Education

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Faculty of Informatics. Lugano, Switzerland
Ph.D. candidate in the research group for Ubiquitous Computing. 
Doctoral thesis: “Supporting the design of technology-mediated sharing practices”.
September 2014 – Summer 2019 (expected)

Simon Fraser University, the School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Vancouver, BC, Canada
Visiting Research Student at the Everyday Design Studio research lab.
September 2016 – February 2017

Stanford University, Continuing Studies Program. Stanford, CA, USA
Courses in Innovation Management and Design Thinking.
March 2011 – December 2011

University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computer and System Sciences, Wireless Sensors Network research group. Rome, Italy 
MSc in Computer Engineering with distinction. GPA: 3.9/4.0
Master thesis: “Connecting physical and virtual worlds: design, implementation and evaluation of a solution based on heterogeneous technologies”. Specialization: Software and Services for Information Society.
February 2009 – December 2010

Omsk State Transport University, Faculty of Information Technologies. Omsk, Russia
Diploma Engineering Degree (5 years cycle) with honors. GPA: 4.0/4.0
In 2006 spent one year as an exchange student at Czech Technical University in Prague.
Diploma thesis: “Design and implementation of an augmented reality mobile application to interact with wireless sensor networks”.
September 2004 – July 2009


Experience

User Experience Researcher, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Faculty of Informatics. Lugano, Switzerland
My research investigates the dichotomy between sharing digital and physical things (e.g., online sharing vs. sharing economy). Conducted a series of lab and field studies (both qualitative and quantitative approaches) to uncover emergent end-users digital sharing needs and concerns. Managed eight international user research projects through completion. Published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, many in the top UX-related academic venues. Developed a design toolkit for sharing economy & corresponding methodology and evaluated them within actual design practices. In 2016 and 2017 represented USI showcasing two interactive demos stemming from my research projects at the Swiss Pavilion at CeBIT, the largest computer expo in Europe. Actively involved in the activities of the pan-European COST Action CA16121 “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy” as a member of the Management Committee team representing Switzerland in the Action.
September 2014 – present 

User Experience Designer, Metaio GmbH. Munich, Germany
Incorporated a Human-Centered Design approach into the product development cycle. Ensured consistency of the visual and interaction languages across the company’s product portfolio. Designed and conducted lab and field studies of audiovisual augmented reality experiences. Conducted a series of usability tests throughout the company's software products and web-platforms, and provided actionable recommendations for design. Hands-on low-fi and hi-fi prototyping. Effectively communicated user research insights to various stakeholders incl. marketing, design and development organizations. Pragmatically prioritized time between multiple projects and proactively adapted to the quickly changing demands of the rapidly-paced applied research and software development environments. Co-created two successfully approved US patent applications.
July 2012 – June 2014

Software Innovator/UX Engineer, Advanced Applications Research Lab, Sony Mobile Communications USA Inc. Redwood City, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Principle front-end architect for a multimedia content sharing platform vscreens.com (outreach 100k users). Acquired practical experience in an agile product development environment. Designed novel interfaces for interconnected devices. Conducted research in the augmented reality context with a view to informing and inspiring future products & services. Supported the system integration of human-mounted displays with mobile devices on the Android platform. Developed proofs of concepts for multiple platforms. Strengthened collaboration with MobiSocial research lab at Stanford University. Co-created a successfully approved US patent application.
January 2011 – May 2012

Software Engineering Intern, Software R&D Group, Ricoh Company Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
Built a prototype that integrated the company’s multimedia content services within an iOS app.
June 2008 – September 2008


QUALIFICATIONS

Research skills: Usability Studies, Online Surveys, Contextual Interviews, Thematic Analysis, Grounded Theory, Design Workshops, Diary Studies, Ideation Cards, Technology Probes, Constructive Design Research, Design Ethnography

Programming languages: Objective-C, C/C++, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python

Graphics: Sketch, OmniGraffle, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator


AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  1. Czech Technical University in Prague scholarship to support an exchange year. Awarded November 2005. Duration: 1 year 

  2. JSC “TransTeleCom” (TTK) scholarship to support studies in Informatics. Awarded November 2007. Duration: 2 years

  3. Erasmus Mundus ECW EU scholarship to pursue MSc degree in University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Awarded December 2008. Duration: 2 years 

  4. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 Student Scholarship to attend the conference in San Francisco, CA. Awarded May 2009 

  5. Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona. A winner in category OMTP Mobile Phone Widget Platform for Bike Sharing Eco-friendly Application. Awarded February 2010

  6. Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (top 5% of papers). Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) in Rovaniemi, Finland. Awarded December 2016

  7. Swiss National Science Foundation mobility grant to conduct research at the Everyday Design Studio laboratory, the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University BC, Canada. Awarded March 2016. Duration: 6 months

  8. Best Paper Award (top 1% of papers). Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) in Hong Kong. Awarded June 2018

  9. COST Action CA16121 dissemination grant to present a research paper at the NordiCHI 2018 conference in Oslo, Norway. Awarded October 2018


Languages

English– fluent; Italian– advanced;  Catalan, French, German– low intermediate;  Russian– native speaker