Alessio Malizia


Dr Alessio Malizia

Alessio Malizia joined the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London (UK), as Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in October 2012. He moved to Brunel from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), where he was Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Computing. He has previously worked at Sapienza University of Rome, IBM, SGI and Xerox PARC where he was with the Human-Document Interaction group.

Alessio’s research and teaching interests focus on Human-Centred Systems. Alessio is interested in the design of Ubiquitous Interactive Systems with a special focus on the End-User Development community. He is particularly interested in systems where the physical and digital become seamlessly intertwined producing a new hybrid landscape and the study of problems arising from designing such complex hybrid environments involving collaboration of various disciplines and stakeholders.

In his role at Brunel, Alessio is keen to develop novel approaches and attract funding for improve scientific methods to design almost invisible interfaces embedded in a physical environment naturally exploited by users’ innate interaction modalities.


He has been awarded 2 times with the YGGDRASIL mobility programme: the Research Council of Norway grants for highly qualified, international PhD students and younger researchers.

He is an IEEE and ACM member, and winner of two best and selected paper awards in international conferences.

He is the author of over 70 publications, including the monograph \"Mobile 3D Graphics\" published by Springer and he is currently on the editorial board of 2 international peer-reviewed journals.

He has been a consultant on user interface design and implementation to different companies, IBM and SGI among others, and regularly teaches courses on interaction design and pervasive computing.

Research area(s)

In the past my research activities focused on theory and algorithms for pattern recognition and machine learning. Today I\'m working on Multimodal Processing, Human Computer Interaction and Social Networks.


Research project(s) and grant(s)

Alessio Malizia contributed in writing proposal and fund raising in 3 EU projects, 4 National Spanish projects funded by Ministry of Innovation, 5 projects with industries among Italy and Spain; he has been the leader (PI) of: 2 projects funded by the Norwegian National Research Council and 1 founded by EU regional funding for Italy.

Today he is working on Human Computer Interaction and Visualisation, Pervasive Computing and Social Networking. He belongs to SIGCHI, ACM, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society.



Module leader for CS3005 Digital Media and Games
Description: This module aims to provide an introduction to digital media and systems, and a practical understanding of the fundamentals of digital media technologies used in game design and development. It also covers the issues and challenges of multimedia communication, game design and game prototyping. Educational gaming and social media game development are contrasted to traditional console game development.

Module teaching contributor for CS2003 Usability Engineering
Description: The aim of this module is to enable students to achieve a critical understanding of usability engineering guidance and principles and how they might be applied within the design and development cycle when creating computing-related products, services and applications.

Research supervision

Alessio Malizia has supervised many Master’s students and PhD students in different institutions (in Italy, Spain and UK). He received a letter of appreciation for the outstanding results (both as students’ feedback and increased course enrollment) of histeaching activities in 2003-2005 from the Head of the School of Digital Libraries and Archives, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Bellucci, A. , Malizia, A.  and Aedo, I.   (2014)   'Light on horizontal interactive surfaces: Input space for tabletop computing'. ACM Comput. Surv., 46 pp. 32 - 32. 

Malizia, A. , Díez, D. , Díaz, P. , Aedo, I.  and Lupo, L.   (2013)   'A Mixed Interaction Platform for Supporting Large-Scale Crisis Storytelling'. IxD&A, 18 pp. 54 - 67. 

Onorati, T. , Malizia, A.  and Kuljis, J.   (2013)   'Transmeta design: Adding transparency and meta-communication to Web services design'. ITI. pp. 173 - 178. 

Crescenzi, P. , Malizia, A. , Verri, MC. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2012)   'Integrating Algorithm Visualization Video into a First-Year Algorithm and Data Structure Course'. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, 15 (2).  pp. 115 - 124. 

Malizia, A.  and Olsen, KA.   (2012)   'Toward a New Search Paradigm-Can We Learn from Ants?'. COMPUTER, 45 (5).  pp. 89 - 91. 

Malizia, A.  and Bellucci, A.   (2012)   'The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces'. COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM, 55 (3).  pp. 36 - 38. doi: 10.1145/2093548.2093563 

Olsen, KA.  and Malizia, A.   (2012)   'Viewpoint: Interfaces for the ordinary user: Can we hide too much?'. Communications of the ACM, 55 (1).  pp. 38 - 40. doi: 10.1145/2063176.2063192 Download publication 

Olsen, KA.  and Malizia, A.   (2012)   'Invisible interfaces are stable interfaces'. Interfaces. pp. 05 - 07. 

