Lara PiccoloResearch Fellow
My personal mission is to design technology for triggering positive social changes.
Beyond pursuing adequate and pleasant user interactions, my research aims at exploring design methods and artefacts to design with a socio-technical approach, taking into account also the impact of technological innovations on people's lives and their communities.
With this perspective, I have worked mainly in designing technology for people unfamiliar with ICTs and engaging communities in the design process.
I have worked on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for more than 10 years in Brazil and now in the UK. My background is Computer Engineer and I obtained my Master degree and PhD in Computer Science in HCI. My PhD was obtained in Brazil in 2015 at UNICAMP. The research targeted motivational aspects in design with a sociotechnical approach. The study engaged a community with energy conservation collectively and collaboratively, supported by a public and tangible eco-feedback, smart meters, and social media.
Keys: Community engagement, users engagement, social change, socially-aware design, motivation, social media, energy awareness, climate change
17 Dec 2018
15 Oct 2018
05 May 2016
14 Dec 2015
25 Nov 2014
Piccolo, L., Mensio, M. and Alani, H. (2019) Chasing the Chatbots: Directions for Interaction and Design Research, Conversations 2018: 2nd International Workshop on Chatbot Research, St Petersburg, Russia
Piccolo, L., Meesters, K. and Roberts, S. (2018) , 18th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (ICISO) 2018, Reading, UK Building a Socio-technical Perspective of Community Resilience with a Semiotic Approach, in eds. Liu K., Nakata K., Li W., Baranauskas C., Digitalisation, Innovation, and Transformation. ICISO 2018. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 527, pp. 22-32, Springer
Piccolo, L., Roberts, S., Iosif, A. and Alani, H. (2018) Designing Chatbots for Crises: A Case Study Contrasting Potential and Reality, British HCI Conference, Belfast
Myers, C., Piccolo, L. and Collins, T. (2018) Co-designing Cards on Social Issues for Creating Educational Games, Demo at British HCI Conference, Belfast
Piccolo, L. and Pereira, R. (2017) Culture-based artefacts to inform ICT design: foundations and practice, AI & Society, Spring