IDEaCT - Interaction Design and Communication Technologies

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Coordinator: Prof. Alessandra Talamo Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione  Via dei Marsi, 78  Stanza 425, IV piano Tel. +39 06 49917928 Mobile +39 348 2683659 eMail:

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IDEaCT Objectives

 The IDEaCT Lab:

-Works on technological innovation starting from the study of real users and their practices   - Connects the design of ICT devices with their implementation in specific contexts of use  - Connects in a strategic ways academic and applied research   The Joint Lab offers to enterprises competences on Interaction Design and analyses of User Experience. Collaborative projects are finalized to the analysis of the contexts of use of ICT and to the design/redesign of ICT based devices and services.  These analyses aim at improving the efficacy and efficiency of products to meet real needs of users in their real contexts.   - IDEaCT offers Interaction Design techniques to high quality results both in the design and redesign of technological tools.  

IDEaCT focuses on:  

- The study of emerging technologies and their potentials;   - Understanding the nature of human-computer interaction in specific contexts in order to  identify physical, cognitive and cultural aspects of users which must be considered in the process of design.  

-Definition of methodology and techniques for the evaluation of technological innovation (prototypes and concepts).  


 • Accessibility • Digital Media  • E-services • Interface • Mobile Technologies • Social networks • Ict and Ageing • E-health • E-learning • Serious games • Cultural heritage

 IDEaCT SERVICES:   The User Experience (UX) Unit develops technological innovation starting from the study of implementation of ICT by real users.  The objective of the UX Unit is to drive the design processes of new generation of ICT through the involvement of users in different phases of design, from observing their daily activities, to collaborative design sessions, to the evaluation of  prototypes.    UX Unit offers services on:  - Users’ activity  analysis

- Modelling and representation of users and work processes

 - involvement of users in the evaluation process of prototypes

 - Participatory design  

1) Analysis of users’ activity  

IDEaCT offers strategic analyses of ICT based devices and services, of their implementation in real contexts and in everyday life. Aims of analysis of user activity is to identify guidelines for ICT design in connection with the experience of use. The IDEaCT services include:  

- Ethnography

 - Focus Group  

- User’s stories

- Modelling of users and work processes    - Design of ICT-based solutions and tools

In order to support the Design of new technologies IDEaCT offers  competences to develop:   - Collaborative sessions

- Innovative concepts

-  Prototypes  


IDEaCT staff manages evaluation processes of prototypes and technological devices to get useful indications for redesign of the artifacts in relation to users’ needs.

IDEaCT offers:  

- euristic or “expert” evaluation

- evaluation  with users

IDEaCT Teams and Dept.

USER EXPERIENCE UNIT User Experience laboratory hosts a  Research Unit that analyzes the activity of real users, their needs to identify and create good routines and practices.  Coordinator: Alessandra Talamo

LUA The laboratory of usability and accessibility of ICT focuses on human-machine interaction.  Coordinator: Stefano Levialdi Ghiron

RFID Lab  The RFID lab  tests and integrates RFID technology into ICT based solutions.  Coordinator: Carlo Maria Medaglia  

 LAB. OF FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOUR  The lab. focuses on three research areas: Human Factors/Ergonomics, Personal productivity and Clinical Psychology.  Coordinator: Francesco Di Nocera    DEPARTMENTS  • Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione –Coordinator- • Dipartimento di Psicologia • Dipartimento di Informatica • Dipartimento di Sociologia e Comunicazione • Dipartimento di Innovazione e Società • Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia Medica • Dipartimento Clinica e Terapia Medica

Recent EC funded projects:

• PROACTIVE • Opera • Euroland • ITCOLE • IPETCCO • Sypredem • CL-Net  • ECOLE - European COllaborative LEarning • Synapsis • Wi-Art • WonderLab    • .mobi   • Artsonomy   • Glideo   • iMoney   • LUA Toolbar   • MakeHuman   • MWA@CATTID   • MyItaly   • OLPC   • PosteCode   • SeSaMoNet   • TvBlob