Laura Tarantino

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Matemathics of the University of L'Aquila, where she teaches courses on "Computer Architectures" and "Design of Interactive Systems".


Laurea cum laude in Ingegneria Elettronica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
Laurea cum laude in Decorazione – ind. Beni Storico-Artistici, Accademia di Belle Arti dell’Aquila

Research activities

Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Information Systems, Information Visualization, Technology Enhanced Learning, E-Health, Disaster Management Systems, Children-oriented Design, Cognitive Disabilities, Multidisciplinarity

Her primary research activity is in Human-Computer Interaction with particular interest for Database Systems and Information Systems, both from the methodological and the application points of view. Results of her work were published in over 100 scientific papers in international and national journals, books and conference proceedings. As to methodological aspects, she has worked on the definition of information visualization formalisms, on the formalization of interaction paradigms bridging the gap between the underlying formal data model and the visual model, on ambient and peripheral systems, and on object-oriented databases focusing on the definition of (graphical and non-graphical) query languages based on the integration between the logic programming paradigm and the object-oriented paradigm. As to the application point of view, she is interested in the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), focusing in particular on fragile and vulnerable popolation groups, such as children with cognitive disabilities (EU FP7 TERENCE project), elderly people (EU AAL HOPES project and pilot studies), victims of natural disasters (EagleVox and Emepolis projects, and pilot studies). Within these research lines, results of her work have been applied to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) systems, Health-care Systems, and Disaster Management Systems, focusing, among others, on issues due to the fact that these new kinds of products and new types of users translate into new challenges for designers and researchers who can rely on a less heavy and often less structured body of knowledge, with reference to both practice and literature regarding design solutions and the design process itself. Her design and research activities in these areas has hence been founded on approaches that simultaneously assist in practical problem solving and expand scientific knowledge by generating and testing theories (e.g., action research), so to guarantee both relevance and rigor to the project at hand.

Scientific organization

She is referee for several international journals and appears regularly in organizing committees of international and national conferences and workshops serving as program chair, track chair, member of program committees, member of organizing committes. In particular from 1996 to 2005 she was in the Organizing and Steering Committees of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI) series, and from 2009 until today she has been in the Organizing Committee of the International Conferences on Information Systems (itAIS series) organized annually by the Italian Chapter of AIS.

Main institutional appointments

(2002 – 2005) Director of the Computing Center of the School of Engineering of the University of L'Aquila

(2011 – today) Member of the Scientific Board of the Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienze dell’Informazione e Matematica, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila

(2015 – today) Representative of the University of L’Aquila for EcoNA, an inter-university center for research and services in the study of cognitive processes in natural and artificial systems

Main projects 

TERENCE –  EU Project, FP7-ICT-2009-5 – An adaptative learning system for reasoning about stories with poor comprehenders and their educators

HOPES –  EU Project, AAL  – Help and social interaction for elderly on a multimedia platform with e-social best practices

SPADA, MIUR Project  – Rappresentazione ed elaborazione di dati spaziali nei sistemi informativi territoriali

MAGICA –  EU Project, IE 173  – Multimedia Agent Based Interactive Catalogues (feasibility study)

MILORD –  EU Project, AIM, n. 2024  – Multimedia Interaction with Large Object-oriented Radiological and clinical Databases 

KIWIS –  EU Project, ESPRIT n. 2424 –  Advanced Knowledge-based Environments for Large Database Systems

KIWI – EU Project,  ESPRIT n. 1117 – Knowledge-based User-friendly Interfaces for the Utilization of Information bases 


2011 - Best conference paper of the International Conference “itAIS 2011 - Information Systems: a crossroads for Organization, Management, Accounting and Engineering “, Rome, Italy, October 7-8 2011:  A. Melonio, L. Tarantino, and T. Di Mascio, “Towards ICT support for elderly displaced people: looking for natural gestures”


2012 - today Associate Professor at Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Matemathics of the University of L'Aquila

1998-2012 Associate Professor at Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University of L'Aquila

1990-1998 Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of L'Aquila

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Recent publications

Technology Enhanced Learning and Design for Children

Tania Di Mascio, Rosella Gennari, TARANTINO L, Pierpaolo Vittorini (in stampa). Designing visualizations of temporal relations for children: Action Research meets HCI. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON MULTIMEDIA TOOLS AND APPLICATION.

Tania Di Mascio, Rosella Gennari, Alessandra Melonio, TARANTINO L (2016). Supporting children in mastering temporal relations of stories: the TERENCE learning approach. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION TECHNOLOGIES, ISSN: 1539-3100

Tania Di Mascio, TARANTINO L (2015). Designing for Children: blending HCI and Action Research. In: Proceedings of CHItaly 2015 , ACM Digital Library, ISBN: 978-1-4503-3684-0

Tania Di Mascio, TARANTINO L (2015). Towards Children-Oriented Visual Representations for Temporal Relations. In:  ADVANCES IN INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AND COMPUTING, p. 81-89, Basel:Springer International Publishing,  ISBN: 978-3-319-19631-2, ISSN: 2194-5357, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-19632-9_11

Maria Rosita Cecilia, Tania Di Mascio, TARANTINO L, Pierpaolo Vittorini (2014). Designing TEL products for poor comprehenders: evidences from the evaluation of TERENCE. ID&A INTERACTION DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE(S), ISSN: 1826-9745, n. 23, Winter 2014, pp. 50-67.

