is a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of
Udine, where he heads the
HCI Lab, and gives three courses
Mobile and Wireless Systems).
His major research interests are in the area of human-computer interaction (particularly in information visualization, persuasive technologies, mobile interaction, virtual reality, adaptive interfaces), and he has been chair (2004-2008) of ACM SIGCHI Italy, the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). In the past, he worked for several years in the area of artificial intelligence (particularly in diagnosis, temporal reasoning, qualitative reasoning). He is author of more than 150 scientific papers in international journals and conferences.
He headed one of the research units in the GRIDCC ("Grid Enabled Remote Instrumentation with Distributed Control and Computation") project (2004-2007), and one in the EUROTEV project (2004-2008). Both were financed by the European Union as STREP projects under the 6th Framework Program. He has been principal investigator of the project "Adaptive, Context-aware, Multimedia Guides on Mobile Devices" (2005-2007), financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research as a project of relevant national interest. In this project, he coordinated three research groups (Universities of Pisa, Turin, and Udine). He is principal investigator of the project "Advanced emergency medical services for the disabled based on innovative ICT technologies"(2008-2011), financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The project involves several partners, including a rehabilitation hospital, medical emergency services, and associations of people with disabilities.
He has been principal investigator in three industrial research projects, respectively sponsored by the Benetton Group, the Fiat Research Center, and the Snaidero Group.
He has been involved in the organization of several important events in the field of human-computer interaction. For example, he has been chair of MOBILE HCI 2003: 5th International Symposium on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, general co-chair of MOBILE HCI 2007: 9th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, program co-chair of Web3D 2004: 9th International Conference on 3D Web Technology, and program co-chair of Web3D 2005: 10th International Conference on 3D Web Technology.
He has been keynote speaker at the IEEE Human-Systems Interaction Conference 2009, the Workshop on Engineering Multimodal Interfaces 2009, the IFIP World Computer Congress 2008, the IEE ICCSA 2006 international conference, the Mobility 2004 international conference, and the Eurographics EG IT 2007 conference. He has been invited tutorialist at the Mobile HCI 2009 Conference and the ACM EICS 2011 Conference. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal and the Communications in Mobile Computing Journal.
He has been guest editor of the special issue on "Information Visualization in Medicine" of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Journal, the special issue on "HCI aspects of Mobile Devices and Services" of the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal, the special issue on "Web3D Technologies in Learning, Education and Training" of the Computers & Education journal, the special issue on "Temporal Representation and Reasoning" of the Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, and the special issue on "Functional Reasoning in Engineering" of the Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Journal.He has been evaluator for the scientific grants program of the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), and the Joint Research Scheme between Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC).
He has led one of the winning teams in the Italian Startcup 2004 competition for innovative start-up business plans, and has thus been finalist in the National Innovation Award competition. The business plan developed by the team concerned the innovative exploitation of 3D graphics and mobile devices in touristic applications.
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