Luigina Ciolfi

September 3, 2014
by Luigina Ciolfi

Invited Presentation at “Code and the City” Workshop

Today and tomorrow (Sept. 3-4 2014) I will participate in a workshop at Maynooth University (Ireland) on “Code And The City”, where a small group of invited speakers will discuss their research at the intersection of software, ubiquitous computing and the city. The event is supported by the ERC Advanced Investigator Grant “The Programmable City”, led by Professor Rob Kitchin.

At the workshop, I will present ongoing work I am conducting with my colleague Gabriela Avram of the University of Limerick examining how interactions on the location-based social networking platform Foursquare shape and are shaped by the physical environment of everyday human activities, and how the system and its use are mutually evolving.

May 19, 2014
by Luigina Ciolfi

Upcoming presentation at “Digital Debate”, Newcastle

I will be the featured speaker at “Digital Debate” in Newcastle on June 3rd 2014.
The event is jointly hosted by Newcastle University Business School and the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies. I will be presenting on “DIY Technologies: Bridging Digital and Material in Cultural Heritage Settings”

The talk will start at 5PM and the venue is the Partners’ Room, Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE. The event is free, however registration is required.


October 7, 2013
by Luigina Ciolfi

New blog post on meSch

I have authored a blog post for the official meSch project website summarising the work to date that the Sheffield Hallam University meSch team has conducted in collaboration with the Sheffield General Cemetery. The post can be read here. A video describing the interaction with the recently developed prototype “The Companion Novel” is also available online.

The "Companion Novel" prototype

August 8, 2013
by Luigina Ciolfi

COOP 2014 – 11th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems

As scientific co-chair (together with David Martin of Xerox Research Centre Europe), I am delighted to announce the call for papers for COOP 2014, taking place in Nice (France), in May 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS: COOP 2014 – Eleventh International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems

27-30 May , 2014

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société Sud-Est, Nice, France


******* Important dates ********

– 8 November 2013     Deadline for paper submissions

–   1 February 2014        Notification of acceptance/rejection

–    15 February 2014     Camera ready Papers

–  27-30 May 2014   COOP 2014 conference in Nice


****** Introduction ************

COOP is one of the key European conferences on Cooperative Systems, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Collaborative Computing and is affiliated to EUSSET – the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies.

COOP 2014 will be the eleventh edition of the biennial COOP conference and will take place in Nice, France and hosted by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société Sud-Est.

Historically, COOP brought together the French tradition in Cognitive Ergonomics and the European tradition of CSCW. However, while this history is important, the focus of COOP has developed over the last few conferences. It now embraces a wider set of research questions on technologies and related issues within social, organisational and societal settings. The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners who contribute to the design, assessment and analysis of cooperative systems and their integration in organizations, public venues and other settings. The COOP conferences promote the idea that cooperative systems design ideally requires a deep understanding of collective activities, involving both artifacts and social practices, within a given in context.

In keeping with the conference’s tradition, COOP 2014 will take place in an Intimate setting, facilitating in-depth discussion and feedback in a multi-disciplinary environment. As well as welcoming back experienced researchers, academics and practitioners we are keen to embrace a wider research community. We welcome different perspectives from those doing relevant work who have not been to COOP before and we are paying special attention to encouraging up-and-coming researchers within the community with some specially designed features within the programme.

Contributions are solicited from a wide range of domains contributing to the fields of cooperative systems design and evaluation: CSCW, HCI, Information Systems, social and collaborative media, multi-agent systems, organizational and management sciences, sociology, psychology, anthropology, ergonomics, design, etc.

COOP 2014 will feature a single-track program of high-quality research papers, including a session dedicated to the work of early-career researchers, a workshops and masterclasses track and a Doctoral Colloquium.


For the “Early Career Researchers Track”, we encourage early career researchers who wish to publish their work and receive in depth-feedback (PhD students close to completion, < 3 years post-doc experience, etc.) to submit to the track, which will constitute of a special paper session in the main conference program. The papers will be included in the main conference proceedings.

********* Submissions **********

Accepted papers will be included in a book of proceedings published by Springer, and will be indexed in the ACM digital library

Full papers must be no longer than 16 pages and formatted according to the Springer template:

Papers submissions will take place via Easychair:

*******Other Submission Categories*****

Submission requirements and deadlines to be announced soon for:



Doctoral Colloquium

*********Conference Committee*********

Organising Chair: Bernard Conein (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis)

Scientific Co-Chairs: Luigina Ciolfi (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) and David Martin (Xerox Research Centre Europe, France)

Workshop and Masterclasses Co-Chairs: Nina Boulus-Rødje (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Michael Prilla (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)

Early-Career Researchers Track Chair: Barry Brown (Mobile Life Center, Sweden)

Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs: Liam Bannon (University of Limerick, Ireland and University of Aarhus, Denmark) and Myriam Lewkowicz (Université de Technologie de Troyes, France)

Local arrangements: Jean-Charles Briquet-Laugier (MSHS Sud-Est, France)

Proceedings Chair: TBA

******* Contact Information ********

For queries regarding paper submissions please contact the scientific co-chairs David Martin and Luigina Ciolfi (

Full information on the conference at:



June 11, 2013
by Luigina Ciolfi

Workshop at ECSCW 2013: CSCW At the Boundary of Work and Life

I will be co-hosting a workshop at ECSCW 2013 in September on the theme of “CSCW At the Boundary of Work and Life“.

