LECTURERS (alphabetic order)

Stefania Bandini Full Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of the University of Milano-Bicocca (ITALY). JSPS Fellow and Guest Professor at The University of Tokyo – RCAST, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (JAPAN). Director of the CSAI – Complex Systems & Artificial Intelligence Research Center and Director of the PhD School in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, Systems and Communication (University of Milano-Bicocca). President of the Spin-off “CROWDYXITY – Crowd Dynamics and Complexity s.r.l.” of the University of Milano-Bicocca. Research Activity: Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation, Engineering and Management); Complex Discrete Dynamical Systems (Cellular Automata, Multi-agent System. Many research activities concern the study and the application of the dynamical properties of Cellular Automata, and related extensions (Multilayered Automata Networks and Cellular Agents) biology, chemistry, physics, urban planning, design of distributed lighting systems in public spaces. From 2004 she focused her activity in the field of crowds and pedestrians modeling and simulation to support crowd management in public spaces, recently focusing on the simulation of dynamical formation of groups into crowded spaces and the related influence of multicultural issues (CRYSTALS Project, in collaboration with the RCAST – Research Center for Advanced Sciences and Technologies – The University of Tokyo, Japan, and the Center of Research Excellence in Hajj & Omrah, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia). From 2009 she extended her research activity in the field of Mobility and Ageing Society. She is one of the founders of the SWAS (Series of Workshop on the Ageing Society – Tokyo) initiative, chaired the first International PhD School “Ageing Society and Technology: Systems, Theories, Practices” (Ascoli Piceno Sept 20/24, 2010) and currently chairs the ALIAS (High Education in the Ageing Society) International Project supported by CARIPLO Bank Foundation.  She co-chairs the Working Group “Ageing Society” of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence. http://www.csai.disco.unimib.it/CSAI/Bandini.


Viola Cavallo is a traffic psychologist and senior researcher at the Ifsttar Laboratory for Road Operations, Perception, Simulators and Simulations (LEPSiS). She is in charge of the Perception & Cognition Team. Her research interests in the last decade deal with the improvement of the safety and mobility of vulnerable road users (older drivers, older pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists), through training and ergonomic measures. She is also interested in virtual environments and participated in the development of the first street-crossing simulator as a tool for research and training. She was involved in several national and international research projects and responsible of many of them. She is member of several scientific committees of international conferences.


Florian Coulmas is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (Tokyo) since 2004, and Professor of Japanese Studies at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen. He has taught and researched in various environments, including the National Language Research Institute (Tokyo), Georgetown University, and Chuo University, Tokyo. His publications include more than a dozen monographs. He has been a regular contributor to a number of newspapers including the Japan Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Among his most recent books on the subjects of population ageing are: Population Decline and Aging in Japan: The Social Consequences (Routledge, 2007), and Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers’ Choices (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His research interests include ethnochronology, that is, the cultural study of time, and the study of happiness.


Barbara Diana is an organizational psychologist,  contract Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She collaborates with CESCOM (Center for Study in Communication Sciences) and with the international research network MASI (Methodology for the Analysis of Social Interactions). Her main research areas comprise Communication Psychology (observation, study and analysis of human behavior. Focus on human interaction, nonverbal communication and pattern detection/analysis in human behavior – T-pattern methodology – and application in lie detection and sport performance analysis),  Environmental Psychology (wayfinding, spatial thinking and cognitive mapping,  focus on dual processing in thinking: automatic – heuristic and executive – analytic processing during reasoning, applications in planning and design of public spaces in urban and built environments), Positive Psychology (Flow and optimal experiences, applications in sport performance analysis). Her main research topics are: T-pattern methodology applied to animal and human interaction;  proxemics and haptic, focusing on a cultural perspective; wayfinding, spatial thinking and cognitive mapping in urban built environments.


Olivia Realdon, PhD in Education and Communication Sciences (University of Milano-Bicocca). Since 2012 she teaches Culture Psychology as a Contract Professor within the Department of Human Sciences for Education “R. Massa” in the same institution. She joined CESCOM (Center for Studies in Communication Sciences) in 2005 and collaborates with the international research network MASI (Methodology for the Analysis of Social Interactions). She carries out research activity in different psychological domains, with a focus on culture psychology, psychology of emotions, and new media psychology, approaching them with a multidisciplinary framework covering the following topics: the bicultural mind construct: the bicultural mind as an embodied mind, its relationships with the bicultural brain (gene-environment interdependence), methodological issues in the assessment of biculturalism and bicultural identity; benchmarks in cultural appropriation and bicultural mind training: setting up of a protocol for the training of a bicultural mind; Serious Games pedagogical design for developing a bicultural mind; multimodal expression and perception of emotion; cultural diversities in multimodal emotion recognition; theoretical and methodological aspects related to the use of Serious Games and interactive simulations for the training of communication and emotional skills; the relationships between emotions and new technologies with a focus on affective computing and embodied conversational agents with affective features; the optimism construct as a cross-point between positive emotions, subjective well-being, and effective emotion regulation.


Kenichiro Shimura is specialized in coarse graining modeling in mesoscopic levels, currently belonging to the Department of Computer Science, Systems and Communication (University of Milano-Bicocca) as a postdoctoral research fellow. He has been involving in various research fields such as aerospace, nonlinear control, nuclear engineering, materials science. In recent years, he has intensively been involved in flow simulation by use of cellular automata. The research is focused on variety of flow and jam phenomenon, such as car traffic, crowds, scheduling, logistics, scheduling problems. His strong basis on physics is applied to designing experiments, real world observations, modeling and simulations.


Giuseppe Vizzari is associate professor at the Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication, University of Milan-Bicocca. He had his degree in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milan (Italy), in October 8, 2001. He received his PhD in Computer Science at the Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication of the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy). From 2010 is JSPS Fellow at the RCAST – Research Center for Advanced Sciences and Technologies at The University of Tokyo (JAPAN). His research activity, documented by both national and international scientific publications, concerns: Models, Languages and Architectures for Multi Agent Systems, application of the Multilayered Multi Agent Situated System (MMASS) model to complex distributed systems analysis, modeling and design and implementation of distributed systems based on that model; Knowledge Based Systems and Knowledge Management, CBR systems for the design of production processes. Research projects: P-Truck: Artificial Intelligence techniques for product and production process design of trucks tires. MAIS: Design and development of context-aware applications in Multi Channel Adaptive Information Systems. CRYSTALS: Multi-agent modeling and simulation of collective complex dynamical systems (pilgrims at Hajj, Makkah).