Giuliana Vitiello is the new SIGCHI-Italy Chair

Giuliana Vitiello, the new SIGCHI-Italy Chair

The elections for the new SIGCHI-Italy chair were held between October 20 and 25, 2022. The role has been appointed to Professor Giuliana Vitiello of the University of Salerno.

Giuliana is a full Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Degree in Salerno. She has taught Human-Computer Interaction at the University for more than 20 years, and she has been a Senior SIGCHI Member since 2009. She is the head of the HCI-UsE lab, working on HCI and usability engineering. Her current research interests are techniques for enhancing the User Experience with the new interactive systems, which impact different aspects of everyday life, from health to work, leisure and mobility.

Her plan for Chapter’s future in the next years consists of three main points:

  1. Increasing and diversifying the events organized by SIGCHI ITALY is key to building participant loyalty and increasing the interest of new users.
  2. Bringing a unanimous and proactive voice to decision-making tables.
  3. Discussing Sustainable Development and the UN 2030 Agenda

The whole chapter and the Extended Committee thank Maristella Matera, the former Chapter’s Chair, for her efforts and outstanding work over these years.

Survey on Courses and Research Groups in HCI – 2022 edition

We are glad to announce that we presented the updated data on HCI courses in Italy at AVI 2022. In addition, we updated the information on the Italian research groups in HCI.

The results and the collected data are available for an interactive exploration through a dedicated public repository on GitHub, allowing the community to use the results for their own research and analysis.

We now support also the interactive browsing of the data through the following dedicated pages:

We shifted towards a new data collection model, where updates or new course or group descriptions may be proposed by sending a pull-request to the repository. Once accepted, both the list and the overviews will automatically update.

The survey is a joint work between the University of Salerno and the University of Cagliari, coordinated by Giuliana Vitiello (Extended Committee delegate for the Education) and Davide Spano (Extended Committee delegate for the Research).

Luigi De Russis joins the SIGCHI Executive Committee

We are proud to announce that Luigi De Russis, one of the SIGCHI Italy Extended Board members, has joined the ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee. The Executive Committee runs the ACM SIGCHI and includes the elected and appointed officers and the Past President.

He will serve as Adjunct Chair for Community Support, focusing on creatively and effectively tailoring SIGCHI funding and support mechanisms to community needs.

Congratulations to Luigi from the whole SIGCHI-Italy group.

Fabio Paternò elected to the SIGCHI Academy

Fabio Paternò

We are happy to announce that Fabio Paternò, one of the founders of SIGCHI-Italy, is among the seven SIGCHI Academy awardees in 2021.

The SIGCHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction. The criteria for election to the SIGCHI Academy are:

  • Cumulative contributions to the field.
  • Impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations.
  • Influence on the work of others.
  • Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGCHI community.

The SIGCHI-Italy community congratulates Fabio for this outstanding achievement, which an important acknowledgement for the Italian research in Human-Computer Interaction.

More information is available in the ACM website

Interact 2021

August 30 – September 3, 2021, Bari, Italy

INTERACT is the International Conference promoted by the IFIP Technical Committee 13 on Human–Computer Interaction. INTERACT is held every two years.
The theme of INTERACT 2021 “Sense, Feel, Design” highlights the new challenges of interaction design. Technology is today more and more widespread, pervasive and blended in the world we live in. On one side, devices that sense humans’ activities have the potential to provide an enriched interaction. On the other side, the user experience can be further enhanced by exploiting multisensorial technologies. Not only the traditional human senses of vision and hearing, but also senses of touch, smell, and taste, as well as emotions are to be taken into account when designing for future interactions.

INTERACT 2021 represents the right venue to debate such new challenges. Another hot topic of this edition is Human-AI Interaction, focusing on the design of human-centered intelligent systems.

Conference proceedings are published in Springer LNCS series and are available in the Springer Digital Library.

COVID 19 information. The aim is to run the conference in Bari. The venue is Hotel Villa Romanazzi Carducci; it is immersed in a park with a lot of space and green along various pathways. There are gardens that frame a modern structure, making it a great place welcome conference participants, taking all precautions to ensure participants’ health safety. The evolution of the pandemic will be carefully monitored and those who cannot travel due to COVID-19 will be allowed to present and participate remotely in the conference.

