Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, he teaches at the Faculty of Design in the Communication Design master degree. He has been visiting lecturer at Universidad de Malaga and The Royal Institute of Art (KKH – Stockholm) and participated to several postgraduate courses in other universities.
Since 2000 he represents the Faculty of Design in the European program “MEDes” (Master in European Design).
Head of the Communication Design Research group and member of the Design PhD board, both at Politecnico di Milano – Design Department. His research and publishing activities focus on the development of data, information and knowledge visualization tools and methods to support decision making processes in complex systems.
He’s founder and scientific coordinator of POLIteca, the Design Knowledge Centre of Politecnico di Milano.

Related projects


Book Chapters

Beyond Visualization full paper

Paolo Ciuccarelli, Tommaso Elli. 2019.
In H. Hotson & T. Wallnig (Eds.), Reassembling the Republic of Letters in the Digital Age: Standards, Systems, Scholarship (Vol. 1–1, pp. 299–314). Universitätsverlag Göttingen.

Complexity Maps

Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci. 2009.
In International Summer School. Designing Connected Places. eds. Eleonora Lupo and Cristian Campagnaro. Milano: Editrice Compositori.

Dust. La multidimensionalità del dato e la sua visualizzazione full paper

Giorgio Caviglia, Donato Ricci, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2009.
In Design Research Maps. eds. Paola Bertola and Stefano Maffei. Milano: Maggioli.

Conference Proceedings

Designing diagrams for social issues full paper

Michele Mauri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2016.
Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking, 3, 941–956.

Visualisation Strategies for Comparing Political Ideas with the ORATIO platform full paper

Tommaso Elli, Giovanni Moretti, Rachele Sprugnoli, Michele Mauri, Giorgio Uboldi, Sara Tonelli, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2016.
In M. Eder & J. Rybicki (Eds.), Digital Humanities 2016. Conference Abstracts. Krakow: Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University.

A platform for visually exploring the development of wikipedia articles full paper

Erik Borra, David Laniado, Esther Weltevrede, Michele Mauri, Giovanni Magni, Tommaso Venturini, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Richard Rogers, Andreas Kaltenbrunner. 2015.
Proceedings of the 9th International AAAI Conference of Web and Social Media.

Il ruolo dell’Information Visualization nella progettazione di interfacce per archivi digitali eterogenei full paper

Michele Mauri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2014.
In F. Ciotti (Ed.), Digital Humanities: progetti italiani ed esperienze di convergenza multidisciplinare (p. 16). Firenze: Sapienza Università Editrice.

BORDERS. Visual analysis of Cinema’s inner dynamics and evolutions. A case study based on the Internet Movie Database. link

Giovanni Magni, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Giorgio Uboldi, Giorgio Caviglia. 2014.
in In C. Coletta, S. Colombo, P. Magaudda, A. Mattozzi, L.L. Parolin and L. Rampino (eds.), A Matter of Design. Proceedings of the V STS Italia Conference 2014, STS Italia, Milan, Italy.

Contropedia – the analysis and visualization of controversies in Wikipedia articles full paper

Erik Borra, Esther Weltevrede, Paolo Ciuccarelli, David Laniado, Giovanni Magni, Michele Mauri, Richard Rogers, Tommaso Venturini. 2014.
OpenSym ’14: The International Symposium on Open Collaboration Proceedings, (May), 288021.

Knot: an Interface for the Study of Social Networks in the Humanities full paper

Giorgio Uboldi, Giorgio Caviglia, Nicole Coleman, Sébastien Heyman, Glauco Mantegari, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2013.
In Proceedings of the Biannual Conference of the Italian Chapter of SIGCHI (CHItaly '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 15, 9 pages.

Weaving data, slicing views: a design approach to creating visual access for digital archival collections full paper

Michele Mauri, Azzurra Pini, Daniele Ciminieri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2013.
In Proceedings of the Biannual Conference of the Italian Chapter of SIGCHI (CHItaly '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA

BURN: Baring Unknown Rogue Networks link

Francesco Roveta, Luca Di Mario, Federico Maggi, Giorgio Caviglia, Stefano Zanero, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2011.
In Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 6 , 10 pages. [Best Paper Award]

A Didactical Framework to Experiment the Potential of Visual Languages in Engaging Social Complexity full paper

Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci, Giorgio Caviglia. 2010.
In DRS2010 - Design & Complexity proceedings, eds.David Durling, Rabah Bousbaci, Lin-Lin Chen, Philippe Gauthier, Tiiu Poldma, Seymour Rowoth-Stokes and Erik Stolterman. Montreal: 7 - 9 July

From Data to Knowledge. Visualizations as transformation processes within the Data-Information-Knowledge continuum abstract

Luca Masud, Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci, Giorgio Caviglia. 2010.
Information Visualisation (IV), 2010 14th International Conference. 445 - 449. 26-29 July 2010, London, United Kingdom.

The DensityDesign lab: communication design experiments among complexity and sustainability full paper

Francesca Valsecchi, Donato Ricci, Giorgio Caviglia, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2010.
in Proceedings Cumulus Conference 2010 "Young Creators for Better City and Better Life", Shanghai, Tongji University, China, September 2010

The image of the divided city through maps: the territory without territory full paper

Luigi Farrauto, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2010.
In Proceedings of the Everyday Life in the Segmented City Conference. Florence, July 22-25, 2010

Ethnographic approach to design knowledge. Dialogue and participation as discovery tools within complex knowledge contexts full paper

Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2009.
In IASDR Conference Proceedings, Rigor and Relevance in Design Research, 18-22 October 2009, Seoul, South Korea.

Handling changes through diagrams: Scale and grain in the visual representation of Complex Systems full paper

Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci, Francesca Valsecchi. 2008.
In Changing the change Proceedings, eds. Carla Cipolla and Pier Paolo Peruccio. Turin: Allemandi, July 10.

Network shapes design activities. ICT supporting open and shared design processes full paper

Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2007.
in IASDR Conference Proceedings, Emerging Trends in Design Research, 12 – 15 November,2007. © 2007, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Reshaping communication design tools. Complex systems structural features for design tools full paper

Gaia Scagnetti, Donato Ricci, Giovanni Baule, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2007.
In IASDR07 Proceedings, ed. Sharon Poggenpohl. Hong Kong, November 12.

Journal Articles

Designing diagrams for Wikipedia: opening a reflection on the role of information visualization in collaborative projects full article

Michele Mauri, Azzurra Pini, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2017.
Information Design Journal, 23(1), 65–79.

Visual Geolocations. Repurposing online data to design alternative views full paper

Gabriele Colombo, Michele Mauri, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2017.
Big Data & Society, 4(1).

Dust: A Visualization Tool Supporting Parents’ School Choice Evaluation Process full paper

Matteo Azzi, Giorgio Caviglia, Donato Ricci, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Loredana Bontempi, Emanuele Bonetti. 2011.
Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, Vol. 3 n° 4


Visualizing and understanding (Italian) society between ethics and aesthetics link

Donato Ricci, Paolo Ciuccarelli. 2011.
Frontiers of Interaction 2011 Firenze, Italy. June 20-21, 2011.