Tania Di Mascio, Rosella Gennari, Alessandra Melonio, TARANTINO L (2014). Engaging “New Users” into Design Activities: The TERENCE Experience with Children. In: (a cura di): Leonardo Caporarello, Beniamino Di Martino, Marcello Martinez, Smart Organizations and Smart Artifacts. LECTURE NOTES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ORGANISATION, vol. 7, p. 241-250, Springer International Publishing Switzerland

Di Mascio Tania, Melonio Alessandra, TARANTINO L, Vittorini Pierpaolo (2014). Many children and short project timing: how TERENCE harmonized these conflicting requirements. In:  Methodologies and Intelligent Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning. ADVANCES IN INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AND COMPUTING, vol. 292, p. 69-76, Springer International Publishing Switzerland

Disaster Management Systems

Tania Di Mascio, Federico Gobbo, TARANTINO L (in stampa). Requirements and open issues for ISs supporting dynamic community bonding in emergency situations. In: (a cura di): Teresina Torre, Alessio Maria Braccini, Riccardo Spinelli, Empowering Organizations: Enabling Platforms and Artefacts. LECTURE NOTES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ORGANISATION, Springer, ISSN: 2195-4968

Tania Di Mascio, Federico Gobbo, TARANTINO L (2013). Supporting dynamic community bonding in emergency situations. In: (a cura di): Francesco Buccafurri, Domenico Sacca , Proceedings of 21st Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems - SEBD 2013. p. 207-214, Reed Hook (NY):Curran Associates, Inc, ISBN: 978-1-62993-949-0

Pasquale Caianiello, Stefania Costantini, Federico Gobbo, Daniele Leombruni, TARANTINO L (2013). The adoption of urban public space as a driving force for third places in the remediation of democracy. In: Proceedings of CHI 2013 Workshop on Human Computer Interaction for Third Places. ACM Press, Paris, France, 27 Aprile - 2 Maggio

Francesco Maria Barbini, Alessandro D’Atri, TARANTINO L, Stefano Za (2012). A New Generation DMS for Supporting Social Sensemaking. In: (a cura di): Marco De Marco, Dov Te'eni, Valentina Albano, Stefano Za , Information Systems: Crossroads for Organization, Management, Accounting and Engineering. p. 105-112, BERLINO HEIDELBERG:Phisica-Verlag.

Francesco Maria Barbini, Alessandro D’Atri, TARANTINO L, Stefano Za. (2011). ICT Support to the Reconstruction of Social Meanings after a Disaster. In: (a cura di): Gunilla Bradley, Diane Whitehouse, Gurmit Singh, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011. p. 224-228, IADIS Press, ISBN: 978-972-8939-36-6, Rome, Italy, 20-26 July 2011

Design Science Research

TARANTINO L, Paolo Spagnoletti (2013). Can Design Science Research bridge Computer Human Interaction and Information Systems?. In: (a cura di): Paolo Spagnoletti, Organizational Change and Information Systems. LECTURE NOTES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ORGANISATION, vol. 2, p. 409-418, BERLIN HEIDELBERG:Springer-Verlag

Paolo Spagnoletti, TARANTINO L (2013). User Centered Systems Design: the Bridging Role of Justificatory Knowledge. In: (a cura di): R. Baskerville, M. De Marco, P. Spagnoletti, Designing Organizational Systems: an Interdisciplinary Discourse. LECTURE NOTES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ORGANISATION, vol. 1, p. 105-122, BERLIN HEIDELBERG:Springer-Verlag

Paolo Spagnoletti, Andrea Resca, Valentina Russo, Francesco Taglino, TARANTINO L (2012). Building Theories from IT Project Design: the HOPES Case. In: (a cura di): Marco De Marco, Dov Te-eni, Valentina Albano, Stefano Za, Information Systems: Crossroads for Organization, Management, Accounting and Engineering. p. 451-459, HEIDELBERG:Springer Physica-Verlag


Di Mascio Tania, Tarantino L, Vittorini Pierpaolo, Caputo Mattia (2013). Design choices: affected by user feedback? affected by system performances?: lessons learned from the TERENCE project. In: Proceedings of the Biannual Conference of the Italian Chapter of SIGCHI. 24, New York:ACM

Alessandra Melonio, TARANTINO L, Tania Di Mascio. (2012). Towards ICT Support for Elderly Displaced People: Looking for Natural Gestures . In: (a cura di): Marco De Marco, Dov Te-eni, Valentina Albano, Stefano Za, Information Systems: Crossroads for Organization, Management, Accounting and Engineering. p. 135-143, Physica-Verlag HD, Springer

Di Mascio Tania, Spagnoletti Paolo, TARANTINO L, Za Stefano (2012). Successful UCD Practices under IT Project Constraints. In: (a cura di): Miguel Baptista Nunes, Pedro Isaías, Philip Powell, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2012. IADIS Press, ISBN: 978-972-8939-68-7, Berlin, Germany , 10-12 March 2012

Di Mascio Tania, Laudisio Alice, Missikof Michele, Spagnoletti Paolo, Russo Valentina, Tarantino L (2011). HOPES: una piattaforma multimediale per favorire linterazione sociale e l'aiuto agli anziani. E-HEALTH CARE, vol. 3, p. 20-28, ISSN: 2038-4238

Alessandra Bonomo, Tania Di Mascio, TARANTINO L (2011). A service-oriented fault monitor for digital terrestrial television broadcasting networks. In: Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGCHI Italian Chapter International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Facing complexity, ACM New York, NY, USA, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0876-2

DANIELA ANGELUCCI, ANNALISA CARDINALI, TARANTINO L (2011). A customizable glanceable peripheral display for monitoring and accessing information from multiple channels. In: (a cura di): Alessandro D'Atri, Maria Ferrara, Joey F. George, Paolo Spagnoletti, Information Technology and Innovation Trends in Organizations. p. 199-209, Berlin Heidelberg:© Springer Physica-Verlag