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Engineering Design Centre


Visiting Research Fellow

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


  • Senior UX Researcher - Autodesk, 2022
  • Adjunct faculty member - Dublin City University, 2022
  • Adjunct Professor - University of Genova, 2021
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow - University of Cambridge, 2020
  • Fulbright Research Fellow - Stanford University, 2018
  • A. Graves Fellow -Technological University Dublin, 2016
  • 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 engineering and construction, 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 design strategist, Matteo has developed an extensive track record of 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 a reviewer for academic journals and judge for international scientific panels and design competitions.
Matteo worked as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge, Inclusive Design Group, working on an international EU-funded project with IWBI (International Well Building Institute) to develop the IDEA Toolkit, a set of tools to help design more accessible and inclusive environments.

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

Selected Publications


Zallio M., Clarkson P.J. (2022). Designing the Metaverse: A study on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Safety for digital immersive environments, Telematics and Informatics, 2022, 101909, ISSN 0736-5853. Link.
Zallio M., Clarkson P.J. (2022). The inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility audit. A post-occupancy evaluation method to help design the buildings of tomorrow. Building and Environment, 2022, 109058, ISSN 0360-1323. Link.

Zallio M., Grey T., Boland P., Kelly H., White P.J., O’Ferrall E. (2022). Online-based participatory design. A Case Study of Developing International Standards During a Pandemic. Strategic Design Research Journal. Volume 15, number 01, January–April 2022. 39-51. Link.

Zallio M., Clarkson P.J. (2021). Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in the built environment: A study of architectural design practice. Building and Environment, Volume 206, 2021,108352, ISSN 0360-1323. Link.

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. (2022). Age Friendly Design. Genova University Press, ISBN: 978-88-3618-127-8. Link.
Zallio M., Zanutto, O. (2022). Housing a misura di senior. Progettare abitazioni age-friendly. Maggioli Editore, ISBN: 978-88-916-5811-1. Link.

Auernhammer J., Zallio M., Domingo L., Leifer L. (2022). Facets of Human-Centered Design: The Evolution of Designing by, with, and for People. In Design Thinking Research, Springer International Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-031-09297-8. Link.
Zallio M. (2022). Human Factors and Assistive Technology. Proceedings of the 13th AHFE 2022 International Conference on Human Factors and Assistive Technology, New York, USA, July 24-28, 2022. Issue 37, vol 37. ISBN: 978-1-958651-13-1. Link.

Zallio M., Ibañez C. R.,  Hernandez J. H. (2021). Advances in Human Factors in Robots, Unmanned Systems and Cybersecurity. Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conferences on Human Factors in Robots, Drones and Unmanned Systems, and Human Factors in Cybersecurity, July 25-29, 2021, USA. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, Springer, Cham, ISBN: 978-3-030-79996-0. Link.

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., Clarkson P. J. (2022). The Inclusive Design Canvas. A Strategic Design Template for Architectural Design Professionals. Proceedings of the Design Society, 2, 81-90. doi:10.1017/pds.2022.9

Zallio M., Ohashi, T.  (2022). The Evolution of Assistive Technology: A Literature Review of Technology Developments and Applications. In: Matteo Zallio (eds) Human Factors in Accessibility and Assistive Technology. AHFE (2022) International Conference. AHFE Open Access, vol 37. AHFE International, USA.

Korn O., Zallio M. (2022). Perspectives on Social Health Robots: How Experts’ Views Improved from 2017 to 2021. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 125–128.
Zallio M., Clarkson P. J. (2021). On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design. A Review of Assessment Tools. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21), Gothenburg, Sweden, 16-20 August 2021. DOI:10.1017/pds.2021.491
Fernandez C., Zallio M., Berry D., McGrory J. (2021). Towards a People-First Engineering Design Approach. A Comprehensive Ontology for Designing Inclusive Environments. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21), Gothenburg, Sweden, 16-20 August 2021. DOI:10.1017/pds.2021.579

Zallio M. (2021). Democratizing Information Visualization. A Study to Map the Value of Graphic Design. In: Soares M.M., Rosenzweig E., Marcus A. (eds) Design, User Experience, and Usability: UX Research and Design. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12779. Springer, Cham.

Chivaran C., Zallio M., Waller S., Clarkson, P. J. (2021). Visual Accessibility and Inclusion. An Exploratory Study to Understand Visual Accessibility in the Built Environment. Proceedings Smart Accessibility 2021, pp.1-7. IARIA, 2021. ISBN: 978-1-61208-876-1.

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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