Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa | Napoli | Italy

Francesca Nicolais

Francesca Nicolais


Ph.D in Communication Sciences,  Francesca is a fellow at “ScienzaNuova Research Center” at the University of Suor Orsola Benincasa in Napoli, where she developes a research project on packaging and communication and on the powerful relation between Humanities and Technologies. She is a project coordinator and cross media expert for Pej’s kitchen, a multimedia production company and is co-founder of Riot studio (www.riotstudio.it), a venue devoted to creativity, research and innovation that highlights artists and movements that drive languages that are elusive ​​in pre-established categories embracing multiple areas of knowledge. She loves to be: co-organizer of the TEDxNapoli since 2012, content curator of the format Who is the designer, co-inventor of a European patent on the preparation of fluorescent nanoparticles that can be used to create anti-counterfeiting markups for high value added goods. “Cross fertilization and knowledge integration are the keywords that drive my research projects”

Alfredo Apicella

Alfredo Apicella


Graduated in Computer Engineering, Alfredo works in “Scienza Nuova Research Center” at University of Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples, developing projects to support Humanities by means of coding and technology and exploring the many possibilities of AR/VR technologies, developing Virtual Museums, prototyping applications and studying the design of interaction between man and devices.

Middle East Technical University | Ankara | Turkey

Dalsu Özgen Koçyıldırım


Dalsu received her BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University, her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, and her Doctorate in Graphic Design from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. After working as an animator, designer and illustrator in various projects, she became a lecturer in METU Department of Industrial Design. She’s been teaching for over ten years primarily on design foundation (1st year studio), visual communication and narrative in design. Her research interests include the use of visual narratives in the design process and the development of learning methods for basic design education.

Ayşe Kaplan

Ayşe Kaplan


I graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Business Administration and started my graduate education in the same university in the Industrial Design Department. I also continue to work as a research assistant in this department. My academic interests are sustainable consumption, design for sustainability and social design. 

Yavuz Paksoy


He graduated from the Department of Industrial Design at Izmir University of Economics (Izmir, 2012), and he received his master’s degree from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, 2016). The master’s thesis aimed to explore attitudes towards 3D surface textures for functional and hedonic product improvement. He now works as a research assistant in Middle East Technical University, where he is also a graduate PhD student. His PhD studies are involved with VAs and conversational interfaces in the context of Industrial Design. His research interest includes design for interaction, virtual assistants, additive manufacturing, interactive prototyping, IoT. He also has experience as an entrepreneur since he is the co-founder of a company where medical utility devices are designed for diabetic patients.

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Porto Alegre | Brazil

Júlio van der Linden


I have a degree in Product Design from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE, Recife). After working in different sectors, I received my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, Porto Alegre). For over 20 years, I have been a professor at some universities in the State of Rio Grande do Sul teaching design courses. Since 2009, I am a full-time professor at UFRGS.  At undergraduate Visual Design and Product Design programs, I teach Design Methodology, Collaborative Design and Innovation, and Applied Ergonomics. In the graduate program, I develop research and supervise master and doctoral students in the areas of Design Education and Design-led Innovation. Both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, one of my goals is to minimize the gap between design education and industry.

University of Navarra

Leire Francés

Leire Francés


I received the M.S in Mechanical Engineering for the University of Navarra (2012) and a Master’s Degree in Product Design and Development for the Elisava School of Design and Engineering (2016). I get my PhD in Industrial Engineering in 2020 and during her thesis, I have specialized in user-centered methodologies to design wearables. I have several scientific publications in the area of wearables and design methodologies. I have also experience as a university professor. Currently, I am working as the Product Manager of Fesia Technology, a company that manufacture and commercialize innovative medical devices, based on new technology of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in order to provide support in the recovery of injuries from neurological disorders, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis, among other). I am passionate about human-centered design and try to design products based always on people real needs.

 Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

Aleksandr Gusakov


I am an Associate Professor of the Department of Management, Faculty of Economics, RUDN University (Peoples Friendship University of Russia), Moscow, Russia. I have degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences (PhD). Conducting classes in various disciplines related to management, I am looking for such formats of classes that form students’ own practical skills – working with ERP systems, with programs for simulation, business games. Since the skills of creative thinking are very important now in various fields of activity, I actively uses Design Thinking both for student projects and for vocational training. I organized several international projects, including the project to develop the innovative potential of UiT (Norway) and NArFU (Russia) using the DT approach. I have spent more than 20 years implementing IT in various organizations, and I have also been a Manager in the field of Economics in the municipality and industry.

Tatiana Semichevskaya

Tatiana Semichevskaya


B.S. and M.S. degree in Agriculture, professional interpreter, graduated Interior Designer and currently finishing my PhD on History of Russian Revival architecture of 19-early 20th centuries. Senior lecturer for Environmental Design students at the Department of Architecture of the Engineering Academy of PFUR (Moscow, Russia). Practicing watercolor artist, former member of Russia Designers Association and Salem Art Association (Salem,MA). Active participant of art events and exhibitions. Worked with numerous art materials and techniques such as handprint, linocut, textile ecodye, batik, ceramics, lampwork and glass blowing (Glass Academy, Moscow), Tiffany glass and fusing, mosaics (a course led by Maria Teressa Vaccini from Ravenna mosaic art school, Italy) etc.

Erik Bohemia


As a researcher and an educator in the field of design I am interested in the skills and competencies of designers and the match between these and industry requirements.  My current research explores changes associated with Globalisation and the impact of these changes on Design. This research has been used to develop the Global Studio http://theglobalstudio.eu/ The aims of the Global Studio are linked with current and future industry needs associated with contemporary changes in the development of products and including the shift to the use of distributed teams in the product development process. During the past five years, I successfully led to completion eight international collaborative research projects involving high profile overseas university and multinational industry partners in collaborative research, teaching and learning activities. Participating institutions based in the USA, Canada, France, Taiwan, Japan, Netherlands, Australia and Korea.