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Marianela Ciolfi Felice

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About me

Since 2021, I am an Assistant Professor in Interaction Design at KTH, where I work on data-enabled, body-centred technologies. My interests lie in the intersections between critical feminist computing, AI, and soma design, and in how we can responsibly design, deploy and evaluate technology and interventions to help fighting against inequalities. (Disclaimer: I do not think that technology alone can ever be "the solution" to complex societal problems.)

Previously, I worked at KTH as a postdoctoral research associate in the area of digital women's health. During that period I explored the design space of life transitions and experiences including menarche, menopause, and contraception, from a feminist Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) perspective.

Before joining KTH, I completed my doctoral studies in Computer Science at Université Paris Saclay, France. My thesis concerned the design of interactive tools to support expert creative practice in graphic design and contemporary choreography.

What am I up to?

Besides teaching and working on several research projects/papers with my group and international collaborators:
This year I finished my role as a guest editor of a special issue on Somatic Sensibilities and Design (Diseña journal, You can read the papers for free, and they are also translated to Spanish. We will have a launch event in November!

I am working with two postdoctoral researchers in the projects Data work in grassroots community organising for disability justice, and  Designing AI technology for interdependence with sighted guiding companions. I am also co-supervising three PhD students that work in topics related to critical feminist computing. And, I am working with DataGénero NGO on a project on AI in the context of the judiciary in Latin America.

Finally, I am involved in organising the FFF seminars where our research lab hosts 1-hour talks from a variety of speakers.

Are you a Master student at KTH?
If you are interested in all things related to critical computing and feminism feel free to contact me via email about possibilities of thesis supervision or examination within my group. Please note that this only applies to students who are already doing their master's at KTH specifically, and about to conduct their degree project.


Degree Project in Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Interactive Media Technology, Second Cycle (DA232X), examiner | Course web

Degree Project in Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Media Management, Second Cycle (DA234X), examiner | Course web

Media Technology and Interaction Design (DM2601), examiner, teacher, course responsible | Course web

Program Development for Interactive Media (DM1595), course responsible | Course web

Sensor Programming for Media Technology (DM1588), examiner, course responsible, teacher | Course web

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