Elisa Giaccardi was born in Italy in 1970. She took a Degree in Theory and Techniques of New Media from University of Turin and a Master's Degree in Mass Media and Communication from S.P.I.C.S. in Rome. Since 1998 to 2000 she has been a Research Fellow at School of Communication Sciences, University of Turin. She is currently a CAiiA-STAR doctoral researcher at School of Computing, University of Plymouth.
In 1996 she coordinated the academic survey "Artistic Languages and New Technologies" for the European Parliament, XII Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and the Media. Recently, in 2000, she was a member of the research group that produced the survey "Artistic and Cultural Organizations and New Technologies" sponsored by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University.
She is interested in the development of the Internet towards ubiquitous computing. She is especially interested in the possibility of designing systems of relationships through which interface our everyday environment and inhabit the world. Her research and work, converging between cultural planning and interactive design, aim to produce a new approach to design (metadesign) focusing on dynamics of intersubjectivity, empathy, and relational embodiment.
She has lectured and published about her work, and led workshops, in several occasions. Recently, she was a speaker at ISEA2000 in Paris, and she organized a workshop on interaction and creativity at Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella.
She works as consultant applying her research in the field of artistic practices, cultural activities, and social services. She is currently employed as New Media Program Manager at Fitzcarraldo Foundation in Turin.