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Marie Curie Research Fellow in Inclusive Design

Research group: Inclusive Design
Telephone: 01223 748245
Email: mz461


  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2020
  • Fulbright Research Fellow, Stanford University, 2018
  • Ph.D., Industrial Design (UX Design and Accessibility), University of Genova & Loughborough University, 2015
  • M.Arch., University of Genova, 2011

Matteo Zallio is an award-winning designer, UX researcher and adjunct professor. As a creative designer he worked with different research institutions, non-profit organizations and companies, in the field of education, health and wellbeing, mobility and transportation, performing user research, need-finding, concept brainstorming and prototyping of people-centered solutions.

A passionate researcher, eclectic inventor and UX design strategist, Matteo has developed an extensive track record understanding people’s needs and incorporating complex technical requirements into prototypes with the goal to improve people's lives through inclusive futuristic solutions.

He was the founder and CEO of the startup Déan Design Lab and was previously appointed as UX design researcher at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at Stanford University, Fulbright research fellow at Stanford University, Center for Design Research, adjunct professor at INSEEC, San Francisco, postdoctoral UX researcher at Technological University Dublin, and spent his life researching and designing people-centered experiences.

During his career he served as chairman of the Irish National Mirror Committee for the standard ISO TC 314 “Ageing societies” and is an expert representative for the standard ISO TC 215 WG2 “Health informatics” and ISO TC 314 “Ageing societies”, as well as reviewer for academic journals and judge for international scientific panels and design competitions.

Matteo is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie senior research fellow at University of Cambridge, Inclusive Design Group, working on an international EU-funded project with IWBI (International Well Building Institute) to develop accessibility and inclusivity metrics to improve life within smart environments and UX Design consultant.

His passion to give back and share his experiences lead Matteo to become a coach and mentor at Open IDEO, SF-InnoDays, Mentor4U, and an expert member of several European innovation partnerships, coaching hundreds of students, researchers and professionals.

For more information about Matteo’s research and work:

Selected Publications


Zallio M. (2019). Design, emotions and wearable devices. DIID Journal (Disegno Industriale, Industrial Design), Issue N°67/19. Design and Technologies - Design, robotics and machines in the post-human age. ISBN: 9788832080209.

Zallio M., Berry D. (2017). Design and Planned Obsolescence. A review of theories and approaches impacting on Enabling Technologies, The Design Journal, An International Journal for All Aspects of Design, Volume 20, 2017. ISSN: 1460-6925.

Zallio M. (2014) Robot Interface Design Workshop in Genoa. In Abitare & Anziani, 1/2014. Issue n°15 ISSN: 2037-1594

Books and book chapters

Zallio M. (2020). Advances in Human Factors in Robots, Drones and Unmanned Systems. Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conference on Robots, Drones and Unmanned Systems, July 16-20, 2020, USA. Springer.

Zallio M., Fisk M.J. (2019) Smart Homes. In: Gu D., Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham.
Zallio M. (2015). Environment Design Sustaining Users: The Housing Design in Ambient Assisted Living, PhD dissertation, April 2015.

Zallio M. (2013). Housing & telepresence. In: N. Casiddu, E. Micheli, Human Centered Robotic Design, pg. 124-134, Firenze, Alinea Editrice, ISBN: 9788860556707.

Zallio M. (2013). Home automation and technology: renewal of existing buildings. In: M. Benedetta Spadolini, Design for better life. Longevità: scenari e strategie, pg.102-110, Milano, Franco Angeli, ISBN: 9788820421229.


Zallio M., Berry D., McGrory J. (In publication). How to democratize Internet of Things devices. A participatory design study to improve digital literacy. In: Di Bucchianico G., Kercher P., Advances in Design for Inclusion. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer, International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 16-20 July 2020, USA.

Zallio M., Berry D., Leifer L.J. (2020) Meaningful Age-Friendly Design. Case Studies on Enabling Assistive Technology. In: Ahram T., Falcão C. (eds) Advances in Usability and User Experience. AHFE 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 972. Springer, Cham.

Zallio M., (2020). Mincolelli G., Imbesi S., Zallio M. (2020) Collaborative Quality Function Deployment. A Methodology for Enabling Co-design Research Practice. In: Di Bucchianico G. (eds) Advances in Design for Inclusion. AHFE 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 954. Springer, Cham.

Zallio M., (2020). Fernández-Rivera C.M., Aceves-González C., Zallio M., Mireles-Ramirez M. (2020) Inclusive Healthcare Waiting Rooms: A Comparison Study for Improving the User Experience Within Built Environment. In: Charytonowicz J., Falcão C. (eds) Advances in Human Factors in Architecture, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure. AHFE 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 966. Springer, Cham.

Zallio M., (2019). Kelly P., Zallio M., Duarte B., Berry D. (2019). Design for Enabling Technologies. A Framework to Empower Multi-level User Engagement. In: Di Bucchianico G. (eds) Advances in Design for Inclusion. AHFE 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 776. Springer, Cham.

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