Tor Vergata University of Rome - Dept. of Educational Science and Technologies

Contact person:  Carlo Giovannella 

carlo.giovannella [at]


is graduated in physics and is expert of complex systems. He is the Scientific Director of the Creative Industry area of the CRR and the Elected Coordinator of the International Observatory on Smart City Learning. He has been past vice-president of the IFIP WG 13.1 on Education in HCI and HCI Curriculum. 

At the University of Rome Tor Vergata, is leading the ISIM_garage R&I lab. Till 2014 he was also in the Scientific Committee of the IaD School (University Distance Learning School) and is still the trustee of the MIFAV (Museo dell'Immagine Fotografica e delle Arti Visuali) of the University since 1996. 

He is senior IEEE member.

As instructional designer he has designed and coordinated many interdisciplinary degrees and masters; among them the on-line Honorary Master in E-learning: Methods, Techniques and Applications (2005-2014) and the Master in Design of People Centered Smart Cities (2013-). At present he teaches Experimental Pedagogy, Didactic Technologies and Learning Analytics and Interactive Multimodal Systems.

He is the scientific editor of the journal IxD&A (Interaction Design & Architecture(s) and the Managing Editor of IJDLDC (International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competency). In his career he has been editor/guest editor of more than 15 books and journal special issues and published more than 200 papers (TEL and Design for the Experience 50%, Physics 40%, Communication&Photography 10%).

He has been co-chair of several conferences, workshops and schools (HCIEd2008, CHItaly 2009, DULP 2009, DULP@ICALT2010, DULP@ICALT2011, HCI@Large, E3FPLE@ECTEL2011, FrontTEL2012, SCiLearn@ICWL2012, Horizon2020:SCLSCL@ICALT2013, PCST@SCE2013SCL@ECTEL2014 Dubai2020-SCL@ICWOAL2014, Suburban Revolution - Challenging the Urban Space @SCE2014 etc.) and has been the general co-chair of ICALT 2012. Contributes regularly to the scientific committee of many international conferences devoted to IxD, HCI, TEL and SCL.  



Description of the smart city learning group operating in the affiliated institution


Activities related to the observatory are conducted within the ISIM_garage, a Research & Innovation lab (R&I) that covers the whole innovation cycle - from the concept to the prototype in parallel with the monitoring and analytics layer.

The lab since more than 10 years design and develop collaborative and integrated environments (web-mobile-interactive physical spaces/artifacts), analytics methods and tools, models.

The ISIM_garage is presently located within the Dept. of Educational Science and Technology but will be moved soon to the Dept. of Management Engineering and Informatics.





Since more than 15 years the group activities are focused on “Technology Enhanced Learning” and the “Design for the Experience”, two domains that are explored at 360°, design and development of: visions, processes, methods, tools and environments. 

The group expertise include also design for smart communities and social innovation, interaction design, analytics, computer-mediated communication, process design and management, product and process innovation, technology transfer, dissemination (included schools) and communication and events organization (e.g. six editions of INTERFACCE).



Relevant achievements, best practices, products


Among the relevant achievements, best practices, products:



• 4D model of the Experience 


• City and ecosystems Smartness Model




Organic process


Collaborative and integrated environments

LIFE (Learning in an Interactive Framework to Experience) a community based environment intended to support and monitor collaborative, active and dialogic learning processes carried on by learning/working/social innovation communities. Used by several university courses (bachelors and honorary masters) and offered in open services to schools. This environment integrate many of the analytics described below


weTourist a prototype of integrated environment (web-mobile-interactive physical spaces/artifacts) to support the territorial experience and learning;




• quantitative evaluation of concept map, to be used also as evaluation tool

• multimodal evaluation test of emotional “skills”

• socio-emotional network analysis

• PCA to identify student patterns and clusters

• trusted participatory evaluation


Start up


• Drop2Wave (D2W)



On going challenges


• develop worldwide the Smart City Learning Observatory vision and activities (workshops, schools and training initiatives, publications, projects)

• support the integration of people centered bottom-up approach to smart ecosystems development with top-down infrastructural ones

• foster awareness about the relevance of the education pillar in the process to achieve ecosystem smartness

• validation of the Ecosystem Smartness benchmarking approach; presently under way on Campus ecosystems, in collaboration with several SCLO members, to be extended to the school system;

• support the schools to implement design an creativity incubators to recover territorial centrality, foster social innovation and community development



Relevant publications


• C. Giovannella,

'Beyond the Media Literacy. Complex Scenarios and New Literacies for the Future Education: the Centrality of Design'

IJDLDC, vol. 1 N. 3, 2010 pp. 18-28, ISSN: 1947-3494 e 1947-3508

• C. Giovannella, S. Carcone, A. Camusi,
“What and how to monitor complex educative experiences. Toward the definition of a general framework”

IxD&A Journal, N. 11-12, 2011, pp. 7-23
ISSN: 1826-9745

• C. Giovannella
“Is complexity tameable ? Toward a design for the experience in a complex world”
IxD&A Journal, N. 15, 2012, pp. 18-30
ISSN: 1826-9745

• C. Giovannella, V. Baraniello
“Smart City Learning”
IJDLDC, vol. 3(4), 2013, pp. 1-15
ISSN: 1947-3494 e 1947-3508

• C. Giovannella, A. Gobbi, B. Zhang, J. Elsner, V. Del Fatto, M. Pérez-Sanagustín, N. Avouris and I. Zualkernan  
'Villard-de-Lans: a Case Study for Collaborative People-Centered Smart City Learning Design'
ICALT 2013, IEEE publisher, 2013, pp. 459-460
ISBN: . 978-0-7695-5009-1

• C. Giovannella, A. Iosue and F. Moggio, E. Rinaldi, M. Schiattarella 
'User experience of Kinect based applications for smart city scenarios integrating tourism and learning'  
ICALT 2013, IEEE publisher, 2013, pp. 461-462
ISBN: 978-0-7695-5009-1

• C. Giovannella, A. Iosue, A. Tancredi, F. Cicola, A. Camusi, F. Moggio, V. Baraniello, S. Carcone, S. Coco,
“Scenarios for active learning in smart territories”
IxD&A Journal, N. 16, 2013, pp. 7-16
ISSN: 1826-9745

• C. Giovannella (invited keynote)
“Territorial Smartness and Emergent Behaviors”
ICSCS 2013, IEEE publisher, 2013, pp. 170-176
ISBN: 978-1-4799-2021-1

• C. Giovannella, M. Dascalu, F. Scaccia
“Smart City Analytics: state of the art and future perspectives”
IxD&A Journal, N. 20, 2014, pp. 72-87
ISSN: 1826-9745

• C. Giovannella
'Smartness' as complex emergent property of a process. The case of learning eco-systems
ICWOAL 2014, IEEE publisher,
ISBN: 978-1-4799-5739-2