Patrizia Marti


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Patrizia Marti is Senior Researcher at the Communication Science Department, University of Siena (I) where she teaches HCI, Interaction Design and Design of Learning Technologies (1996). Her academic experience includes teaching at the Polytechnic of Milan (I) (1997 to 2001); IULM, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, Milan (I) (2000), University of Limerick (IR) (2001), University of Sassari (I) (2006-2008).
Her research interests range over a broad range of topics - including human-centred design, interaction design, aesthetics of interaction, wearable and smart materials, learning and special education, design of e-health applications, human-robot interaction, design and validation of complex systems (in particular in the field of air traffic management), and societal impacts of new technologies. She is cited across these fields.
Patrizia has an interdisciplinary background in philosophy and computing. She has a Ph.D. in Aesthetics of Interaction from the Technical University Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Faculty of Industrial Design, under the supervision of Prof. Overbeeke, Hummels and Aarts. The thesis is entitled “Enabling through design: explorations of aesthetic interaction in therapy and care”.
For several years, she worked as independent consultant at IBM Svenska Aktiebolag, IBM Nordic Laboratorier, Lidingo, Sweden (1989-1990); TECSIEL, Rome, Italy (1987); Translation service of the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, (1987-2000); Alenia airspace company, Rome, Italy (1991-1996); RAI television company, Rome, Italy, (1997); FIAT Italian Automobile Factory of Turin, Italy (1998); Wind Italian telecom operator, Rome, Italy (1999); Omnitel Italian telecom operator, Rome, Italy (1999).
She has been visiting fellow at the Center for Research in Language, University of California San Diego, USA in 1990 and 1995.
From November 2009 until April 2010 she spent her sabbatical leave at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Department of Industrial Design, Designing Quality in Interaction group (Prof. Overbeeke).
She has a long experience in fund raising at national and European level. He has been a Principal Investigator on 11 EU funded projects. She has been expert advisor to many EU and international bodies, including EU Commission, EU Future & Emerging Technologies Programme, EU Intelligent Information Interfaces, Eurocontrol, EU Disappearing Computer, UX group at University of Warsaw (Poland), Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.
She is a Member of the Italian SigCHI chapter and ACM. She has been a Program Chair and Associate Editor for the CHItaly Conference and Ro-Man conference. She has served Scientific and Organizing Committees in various areas of HCI, ID and Information Systems, including ACM CHI, ACM IDC, ACM DIS, IEEE ICRA, IEEE IROS, IEEE ICORR.
She has been an invited keynote speaker at different European conferences in the UK (AISB), Italy (PC), France (LIFT), Tanzania (TEDC).

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Robins, Ben, Dautenhahn, Kerstin, Ferrari, Ester, Kronreif, Gernot, Prazak-Aram, Barbara, Marti, Patrizia, Iacono, Iolanda, Gelderblom, Gert Jan, Bernd, Tanja, Caprino, Francesca, Laudanna, Elena (2012): Scenarios of robot-assisted play for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. In Interaction Studies, 13 (2) pp. 189-234.

Stienstra, Jelle, Marti, Patrizia (2012): Squeeze Me: Gently Please. In: Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction NordiCHI 2012 October 14-17, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. pp. 746-750.

Nijholt, Anton, Giusti, Leonardo, Minuto, Andrea, Marti, Patrizia (2012): Smart material interfaces: a material step to the future. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces , 2012, . pp. 615-616.

Iacono, Iolanda, Lehmann, Hagen, Marti, Patrizia, Robins, Ben, Dautenhahn, Kerstin (2011): Robots as social mediators for children with autism - A preliminary analysis comparing two. In: IEEE ICDL - EPIROB 2011, first Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics August 24-27, 2011, Frankfurt, Germany. pp. 1-6.

Marti, Patrizia, Overbeeke, Kees (C. J.) (2011): Designing complexity in context: Light through Culture. In: Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGCHI Italian Chapter International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Facing Complexity , 2011, . pp. 65-70.

Lehmann, Hagen, Iacono, Iolanda, Robins, Ben, Marti, Patrizia, Dautenhahn, Kerstin (2011): 'Make it move': playing cause and effect games with a robot companion for children with co. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics , 2011, . pp. 105-112.

