Claudia Roda


  • Department: Computer Science Math and Environmental Science
  • Complementary Department(s): Global Communications
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Professor Roda’s current research interests focus on the impact of digital technology on human behavior and social structure, in particular she has explored theoretical and applied models for attention computing and recently published the book Human Attention in Digital Environments with Cambridge University press. Her current research evolves from her earlier work on the design, implementation, and validation of multi-agent systems supporting cognitive and social processes for learning and collaboration.

Roda's research work has been sponsored by several organizations including the European Commission and the Andrew Mellon foundation, her publications may be found in academic journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Pragmatics & Cognition, Interacting with Computers, Computer Science and Information Systems, and many others. She has also contributed chapters to several books and presented her work at conferences worldwide. Roda holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, and a PhD from Queen Mary University of London, UK. She is the co-founder of the Technology and Cognition Lab and the Working Group on Human Rights and Digital Technology at The American University of Paris.


  • BS, Università di Pisa, Italy
  • MS, PhD, University of London, UK


Human-Rights-in-Digital-Technology.jpgPerry, S., Roda C. (2017). Human Rights and Digital Technology: Digital Tightrope. Palgrave Macmillan UK



Human attention in a digital environment coverRoda C. (2011). Human Attention in Digital Environments. Cambridge University Press




Attention aware systems coverRoda C. and Thomas J. (2006). Special issue on Attention Aware Systems. Computers in Human Behavior. Volume 22, Issue 4



  • Perry, S., Roda C. (2015). Valuing Privacy through Privacy by Design. In proceedings Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2015


  • Roda C. (2014). Économiser l’attention dans l’interaction homme-machine. In Yves Citton (Ed) "L'économie de l'attention : Nouvel horizon du capitalisme?" La Découverte, Paris p. 179 - [manuscript pdf]
  • Perry, S., Roda, C. Teaching Privacy by Design to Non-Technical Audiences. Cyber Security and Privacy (CSP) Forum 2014. Springer CCIS series, forthcoming
  • Roda, C., Perry, S. (2014) Mobile Phone Infrastructure Regulation in Europe: Scientific Challenges and Human Rights Protection. Environmental Science and Policy 37(2014) 204-214 - [manuscript pdf] 
  • Roda C., Orozco F. (2014) Privacy and unintended consequences of online narrative (Abstract) Narrative Matters: Narrative Knowing / Récit et savoir; 23 to 27 June 2014 - University Paris Diderot, France
  • Roda C. (2014) What’s mine in my images? A tour of the use and misuse of photographic images online (Abstract) “Image not Available”: Networked Visuality and Its Limits, International conference; 10 May 2014 Paris
  • Perry S., Roda C. (2013) Conceptualizing and Contextualizing the Changing Nature of Internet Usage in China. China and the New Internet World: The Eleventh Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC11) - Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, 15th June 2013
  • Roda C., Stojanov G., Kianfar D. (2013) Effects of Task Switching on Creativity Tests. Proceedings AAAI Spring Symposium 2013: Creativity and (Early) Cognitive Development. Stanford University, Stanford, California [pdf]
  • Lee H., Young T., Roda C. (2013) E-Books Usability: Reading Time and Comprehension (Abstract). The Tablet Symposium: Examining New Media Objects - University of Sussex, 10th April 2013 [pdf]
2000 and earlier
  • C.Roda "A multi-agent system for advising and monitoring students navigating instructional Web sites" in Proc. 4th World Multiconference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI 2000) and 6th International Conference of Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis (ISAS 2000) - Special session on Cooperative and Distant learning. July 2000, Orlando Florida Vol.1 pp.505-509
  • C. Roda "Review of: "Software Agents" Jeffrey M. Bradshaw Editor AAAI Press / The MIT Press" in The Knowledge Engineering Review 14(2), pp.181-185 Cambridge University Press 1999
  • T. Wittig Editor "Archon, an architecture for multi-agent systems" Ellis Horwood Series in Artificial Intelligence 1992. (Contributor)
  • C. Roda, N.Jennings, E.H. Mamdani. "The Impact of Heterogeneity on Cooperating Agents" (postscipt) Proc. AAAI Workshop on Cooperation Among Heterogeneous Intelligent Systems, Anaheim, CA, July 1991.
  • C. Roda et. Al."The Cooperation Framework of ESPRIT Project ARCHON", Proc. Fourth RACE TMN Conference, Dublin, Ireland, November 1990. pp. 144-153
  • C. Roda, N. Jennings, E.H. Mamdani, "A Cooperation Framework for Industrial Process Control", in Cooperating Knowledge Based Systems 1990, S.M. Deen Editor. Springer Verlag Publ, London 1991.pp. 95-109
  • F. Mariani, C. Roda, G. Valeriani, "Integrazione di Basi di Conoscenza e di Dati in Ambito Fianziario" (Knowledge Base and Data Base Integration in a Financial System), Sistemi & Impresa, Este Publ, Milano, N.312, May 1990. pp. 562-566.
  • F. Mariani, F. Pianesi, C. Roda, G. Valeriani, "CR.E.S. Credit Granting Expert System: un Sistema Esperto per la Consulenza Al Credito" (CR.E.S. Credit Granting Expert System: an Expert System Adviser for Credit Granting), Proc Third National Congress on Logic Programming, Italy,.1988.
  • C. Roda, "Scienze dell' Informazione e scuola dell'obbligo" (Computer Science in Primary Schools), Insieme, Italy, N.5/6, 1984
  • C. Roda, "Inserimento dell' Informatica nella Scuola" (Using Computer Science in Primary Schools), Part 1: Insieme N.1/2, Part 2: "Insieme" N.3/4, Italy, 1984
For more information please see Prof. Roda's personal page.

