Workshop on Interactive Storytelling for Children

Franca Garzotto (1), Paolo Paolini (1,2), Amalia Sabiescu

(1) HOC-LAB - Department of Electronics and Information - Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy)

(2) TEC-LAB - Department of Communication Sciences - University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano (Switzerland)

Franca Garzotto is Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. She holds has a Degree in Mathematics from the University of Padova (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on design methods for interactive systems, usability engineering, user requirements, multichannel web interfaces, design patterns, and her main application domains of interest are e-learning and e-culture.
She currently teaches two undergraduate courses and three graduate courses on interactive multimedia applications and human computer interaction at the School of Information Engineering and the School of Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano. She is (co-)author of over 100 publications in international conference proceedings, journals, and book chapters.
Since 1988, she has participated in twenty national and international research projects. She has been responsible for Politecnico in a number of EC funded projects in e-learning: ADAPT, TELL, E-Len, Educomics. She is currently involved in a number of activities on e-learning and interactive storytelling for primary and secondary education, working in close cooperation with school teachers and students.
She was European Chair of ACM SIGWEB (1997-99), program co-chair of ICHIM2001 (the largest worldwide conference on information technology and cultural heritage), Technical Briefing Chair at ACM Hypertext'97 (Southampton, UK), Paper Associate Chair of ACM CHI2008, and Program Chair of IDC 2009, the ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference in 2009.

Paolo Paolini is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and adjunct professor at the School of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano (USI). He is the scientific coordinator of HOC (, where he has managed several projects related to eLearning, involving thousands of users and teachers in real school settings. He has been involved in more than 20 European funded projects and for several of them he has been scientific coordinator. He has been project manager for over 25 initiatives in e-learning sponsored by private institutions or national research programs. He was Conference Co-Chair of ICHIM2001 (the largest worldwide conference on information technology and cultural heritage) and Conference Chair of ACM IDC 2009, the ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference in 2009.

Amalia Sabiescu is a PhD candidate at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), with a thesis on the use of digital storytelling for fostering cultural expression in semi-literate or illiterate communities. She holds an MSc in Communication Sciences awarded by USI, with a specialization on technology-enhanced communication for cultural heritage. As member of TEC-Lab (, she is involved in research on the use of digital storytelling in formal and informal education, with a focus on impact assessment methods. She is a teaching assistant for graduate level courses, including a digital storytelling course, and hands-on audio-visual communication laboratories.