I am a Research Scientist (Research Assistant Professor) and Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, and a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA San Diego Health System. My work on Human-Centered Computing is situated at the intersection of computer science, cognitive science, communication, health and social sciences. I am a computer scientist who investigates tools, techniques and infrastructure supporting the deployment of innovative interactive multimodal and tangible devices in context, and an ethnographer creating an using novel methods for studying and quantifying the cognitive consequences of the introduction of this technology in the everyday life.
My main interests ranges from software engineering to human computer interaction, including mobile health, computer supported cooperative work, social media, medical informatics, mobile and ubiquitous computing.
In my current work I am developing theory and methods, designing representations, implementing prototypes, and evaluating the effectiveness of interactive multimodal physical-digital systems such as pen-based and touch-based devices, depth-cameras, and mobile devices in the setting of critical populations such as healthcare and education.
I am currently Co-Investigator on several funded research projects from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
I am originally from the southern and Italian part of Switzerland (Ticino) where I completed all the basic schools. I hold a master in Computer Science and Engineering from ETH Zurich, where I also completed my Ph.D. in Summer 2009. I joined the University of California San Diego in October 2009, as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Distributed Cognition and Human Computer Interaction Lab. I moved into the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD and the VA San Diego Health Systems in 2012.