Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction

Secretary Officer of IFIP TC13.6 Human Work Interaction Design


Email: barricelli (at) di (dot) unimi (dot) it

Research interests: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User-Centered Design (UCD), End-User Development (EUD), User-Centered Computing (UCC), User eXperience (UX), internationalization and localization of interactive systems, computer semiotics and semiotic engineering, creative and participatory design.

Research description: In her research she had the opportunity to focus on several aspects of Human-Computer Interaction, User-Centered Computing and Design, Software Engineering and Information Systems domains. In particular she developed and applied her expertise in defining methodologies for and in development of interactive visual environments. Barbara developed a very good expertise in End-User Development and meta-design and in methods for collaborative knowledge bases management. Her research is particularly focused on addressing the communication problems between different communities of practice working in common interdisciplinary work by means of interactive information systems built taking into account internationalization and localization needs of the end users. She applied computer semiotics theories and semiotic engineering methods for designing and developing internationalized interactive systems, localized to users’ culture, gender, role played in specific contexts/domains and to the digital platform in use to access the systems. She has been active in this field since 2005 and applied her research in industrial design, cultural heritage, building and construction, hospitality and tourism, and medical domains. In the frame of the various projects she participated in and had the opportunity to collaborate with other universities (several departments in different fields), high schools, hospitals and healthcare institutions, small and medium enterprises and public bodies and administrations and she created a good network of relationships with researchers in several institutions in Europe and USA. She pairs off theoretical studies of general models to the design of methods and techniques and their application (and validation) in several domains with the development of prototypes (for desktop, Web and mobile – Android/iOS). She is chair of IFIP TC13 WG6 Human Work Interaction Design.

Volunteering: I volunteer as Web Content Manager for the Pediatric Oncology unit of Istituto Nazionale Tumori (INT) in Milan (Il Progetto Giovani:

Personal stuff: I love knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, and DIY in general and spend way too much time on Pinterest. My nickname on the Web is Sciuradaltura.