Not yet another smartphone app for museums: can we empower cultural heritage experts to design smart environments?

The growing availability of computer technologies like smart phone, interactive displays and smart objects is stimulating Human-Computer Interaction researchers to investigate how non-technical users can easily exploit such technologies in daily life. For example, cultural heritage experts may adopt computer technologies to enhance access to cultural heritage collections, in order to ensure a more engaging visit experience and to increase the appropriation of cultural heritage content by visitors. Unfortunately, often the proposed solutions do not fit the needs of end users or are too trivial, thus resulting scarcely adopted in real scenarios. This seminar illustrates recent approaches that support non-technical users to design and create their own applications, which result more suited to user needs and useful in real contexts, for example for designing and creating smart environments by means of natural interaction paradigms.


Giuseppe Desolda, Research fellow at the Computer Science Department of the University of Bari, Italy.

Giuseppe Desolda is research fellow at the Computer Science Department of the University of Bari Aldo Moro. He is a member of the Interaction, Visualization, Usability & UX (IVU) Lab, coordinated by Prof. Maria Francesca Costabile.

He studied at the University of Bari where he got the bachelor degree with full marks and honours in Computer Science in 2009, the master degree with full marks and honours in Computer Science in July 2011, and the PhD in Computer Science in 2016. Among the innovative contributions of his Ph.D dissertation, Giuseppe Desolda proposed models, visual interaction paradigms and a mashup platform to allow non-technical users to compose Web services, also by exploiting Linked Open Data. The mashup platform developed during the PhD program was awarded as best mashup tool at the Rapid Mashup Challenge organized at the 15th International Conference on Web Engineering 2015.

His research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, specifically Interaction with Ubiquitous Systems, Usability and UX. In his research, Giuseppe Desolda is primarily investigating the human side of mashup methods applied to Web Services and Smart Objects, as well as the use of Linked Open Data to build new data sources.


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