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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., , 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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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


Myers, C., Piccolo, L. and Collins, T. (2018) Co-designing Cards on Social Issues for Creating Educational Games, Demo at British HCI Conference, Belfast

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