Nicole Novielli is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics of the University of Bari (Italy). Her research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Affective Computing, with a focus on the role of human factors and emotions in natural language dialogues and in computer-supported collaboration. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bari in May 2010 discussing a thesis on “Lexical Semantics of Dialogue Act”, under the supervision of dr. C. Strapparava from the Human-Language Tech. division of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK, Trento). She is a member of the Collaborative Development Group (COLLAB) since 2012.
Since 2007, she has been responsible for teaching and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in their project work and final year theses. She has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, conferences, and workshops. She has conducted joint work with more than 20 co-authors from five institutions, and given presentations in more than 20 international conferences and workshops on HCI, Artificial Intelligence, Affective Computing, Ambient Intelligence, User Modeling, Recommender Systems, and E-Learning. She has been a visiting researcher at FBK, University of Southern California, and University of Aberdeen (UK). She has developed her Laurea degree final project at the University of Liverpool. She has cooperated with the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg for the final project of her Master Level degree in Computer Science.
She participated in the HUMAINE European project (Human-Machine Interaction Network of Excellence for research on Emotions) and the InterSocial project (Unleashing the Power of Social Networking for Enhancing Regional SMEs), funded by the European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme ‘Greece-Italy’ 2007-13. She participated in four projects financed by the University of Bari on computer-mediated communication and intelligent agents.
She is a member of the AAAC Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing and has been a program committee member of the workshops ‘User Models for Motivational Systems’ and ‘AI *HCI 2013 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)’. She has been in the organizing committee of the 8th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering, where she has also given a tutorial on ‘Social Network Analysis for Global Software Engineering’. She is a reviewer for the following international journals: IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Speech Communication, Computer Speech and Language, Elsevier, AI Communications, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, In Cognito - Cahiers Romans de Sciences Cognitives, InCognito, International Journal of Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering She is a reviewer for several international conferences such as User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Computational Creatitvity, ACM RecSys, IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance.
Since 2011, she has been active in technology transfer and business development. She won two business plan competitions promoted by Apulia Region (Principi Attivi ‘12) and the Bari Chamber of Commerce (Valore Assoluto ‘12), receiving 95,000 euro as a seed funding for Splashmood Srl, an ICT company working on the development of mobile solutions for event promotion through gamification and user-adapted recommendation. She is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operative Officer of the company. Since 2011 she has been involved in the organization of events aimed at fostering innovation in ICT: BeMyApp Bari, a marathon of Apps development with more than 800 attendees; Follow-App, a course on developing scalable business based on mobile technologies; and F5 - Hit Refresh, the first Italian Open Innovation summer camp on language technologies.