About me

I’m a research scientist at the Senseable City Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of technology.

My goal is to empower people to invent innovative Internet of Things (IoT) products and services to serve human’s needs and desires. My current research investigates the development of methods, tools and platforms for collaborative ideation and rapid prototyping of IoT ecologies. I’m investigating how to apply IoT technology for smart and sustainable cities and lifelong learning experiences.

Design science lies at the core of my research approach. I use human-centric methods to understand problems and opportunities for specific domains. I instaurate a creative dialogue among different stakeholders to elicit requirements and lead design explorations. I rapidly turn concepts into physical prototypes by designing and implementing embedded hardware systems, software modules and ecologies; augmenting and hacking everyday things. I evaluate results with quantitative and qualitative methods.

In 2018 I co-founded Tiles Technologies AS. Between 2015-2018 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), department of Computer Science and Lecturer the department of Design (2018).  I completed my PhD degree at NTNU in 2015. I hold a Master Degree (MsC) in computer engineering from Università degli Studi di Bergamo. I’ve been a visiting scholar at City University London and MIT.

Between 2010-2018 I worked as associated researcher in three EU-funded projects. In Socratic (2017) I explored how to use technology to foster social innovation processes. In UMI (2018) I investigated how to use ubiquitous and mobile technologies to promote computer science education. In MIRROR (2010-1015) I explored using wearable computers, augmented reality and hybrid board games to support collaboration and learning in the workplace.

My CV and list of publications are available for download. For any further information contact me at info[AT]simonemora.com