The workshop will explore how CSCW themes, concepts and sensibilities can be extended and applied to practices blurring the boundary between work and life. Technology has moved from workplaces to become part of nearly every aspect of everyday life. Similarly, CSCW research spans not only work settings and practices, but also other life domains, from family life, to gaming, tourism and other leisure activities. However, the neat distinction between which activities are work-related and which are not is becoming less and less meaningful as often the spheres of work and life blur into each other. Similarly, the use of technology is not limited to specific work vs. non-work situations. This workshop will discuss how to look at this blurring of practices, spheres of life and expectations: is it a problematic issue that should be addressed, or a new way of working and living that people are increasingly embracing? How people coordinate and interact when work tasks, personal tasks and leisure tasks blur into each other, and how to support/facilitate/mediate this through design?

I am organising the workshop in team with colleagues Gabriela Avram (UL), Erik Grönvall (Univ. of Aarhus), Chiara Rossitto and Louise Barkhuus (both Univ. of Stockholm)

The deadline for submitting papers is June 28th and full information can be found on the workshop website. Join us in Cyprus in September!

June 10, 2013
by Luigina Ciolfi

“The Big Question” on Wired UK

Some time back I was asked by Wired Magazine (UK Edition) to give a contribution to their “The Big Question” feature – a monthly section of the magazine where a number of experts in academia and industry are asked to answer a topical question. The question I was given was “How will we communicate with each other in 20 years?”. Here are the answers! (Originally published in the June issue of Wired – and not to worry, I am still at Sheffield Hallam Uni…;) )

June 10, 2013
by Luigina Ciolfi

Of meSch and much else

Here is a much overdue blog update…Mainly due to workload and successive deadlines that have kept me busy over the past few months!

A recent highlight is the very successful workshop on “Explorations in Social Interaction Design” at CHI 2013 in Paris, where a very interesting group of participants engaged in quick design exercises focusing on the relationship between physical and tangible interaction and social data and connections. I have also been very busy working on the meSch Project working as a senior researcher here at SHU, an advisor for UL and participating in project meetings and events.

The most recent project activity has been an intensive co-design workshop that took place last week in the Netherlands and was hosted by three of our Dutch partners, the Allard Pierson Museum (University of Amsterdam), Museon and Waag Society, and coordinated by our colleagues at UL IDC. The goal was to focus on possible technological interventions featuring tangible interaction in museums, and on highlight the potential for curators and other heritage stuff to contribute to their design.

We started work on Wednesday with updates from all partners on current activities, followed by a guided tour of Allard Pierson Museum, its curatorial approach and specific interest in the role of technology. Our group was led by the director of the museum, Dr. Wim Hupperetz, who explained the history of the collection and of the exhibition, and their interest in technology and interactive experiences – a challenge for an archaeology museum!

Dr. Wim Hupperetz leading us on a guided tour

Following the tour, all partners working on design explorations presented concepts and prototypes representing design ideas and themes. The session was quite hands-on and was followed on a group exercise where all the prototypes and concepts that were showcased were classified in terms of interaction potential and areas of application.

Examining the demos from the University of Stuttgart

Our second day was dedicated to Museon in The Hague, an educational museum targeted mainly at children and their families with a strong focus on hands-on engagement and interactivity. The museum covers a broad set of topics revolving around the history of the Earth and of mankind, with themed exhibitions on many topics from space exploration, to human rights, and underwater life. Thanks to our hosts, we were also able to visit the museum’s storage – which was easily my favourite part: we got to explore the huge collection housed by Museon and including anything from natural history to “vintage” technology. It was such an interesting experience to see the contrast between the “raw” collection and how artefacts are then selected and used in the context of themed exhibits.

Fritz showing us one of the "bugs" drawers from Museon's storage

The discussion that followed our tour of Museon was aimed at preparing for the last day of the workshop and at addressing the specific concerns of our partner museums

Exercise: Linking content, context and interaction

Our final day saw us back in Amsterdam and hosted by Waag society in their wonderful historic building in the Nieuwmarkt. This final day started with a tour of Fab Lab Amsterdam and then featured a creative design exercise where small groups concentrated on creating a visualising design scenarios for each of the partner museums.

Group design at Waag

We finished the day with viewing the video prototypes created by all groups and with some discussion on how to continue our work on design explorations…Until our next workshop in Trento in October!