Conferences & Lectures

  • Closing lecture: Digital tightrope: Use and abuse of perceptual technologies - Scientific meeting on Perceptual technologies: from laboratory to real life at the Laboratorio di Azione, Percezione e Cognizione, San Raffaele 1.6.2017
  • Panelist: L’attention humaine face au numérique – Digital Society Forum, Orange; July 1 2015
  • Panelist: Privacy-by-design to Privacy-by-Operation - Cyber Security and Privacy Innovation Forum, Brussels 28-29 April 2015
  • Seminar: Attention automatisée et design d’interface : Eyes tracking, GoogleGlass et Quantified Self – Le design de l’attention: Création et Automatisation - Institut de recherche et d’innovation Centre Pompidou and Biennale internationale de design de Saint-Etienne 24 March 2015
  • Lecture: Privacy Motivation – Privacy Training Workshop 9-10 March 2015, Ulm University, Germany
  • Panelist: Privacy in Computer Science Education – Computer, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) Conference 2015 (video recording)
  • Privacy-by-design Issues: Supply Chain, Multiple Jurisdictions, Training (PRIPARE ) Requirements for training material - CYBER SECURITY & PRIVACY FORUM 2014 exetrnal link, (CSP FORUM) ATHENS: 21-22 May 2014
  • The role of attention in human computer interaction – Invited seminar at the Laboratoire Adaptations Travail Individu (LATI) Institut de Psychologie Henri Piéron - Université Paris Descartes, February 4th 2014
  • L’attention dans l’interaction homme-machine : de quelle attention parlonsnous, au juste ? L’économie de l’attention au carrefour des disciplines – colloque international (International Symposium on The attention economy at the crossroads of disciplines) Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3-4 octobre 2013
  • Online rights: analysing user expectations across borders at the Internet and Jurisdiction meeting on What is the Geography of Cyberspace? Cross-border Internet, national jurisdictions and the quest for appropriate frameworks . Centre Pompidou, Paris, April 30 2013
  • Attention based scaffolding in technology enhanced learning environments Symposium on Computerized scaffolding of Self-Regulated Learning: Interdisciplinary Advances - University of Amsterdam (UvA) November 25th 2011
  • Cognitive science informing the design of attention aware social systems (with Thierry Nabeth) Workshop on “Management and Governance of Online Communities” 27 May 2010, Paris Organized by Pierre-Jean Benghozi Orange’s Chair Innovation and regulation in digital services of the Ecole Polytechnique, and Télécom ParisTech 


Member of IEEE Computer Society and ACM


For more information, please see Prof. Roda's personal website.