Silvia Imbesi

XXXIII Cycle - (A.A. 2017-2018)

Home Institution: University of Ferrara
Curriculum: Architecture (ICAR13)
Research Topic: Inclusive Design
Tutor DA-UNIFE: Giuseppe Mincolelli
Tutor Polis University:
Nationality: Italian




Silvia Imbesi is an architect graduated in Ferrara in 2008, with a master degree thesis entitled “The roots of the tower: requalification of Ferrara’s skyscraper and its surroundings”. In 2009 she enrolls at the Product Design course at UniFE, where she graduates in 2012 with a bachelor degree thesis on sustainable mobility entitled “Bike sharing for the smart community: design of a bike station for shelter and electric recharge of pedal assisted bicycles”. In the following years she works as freelance designer of products and services but also exhibitions and interiors, and since 2012 she is adjunct professor in several Design Laboratories in DA, Ferrara. She has always been interested in design research: in 2012 she wins a research grant to work on tactile paving; in 2015 obtains a patent with other researchers for a support for indirect survey of lower limbs of children affected by Duchenne syndrome, and in 2016 she becomes a research fellow for Habitat Project at TekneHub, DA. In 2017 she starts the International PhD course at the University of Ferrara.

Research skills
Inclusive Design | User Centered Design | Internet of Things | Design Methods

Scientific activities



Doctoral research

Inclusive design for the elderly with the Internet of Things

The emerging technologies related to the Internet of Things field are expanding the horizon of possible solutions for sustaining and prolonging the autonomy of people in environments they are accustomed to; technologies seem mature enough to allow the design of smart objects and smart environments that can adapt themselves progressively and autonomously to the needs of the person in order to meet their needs. Smart objects represent a concrete opportunity to use these technologies currently to help the elderly to extend their active and independent lives and postpone the need of personal assistance, due to the progressive decay of cognitive and physical functions. Design for the elderly requires a high degree of usability, so the approach considered the most suitable is the User Centered Design, that helps to design products and services in the most appropriate way for chosen users, characterized by peculiarities that affect the performance of the objects most commonly used by the majority of the population. The issue to be carried on is the study of user centered methodologies to increase the response to users’ needs, so as to enhance the effectiveness of inclusive design for the elderly, in particular of smart objects that help the elder to improve autonomy in his daily life environment, making him feel more independent and less demanding to his loved ones. The research will also focus on identifying the most suitable product types for the transition to the Internet of Things, to analyze how to combine the familiarity of widely distributed product types with innovation brought by new technologies that today are hardly usable by people facing a cognitive decline.

Inclusive Design | Design for the elderly | Internet of Things | Smart Object | Quality Function Deployment

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Open day giugno 2024


10/06/2024 - 11/06/2024 Primo piano del Salone d'onore, Dipartimento di Architettura, Palazzo Tassoni, Via Ghiara 36 -Ferarara.

Final Exam International Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Planning (IDAUP) / Esame Finale del Dottorato Internazionale in Architettura e Pianificazione Urbana (IDAUP)

Cycles/Cicli XXXIV, XXXV and XXXVI

19/04/2024 09:00 - 13:00 Sala Consiliare, Palazzo Tassoni

VINCENZO LATINA, l'architetto traduttore

Lezione dell'architetto Vincenzo Latina nell'ambito del corso di Storia dell'Architettura Contemporanea

10/04/2024 15:00 - 18:00 Dipartimento di Architettura (Aula D3) | Via Quartieri 8 | Ferrara

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