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Luciano Frizzera

I am a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. My doctoral project explores the affordances of mobile and social media for civic engagement, especially in the context of smart cities and sustainable cities.

My background spans a diverse range of disciplines and mediums: media studies, graphic design (print and digital), web design, project management, urban studies, digital humanities, and sociology. I completed my BA in Social Communication at Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil, in 2006. In the same year, I founded a start-up company focused on visual communication and interactive digital interfaces. During six years the company successfully delivered high quality innovative visual and interactive products to its clients, including several websites, logos, flyers, brochures, and communication strategy for political campaigns. In 2011, after a remarkable experience as a voluntary professor, I decided to return to the university and pursue the academic career.

I completed my Master’s degree in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta in 2014, with the “Mobile Media: New Mediations in the Urban Space”. During his masters, I was a research assistant at Implementing New Knowledge Environment Research Group (INKE), and got involved in several research projects related to interactive visualization techniques to produce new insights in the Humanities, including tools for citation analysis, creation of editorial workflows, and interface for digital variorum editions. The outcomes of his researches were published in the Literary and Linguist Computing (LLC), and presented at several national and international conferences.



Ph.D. Student in Communication Studies, Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)

MA in Humanities Computing, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)

BA in Social Communication, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Vitória, Brazil)

Research Interests

  • Algorithimic Media
  • Mobile Media
  • Media studies
  • Smart Cities
  • Interface Design
  • Spatial Design and Representation
  • Social Engagement and Civic Participation
  • Information Visualization
  • Big data
  • Social Media



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