Dr Maria Angela Ferrario

Research Fellow

Research Overview

I am a digital social innovation specialist and team leader of two EPRSC-funded interdisciplinary projects: Catalyst, www.catalysproject.org.uk; and Clasp, www.myclasp.org. Formally trained in Computer Science (PhD), Design (MSc) and Social Psychology (BA, MA), I have a track-record in managing EU-funded e-government projects outside academia. Since joining Lancaster University in 2009, I have worked on a range of projects crossing research domains including public safety perception mapping, media convergence, and crisis communications. My research interests lie in innovation studies, interdisciplinary research methods and the impact of digital innovation on society.

Tiree energy pulse: exploring renewable energy forecasts on the edge of the grid
Simm, W., Ferrario, M.A., Newman, P., Friday, A., Forshaw, S., Hazas, M., Dix, A. 04/2015 In: CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Press p. 1965-1974. 10 p.
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Crowdsourcing synchronous spectator support: (go on, go on, you're the best)n-1
Curmi, F., Ferrario, M.A., Whittle, J., Mueller, F. 2015 In: CHI'15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 757-766. 10 p.
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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

The role of design thinking and physical prototyping in social software engineering
Newman, P., Ferrario, M.A., Simm, W., Forshaw, S., Friday, A., Whittle, J. 2015 In: The 37th International Conference on Software Engineering. ACM Press 10 p.
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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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Sharing real-time biometric data across social networks: requirements for research experiments
Curmi, F., Ferrario, M.A., Whittle, J. 2014 In: DIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems. New York : ACM p. 657-666. 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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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

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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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