IFIP – International Federation for Information Processing

IFIP is the leading multinational, apolitical organization in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences, recognized by United Nations and other world bodies. It represents IT Societies from 56 countries/regions, covering five continents with a total membership of over half a million, and links more than 3500 scientists from Academia & Industry. Over 100 Working Groups and 10 Technical Committees.

IFIP aims to develop the science and technology of human–computer interaction (HCI) by encouraging empirical research, promoting the use of knowledge and methods from the human sciences in design and evaluation of computer systems; promoting better understanding of the relationship between formal design methods and system usability and acceptability; developing guidelines, models and methods by which designers may provide better human-oriented computer systems; and, cooperating with other groups, inside and outside IFIP, to promote user-orientation and humanization in system design.

Useful links

Fabio Paternò named IFIP Fellow

Fabio Paternò

We are glad to announce that Fabio Paternò, one of the senior members of the SIGCHI-Italy group, has been named in the first cohort of IFIP Fellows, the new higher status of the federation in recognition of his substantial and enduring contributions to the ICT industry.

We congratulate Fabio for this very important achievement!

Fabio Paternò is Research Director and Head of the Laboratory on Human Interfaces in Information Systems at the Institute of Science and Technology (ISTI-CNR) in Pisa, Italy. He was recognized for his numerous contributions to Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and also to connected fields such as Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. He has published over 250 papers in refereed international conferences or journals and his book, “Model-based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications” had a huge impact on the HCI community. Italy’s National Representative to IFIP TC 13 (Human Computer interaction) since 1996, Paterno also chaired IIFIP WG 2.7/13/4 (User Interface Engineering) and is a member of IFIP WG 13.2 and 13.3. He was awarded an IFIP Silver Core in 2013.

More information is available in the following websites:

Luigi De Russis appointed Vice-Chair of the ACM Future of Computing Academy

We are very pleased and proud to announce that ACM appointed Luigi De Russis as Vice-Chair of the ACM Future of Computing Academy for the next two years.

Luigi is an Assistant professor at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN) at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and a member of SIGCHI Italy.

In April 2017, he has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM FCA), tasked with becoming “the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically.” In July, he will start serving as Vice-Chair.

Luigi’s website

https://elite.polito.it/people/members/luigi-de-russis

ACM FCA announcement

LudoMi – Multi-sensory Smart Playroom

The inaugural event of the Polisocial 2017 “LudoMi” project will be held in Monday 1st April 2019, the day before the World Autism Awareness Day.

LudoMi is a project funded by Polisocial, the social responsibility program of the Politecnico di Milano, and it aims to create new innovative and inclusive educational services, with a particular focus on children with intellectual disabilities in the Milanese suburbs.

In LudoMi two Magic Rooms have been designed and developed (interactive multi-sensory “smart” play spaces), installed in two schools in the town of Cornaredo. Their experimentation is underway.

Additional description, content and videos are available on the LudoMi project website.

The event program includes:

  • a “workshop for specialists (educators, therapists, researchers and experts in disability and / or technologies for cognitive inclusion and disability) on the theme” Multisensory Spaces and Disability “, and with the patronage of SIGCHI Italy
  • an event for the public, of a more institutional nature
  • demo of the Magic Room

For more details on the event, please visit its page on the project website

Tiziana Catarci among the “InspiringFifty” of 2018

Tiziana Catarci alla premiazione per gli InspiringFithy del 2018

Tiziana Catarci, one of the SIGCHI-Italy founding members, is among the Italian “InspiringFifty”(https://italy.inspiringfifty.org/), 50 women who distinguished themselves in the innovation field and that may be considered as landmarks for the ambitions of younger women (and men). Tiziana has been awarded in Milan on January 22nd.

In the past, Tiziana received other prizes and honors, in particular:

  • In 2017 she received the “Levi Montalcini” association award for the “dissemination of the scientific culture among younger people”
  • In 2017 she became a “Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana” one of the most important merit title in Italy.

The following news discuss the event:

Repubblica:
https://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/2018/12/03/news/innovazione_dalla_scienza_all_informatica_le_50_italiane_piu_influenti_del_2018-213312776/?ref=twhs&timestamp=1543853715000

Business People:
http://www.businesspeople.it/People/Protagonisti/Inspiring-Fifty-50-donne-italiane-tech-108183