Funded PhD opportunities at SHU

Sheffield Hallam University of offering a number of fully-funded PhD scholarships in a variety of subject areas, including human-computer interaction.

Enquiries are welcome regarding one opportunity in human-centred computing that I would be supervising.

The scholarship is on the topic of work and life in the collaborative economy, and it is in collaboration with the COST Action initiative “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”.

The proposed project will consist of an in-depth, qualitative study of how being part of the “collaborative economy” affects people’s professional and personal lives, with a particular focus on how digital technologies mediate their practices. The focus will be on existing realities of cooperative, collaborative and “gig” work in the greater Sheffield area.

The project will be interdisciplinary, linking social science and computer-supported cooperative work and will feature extensive collaboration with the COST Action “From Sharing to Caring: Examining SocioTechnical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”. COST Actions are initiatives for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. They fund training events, workshops and seminars, research visits and short-term scientific missions. The “SharingAndCaring” Action will run from 2017 to 2021 and will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to be part of a prestigious scientific network that includes both senior and early career researchers and other PhD students in at least ten countries.

You will be able to apply for and receive funding for activities relevant to your doctoral project through the COST Action “SharingAndCaring”, and will be able to join one or more of the Action’s working groups to benefit from opportunities for presenting and receiving feedback on your research, and for disseminating your work.

The project would be particularly suited for students interested in multidisciplinary work connecting computing and media to social and cultural phenomena. The ideal candidate will have a background and/or expertise in human-computer interaction, media or cultural studies, or social science with an interest in the impact of technology. Skills in qualitative research are desirable. Previous experience of working in or researching collaborative economy settings would be a plus.

You can find details here (research area number 1): 

Info on how to apply is at this link: 

Info on eligibility criteria: 

The deadline for submitting an application is at 12 noon on February 24th.

Please contact me directly to express an interest in applying.

2nd Career Development Forum at CHI 2017

This one day Forum will help new PHDs develop their careers in HCI through intensive interaction with senior mentors from academia and industry who have been successful in research and professional service. The event is open to all members of the HCI community who have received their PHDs in the past five years.


The Forum will be modeled after the CHI Doctoral Consortia and 2016’s first successful Career Development event at CHI. Each participant will be given 20 minutes to present and get feedback on his/her research and professional activities. We will also hold a series of panels in which senior researchers discuss (a) developing a career trajectory, (b) getting started in professional service, and (c) issues of work/life balance. Topics will include:

  • Building a cohort group of fellow HCI researchers.
  • Establishing a successful career path in academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector
  • Selecting and developing a research trajectory.
  • Identifying potential funding sources and preparing proposals.
  • Getting involved in professional service.
  • Communicating your work and strengthening your public profile
  • Balancing work, family and social life.


To apply, please submit the following by email to:

1. A single-authored paper (maximum of 3 pages) in SIGCHI Extended Abstract format describing:

  • Educational background and current position
  • Current research
  • Career, research and professional service goals for the next 5-7 years.
  • What you hope to gain from participating in the Forum

2. Your CV, including links to your website, blog or other public web presence.

 Full information at:


January 27, 2016: Submissions due

February 3rd, 2016: Decisions announced

February 12, 2016: Camera-ready submissions due

May 6 or 7, 2016: Career Development Forum

Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University

Michael Muller, IBM Research

Featured talk available to view online

My featured talk delivered to the International Conference on “Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” in Mexico City is available on YouTube, through the INAH (Mexican National Institute for Anthropology and History) channel. It is in English with Spanish translation and can be be viewed from the beginning of the video to the 59” mark:

“Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” in Mexico City

I will be one of the invited Featured Speakers at the International Conference “Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” (Conferencia internacional: la interacción con el patrimonio cultural en la era digital) on the 4th of December 2015. the Conference will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

The conference is a joint effort by The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)  and the Mexican Network on Digital Technologies for Promotion of Cultural Heritage.

My talk will be on the theme “Enabling Conversations with Cultural Heritage: Designing participative technologies linking material and digital”, and will reflect on the design of novel interactive experiences to engage people with cultural heritage in a participative and dialogical way, drawing from my 20 years of experience in working with cultural heritage technologies and institutions in Europe. The  talk will include examples and lessons learned from several international design projects including the current EU-funded research program meSch – material encounters with digital cultural heritage.

Upcoming Panel at MCN Conference 2015

I will be part of a panel discussion at the upcoming MCN (Museum Computer Network) Conference 2015 in Minneapolis, taking place on November 4-7. The theme of the conference is “The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums”, and the panel will discuss how museums will change with the application of indoor location technology, exploring issues around locating visitors and mediating their physical/digital experience. Other speakers in the panel will be Alin Tocmacov (exhibit and experience designer at C&G), Steinunn Anna Gunnslaugdottir (CEO of Locatify) and Marco Antonio CastroCosio (manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art).