Many of us feel inspired by technology, both emotionally and creatively. Others are evangelists of the idea that once we rely on technology, we lose the ability to be creative. The objective truth is, however, that technology and creativity often go hand in hand.
My research interest is founded within this aforementioned scenario. I consider the design of a visualization system a very articulated activity, characterized both by intuition-based problems as well as by mathematical-related issues, during which designers shape their mental model into a practical solution through a series of abstraction processes and mental simulations. In this regard, how creativity and technology are interwoven is really fascinating me.
At OSU I will address my research on the opportunity yet unexpressed provided by Mixed Reality Environments in the area of design and creativity. Virtual and Augmented reality is the future of creative content. Today design production is changing rapidly, as designer use computers to generate forms and then digital fabrication to build models for design review.
The frequently cited adage “standstill is regression”, is the driving force of my research: I have always promoted and pursued the scientific vision and conceptual re-orientation, according to the global and local changes.
I have carried out research in different, but quite related, areas. Some keywords, which could be used to describe my research projects, are: Virtual & Augmented Reality, GeoVisualization, Visual Analytics, Geometric Modelling, Sketch- and gesture-based interaction, Digital Heritage.
In the last decade, I’ve been strongly focused on the design of geo-intelligent complex visualization systems, products and related services; addressing aspects such as adaptive behavior, context awareness and highly dynamic interaction. In this context, I have been the Principal Investigator of relevant international research projects, where I focused on evaluating how human participation and the use of technology might be considered as key factors for smart and sustainable urban development in the context of civil protection, eco-terrorism, energy efficiency, e-inclusion, smart cities, and territories.
In this regard, my research has been directed towards the use of spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) to create new 3D-enabled data visualization services and to develop applications and UI to support decision makers to deliver better, quicker and more effective policy in the specific fields of urban development; urban planning, monitoring and regulatory governance; environmental policy; emergency services; and mobility applications.