DESIRE: Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology is an Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission, Framework 7 under Marie Curie Program. It aims to make theoretical contributions to the field of creative design by bringing together expertise in human computer interaction, psychology, arts and design.

The network aims to advance our understanding of creative design processes applied in the scientific and technological problem solving. This will lead to the elaboration of: theories and models of creative processes in general, and those involved in creative problem solving in particular, and methods, techniques and systems to support both creative design processes and creativity training.

The network places particular emphasis on the research training to be provided to successful candidates. Thus, each researcher will benefit from a wide range of training programs that will take advantage of both local and network-wide activities, as well as conferences and summer schools.



Ongoing. Duration: 4 years (2008-2012).


CSLab role

Supervision of Project #9 (Implement interactive design patterns and tools for supporting creative design process, through visual languages) and Project #10 (Investigate End-User-Development and meta-design approaches for creative problem solving in cultural information and communication environments).

Leader of work package WP5 – Organization of first DESIRE summer school and participation in the organization of the second one.


CSLab outcomes

[Conferences proceedings]

- S. Valtolina, P. Mussio, B.R. Barricelli, M. Bordegoni, F. Ferrise, M. Ambrogio, "Distributed knowledge creation, recording and improvement in collaborative design". In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services-KES IIMSS 09 (Mogliano Veneto, Italy, 16-17 July 2009). E. Damiani et al. (Eds.): New directions in intelligent interactive multimedia systems and services. SCI 226, pp. 31-41, Springer.

Maria Francesca Costabile, Piero Mussio, Loredana Parasiliti Provenza, Antonio Piccinno: Supporting End Users to Be Co-designers of Their Tools. IS-EUD 2009: 70-85.

- Costabile, M. F., Mussio, P., Piccinno, A., Ardito, C., Barricelli, B. R., and Lanzilotti, R., “End-User Development in the Medical Domain", in Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems DMS 2009, Skokie: Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School, 2009, pp. 10-15.

- Valtolina S., Mussio P., Barricelli B.R., User-centered knowledge intensive interactive system. In: VI Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS 09 - Achieving Fusion in the Interconnected World: Exploring the connection between organizations and technology”, Costa Smeralda (Italy), October 2-3, 2009

- Barricelli, B. R., Iacob, C., Zhu.L. (2009). Map-Based Wikis as Contextual and Cultural Mediators. Presented at Community Practices and Locative Media workshop at Mobile HCI09. Bonn, 15-18 September 2009.

- Zhu, L., Mussio, P., Barricelli, B. R., Iacob, C. (2010). A Habitable Space for Supporting Creative Collaboration. Proc. of CTS2010 (pp. 617-622).

- Barricelli, B. R., Iacob, C., Zhu, L. (2010). BANCO Web Architecture to Support Global Collaborative Interaction Design. Proc. of IWIPS 2010 (pp. 159-162). P&SI.

- Zhu, L., Iacob, C., Barricelli, B. R. (2010). New Design Strategies: Using the Hive Mind Space Model to Enhance Collaboration. Proc. of IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2010 (pp. 12-19) (Best Paper Award).

- Zhu, L., Mussio, P., Barricelli, B. R. (2010). Hive-Mind Space Model for Creative Collaborative Design. Proc. of DESIRE'10 Conference: Creativity and Innovation in Design (pp. 121-130). ACM press.

- Iacob, C., Mussio, P., Zhu, L., Barricelli, B. R. (2010). Towards a Pattern Language for the Design of Collaborative Interactive Systems. Proceedings of Workshop on Visual Formalisms for Patterns (VFfP'10). ECEASST, 31(2010).

- Barricelli, B. R. (2011). Making all voices heard and understood: a Web architecture to support global design communities. Proc. of The 9th International European Academy of Design Conference (pp. 124-134).

- Barricelli, B. R. (2011). Software localization to gender and culture: fostering female participation and creativity in the Web. Feminism and Interaction Design Workshop (CHI 2011). Vancouver, 7-12 May 2011.

