Dr Lara Piccolo

Research Fellow

My research investigates the role and the design of technology, mainly social and ubiquitous, to engage people and communities with some global challenges like climate change, social inequalities and universal access to technology. I work with socio-technical and participatory approaches, directly involving people and communities in the design process.

My background is Computer Engineer and my PhD was obtained at UNICAMP, in Brazil, in 2015, in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) domain.
I have worked in this domain for more than 15 years, first in Brazil and since 2014 in the UK. Since then, my research has addressed energy conservation supported by a public and tangible feedback, smart meters, and social media; social media to promote community resilience in disasters; co-creation of chatbots for children's online safety and, most recently, strategies to fight misinformation spread online.

Back in Brazil, I worked for almost 10 years bridging academia, policymaking and industry in research projects mainly targeting digital inclusion of people with low literacy, sensory impairment, and energy literacy, also engaging people and communities with smart monitoring.

I am an IFIP TC13 representative and member of the Special Committee for Human-Computer Interaction at the Brazilian Computing Society (SBC).


Community engagement, users engagement, social change, socially-aware design, motivation, social media, energy awareness, climate change


Piccolo, Lara, Troullinou, Pinelopi and Alani, Harith(2021). Chatbots to Support Children in Coping with Online Threats: Socio-technical Requirements. In: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), ACM, New York.

Piccolo, Lara, Puska, Alisson,Pereira, Roberto and Farrell, Tracie(2020). Pathway to a Human-Values Based Approach to Tackle Misinformation Online. In: Human-Computer Interaction. Human Values and Quality of Life. HCII 2020., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol 12183, Springer, pp. 510–522.

Puska, Alisson, Baroni, Luiz Adolpho, Canal, Maíra Codo,Piccolo, Lara S.G. and Pereira, Roberto(2020). WhatsApp and false information: a value-oriented evaluation. In: Proceedings of the 19th Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM.

Piccolo, Lara S. G., Joshi, Somya,Karapanos, Evangelos and Farrell, Tracie(2019). Challenging Misinformation: Exploring Limits and Approaches. In: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 (Lamas, David; Loizides, Fernando; Nacke, Lennart; Petrie, Helen; Winckler, Marco and Zaphiris, Panayiotis eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 713–718.

Farrell, Tracie, Piccolo, Lara, Perfumi, Serena Coppolino and Alani, Harith(2019). Understanding the Role of Human Values in the Spread of Misinformation. In: Conference for Truth and Trust Online.

Myers, Christina, Piccolo, Lara and Collins, Trevor(2018). Co-designing Cards on Social Issues for Creating Educational Games. In: Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018), 4-6 Jul 2018, Belfast, UK.

Goddard, David, Mulholland, Paul and Piccolo, Lara(2019). Deriving Personas Based on Attitudes to Interruption and Information Overload. In: Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: The International Venue on Practice-centred Computing and the Design of Cooperation Technologies - Demos and Posters, 8-12 Jun 2019, Salzburg.

Myers, Christina, Piccolo, Lara S. G. and Collins, Trevor(2019). Game Jams as a Space to Tackle Social Issues: an Approach Based on the Critical Pedagogy. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events.

Piccolo, Lara, Mensio, Martino and Alani, Harith(2019). Chasing the Chatbots: Directions for Interaction and Design Research. In: Internet Science. INSCI 2018 (Bodrunova, s ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 157–169.

Piccolo, Lara S. G., Roberts, Shadrock,Iosif, Anna and Alani, Harith(2018). Designing Chatbots for Crises: A Case Study Contrasting Potential and Reality. In: Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI), ACM.




Human-Centred ComputingLearning and Multimedia TechnologiesSoftware Engineering and Design


Accessibility, Inclusion, Ethics and Social Justice and Diversity

Citizen Empowerment, Politics and Government

Environment and Sustainability

Urban and Smart living (incl Robotics)


Social Data Science Group (SDS)

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