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Giovanni Trioano, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests

My research interests are focused primarily on the user experience (UX) and usability aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI), and especially in the context of future and emergent technologies, such as tangible user interfaces (TUI), shape-changing interfaces, and deformable interfaces. My future research interests include, physical computing, expressive therapies, musical interaction, and computer-mediated artistic performances.


  • University of California San Diego – 2017. Postdoctoral researcher at UCSD, Department of Biomedical Informatics, leading the UX and usability working group for the NIH-funded project bioCADDIE (, supervisor profs. Jina Huh and Lucila Ohno-Machado)         
  • University of Copenhagen – 2013 to 2016. PhD student at Computer Science Department (DIKU) of the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), stable work as part of the EU founded FET GHOST project (, supervisors prof.Kasper Hornbæk, doc.Esben Warming Pedersen)
  • KAIST University – 2015. Visiting PhD student at Industrial Design department (ID) of the Korean Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST, supervised by prof. Youn-kyung Lim)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra – 2011 to 2012. Research Assistant at MTG with focus on Music Technology and Creativity (supervisor prof.Serji Jordà Puig)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra – 2010 to 2011. Interdisciplinary Master in Interactive Media and Cognitive Systems, MSc (supervisor prof.Serji Jordà Puig)
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli – 2008 to 2010. Specialization in New Technologies of Art, MA (Hons)
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli – 2003 to 2008. Undergraduate course in Digital Art Practices and Media Art, BFA (Hons)
  • Dartington College of Arts – 2007.Contemporary Art Practices & Digital Arts (exchange student for the Socrates Erasmus program)


  • Majken K. Rasmussen, Giovanni M. Troiano, Marianne G. Petersen, Jakob G. Simonsen, and Kasper Hornbaek. 2016. Sketching Shape-changing Interfaces: Exploring Vocabulary, Metaphors Use, and Affordances. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16), 2740–2751.
  • Paul Strohmeier, Antonio Gomes, Giovanni Maria Troiano, Aske Mottelson, Timothy Merritt, and Jason Alexander. 2016. Sharing Perspectives on the Design of Shape-Changing Interfaces. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '16), 3492–3499.
  • Giovanni Maria Troiano. 2016. After Rigid Interfaces. Københavns Universitet Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet Datalogisk Institut.
  • Giovanni Maria Troiano, Esben Warming Pedersen, and Kasper Hornb\a ek. 2014. User-defined Gestures for Elastic, Deformable Displays. In Proceedings of the 2014 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI '14), 1–8.
  • Giovanni Maria Troiano, Esben Warming Pedersen, and Kasper Hornbaek. 2015. Deformable Interfaces for Performing Music. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15), 377–386.
  • Giovanni Maria Troiano, John Tiab, and Youn-Kyung Lim. 2016. SCI-FI: Shape-Changing Interfaces, Future Interactions. In Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI '16), 45:1–45:10.