Dr Maria Angela Ferrario

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

I am a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster Management School working on Catalyst, an EPRSC funded community-led research project aimed at developing next generation digital technologies for social innovation –  My research interests lie in innovation studies, interdisciplinary research methods and the impact of digital innovation on society. I am particularly keen on exploring the challenges that digital innovation poses as well as the ones that it sets to resolve.

Tiree energy pulse: exploring renewable energy forecasts on the edge of the grid
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Newman, P., Friday, A., Forshaw, S., Dix, A., Hazas, M. 04/2015 In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Press
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On the role of digital consultation tools in public space design: a case study
Simm, W., Ferrario, M., Whittle, J., Davenport, R., Binner, J., Frankova, K., Garton, L., Woodcock, A., Lam, B., Lawlor-Wright, T. 2015 In: Interacting with Computers.
Journal article

Seeding the design process for future problems
Newman, P., Forshaw, S., Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Whittle, J., Friday, A. 09/2014 In: Human-centered software engineering. Berlin : Springer p. 291-298. 8 p.
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On the edge of supply: designing renewable energy supply into everyday life
Ferrario, M.A., Forshaw, S., Newman, P., Simm, W., Friday, A., Dix, A. 07/2014 In: Proceedings of ICT4S 2014. Atlantis Press p. 48-57. 10 p.
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Text-based user-kNN: measuring user similarity based on text reviews
Terzi, M., Rowe, M., Ferrario, M.A., Whittle, J. 23/06/2014 In: User modeling, adaptation, and personalization. Springer p. 195-206. 12 p.
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Stimulating a dialogue on renewable energy through making
Forshaw, S., Newman, P., Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Friday, A., Coulton, P. 21/06/2014 In: DIS Companion '14 Proceedings of the 2014 companion publication on Designing interactive systems. New York : ACM p. 17-20. 3 p.
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Imaginative labour and relationships of care: co-designing prototypes with vulnerable communities
Southern, J., Ellis, R., Ferrario, M.A., McNally, R., Dillon, R., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 05/2014 In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 84, p. 131-142. 12 p.
Journal article

Imaginative labour and relationships of care: co-designing prototypes with vulnerable communities
Southern, J., Ellis, R., Ferrario, M.A., McNally, R., Dillon, R., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 05/2014 In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 84, p. 131-142. 12 p.
Journal article

Prototyping 'clasp': implications for designing digital technology for and with adults with autism
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Gradinar, A., Whittle, J. 2014 In: DIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems. New York : ACM p. 345-354. 10 p.
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Software engineering for 'social good': integrating action research, participatory design, and agile development
Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Newman, P., Forshaw, S., Whittle, J. 2014 In: ICSE Companion 2014 Companion Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering. New York : ACM p. 520-523. 4 p.
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Speedplay, managing the other edge of innovation
Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 2013 In: Open Digital: Digital Futures Conference. 3 p.
Conference contribution

Clasp: digital tactile ASD anxiety management
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Southern, J., Whittle, J. 2013 In: Open Digital - The Fourth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Meeting. 3 p.
Conference contribution

HeartLink: open broadcast of live biometric data to social networks
Curmi, F., Ferrario, M.A., Southern, J., Whittle, J. 2013 In: CHI '13 Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI International Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI). New York : ACM p. 1749-1758. 10 p.
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Co-designing with and for chaotic lives: #patchworks, a catalyst case study
Simm, W., Southern, J., Ferrario, M.A., Dillon, R., Whittle, J. 2013 In: Designing for and with Vulnerable People Workshop, CHI2013 ACM, Paris, France. p. 1-6. 7 p.
Conference contribution

Patchworks: citizen-led innovation for chaotic lives
Southern, J., Dillon, R., Potts, R., Morrell, D., Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Ellis, R., Whittle, J. 2013 In: CHI EA '13 CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 2871-2872. 2 p.
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Understanding actionable knowledge in social media: BBC Question Time and Twitter, a case study
Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Whittle, J., Rayson, P., Terzi, M., Binner, J. 2012 In: Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. AAAI p. 455-458. 4 p.
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USING FEEDBACK FROM END USERS TO IMPROVE DESIGN OF PRODUCT SERVICE SYSTEMS
Lawlor-Wright, T., Rainey, M., Al Ghazal, H., Ferrario, M., Simm, W., Whittle, J. 2012 In: Proceedings of DESIGN 2012, the 12th International Design Conference. Design Society p. 667-672. 6 p.
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Free Text In User Reviews: Their Role In Recommender Systems
Terzi, M., Ferrario, M., Whittle, J. 10/2011 In: Proceedings of the 3rd ACM RecSys’10 Workshop on Recommender Systems and the Social Web. Chicago, US, October 2011. p. 45-48. 4 p.
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VoiceYourView: mapping public confidence in policing
Nasa, B., Binner, J., Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Whittle, J., Lam, B.C., Zhao, Z. 2010
Conference paper

VoiceYourView: collecting real-time feedback on the design of public spaces
Whittle, J., Simm, W., Ferrario, M., Frankova, K., Garton, L., Woodcock, A., Nasa, B., Binner, J., Ariyatum, A. 2010 In: Proceedings of the 12th ACM international conference on Ubiquitous computing. New York : ACM p. 41-50. 10 p.
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Classification of Short Text Comments by Sentiment and Actionability for VoiceYourView
Simm, W., Ferrario, M., Piao, S., Whittle, J., Rayson, P. 2010 In: IEEE Second International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), 2010. IEEE p. 552-557. 6 p.
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A User-Driven, Distributed Maintenance Strategy for Large-Scale Case-Based Reasoning Systems
Ferrario, M.A., Smyth, B. 25/08/2000 In: Notes of Workshop in Flexible Strategies for maintaining knowledge containers. p. 55-63. 9 p.
Conference contribution