Maristella Matera is the new SIGCHI-Italy chair

The elections for the new SIGCHI-Italy chair were held between October 22 and 26, and the role has been appointed to Professor Maristella Matera of Polytechnic of Milan.

Prof. Matera was one of the first group members since its foundation in 1996. Since her PhD, her research has focused on the intersection between web engineering and human-computer interaction, in particular on conceptual models designing systems for different platforms (web, mobile, internet of things). Since 2010 she is an Associate Professor in the ING / INF-05 sector and, in recent years, she contributed to the Polifactory, a maker space and fab lab, driven by the collaboration between Design and Mechanical Engineering professors.

Her ideas on the group’s future include the reinforcement of the education in HCI, for both the Computer Science and the Computer Engineering degrees. Furthermore, the group will promote the research results in this area and it will strengthen the organized events, in synergy with other associations working on similar topics.

The whole chapter thanks Massimo Zancanaro, the former chair, for his efforts and for the excellent work done in these years.

Maria Francesca Costabile received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Aware

We are proud to announce that Prof. Maria Francesca Costabile,  received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award, a prestigious conferment granted to “individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of SIGCHI”.

Maria Francesca is one of the founding members of the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, and served as the first Chair from 1996 to 2000.

The whole group congratulates Francesca for such a remarkable achievement.

Read more on the University of Bari website.

 

Venue announced for CHItaly 2017

The 12-th edition of CHItaly, the biannual conference of the SIGCHI Italian chapter will be held in Cagliari. The conference will be organized by Davide Spano (University of Cagliari) and Fabio Paternò (ISTI-CNR), the program co-chairs will be Carmen Santoro (ISTI-CNR) and Carmelo Ardito (University of Bari). The conference will be held in mid-September 2017.

Agreement between SIG CHI Italy and SIE

The Italian Ergonomics Community (Società Italiana di Ergonomia, SIE) and the Italian chapter of ACM SIG CHI, recognizing the complementarity and the affinity of their interests, signed an agreement in December the 4th, in order to strengthen their common interests in Italy.
The objective of the Italian Ergonomics Community (SIE, www.societadiergonomia.it) is to promote advancements in ergonomics and the study of human factors (due to its anthropocentric focus), the dissemination and the systematization of both the experience and the knowledge about ergonomics, with a close relationship with social, environmental and productive activities where human being live, together with schools and universities.
The agreement aims to define and to support joint initiatives. The first one took place in the last weeks:
  • WORLD USABILITY DAY 2016: the reciprocal participation to the events organized by the two partners (WUD Torino 2014 and 2015, CHI Italy Rome 2015) highlighted the interest in organizing a joint event under the umbrella of the WUD, which will be extended in 2016 both from a geographic and thematic point of view.
  • PROGETTO ITALIA LOGIN: as part of the government strategy for innovation, some members of the two associations have been involved in the management of a community of experts whose aim is to collaborate and share a set of best practices in projects. The aim is to improve the consultation content and efficiency of the online services provided by different government departments and keep updated the usability guidelines.

On this basis, an initial working group was set up with Cristina Gena SIG CHI Italy, Daniela Fogli SIG CHI Italy/SIE, Rossana Actis-Grosso SIG CHI Italy/SIE,  Silvia Gilotta SIE.

The agreement text is available at the following URL (in Italian only): http://sigchitaly.eu/it/convenzione-sie-sigchi/