The LED Team



Scientific Director

Francesca Tosi, Architect, is Full Professor of Industrial Design at Department of Architecture - DIDA, University of Florence. 

Currently develops her research and didactic activities in the fields of Product and Interior Design, Ergonomics in Design, Inclusive Design / Design for All. In particular on: daily use products and environments, and products and services for health and care.  On the same subjects: she is author of books, essays and articles on topics and she organized conferences and events.

She has been scientific responsible of research programs funded by: the European Union 7th FP; the Italian Ministry of University and Research; the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy; public administrations; private enterprises.

She is: Scientific Director of LED, Ergonomics & Design Laboratory (2013 today); Past president National President of SIE, Italian Society of Ergonomics and human factors (President 2010-13, 2013-18); President of CUID, Italian Design Academic Conference (2018, today).

She il also: President of the scientific committee of the “Rivista italiana di Ergonomia/Italian journal of Ergonomics” (since 2011); Director of the series “Design, innovazione, territorio/Design, innovation, territory” (since 2011 - with G. Lotti, S. Follesa, A. Rinaldi) of publisher Franco Angeli, Milano; Director of the series “Ergonomics in Design” (since 2016) of publisher Franco Angeli, Milano; member of the scientific committee of the journal “AND” Dna ed. Firenze (since 2017); Chief Editor of “Springer Series Design and Innovation”, Springer ed. (dal 2019).




Alessia Brischetto is a designer and fixed-term researcher at University of Florence (UniFI). Following a Master's Degree in Design at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence in 2010,  she earned her PhD in Architecture, major in Design, in 2015. Since 2010 she has been working in the research group of Laboratory of Ergonomics and Design (LED) of DIDA - Department of Architecture (UniFi).  She is teaching Product Design and holds the Everyday Object course at Tongji University (since 2016). She has also taken part in several national and international research projects and collaborated with public administrations and important companies. To date, her research activity focuses mainly on the field of Ergonomics for Design, usability of industrial products and Design for All.




Master’s Degree in Design at School of Architecture - University of Florence. Scholarship for Ph.D in Architecture, majoring in design (Cycle XXXI).

Researcher in the fields of ergonomics, usability, interaction, Human-Centred Design and medical design.

He collaborated as designer with architecture and design studios such as Architecture Studio Franco Panicucci Architect, Logos srl, Gumdesign.



Research Fellow

Architect and journalist, is active in the sector of Design and Communication developed with a focus on accessibility and usability for the User. 

She holds a Research Doctorate in Design and has also taught as an adjunct professor in the Industrial Design degree program offered by the Department of Architecture at the University of Florence from 2005 to 2014 as well as at the Department of Architecture at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2012-2013.

As a journalist, she has contributed to "Il Sole 24 Ore" in its "Building and Territory" section's Projects and Competitions column (2007-2010) and performed editing activities for a number of magazines: “d’Architettura”and “Area” (published by Federico Motta Editore, 2003-2004), “AND”(Alinea, 2005-2006) and “Opere”(Pacini, from 2011-2014). She has also been on the juries as a Member and as President in a number of graphics competitions at the national level and has acted as thesis advisor to degree candidates in the sectors of Visual Design, Communication Design and Service Design. 

She has collaborated regularly with the LED (Laboratory of Ergonomics & Design, DiDA, University of Florence) since 2014 and in this context has participated in a number of research projects, in particular in the sector of utilization of the Cultural Heritage. Currently, she is a Research Fellow at this Laboratory.



Ph.D. Student

Master's Degree in Design at School of Architecture at University of Florence. Scholarship for Ph.D. in Architecture, majoring in design (Cycle XXXIII).

Researcher in the fields of ergonomics for Design, Human-Centred Design, and Medical Design at Laboratory of Ergonomics&Design, Architecture Department (DIDA).

Tutor at Laboratory of Ergonomics for Design course of "Ergonomics and Design" and "Human-Centred Design/User Experience". She collaborated as a designer with professional studios of product design, graphics and communication design.



Ph.D. Student

Master’s Degree in Design at School of Architecture at University of Florence. Research Fellow at Architecture Department (DIDA) and Ph.D. student in Architecture, majoring in Design (Cycle XXXIII).  

Researcher at laboratory of Ergonomics&Design (LED) on issues related to Human-Centred Design (HCD), Interaction Design, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Wearable devices for health and prevention purposes. Specifically, he investigates the issues of acceptability of assistive and social robots by investigating the contribution of HCD and User Experience for the HRI area. 

She is a teaching assistant of Ergonomics and Design (L-4) and HCD/UX (LM-12) courses and a lecturer of Interaction Design at Tongji University and AAP (Arts Abroad Project). Registered journalist since 2016 and specialized columnist in architecture and design.

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Ergonomics & Design Lab

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