- Ariano, F., Barricelli, B. R., Padula, M., Scala, P. L., Valtolina, S. (2011). EUD for Semantic Orchestration of Web services in Workflow Management Systems. Presented at Second EUD4Services Workshop (in conjunction with IS-EUD 2011). Torre Canne, 7 June 2011.

- Ardito, C., Barricelli, B. R., Buono, P., Costabile, M. F., Piccinno, A., Valtolina, S., Zhu, L. (2011). An Ontology-based Approach to Product Customization. Proc. of IS-EUD 2011 (pp. 92-106). LNCS 6654, Springer. ISBN: 978-3-642-21529-2.

- Zhu, L., Vaghi, I., Barricelli, B. R. (2011). MikiWiki: A Meta Wiki Architecture and Prototype Based on the Hive-Mind Space Model. Proc. of IS-EUD 2011 (pp. 343-348). LNCS 6654, Springer. ISBN: 978-3-642-21529-2.

- Ardito, C., Barricelli, B. R., Buono, P., Costabile, M. F., Piccinno, A., Valtolina, S., Zhu, L. (2011). Visual Mediation Mechanisms for Collaborative Design and Development. In Proc. of UAHCI 2011 (pp. 3-11). LNCS 6765, ISBN 978-3-642-21671-8.

- Valtolina, S., Barricelli, B.R., Mesiti, M., Ribaudo, M. (2011). User-Centered Design of E-Learning Tools for Users with Special Needs: The VisualPedia Case Study. To be presented at Workshop "HCI@Large - Educate to the new frontiers of the Human-Machine Interaction" (held in conjunction with CHItaly 2011), Alghero, September 13-16, 2011.



- B.R. Barricelli, A. Marcante, P. Mussio, L. Parasiliti Provenza, S. Valtolina, G. Fresta. “BANCO: a Web architecture supporting unwitting end-user development”. In: IxD&A - Interaction Design & Architecture(s), Design for the Future Experience, vol. 5/6 pp. 23 - 30. Special issue: Computer Human Interaction Italy 2009 - CHItaly'09 (Roma, 17-19 June 2009). ACM SIGCHI Italy (ed.). IxD&A, 2009.

- Cristian Bernareggi, Piero Mussio, Loredana Parasiliti Provenza. Toward multimodal notation for mathematics: Why and how. J Vis. Lang. Comput. 20(5): 326-340 (2009)

- Valtolina S., Mussio P., Knowledge and Learning Management in Cultural Contexts; Int. J. Knowledge and Learning, Vol. 5, Nos. 5/6 (2009), pp.519–538, ISSN: 1741-1009

- Barricelli, B. R., Mussio, P., Valtolina, S. (2010). Progetto DESIRE: Design creativo per l’innovazione nella scienza e nella tecnologia. Sistema Università (pp. 4-5). Università degli Studi di Milano.

- Zhu, L., Barricelli, B. R., Iacob, C. (2011). A Meta-design Model for Creative Distributed Collaborative Design. International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies, 2(4).

- Barricelli, B. R., von Rekowski, T., Sprenger, M.-A., Weibert, A. (2011). Supporting Collaborative Project Work in Intercultural Computer Clubs. International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning, 1(1), pp.35-44, ISSN: 2010-3654.

[Book chapters]

- B.R. Barricelli, A. Marcante, P. Mussio, L. Parasiliti Provenza, M. Padula, P.L. Scala. "Designing Pervasive and Multimodal Interactive Systems: An Approach Built on the Field”. In "Handbook of Research on Multimodal Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Services: Evolutionary Techniques for Improving Accessibility”. Patrizia Grifoni (ed.). Idea Group Inc. 2009.


Dissemination activities

- Organization of the DESIRE International Summer School "Theories of Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology". September 20-26, 2009. Gargnano del Garda, Italy.

- Lecture “Meta-Design: Innovation and Design from Users to Users” at DESIRE International Summer School "Theories of Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology". September 20-26, 2009. Gargnano del Garda, Italy.

- Co-organization of the "End-User Development for Services" Workshop, held in conjunction with AVI2010 conference. May 25th, 2010. Rome, Italy.

- Organization of the Workshop "Creativity and complexity in interdisciplinary design teams". July 11-12, 2011. Tarquinia, Italy.


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