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Dr. Carlo Fabricatore is an ergonomist, computer scientist and human-technology interaction scholar. Carlo is interested in studying complex systems, and the learning and motivational mechanics underpinning human activity and development in complex contexts.

Carlo holds an Associate Professorship (University Teaching Fellowship) at the University of Huddersfield (UK), where he directs the Pro-Social Immersive Technologies (PSiT) research incubator. He currently leads advanced trans-disciplinary research on the application of game-based interaction design, games and immersive technologies in the areas of mental health, education and sustainability, aiming at fostering engagement in meaningful activity and its effects on learning, healthy living, well-being and sustainable social development.

Since 1996 Carlo has led and participated in numerous international trans-disciplinary research projects involving collaborations with leading-edge organisations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Nintendo, the Learning Development Institute, the Italian National Research Council, the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE). Carlo’s academic work is strongly rooted in his experience in the IT and games industries, including collaborations with forefront corporations such as Atari, Microsoft and Nintendo.

Carlo’s pedagogic interests are focussed on game-based, experiential and problem-based learning, and the application of complex systems theory to develop adaptive educational strategies. His specialist teaching areas are: game design and development; interaction design; software engineering; and management. Throughout his career Carlo has been appointed to design and direct numerous innovative study programmes in computer science and digital games, including the first Italian Master’s programme in Video Game design, which he created and directed between 2003 and 2006.

Outside of work, Carlo is a keen guitar player, and a passionate sports angler who enjoys venturing remote places in the pursuit of the ultimate immersion in nature.

Research Expertise and Interests

- Human factors, ergonomics and interaction design

- Human-technology interaction

- Mental health

- Learning

- Motivation

- Complex systems

- Sustainable development

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2002 2019

  • 6 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 3 Chapter
1 Citation (Scopus)

An exploratory study of the relationship between meaning-making and quality in games

Fabricatore, C., Gyaurov, D. & Lopez, X., 30 May 2019, In : Multimedia Tools and Applications. 78, 10, p. 13539-13564 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

When technology cares for people with dementia: A critical review using neuropsychological rehabilitation as a conceptual framework

Fabricatore, C., Radovic, D., Lopez, X., Grasso-Cladera, A. & Salas, C. E., 21 Mar 2019, In : Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 40 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Critical Review

Education in a complex world: nurturing chaordic agency through complexity science and game design

Fabricatore, C. & Lopez, X., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Seeking Understanding: The Lifelong Pursuit to Build the Scientific Mind. Visser, J. & Visser, M. (eds.). Sense Publishers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Promoting Design Thinking Through Knowledge Maps: A Case Study in Computer Games Design and Development Education

Fabricatore, C. & Lopez, X., 22 Sep 2018, Higher Education Computer Science: A Manual of Practical Approaches. Carter, J., O'Grady, M. & Rosen, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, p. 127-147 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

computer game

Underneath and beyond mechanics: An activity-theoretical perspective on meaning-making in gameplay

Fabricatore, C., Dec 2018, Games and Rules: Game Mechanics for the "Magic Circle". Suter, B., Kocher, M. & Bauer, R. (eds.). Columbia University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2000 2015

  • 5 Oral presentation

Higher Education in a Complex World: Nurturing “Chaordic” Influencers

Carlo Fabricatore (Speaker), Maria Ximena Lopez (Speaker)
17 Aug 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Fostering Student Learning Using a Complexified Educational Strategy: A Case Study in Higher Education

Carlo Fabricatore (Speaker), Maria Ximena Lopez (Speaker)
30 May 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Gaming and the Scientific Mind: Designing Games to Develop the Scientific Mind

Carlo Fabricatore (Speaker), Ximena Lopez (Speaker)
12 May 2009

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Gameplay and Game Mechanics Design: A Key to Quality in Video games

Carlo Fabricatore (Speaker)
29 Oct 2007

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Learning and Videogames: An Unexploited Synergy

Carlo Fabricatore (Speaker)
17 Feb 2000

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation