Since I was a child I used to build anything with everything I found.
I later decided to pursue a Master degree in Architecture because I wanted to consolidate my passion for envisioning ideas, designing and making.
Shortly after one year of consulting, I seriously felt the need of learning more on inclusive, age-friendly design.
I then received a scholarship and got enrolled in a European PhD in Industrial Design (UX and Accessibility) between University of Genova - IT and Loughborough University - UK.
Once I internalized the importance of people in the design process I moved to Ireland at Technological University Dublin as a Postdoc research fellow in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, working on Human-Centered Assistive Technology.
Amazed by technology, innovation and entrepreneurship I founded the Irish startup Déan Design Lab, focused on delivering safety and comfort for every-day cyclists with the award-winning product TAILT.
Later on, I moved to USA, as a Fulbright research fellow at Stanford University doing user-centered research at the Center for Design Research with Prof. Larry Leifer and ultimately as a UX Design researcher at the Autonomous System Laboratory with Prof. Marco Pavone.
During my academic and working experience I’ve been nominated as NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) Chairman for the development of a new ISO standard on Universal Design and Ageing Societies, Chair at AHFE International, expert member in various international committees and advisory boards (NSAI, EIP on AHA, TN SHAFE, ADM International), expert reviewer for several conferences, editorial journals and international bodies (Fulbright-Schuman), mentor (Open IDEO and SAGE Global Challenge) and recognized as coach and speaker worldwide.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship - European Commission.
Fulbright-Schuman fellowship - U.S.A. Government.
Future Leading Lights Award from the Irish Road Safety Authority - Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher - Ireland.
Emerging Scholar Award, International Conference on Design Principles and Practices – George Brown College, Toronto - Canada.
National Health Informatics Society of Ireland award - Ireland.
First prize, National Italian Award “ETIC” from AICA and Rotary International - Italy.
First prize, Best Innovative Research Idea, at the Fifth Italian Conference on Ambient Assisted Living - Italy.
Inclusive User Experience research, qualitative research methods, ethnographic research, design thinking.
Expert design skills: infographics, wireframing, prototyping, 3D modelling.
Development of best practices, guidelines, policies through technical writing, reviewing and reporting.
Facilitator in connecting academic experts and business professionals through team building, management and self-motivation.
Public relational skills: mentoring, lecturing and coaching.
What I do:
I understand peoples’ needs through inclusive user research, qualitative research methods, design thinking. I design the strategy, visualize and prototype products and services. I connect individuals, inspire people and share knowledge and design outputs with optimism and energy.