Patrizia Marti is senior researcher at the University of Siena, Communication Science Department, where she teaches interaction design and educational robotics. She has a longstanding track record of research in human-centred design and embodied interaction. She has been a principal researcher on a number of European and nationally funded projects in the areas of human-robot interaction, learning technologies and educational robotics. Her current research interests include aesthetics of interaction, intentional and expressive interaction, and the exploration of smart materials. She acted as reviewer in the EU Future and Emergent Technology programmes for the projects Intelligent Information Interfaces (I3) (FPV) and Disappearing Computing and FET Open Scheme (FPVI). She was the keynote speaker and a member of the scientific committee for several international conferences. She has been also the editor for special issues of international journals.