Prof Dr Tiziana Catarci

"GenPORT may give an important contribution in inspiring girls and persuading them that science is a thing for women despite thousands of years of male control.”

Prof Dr Tiziana Catarci is full professor in Computer Science and Engineering, director of the ECONA research center, that involves multidisciplinary research groups from several Italian universities, and director of the Sapienza Design Research Center, a multidisciplinary research center on interaction design. She is also the President of Kion S.p.A., a CINECA company. CINECA is the Italian university consortium for advanced information technology applications and services.

During 2010-14 she has been Sapienza vice-rector for technologies and infrastructures and during 2009-2014 she has been president of the Sapienza ICT service center.

Her main research interests are in data management, data quality, theoretical and user oriented aspects of information access, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, usability, smart environments, and digital libraries. On these topics she has published over 200 papers in international journals, conferences and workshop proceedings, and 20 books. In particular, her contribution can be regarded as one of the first and most significant examples of deep analysis and formalization of the interaction between the user and the database, which takes in consideration both usability issues and various database related aspects. Tiziana Catarci has a large experience in running national and international research projects, and supervising researchers and students working on her topics of interest. Moreover, she and her group have been among the first in Italy to work on HCI, both from a theoretical and from an experimental point of view, and to introduce the HCI course in the computer engineering curriculum of Sapienza. Tiziana Catarci has been a founder Member of the Italian Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.

Since June 2017 Dr. Catarci is the Editor in Chief of the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality. She is regularly in the programming committees of the main database and human-computer interaction conferences and is associate editor of several international journals. She has been co-chair of many important international conferences in both database and hci areas. In particular, in 2008, she has been the Co-chair of the 2008 edition of the largest and most important conference on human-computer interaction, ACM CHI.

In 2003 Tiziana Catarci has been the recipient of the IBM Eclipse Innovation Award. In 2015 she received the honor of “Commendatore” of the Italian Republic. In 2016 she has been nominated member of the prestigious European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2016 she has been included among the “100 Women for Science” project - - sponsored by the Bracco Foundation. In 2017 she received the Levi Montalcini Association award for the "diffusion of scientific culture among younger generations".