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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 15 years, first in Brazil and now in the UK. My background is Computer Engineer and my PhD was obtained at UNICAMP, in Brazil, in 2015. Since then, my research has addressed energy conservation supported by a public and tangible eco-feedback, smart meters, and social media; social media to promote community resilience in disasters; co-creation of chatbots for children's online safety and, most recently, strategies to fight misinformation spread online.

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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Piccolo, L., Bertel, D., Farrell, T. and Troullinou, P. (2021) Opinions, Intentions, Freedom of Expression, ... , and Other Human Aspects of Misinformation Online, CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Yokohama, Japan

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Piccolo, L., Troullinou, P. and Alani, H. (2021) Chatbots to Support Children in Coping with Online Threats: Socio-technical Requirements, Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, Virtual Event

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Puska, A., Baroni, L., Canal, M., Piccolo, L. and Pereira, R. (2020) WhatsApp and false information: a value-oriented evaluation, IHC ’20: 19th Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Diamantina, Brazil

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Piccolo, L., Puska, A., Pereira, R. and Farrell, T. (2020) Pathway to a Human-Values Based Approach to Tackle Misinformation Online, HCI International 2020, Copenhagen

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Piccolo, L., Joshi, S., Karapanos, E. and Farrell, T. (2019) Challenging Misinformation: Exploring Limits and Approaches, 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference (INTERACT 2019), Paphos, Cyprus

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