I am an Italian-American, born and bred on pizza and cappuccino, now transplanted in the UK (adding g&t’s to my diet), via Finland.
I have a BSc and MSc in Psychology from the University of Padova in Italy. During my MSc, I spent a year in Finland and worked as an assistant researcher at the Ubiquitous Interaction group, Computer Science Dept. at the University of Helsinki and at HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) with Giulio Jacucci. While there, I worked, among other projects, on haptic feedback perception with Eve Hoggan. For my MSc thesis, I worked at HTLab (Human Technology Lab) with Luciano Gamberini on user experience evaluation in multimodal interfaces, which was part of the FP7 EU funded CEEDs project.
In summer 2015, I completed an internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, working with Abigail Sellen in the Human Experience and Design group. There I investigated email re-finding behaviour across accounts and devices, working closely also with Milad Shokouhi from the Machine Intelligence and Perception group.
I am currently in the final year of my PhD at UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC). My research focuses on communication technologies across devices (desktop computers/laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches) and how their use affects our work-life balance. I am interested in how people use technologies to shape boundaries between work and personal life, and how they work around technology constraints to make this happen. I have focussed primarily on email management, as it is one of the most common communication technologies out there. Email habits are changing in our always-online society of ubiquitous technologies, and work and personal communications are happening beyond just email. I’m curious to understand what is today’s role of email with respect to other communication technologies, and how this plethora of mediums is shaping our society. This research is part of the EPSRC Digital Epiphanies project and is taking place in the Productivity, Work-Life Balance, and Wellbeing research group, lead by Prof Anna Cox.
During my PhD, I secured external funding from the EPSRC Balance Network to carry out further research. The first project, Life Swap Workshops, was in collaboration with Birmingham University, University of Nottingham, University of Calgary, and UCL. The aim of this project was to understand the role of sharing personal informatics data and reflecting on aspects of their work-life balance. In the second project, I was the principal investigator on the Microboundaries project, with the aim to uncover the role microboundaries play for work-life balance. I have also secured funding to attend various national and international conferences to present my work. I have published my work in the top HCI venues, including CHI (with a Best Paper award in 2016), MobileHCI, and Ubicomp.
In my free time, I am a big foodie! I like to explore independent food venues and write about them on my blog, My Talisman of Happiness.