People  Stefano Valtolina


Stefano Valtolina is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Communication of Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He obtained his PhD in “Informatics” from Università degli Studi di Milano and a MSc in Computer Science from the same university. His research interests include: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Creative Design, Advanced Data Management, as well as studies in semantic, social and cultural aspects of information technologies with an emphasis on the application of this knowledge to interaction design.

Stefano Valtolina’s research activity is directed toward the study of aspects of Human Computer Interaction and Database Management investigating methods, interactive systems, and tools for Knowledge Management and Fruition. In this context he has taken part in several national and European Projects in different applicative contexts amongst which:

  • Valorisation and dissemination of cultural information: design of system for semantically sharing, integrating and enriching knowledge bases belonging to different museums, libraries and digital archive;
  • Collaborative analysis and visual optimization of real objects in augmented reality environments in the context of industrial design projects.
  • Study of models for knowledge sharing and enhancing in users community through the use of multimedia, multimodal and mobile annotation techniques.
  • Definition of creative design processes applied in the scientific and technological problem solving based on End-User Development (EUD) and meta-design approaches in order to provide useful strategies and tools for supporting creative interactions among users coming from different domains.
  • Design of user-centered recommendation services in the context of e-learning and e-teaching platforms, for supporting teachers by exploiting the contributions of social networks  able to enhance and enrich didactic contents proposed by their members.
  • Development of intelligent services able to provide users with a decision-making process interactively accessible and to integrate it with social and crowdsourcing analysis, and interpretations that can lead to a new and meaningful use and presentation of data in Internet of Things (IoT) contexts of use.

In the context of these research lines, Stefano Valtolina has  taken or is taking on the role of scientist in charge or collaborator in the context of several national and international projects as reported in the “PROJECTS” section. 


Research interests

Semantic web and human computer interaction, multimedia and interactive knowledge systems, web-based information systems.


Teaching Activities 

Stefano Valtolina has taught or is currently teaching in the following courses: “Information Management Laboratory” and “Human-Computer Interaction” for the Bachelor in Digital Communication and “Multimedia Databases” and “Multimedia Architecture” for MSc in Information and Communication Technology. Stefano Valtolina has also supervised and co-examined around forty thesis for the Bachelor in Digital Communication and MSc in Information and Communication Technology and Computer Science and he has been supervisor for 3 PhD students. Since 2007 he has been a member of The Board of Education Transfers for the Teaching Council of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milano.


Invited presentations, conferences, advanced schools

From February 20th to April 12th, Stefano Valtolina has organized the PhD Course "Social Creativity and Cultures of Participation":

Stefano Valtolina was also involved in the organization of the International Summer School on "Theories of Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology". Gargnano, Italy - September 20-26, 2009.

Stefano Valtolina has organized as general chair the following workshops:

  • "CoPD@: Cultures of Participation in the Digital Age – Empowering End Users to Improve their Quality of Life", held in conjunction with IS-EUD 2013 Conference. Copenhagen, Denmark. June the 10th, 2013.
  • "CDCH 2012: Creative Design for Interdisciplinary Projects in Cultural Heritage", held in conjunction with VL/HCC 2012 Conference. Innsbruck, Austria. October 4th, 2012.
  • "Creativity and complexity in interdisciplinary design teams". Tarquinia, Italy. July 11-12, 2011.

Stefano Valtolina has presented at and has been or is currently a reviewer for the following conferences:

Int. J. Knowledge and Learning, ACM Communications, Journal of Multimedia, ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, CHI, VLDB, DESIRE, INTERACT, ASME, IS-EUD, itAIR, WWW, VLC, VAST, , AVI.








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