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.