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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

Team: Harith Alani, Gregoire Burel, Anna De Liddo, Miriam Fernandez, David Goddard, Christina Myers


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Goddard, D., Mulholland, P. and Piccolo, L. (2019) Deriving Personas Based on Attitudes to Interruption and Information Overload, Poster at 17th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Salzburg

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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

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Farrell, T., Piccolo, L., Perfumi, S. and Alani, H. (2019) Understanding the Role of Human Values in the Spread of Misinformation, Truth and Trust Online, London, UK

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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

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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

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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
£45,463 per year plus allowances
Based in Milton Keynes
Full-time, Fixed-term contract for 36 months

The Knowledge Media Institute invites applications for an Early Stage Researcher to work in the area of bias in Artificial Intelligence. The researcher will work within the interdisciplinary...


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