Marti, Patrizia (2010): Bringing playfulness to disabilities. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2010, . pp. 851-856.

Robins, Ben, Ferrari, Ester, Dautenhahn, Kerstin, Kronreif, Gernot, Prazak-Aram, Barbara, Gelderblom, Gert-jan, Tanja, Bernd, Caprino, Francesca, Laudanna, Elena, Marti, Patrizia (2010): Human-centred design methods: Developing scenarios for robot assisted play informed by use. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68 (12) pp. 873-898.

Marti, Patrizia, Bannon, Liam J. (2009): Exploring User-Centred Design in practice: Some caveats. In Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 22 (1) pp. 7-15.

Marti, Patrizia, Pollini, Alessandro, Rullo, Alessia, Giusti, Leonardo, Gronvall, Erik (2009): Creative interactive play for disabled children. In: Proceedings of ACM IDC09 Interaction Design and Children , 2009, . pp. 313-316.

Piccini, Luca, Ciani, Oriana, Gronvall, Erik, Marti, Patrizia, Andreoni, Giuseppe (2008): New monitoring approach for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In: The 5th International Workshop on Wearable, Micro and Nano Technologies for the Personalised Health May 21-23, 2008, Valencia, Spain.

Gronvall, Erik, Marti, Patrizia, Rullo, Alessia (2008): Adaptive monitoring through loosely coupled services. In: The 21th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems CBMS 2008 June 17-19, 2008, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Marti, Patrizia, Giusti, Leonardo (2007): Coupling the Digital and the Physical in Therapeutic Environments. In: Jacko, Julie A. (eds.) HCI International 2007 - 12th International Conference - Part II July 22-27, 2007, Beijing, China. pp. 1173-1182.

Marti, Patrizia, Gronvall, Erik, Pollini, Alessandro, Rullo, Alessia (2007): Supporting inspection strategies through palpable assemblies. In: Workshop proceedings of Ethnographies of Diagnostic Work April 17-18, 2007, Lancaster, UK.

Andronico, Patrizia, Marti, Patrizia, Martinelli, Maurizio (2007): Envisioning Probe Kit: Creativity and Storytelling to Capture the Inner Thoughts of People. In: Baranauskas, Maria Cecília Calani, Palanque, Philippe A., Abascal, Julio, Barbosa, Simone Diniz Junqueira (eds.) DEGAS 2007 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Design and Evaluation of e-Government Applications and Services September 11th, 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. pp. 661-664.

Gronvall, Erik, Marti, Patrizia, Pollini, Alessandro, Rullo, Alessia (2006): Active surfaces: a novel concept for end-user composition. In: Proceedings of the Fourth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2006, . pp. 96-104.

Rullo, Alessia, Gronvall, Erik, Pollini, Alessandro, Marti, Patrizia (2006): End-user composition and re-use of technologies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare November 29-December 1, 2006, Innsbruck, Austria.

Pollini, Alessandro, Gronvall, Erik, Marti, Patrizia, Rullo, Alessia (2006): Constructing assemblies in the health care domain: two case studies. In: Proceedings of Guide Mobili Virtuali 06 October 18, 2006, Torino, Italy.

Gronvall, Erik, Marti, Patrizia, Pollini, Alessandro, Rullo, Alessia, Bertelsen, Olav W. (2005): Palpable time for heterogeneous care communities. In: Bertelsen, Olav W., Bouvin, Niels Olof, Krogh, Peter Gall, Kyng, Morten (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th Decennial Conference on Critical Computing 2005 August 20-24, 2005, Aarhus, Denmark. pp. 149-152.

Fusai, C., Saudelli, Berthe, Marti, Patrizia, Decortis, Francoise, Rizzo, Antonio (2003): Media composition and narrative performance at school. In J. Comp. Assisted Learning, 19 (2) pp. 177-185.

Marti, Patrizia, Gabrielli, F., Pucci, Francesco (2001): Situated Interaction in Art. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 5 (1) pp. 71-74.