University of Hertfordshire

Professor Alessio Malizia


Alessio Malizia

Professor Alessio Malizia


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


I am a Professor of User Experience Design at University of Hertfordshire and a distinguished speaker of the ACM (the international Association for Computer Machinery); I live in London but I am a “global soul” and have been living in Italy, Spain and US. I am the son of a blacksmith, but thereafter all pretensions of manual skills end. I began my career as a bearded computer scientist at Sapienza – University of Rome and then, after an industrial experience in IBM and Silicon Graphics, moved on with my career in research. I was visiting researcher at the Xerox PARC where I was appreciated for my skills in neural networks (Multilayer Perceptrons) and as peanut butter and chocolate biscuits eater. I worked as associate professor (and Spanish tapas aficionado) at the University Carlos III of Madrid. I was senior lecturer at Brunel University London for five years where I was teaching and playing videogames. From 2017 I joined the University of Hertfordshire.

My research and teaching interests focus on Human-Centred Systems. I am interested in the design of Ubiquitous Interactive Systems with a special focus on the End-User Development community. I am particularly interested in systems where the physical and digital become seamlessly intertwined producing a new hybrid landscape and the study of problems arising from designing such complex hybrid environments involving collaboration of various disciplines and stakeholders.

In my role at Hertfordshire, I am keen to develop novel approaches and attract funding for improve scientific methods to design almost invisible interfaces embedded in a physical environment naturally exploited by users’ innate interaction modalities.

Recent Projects 2015-2018

Fundraising as Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-Investigator (CI)
– Work-package Leader: Design Specifications for on-board Equipment Kits and for the
Central Control/Interaction Room and Validation of the Real-time Interaction
Protocols. Funded by Jaguar Land Rover. Duration 01/12/2015 until 30/11/2018.
Quantity: £315,000.
– Work-package Leader: Develop visualisations of emerging design-patent comparison in
mechanical engineering. Funded by EPSRC - Manufacturing the Future call. Duration:
12 months starting June 2016. Quantity: £81,000.
– (PI) A User Experience Report to improve the User Experience (UX) in Business
Process Management software: the RHD case. Funded by Alfagroup System Spa.
Duration 01/09/2018 until 30/12/2018. Quantity: £10.480.
– (CI) Project: Automotive Habitat. Funded by Jaguar Land Rover. Duration
01/12/2014 until 30/11/2018. Quantity: £1,120,942.
– (CI) Project: Design Assistant for Semantic Comparison of Intellectual Property
(DASCIP). Funded by EPSRC - Manufacturing the Future call. Duration: 18 months
starting January 2016. Partners: Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab and Crown
Technologies. Quantity: £276,559.
– (CI) CallingYou (RingerDeg): tangible user interfaces supporting social interactions
among elderly people. NOK 1M (approx. £100,000 in 2017). Funded by Oslo and
Akershus University College of Applied Science (2017). Duration: 24 months, started
in September 2017.

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