Olsen, KA.  and Malizia, A.   (2011)   'Automated Personal Assistants'. COMPUTER, 44 (11).  pp. 112 - 111. 

Crescenzi, P. , Malizia, A. , Verri, MC. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2011)   'On two collateral effects of using algorithm visualizations'. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, 42 (6).  pp. E145 - E147. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2011.01220.x 

Malizia, A.  and Olsen, KA.   (2011)   'Has Everything Been Invented? On Software Development and the Future of Apps'. COMPUTER, 44 (9).  pp. 112 - 111. doi: 10.1109/MC.2011.282 

Díaz, P. , Malizia, A. , Navarro, I.  and Aedo, I.   (2011)   'Using recommendations to help novices to reuse design knowledge'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 6654 LNCS pp. 331 - 336. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-21530-8_35 Download publication 

Malizia, A. , Bellucci, A. , Diaz, P. , Aedo, I.  and Levialdi, S.   (2011)   'EStorys: A visual storyboard system supporting back-channel communication for emergencies'. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, 22 (2).  pp. 150 - 169. doi: 10.1016/j.jvlc.2010.12.003 Download publication 

Onorati, T. , Malizia, A. , Díaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2010)   'Interaction design for web emergency management information systems'. ISCRAM 2010 - 7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Defining Crisis Management 3.0, Proceedings

Malizia, A. , Bottoni, P.  and Levialdi, S.   (2010)   'Generating collaborative systems for digital libraries: A model-driven approach'. Information Technology and Libraries, 29 (4).  pp. 171 - 186. doi: 10.6017/ital.v29i4.3128 Download publication 

Malizia, A. , Onorati, T. , Diaz, P. , Aedo, I.  and Astorga-Paliza, F.   (2010)   'SEMA4A: An ontology for emergency notification systems accessibility'. Expert Systems with Applications, 37 (4).  pp. 3380 - 3391. doi: 10.1016/j.eswa.2009.10.010 Download publication 

Bellucci, A. , Malizia, A. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2010)   'Human-display interaction technology: Emerging remote interfaces for pervasive display environments'. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 9 (2).  pp. 72 - 76. doi: 10.1109/MPRV.2010.30 Download publication 

Olsen, KA.  and Malizia, A.   (2010)   'Following Virtual Trails'. IEEE Potentials, 29 (1).  pp. 24 - 28. doi: 10.1109/MPOT.2009.935629 

Diez, D. , Malizia, A. , Aedo, I. , Diaz, P. , et al.   (2009)   'A Methodological Approach to Encourage the Service-Oriented Learning Systems Development'. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, 12 (4).  pp. 138 - 148. 

Malizia, A. , Onorati, T. , Bellucci, A. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2009)   'Interactive Accessible Notifications for Emergency Notification Systems'. UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION: APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES, PT III, 5616 pp. 385 - +. 

Guerra, E. , Malizia, A. , Díaz, P.  and de Lara, J.   (2009)   'Supporting user-oriented analysis for multi-view domain-specific visual languages'. Information and Software Technology, 51 (4).  pp. 769 - 784. doi: 10.1016/j.infsof.2008.09.005 Download publication 

Malizia, A. , Acu na, P. , Aedo, I. , Díaz Pérez, P.  and Onorati, T.   (2009)   'CAP-ONES: An Emergency Notification System for all'. International Journal of Emergency Management, 6 (3).  doi: 10.1504/IJEM.2009.031568 

Guerra, E. , de Lara, J.  and Malizia, A.   (2008)   'Model driven formal development of Digital Libraries'. WEB INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES, 8 pp. 169 - +. 

Malizia, A. , De Angeli, A.  and Levialdi, S.   (2008)   'Human perception through collaborative semantics'. International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, 1 (1).  pp. 97 - 107. doi: 10.1504/IJSHC.2008.020483 

Bellucci, A. , Levialdi, S.  and Malizia, A.   (2007)   'Visual tagging through social collaboration: A concept paper'. HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION - INTERACT 2007, PT 2, PROCEEDINGS, 4663 pp. 268 - +. 

Malizia, A. , Astorga-Paliza, F. , Bottoni, P.  and Levialdi, S.   (2007)   'A cooperative-relational approach to digital libraries'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 4675 LNCS pp. 75 - 86. Download publication 

  (2006)   'Technical and applied pattern recognition'. Mondo Digitale, 5 (2).  pp. 40 - 50. 

De Rosa, F. , Malizia, A.  and Mecella, M.   (2005)   'Disconnection prediction in mobile ad hoc networks for supporting cooperative work'. IEEE PERVASIVE COMPUTING, 4 (3).  pp. 62 - 70. doi: 10.1109/MPRV.2005.55 

Cinque, L. , Malizia, A.  and Navigli, R.   (2004)   'A semantic-based system for querying personal digital libraries'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 3163 pp. 39 - 46. Download publication 

Smith, EB. , Monn, D. , Veeramachaneni, H. , Kise, K. , et al.   (2003)   'Reports of the DAS02 working groups'. International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition, 6 (3).  pp. 211 - 217. doi: 10.1007/s10032-004-0124-5 

Cinque, L. , Levialdi, S.  and Malizia, A.   (1998)   'Shape description using cubic polynomial Bezier curves'. PATTERN RECOGNITION LETTERS, 19 (9).  pp. 821 - 828. doi: 10.1016/S0167-8655(98)00069-5 

Cinque, L. , Levialdi, S. , Malizia, A.  and Olsen, KA.   (1998)   'A multidimensional image browser'. JOURNAL OF VISUAL LANGUAGES AND COMPUTING, 9 (1).  pp. 103 - 117. doi: 10.1006/jvlc.1997.0066 


Malizia, A.   (2006) Mobile 3D graphics.   

Book chapters

Bellucci, A. , Malizia, A.  and Diaz, P.  (2010)   'The Anatomy of Web 2.0: The Web as a Platform to Promote Users' Participation and Collaboration', in Cipolla-Ficarra, FV. (ed.) Quality and Communicability for Interactive Hypermedia Systems: Concepts and Practices for Design.  IGI Global - Information Science Reference 

Malizia, A. , De Angeli, A. , Levialdi, S.  and Aedo, I.  (2009)   'Exploiting Collaborative Tagging Systems to Unveil the User-Experience of Web Contents: An Operative Proposal', in Tatnall, A. (ed.) Web Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (4 Volumes).  Information Science Reference 

Conference papers

Bellucci, A. , Díaz, P. , Aedo, I.  and Malizia, A.   (2014)   'Prototyping device ecologies: physical to digital and viceversa' . 

Chamberlain, A. , Malizia, A.  and Dix, AJ.   (2013)   'Engaging in island life: Big data, micro data, domestic analytics and smart islands' , 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013). Zurich, Switzerland. 8 - 12 September. ACM, pp. 721 - 724. doi: 10.1145/2494091.2495994 

Wittenburg, K. , Malizia, A. , Lupo, L.  and Pekhteryev, G.   (2012)   'Visualizing Set-Valued Attributes in Parallel with Equal-Height Histograms' , International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI). ITALY. 1 - 25 May. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, pp. 632 - 635. doi: 10.1145/2254556.2254672 

Lupo, L. , Malizia, A. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2012)   'SocialStory: A Social Storyboard System for Sharing Experiences in Emergencies' , International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI). ITALY. 1 - 25 May. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, pp. 786 - 787. doi: 10.1145/2254556.2254714 

Onorati, T. , Malizia, A. , Olsen, KA. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2012)   'I Feel Lucky: an automated personal assistant for smartphones' , International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI). ITALY. 1 - 25 May. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, pp. 328 - 331. doi: 10.1145/2254556.2254619 

Olsen, KA. , Malizia, A.  and Onorati, T.   (2012)   'A personal assistant – a push system to offer relevant information with a minimum of input' , Norsk informatikkonferanse NIK 2012. Trondheim. 19 - 21 November. Akademika forlag, pp. 269 - 272. 

Malizia, A.  and Olsen, K.   (2012)   'Emerging social search paradigms: can we learn from ants?' . 

  (2011)   'An approach for developing intelligent systems for sentiment analysis over social networks' . doi: 10.2316/P.2011.744-009 

Bellucci, A. , Malizia, A.  and Aedo, I.   (2011)   'TESIS: turn every surface into an interactive surface.' . ACM, pp. 1 - 1. doi: 10.1145/2076354.2076417 

  (2010)   'Don't Touch Me: Multi-user annotations on a map in large display environments' . doi: 10.1145/1842993.1843072 

  (2010)   'A recommendation system to support design patterns selection' . doi: 10.1109/VLHCC.2010.53 

Bellucci, A. , Malizia, A. , Diaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2010)   'Framing the design space for novel crisis-related mashups: the eStoryS example' . ISCRAM2010. 

