Luigina Ciolfi

Author: Luigina Ciolfi


Dr. Luigina Ciolfi is lecturer and course director of the Digital Media Design programme in the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems, and researcher at the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Limerick and a Laurea in Communication Sciences (summa cum laude), from the University of Siena (Italy), specialising in Human-Machine Interaction.

Luigina's research is concerned with the design of technologies to support human interaction within the physical space, based on an understanding of the relationship between people, activities and their locales. During the past number of years, she has developed a conceptual framework for place-centred design, incorporating socio-scientific sensitivities for understanding the human experience of space and place into Interaction Design practice. She has participated in a number of national and international research projects on this topic, including “SHAPE-Situating Hybrid Assemblies in Public Environments”, “HIPS - Hyper Interaction Within Physical Space”, "Shared Worlds" and "NomadS". She is currently co-leading a PRTLI-funded project on the topic of "Nomadic Work/Lives in the Knowledge Economy", in collaboration with the Dept. of Sociology at UL. She has published extensively in the areas of human-computer interaction and interaction design, as well as having organised a number of international workshops on the topic of museum technologies, ubiquitous computing and mobile work. She is also co-editor of a recently published special issue of the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Journal on "Settings fro Collaboration: the Role of Place". Luigina is Associate Editor and Book Review Editor for the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Journal, and serves on the programme committee of several international conferences. She is a member of ACM SIGCHI, the British HCI Group and ADI-the Italian PhDs Association.


Publication period start: 2011
Number of co-authors: 27


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Liam J. Bannon
Marc McLoughlin
Liam Bannon

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Chris Greenhalgh
Tom Rodden
Steve Benford


D'Andrea, Anthony, Ciolfi, Luigina, Gray, Breda (2011): Methodological Challenges and Innovations in Mobilities Research. In Mobilities, 6 (2) pp. 149-160.

Bannon, Liam J., Ciolfi, Luigina, McLoughlin, Marc (2009): The potential of new technologies in encouraging visitors to interact with the history and. In Museum Ireland, 19 (0) pp. 144-148.

Ciolfi, Luigina, Fernstrom, Mikael, Bannon, Liam, Deshpande, Parag, Gallagher, Paul, McGettrick, Colm, Quinn, Nicola, Shirley, Stephen (2008): The Shannon Portal Installation: Interaction Design for Public Places. In IEEE Computer, 40 (7) pp. 64-71.

Ciolfi, Luigina, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Bannon, Liam J. (2008): Settings for Collaboration: The Role of Place. In Computer supported Cooperative Work Journal, 17 (2) pp. 91-96.

Ciolfi, Luigina, Bannon, Liam J., Fernstrom, Mikael (2008): Including visitor contributions in cultural heritage installations: Designing for particip. In Museum Management and Curatorship, 23 (4) pp. 353-365.

Ciolfi, Luigina, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Bannon, Liam (2008): Settings for Collaboration: the Role of Place. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 17 (2) pp. 91-96.

McCarthy, John, Ciolfi, Luigina (2008): Place as dialogue: understanding and supporting the museum experience. In International Journal of Heritage Studies, 14 (3) pp. 247-267.

Ciolfi, Luigina (2007): Supporting Affective Experiences of Place Through Interaction Design. In Co-Design, 3 (0) pp. 183-198.

Lennon, Marilyn, Bannon, Liam, Ciolfi, Luigina (2006): Space to reflect: combinatory methods for developing student interaction design projects i. In CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, 2 (2) pp. 53-69..

Ferris, Kieran, Bannon, Liam, Ciolfi, Luigina, Gallagher, Paul, Hall, Tony, Lennon, Marilyn (2004): Shaping experiences in the hunt museum: a design case study. In: Proceedings of DIS04: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2004, . pp. 205-214.

Ciolfi, Luigina, Bannon, Liam (2003): Learning from Museum Visits: Shaping Design Sensitivities. In: Stephanidis, Constantine (eds.) Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction June 22-27, 2003, Crete, Greece. pp. 63-67.

Benford, Steve, Bowers, John, Chandler, Paul, Ciolfi, Luigina, Flintham, Martin, Fraser, Mike, Greenhalgh, Chris, Hall, Tony, Hellstrom, Sten-Olof, Izadi, Shahram, Rodden, Tom, Schnädelbach, Holger, Taylor, Ian (2001): Unearthing Virtual History: Using Diverse Interfaces to Reveal Hidden Virtual Worlds. In: Abowd, Gregory D., Brumitt, Barry, Shafer, Steven A. (eds.) Ubicomp 2001 Ubiquitous Computing - Third International Conference September 30 - October 2, 2001, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. pp. 225-231.

McLoughlin, Marc, Ciolfi, Luigina (2011): Design interventions for open-air museums: applying and extending the principles of 'assem. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 553-556.

Ciolfi, Luigina, McLoughlin, Marc (2011): Physical Keys to Digital Memories: Reflecting on the role of tangible artefacts in "Remini. In: Trant, Jennifer, Bearman, David (eds.) Proceedings of Museums and the Web 2011 April 6-9 2011, 2011, Philadelphia, USA.