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I am an Assistant Professor at the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and have a courtesy appointment in the Fowler School of Engineering, Chapman University. Prior to joining Chapman University, I held an assistant professorship position at Malmö University, Sweden and a post-doc position at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.

I hold a PhD (cum laude) in Management, Production and Design with a focus on HCI from Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design (DAD). I received a M.Sc. in Eco design (a.k.a. Systemic Design), and a B.Sc. in Industrial Design from the same university.

My research and teaching interests are within the areas of design research, UX and creativity.


I will be co-chairing the doctoral consortium at Academic MindTrek 2022 conference onNovember 15th.I am looking forward to having a lively discussion with PhD students and mentors on user experience design, aesthetics and body-centric design!

I will be co-organising the 2nd studio on “Graspable AI”, in conjunction with ACM TEI 2022 conference with Jeffrey Bardzell, Alison Smith- Renner, Kristina Höök and Peter Gall Krogh. For this studio we invite contributions on making AI more understandable, by leveraging design qualities of physical forms, their self-explanatory features, their ecologies and relationships with other kinds of forms.Submissions are due January 25th, 2022.

My student Anna Schröder and I contributed to Perspectives 2021 workshop, at ACM RecSys conference with a paper entitled: “Unboxing the Algorithm: Designing Understandable Algorithmic Experience in Music Recommender Systems”!

I will be presenting at CHI’2021! The paper is co-authored with Jeffrey Bardzell and it explores the synthesis of reflective and practical qualities in design of interactive and intelligent everyday use objects, through an analysis of two prototypes! It offers two possible modes of such synthesis taking into account forms and form giving processes.

Our studio proposal, “From Explainable AI to Graspable AI” has been accepted for the 15th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI’2021)! The studio will be co-organised with Jeffrey Bardzell, Kristina Höök, Peter Gall Krogh, Alison Smith- Renner, Laurens Boer, David Cuartielles and Mikael Wiberg. Submissions are due January 25th, 2021.

I will co-organise a workshop on user experience (UX) of IML, with Jan Persson, Jeffrey Bardzell, Lars Holmberg and Agnes Tegen, at NordiCHI’20 conference: “The UX of Interactive Machine Learning”, on October 25th, 2020! Submissions are due August 21st.

I will co-organise a workshop entitled “Human- Machine Learning Interaction Design Challenges and Opportunities” at 10th International conference on the Internet of Things (IoT2020), with Jan Persson, Jeffrey Bardzell, Lars Holmberg and Agnes Tegen, on October 6th, 2020! Deadline for submission of position papers: July 3rd July 20th (Extended deadline)