I am full Professor of Human Centred Computing and member of the Communication and Computing Research Centre and of the Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University (UK).
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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-computer interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) researcher and scholar, with interests in situated interaction, interactive physical environments, cultural heritage, mobile and nomadic work and life 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 co-design, place, embodiment and materiality in interaction.
You can find further information on my empirical research in the Projects page.
I have published extensively in HCI and CSCW, as well as having organised a number of international conferences and workshops on topics from cultural heritage technologies and ubiquitous computing, to mobile work and Harry Potter. My most recent book is “Human-Computer Interactions in Museums“.
I have presented my research and teaching through over fifty invited presentations and keynote addresses 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 was Subcommittee Co-Chair for “Interaction Beyond the Individual” at CHI 2018 and CHI 2019. I have been designated as General Co-Chair (with Jeremy Birnholtz) for ACM CSCW 2021.
I am member of EUSSET (The European Society for Socially-Embedded Technologies) and a Senior Member of the ACM (currently Steering Committee member for ACM CSCW).
Since 2000, I have taught a variety of disciplines and supervised many research students under the umbrella of human-centred computing. At SHU my teaching takes place in the Department of Computing, and I am currently Postgraduate Research Tutor for Computing.
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.