Bio

Personal Data

  • I received a Master degree cum laude in Computer Science from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (ITALY), in December 1997. From 1998 until 2007, I was a member of Pictorial Computing Lab, Computer Science Dept., University “La Sapienza” of Rome.
  • From 1999 to 2002 I was engineer for Rome IBM Tivoli Lab, Silicon Graphics and Reply group.
  • During the Summer 2003, I had a three months summer Internship at the XEROX PARC (Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA) in the ISTL (Information Science and Technology) Lab working in Human Document Interaction. In 2003-2004 I was Visiting Researcher at the XEROX PARC (Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA) in the ISTL (Information Science and Technology) Lab working in Human Document Interaction.
  • From March 2003 to Feb. 2007, Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
  • From March 2007 to September 2012 I had different positions at Computer Science Dept. University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, as Visiting Professor, Lecturer and tenured Associate Professor.
  • Currently, I am Senior Lecturer at the Computer Science Department at Brunel University, London, UK.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. Ph.D. Advisor Stefano Leviadi, IEEE Life Fellow.
  • Laurea summa cum laude in Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”.

Academic Experience

  • Since January 2015 member of the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing at Brunel University London.
  • Since January 2013 member of the Human-Centred Design Institute at Brunel University London.
  • Since October 2012, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University, Department of Information Systems and Computing—London, UK.
  • From September 2010 to September 2012, Associate Professor, Univ. Carlos III of Madrid, Computer Science Department—Madrid, Spain.
  • From September 2010 to October 2010, Recipient of a 2 months grant awarded by the YGGDRASIL mobility programme: grants for highly qualified, international Ph.D. students and younger researchers, at the Molde University College, Department of Economy, Informatics and Social Science, Norway.
  • From June 2008 to September 2010,  Lecturer, Univ. Carlos III of Madrid, Computer Science Department—Madrid, Spain.
  • From March 2007 to June 2008,  Visiting Professor, Univ. Carlos III of Madrid, Computer Science Department—Madrid, Spain.
  • From March 2003 to June 2007, Research Fellow, Univ. “La Sapienza” of Rome, Computer Science Department—Rome, Italy.
  • From February 2006 to March 2006, Visiting Researcher, at the Infolab21, North Western Centre of excellence for ICT, Lancaster University—Lancaster,UK
  • From August 2003 to August 2004, Visiting Researcher, XEROX PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)—Palo Alto, CA, USA.
  • From May 2003 to August 2003, Summer Internship, XEROX PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)—Palo Alto, CA, USA.
  • From January 1999 to January 2003, Pictorial Computing Lab Fellow, Univ. “La Sapienza” of Rome, Computer Science Department—Rome, Italy.
  • From February 1998 to March 1998, Visiting Researcher, Univ. of Bergen, Computer Science Department—Bergen, Norway.

Scientific Activity

  • All over my career I have demonstrated to be an independent researcher by completing my PhD and by publishing results on many international journals and conferences. I also demonstrated project management and leading capabilities both within industry and academia, with an attitude towards international collaboration and excellence. In particular, I demonstrated to be able to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarships in different and renowned venues, such as: Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, and Intelligent Systems. I have published on venues like: IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine, ACM Communications, IEEE Computer; Peer reviewed Journals such as ACM Surveys, the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing and the Journal of Expert Systems with Applications, and proceedings of conferences relevant for the interaction design field, such as: ACM SIGGRPAH, ACM CHI (where I have also organized a Workshop), ACM AVI and IEEE VL/HCC among others. I have also written a monographic book on “Mobile 3D Graphics” published by Springer.
  • In 2012 University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, awarded me with the professors’ achievement awards in the category of Research/Projects and Publications.
  • Keynote Speaker at 6th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference, 28-30 November 2012 – Cádiz (Spain).
  • Organizing Committees:
    • Full papers chair of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2016) Bari, Italy, June 7-10, 2016.
    • Short papers chair of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2014) Como, Italy, May 27-30, 2014.
    • Interactive Session Chair of British HCI 2013 (The 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference), Uxbridge, London, UK, 9-13 September 2013.
    • Theme Chair and Program Committee member of Designing Interactive Systems conference (DIS 2012) Newcastle, UK, June 11-15, 2012.
    • Track Co-Chair of Human Machine Interaction at 3rd International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI 2010) University of IT and Management in Rzeszow, Poland, May 13-15, 2010.

Teaching Activity

  • I have an extended experience in teaching from 2001 to 2013 and in multidisciplinary and International contexts. I believe that teaching is an essential part of our profession and I like to be involved in the creation of new material, teaching innovation, as well as, develop and implement teaching methods and materials in collaboration with other members of the teaching staff.
  • Recently, I have focused my teaching activities on basic courses for HCI curricula such as Digital Media and Games, and Pervasive Computing. Currently, I have been assigned as module leader of the Digital Media and Games course, which I personally designed at Brunel University, London, UK.
  • I was awarded two years in a row with funding for Teaching Innovation Initiatives by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, which is a program rewarding teaching innovation both for undergraduate and graduate courses. These teaching innovation experiences lead me to publish some of the results in peer-reviewed International journals, such as: Journal of Educational Technology and Society (2 papers) and the British Journal of Educational Technology (1 paper).
  • In February 2012, I gave a series of invited seminars, funded by the EU Erasmus programme, in the doctorate programme at the University of Florence, Italy.

Ph.D. and Undergraduate Students

  • I have supervised many Master’s students and PhD students in different institutions (in Italy, Spain and UK). I received a letter of appreciation for the outstanding results (both as students’ feedback and increased course enrollment) of my teaching activities in 2003-2005 from the Head of the School of Digital Libraries and Archives, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.