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About luiciolfi

I am Professor of Human Centred Computing at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) researching the design, use and evaluation of interactive technologies in the physical world. I am interested in heritage technologies, mobility, collaborative computing, interactive spaces.

The Collaborative Economy Symposium at SHU – Nov 19 2018


=== Call for Participation: The Collaborative Economy Symposium at SHU ===
Date: 19th November 2018 (09AM-05PM)
Venue: The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University Students Union, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2QQ
Registration: free but limited places are on offer! (Registration link is below)

The terms “Sharing Economy” or “Collaborative Economy” have been commonly used in recent years to refer to a proliferation of initiatives, business models and forms of work. The COST Action “Sharing and Caring” ( ) (2017-2021) is working to develop a European network of actors (including scholars, practitioners, communities and policy makers) focusing on the development of collaborative economy models and platforms and on its implications on society and technology.
The COST Action provides opportunities for working and collaboration on this topic across 31 countries.
This one-day Symposium will bring together interested participants to hear about current research on the topic of the collaborative economy and its implications and to discuss possible joint initiatives and projects. Presentations will take place in the morning and discussions in small thematic groups will follow in the afternoon.

The event will feature two invited keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Gabriela Avram (University of Limerick, Ireland), Chair of the “Sharing And Caring” COST Action (full info)
  • Dr. Clara Crivellaro (Newcastle University), Principal Investigator of the EPSRC Network+ Social Justice Through the Digital Economy (full info)

The workshop will be chaired by Prof Luigina Ciolfi (SHU), UK representative on the Action’s Management Committee and Chair for Short-Term Scientific Missions.

Draft Programme:
09:00 Registration and Welcome by Prof Luigina Ciolfi (SHU)
09:30 Keynote Presentation: Dr Gabriela Avram (University of Limerick, Ireland)
10:00 Break
10:30 Keynote Presentation: Dr Clara Crivellaro (Newcastle University, UK)
11:00 Short presentations on current SHU research on community heritage, health and wellbeing, social enterprise, and co-working.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Small Group Discussions
15:00 Break
15:30 Small Group Discussions continue
16:30 Final plenary discussion and closing

Registration and Venue:
Participation is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The venue (The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University Students Union) is part of SHU’s City Campus, close to Sheffield train station and city centre car parks.
There are limited places available.

To secure your place, you must register on Eventbrite via the link below, using the password “Sharing”:

Please note that registration will close on the 12th of November.
For practical info please contact Kate Philp (

Attending ECSCW 2018 and new paper

This week, I am attending ECSCW 2018, the 16th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: The International venue on Practice-centred computing and the Design of cooperation technologies, taking place in Nancy (France). I will also present a long paper, written with my colleague Ellie Lockley: “From Work to Life and Back Again: Examining the Digitally-Mediated Work/Life Practices of a Group of Knowledge Workers”. The work was made possible by an activity grant from the EPSRC Balance Network. You can follow the conference on Twitter using the #ECSCW hashtag.

“CultureLabs” has started!

As of April 1st 2018, a new exciting project has started: “CultureLabs” is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Framework Programme and will explore how culture and heritage can be instruments for social inclusion.

CultureLabs will develop a digital platform to support those heritage institutions such as libraries, museums and theatres who wish to work with communities from immigrant, refugees or migrant backgrounds to share cultural heritage and understanding. A quick description of the project’s aims can be found here.

Nine partners will work collaboratively across six countries and particularly on four case studies, two in Italy, one in Finland and one in the UK. This is a new approach to social engagement with new citizens and it’s about sharing information and culture both ways; with new residents learning the cultural heritages of their new homes and sharing information about their own history with their new communities. CultureLabs will support participation in culture and the primary focus will be on approaches that build positive awareness about communities’ own heritage and memories, and engage their members as bearers and producers of culture.

 The CultureLabs platform will be used to enable community participants to document, share and reconfigure their own cultural content. Digital technology will be used to create dialogue between communities and it will be designed with the end-users in mind.
The project’s official kick-off took place in Athens on April 12-13 2018, hosted by the project coordinating partner, the National Technical University of Athens. Other partners together with SHU are the European Forum for Migration Studies at the University of Bamberg (Germany), Singular Logic (industry, Greece), Platoniq (social enterprise, Spain), Fondazione Sistema Toscana and COOSS (cultural cooperatives, Italy), Museovirasto – The Finnish Heritage Agency (public heritage body, Finland), and the People’s History Museum (UK).

New article published

A new article, “On the perceptual aesthetics of interactive objects“, written with Alessandro Soranzo, Daniela Petrelli and John Reidy has been published (open access) in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. The paper is based on the recent project with colleagues in the Dept. of Psychology examining people’s reactions to manipulating interactive tangible objects. Another publication focusing on the tangible interaction side of the work can be found on the TEI 2016 proceedings.