I am full Professor of Human Centred Computing at C3RI – The Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute and member of the Communication and Computing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University (UK).
For information on how our Institute’s research is making a difference, check out the C3RI Impact Blog. You can find information about my work also on my institutional webpage.
I previously worked at the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick (Ireland), at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and at the University of Siena (Italy).
I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Limerick (Ireland) and a Laurea in Communication Sciences (summa cum laude), from the University of Siena (Italy), specialising in Human-Computer Interaction.
I am a human-centred computing researcher and scholar with interests in situated interaction, interactive physical environments, cultural heritage, nomadic practices, collaborative systems and participation in design. I am concerned with the design of technologies to support human interaction, based on an understanding of the relationship between people, activities and their locales. In my work I adopt notions of place, embodiment and materiality in interaction.
I have developed a conceptual framework for place-centred design, incorporating socio-scientific sensitivities for understanding the human experience of space and place into HCI, CSCW and Interaction Design .
You can find further information on my empirical research in the Projects page.
I have published extensively in the area of human-centred computing, as well as having organised a number of international workshops on topics from cultural heritage technologies and ubiquitous computing, to mobile work and Harry Potter.
I have presented my research and teaching through over fifty invited presentations in twelve countries, and I am actively involved in the HCI and CSCW international community. I am an Associate Editor for the CSCW Journal (Springer), and I have been an Associate Chair for conferences such as ACM CHI, CSCW and DIS. I was Papers Co-Chair for ACM CSCW 2015 and General Chair of ECSCW 2017. I am currently Subcommittee Co-Chair for “Interaction Beyond the Individual” at CHI 2018.
I am a member of the Steering Committees of EUSSET (The European Society for Socially-Embedded Technologies) and of ACM CSCW.
Since 2000 I have taught a variety of disciplines under the umbrella of human-centred computing. At SHU I am affiliated with the Department of Computing, teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates in the Information Systems subject group.
In the past I have led the development of the B.Sc. in Digital Media Design (which I have also directed for 5 years) and have been very involved in the M.A./M.Sc. in Interactive Media (one of Ireland’s (and Europe’s!) longest-living courses in interaction design) both at the University of Limerick.
My specialities are: human-computer interaction, user-centred design, CSCW, participatory design, technology for cultural heritage, teaching and training, project management, event organisation and academic writing.