Mauro Cherubini

TID, Telefónica Research, Barcelona, Spain
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Short biography

After a year in the department of Physics, I obtained a degree in Educational Studies from the third University of Rome, RomaTre. I graduated in 2001, with a thesis on the Usability of the Children's Internet Sites.
I worked for two and a half years as a research assistant at the Media Lab Europe (MLE), in Ireland, under the supervision of Dr. Carol Strohecker. During this time, I had several study visits at the MIT Media Lab in Boston, where I worked with Bakhtiar Mikhak. I obtained a Master of Arts by Research from St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University, in 2004. My master thesis documented the work I conducted at MLE on Microworlds for Ecology Explorations.
In 2004, I joined the CRAFT laboratory, at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, under the supervision of Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg. At EPFL, I conducted research on collaborative annotations of maps and remote gesturing. In June 2008, I was conferred a doctorate in Computer Science (PhD).
In my former life, I founded an Non-Governmental Organization, Misericordia di Ariccia, to sustain enderly and autistic children in the region south of Rome, Italy.

Research interests

My primary research interests are at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and human learning. I seek to design systems that enable people to be better connected and in more flexible and dynamic ways. I am particularly interested in how to empower people through new technology and in giving them the opportunity to better participate in collective initiatives.
I believe this work is important as we live in increasingly complex communities where people feel more and more alienated and where the sense of `public' is impoverished. Ironically, technology both provides new opportunities for communication and collaboration and takes them away, with potential implications for public life.


  • ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland (2003 — present)

    Researcher, PhD Candidate


    Certificate of Research Excellence

  • ST. PATRICK'S COLLEGE, DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY, Dublin, Ireland (2001 — 2003)

    Master of Arts by Research in Education (M.A.)

  • ROMATRE UNIVERSITY, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Rome, Italy (1997 — 2001)

    Bachelor degree in Education (Bs.Ed.), with honors