Onorati, T. , Malizia, A. , Díaz, P.  and Aedo, I.   (2010)   'Interaction Design for Web Emergency Management Information Systems' . ISCRAM2010. 

  (2009)   'Users needs for collaborative management in emergency information systems' . 

  (2008)   'Visual tag authoring: Picture extraction via localized, collaborative tagging' . doi: 10.1145/1385569.1385630 

  (2008)   'HCI for emergencies' . doi: 10.1145/1358628.1358963 

Diaz, P. , Aedo, I. , Sanz, D.  and Malizia, A.   (2008)   'A model-driven approach for the visual specification of Role-Based Access Control policies in web systems' , IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing. Ammersee, GERMANY. 1 - 19 September. IEEE COMPUTER SOC, pp. 203 - 210. doi: 10.1109/VLHCC.2008.4639087 

Guerra, E. , de lara, J.  and Malizia, A.   (2007)   'Model driven development of Digital Libraries - Validation, analysis and code generation' , 3rd International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies. Barcelona, SPAIN. 1 - 6 March. INSTICC-INST SYST TECHNOLOGIES INFORMATION CONTROL & COMMUNICATION, pp. 35 - +. 

  (2006)   'CHAMBRE: Integrating multimedia and virtual tools' . doi: 10.1145/1133265.1133324 

Vezzani, R. , Cucchiara, R. , Malizia, A.  and Cinque, L.   (2006)   '3-D virtual environments on mobile devices for remote surveillance' , IEEE International Conference on Video and Signal Based Surveillance 2006 (AVSS 2006). Sydney, Australia. [unpublished].  doi: 10.1109/AVSS.2006.2 Download publication 

Rinaldi, A. , Malizia, A.  and Parent, R.   (2006)   'Modelling behavior in a school of fish by fast synthetic distributed vision' . ACM. doi: 10.1145/1179622.1179624 

Malizia, A.   (2005)   'Adding flexibility to B2C booking systems using a virtual intermediate travel agent.' , IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing. Dallas, TX. 1 - 24 September. IEEE COMPUTER SOC, pp. 337 - 338. doi: 10.1109/VLHCC.2005.16 

Cinque, L. , Malizia, A.  and Navigli, R.   (2004)   'OntoDoc: an ontology-based query system for digital libraries' , 17th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR). British Machine Vis Assoc, Cambridge, ENGLAND. 1 - 26 August. IEEE COMPUTER SOC, pp. 671 - 674. doi: 10.1109/ICPR.2004.1334348 

Rosa, FD. , Malizia, A. , Mecella, M. , Catarci, T.  and Cinque, L.   (2004)   'JDAN: a Component Architecture for Digital Libraries.' . Edizioni Libreria Progetto, Padova, pp. 151 - 162. 

Cinque, L. , Levialdi, S. , Malizia, A.  and De Rosa, F.   (2003)   'Fermat theorem and elliptic color histogram features' , Conference on Document Recognition and Retrieval X. SANTA CLARA, CA. 1 - 24 Janruary. SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, pp. 234 - 240. doi: 10.1117/12.472834 

Cinque, L. , Levialdi, S. , Malizia, A.  and De Rosa, F.   (2003)   'A visual query by example system for digital documents' , IEEE Symposium on Human Centric Computing Languages and Environments. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. 1 - 31 October. IEEE COMPUTER SOC, pp. 111 - 113. 

Cinque, L. , Levialdi, S.  and Malizia, A.   (2003)   'A system for the automatic layout segmentation and classification of digital documents.' , 12th International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing. MANTOVA, ITALY. 1 - 19 September. IEEE COMPUTER SOC, pp. 201 - 206. doi: 10.1109/ICIAP.2003.1234050 

Cinque, L. , Levialdi, S. , Malizia, A.  and De Rosa, F.   (2002)   'DAN: An automatic segmentation and classification engine for paper documents' , 5th International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems. PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY. 1 - 21 August. SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, pp. 491 - 502. 

  (1997)   'Interactive model-based matching retrieval' . doi: 10.1007/3-540-63508-4_122 

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