• Nadia Mana (FBK, Trento, Italy)
  • Ornella Mich (FBK, Trento, Italy)
  • Antonella De Angeli (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Allison Druin (University of Maryland, USA)

Nadia Mana graduated in Language Philosophy (formally Laurea in Filosofia del Linguaggio) at University of Torino (Italy) in 1996. In 2006 she received her PhD degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento (Italy), defending the dissertation titled "Modeling Dynamics of Emotional Facial Expressions in Talking Heads".
She jointed FBK (formerly ITC-Irst) in Trento (Italy) in 1996. During these years she worked on several research projects and on various topics (information extraction, natural language processing, semantic annotation, speech prosody analyses, emotion recognition and synthesis). Currently working in i3 (intelligent interfaces & interaction) research unit, her work mainly focus on multimodal analysis of human behavior and multimodal data collection and processing. Her recent research interests are oriented to multimodal interaction and automatic behavior analyses.

Ornella Mich received a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy  and a PhD in Computer Science from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Since October 1989 Mich has been working at FBK (formerly ITC-Irst), an institute for scientific and technological research in Trento, Italy. For one year, she worked in the VLSI group, studying new CMOS vision sensors. Then she worked in the Computer Vision group for 19 years. Since June 2010 she has been working in the i3 - intelligent interfaces & interaction - research unit. Mich's personal research interests focus on the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) with much of her research focusing on interaction design, intelligent interfaces, e-learning and accessibility-related issues.

Antonella De Angeli is an Associate Professor of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento in Italy.
Her research addresses cognitive, social and cultural aspects of information technologies with an emphasis on the application of this knowledge to interaction design.

Allison Druin is assistant professor at the University of Maryland, both in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the College of Education in the Department of Human Development. Her recent work has focused on developing-with children as her design partners-new robotic storytelling technologies. Druin is the editor of The Design of Children's Technology and coauthor of Designing Multimedia Environments for Children (John Wiley & Sons, 1996).