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Fabio Paternò


Research Director


Contact Information:

Via G.Moruzzi 1 
56124 Pisa Italy
Tel.: + 39 050 3153066
Fax: + 39 050 3152810
Email: fabio.paterno @
Room: Building B - Entrance 17 - II Floor - Number I 94



Fabio Paternò is Research Director at C.N.R.-ISTI in Pisa where he founded and leads the Laboratory on Human Interfaces in Information Systems.

His research work is in the area of user interface software and technologies aiming at designing languages, models, tools, and applications that better support the user experience. Over years he has been working on Ubiquitous Interactive Systems, End-User Development , Adaptive User Interfaces, Accessibility, and Model-based Design.

He has published more than two hundred fifty papers in refereed international conferences or journals.

He has been the scientific coordinator of five EU projects ( MEFISTO, GUITARE, EUD-Net, CAMELEON, OPEN) and one of the main investigators in several others (such as ADVISES, MAUSE, SIMILAR, SERVFACE, SERENOA, SMARCOS, PersonAAL ). He was member of the Steering Committee of the SIMILAR EU Network of Excellence on Multimodal Interfaces.

His research work has also been funded by various companies. He has been co-chair of the W3C Working Group on Model-based User Interfaces

He was the chair of the first International Workshop on Design, Specification, Verification of Interactive Systems. He has been a member of the Programme Committee of the main international HCI conferences, including Papers Co-Chair of the ACM CHI 2000 conference , IFIP INTERACT 2003 and IFIP INTERACT 2005. He chaired various other events including Mobile HCI 2002 , ACM EICS 2011 conference, Ambient Intelligence 2012, ACM EICS 2014 Conference , he is co-chair for Mobile HCI 2016

nad is Programme co-chair for IS-EUD 2017.

He represents Italy in the IFIP Technical Committee 13 on Human Computer Interaction, and has been the chair of IFIP WG 2.7/13.4 on User Interface Engineering and a member of WG 13.2 and WG 13.3, and chaired the ACM SIGCHI Italy (from 2000 to 2004). He was appointed ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2009, was awarded the IFIP Silver Core in 2013, and was appointed IFIP TC13 Pioneer in Human-Computer Interaction and ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2015.

He has taught in various universities in Italy and abroad, given tutorials in many international conferences and talks in various research centers, currently teaches user interface design and usability evaluation at University of Pisa.

He supervised the work of many young researchers (graduates and post-docs) from various countries, more than 10 of them have since become full-time professors and researchers in various universities and research centers throughout Europe. He has also been member of the PhD juries for universities in a dozen or so different nations.

He has been reviewer for about twenty research funding agencies spread all over the world.




He is Member of the Editorial Board of several international journals:


He has been author or editor of various books:

Book Image Co-Editor Book on Human-Computer Interaction (in Italian), Pearson
Book Image Editor Book on Migratory Interactive Applications for Ubiquitous Environments, Springer Verlag
Book Image Co-Editor of Book on End-User Development, Springer Verlag
Book Image Author Book on Model-based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications
Book Image Co-Editor Book on Formal methods in Human Computer Interaction


He has been member of the Programme Committee of over sixty international conferences and at this time he is in the Program Committee of the following events:




Stiamo cercando candidati per una borsa di dottorato triennale al dipartimento di informatica sul tema degli strumenti automatici per la valutazione dell' usabilità e dell' accessibilità in applicazioni mobili. E' importante avere interesse e passione per la tematica, siamo aperti per quanto riguarda la laurea di provenienza. I candidati devono aver conseguito la laurea magistrale entro il mese di Ottobre 2016.


Tesi di Laurea presso il Gruppo Interazione Uomo-Macchina dell'ISTI-CNR


If you are a Post-Doc and would like to work with me you can apply to ERCIM for a fellowship


If you are a foreign researcher and would like to visit me for about 10 days you can apply to CNR for support


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This page was last updated on: August 15, 2016