UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Enrico Costanza

Dr Enrico Costanza

Senior Lecturer

UCL Interaction Centre

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2016

Research summary

research Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp). Currently my work focuses on helping people make sense of data, from the Internet of Things, from Energy Smart Meters, or from the Web, and on interaction with autonomous systems in everyday situations. Imagine your home appliances turned on autonomously to make the most of renewable energy, and your energy meter was able to automatically switch you to the tariff that it considers most convenient for you: exciting or scary? How do we best design interaction around such a scenario?

My work lies at the intersection of design and technology and it is influenced by behavioural and social sciences. I design, implement and evaluate novel interactive systems on desktop, mobile and embedded platforms. Some of my earlier research was about tangible user interfaceswearable devices and designable visual marker recognition

Teaching summary

I lead a master level module on User-Centred Data visualization, and I contribute to another on Interaction Science. Both are part of the UCL MSc in HCI.


Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
PhD, Computer Science | 2010
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Technology | 2006
University of York
MEng, Electronic and Communications Engineering | 2003


Enrico Costanza joined UCLIC, the UCL Interaction Centre as a lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in September 2016. He moved to UCL from the University of Southampton, where he was a Lecturer in Electronics and Computer Science from 2010. Before Southampton, he gained 7 years of research experience across the EPFL Media and Design Lab (Switzerland), MIT Media Lab (USA), MIT Media Lab Europe (Ireland) and the University of York (UK). He holds a PhD in Computer and Communication Sciences from EPFL (2010), an MS in Media Art and Science from MIT (2006) and an MEng in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of York (2003).