on an age-related perspective. Headlights: field study. Multifunctional on-board systems: field study (in collaboration with Magneti Marelli).
  • AINE Consortium (Autostrade Italiane Nord Est, North East Italian Motorways).
  • EC project TROPIC: survey to investigate the semantic content of Variable Message Systems - VMS's. EC project GEMINI: survey and field study to investigate drivers' reaction's to VMS and RDS technology.
  • Autovie Venete (Venetian Motorways, Trieste, Italy). VMS: survey to investigate expectations and attitudes towards VMS.


  • Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy (1997). Thesis: Valutare i sistemi flessibili: Un approccio globale alla HCI (Evaluating flexible systems: A global approach to HCI).
  • University degree (Italian Laurea cum Laude), Philosophy, Human Sciences, University of Trieste (1991). Dissertation: Dillo a Maia: Un esperimento di interazione uomo-macchina (Talking to Maia: a Human-Machine Interaction Experiment).

Honours and awards

  • Honorary Associate Research Fellow, Division of Psychology, School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay Dundee, UK (2002-2004).
  • Scientific advisory board member EC project PF-STAR (2002-2004).
  • CNR grant for research on applied cognitive psychology (declined) (1999 2-year).
  • National Science Foundation grant for 3-month Internship at Oregon Graduate Institute (1995).
  • Grant by NATO-ASI to attend the summer school Basics of Man-Machine Communication for the Design of Educational Systems, Eindhoven, Holland (1993).
  • Studentship by Ministero Università e Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology (1992-96).

Scholarly activities

Associate Editor

  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • PsychNology Journal
  • International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence

Associate Chair

  • CHI 2008
  • International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2010, Track Human Behavior and IT

Senior Program Commitee Member

  • IUI 2011, International Conference on Intelligent User Interface, February 13-16, Standford, Palo alto, California

Proceedings Chair

15th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference RE’07

Program Committee Member

  • ECSCW 2011: European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 24-28 September, Aarhus, Denmark
  • COOP2010
  • British HCI 2008
  • Designing Interactive Systems DIS’06, DIS’08
  • Interact (since 2005)
  • Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI (since 2002) HCItaly (since 2000), Interaction Design for Children 2009


  • Computer and Fun 2000
  • IWIPS2003
  • Workshop on user-centred design and evaluation of services for human-human communication and collaboration (ICMI’05)
  • User Experience Workshop NordiCHI2006, 2nd International Workshop on Model-Driven User-Centric Design & Engineering (MDUCDE).

Advisory Board Member

  • 2002-2004 EC-project PF-STAR International Academic Advisory Board Msc Human-Computer Interaction, University of Siegen, Germany Doctoral Consortium Academic Advisor, Interact 2009.

Workshop organisation

Joint workshop

  • Facing emotions responsible interaction design & Design Principles for Software that Engages its Users, Interact 2007
  • Gender & Interaction: real and virtual women in a male world (AVI 2006)
  • Abuse the dark side of HCI, Interact 2005 (
  • Misuse and Abuse of Interactive Technologies, CHI 2006 (


  • Abuse the darker side of HCI an Interact 2005 workshop (with Peter Wallis and Sherly Brahnam).

Programme Commitee Member

  • Interact 2005
  • Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI02 - AVI04)
  • International Workshop on Internationalisation of Products and Systems (IWIPS 2003)
  • SIGCHItaly 2005
  • HCItaly 2005
  • Workshop on user-centred design and evaluation of services for human-human communication and collaboration (ICMI’05 workshop).

Journal Reviewer

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Interacting with Computers
  • International Journal of Speech Technology
  • Journal of Visual Language and computing
  • Journal of Computing and Information Technology
  • Journal of Organizational and End User Computing.

Conferences reviewers

  • CHI2002, CHI2003, CHI2005
  • Interact 2005
  • AVI1998, AVI2000, AVI2002 , AVI2004
  • Computer and Fun 2001
  • IWIPS 2003
  • HCItaly 2005.