Marianela Ciolfi Felice
I am an Assistant Professor in Interaction Design at KTH, where I work on data-enabled and 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 now?
Besides working on several research projects and papers with my group and with international collaborators, I feel excited to be the PI for a Digital Futures-funded postdoctoral project on designing technology for interdependence with sighted-guiding companions. I am also a proud co-supervisor of three PhD students that explore topics in critical feminist computing. My work with DataGénero NGO on AymurAI, a project that uses AI towards a feminist reform of justice in Latin America, is another source of passion. In addition, I am the representative of the Human-Computer Interaction subject within the PhD Programme Committee for Mediated Communication at KTH, and a co-organiser of the 'FFF seminars' where our research lab hosts 1-hour talks from a variety of speakers. I also helped creating and am an active member of the ACM SIGCHI Latin American Community.
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.