Welcome to the personal web site of Enrico Costanza.

NEWS! I am a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction at UCLIC, University College London.

Since February 2010 I am a lecturer in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton (UK). To contact me, please refer to my university contact page. I live in London and I commute by train and bicycle.

I research Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp). Currently my work focuses on helping people make sense of data, from the Internet of Things, from Energy Smart Meters, or from the Web, and on interaction with autonomous systems in everyday situations. Imagine your home appliances turned on autonomously to make the most of renewable energy, and your energy meter was able to automatically switch you to the tariff that it considers most convenient for you: exciting or scary? How do we best design interaction around such a scenario?

My work lies at the intersection of design and technology and it is influenced by behavioural and social sciences. I design, implement and evaluate novel interactive systems on desktop, mobile and embedded platforms. Some of my earlier research was about tangible user interfaces, wearable devices and designable visual marker recognition. For more information, please see the research overview page, my projects, or the full list of my academic publications. My research is mostly funded through EPSRC projects, details can be found on the funding page.

I am fortunate to work with the following post-doc researchers and PhD students:

I teach interaction design. In the past, I taught a variety of other modules both in Southampton and at EPFL; for more information, please see the teaching page.

Prior to joining the University of Southampton, I was a PhD student and research assistant in the Media and Design Lab at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), directed by Prof. Jeffrey Huang. Earlier, I received an MS in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab, with a thesis on "Subtle, Intimate Interfaces for Mobile Human Computer Interaction". At MIT I used to work as a research assistant in Prof. Pattie Maes' Ambient Intelligence group (now Fluid Interfaces), and I also used to collaborate with Carlo Ratti's MIT SenseABLE City Lab and Federico Casalegno's MIT Mobile Experience Laboratory. Earlier still, I was part of the Liminal Devices Group at Media Lab Europe, working under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Allen. I started my research path in Prof. John Robinson's Media Engineering group (now Visual Systems lab) at the University of York, where I received an MEng in Electronic and Communication Engineering.