Mauro Cherubini, PhD
Assitant Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne)
University of Lausanne, Switzerland


2003 — 2008PhD in Computer Science ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland 
Areas: Human Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
GPA: 4.0/4.0
2001 — 2003Master of Arts by Research in Education (M.A.) ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY, Dublin, Ireland 
Areas: Human Learning, Simulations, Microworlds
GPA: 4.0/4.0
1997 — 2001Bachelor degree in Education, Psychology (Bs.Ed.Psy.) ROMATRE UNIVERSITY, Faculty of Educational Studies, Rome, Italy 
Areas: Cognitive psychology, Usability
Final score: 110.0/110.0, with honors

Current position

2016 — Assistant Professor University of Lausanne, Faculty Business and Economics (HEC)
Department of Information Systems (DeSI), Lausanne (Switzerland)

Previous positions

2012 — 2016
User Experience Researcher at Google, Switzerland
Formative and evaluative research for Google Apps

2008 — 2012
Research Scientist at Telefónica Research, Barcelona, Spain
Design, development and evaluation of pervasive computing solutions for telecommunications, location-based search, healthcare, social networks, video-sharing websites, personal information management and telepresence.

Research intern at Microsoft Research, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA, USA
Ethnographic studies of how developers use code in their work. Survey design. Design, deployment and evaluation of a large scale display representing a code repository.

2003 — 2008
Graduate research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland  
Designed a series of controlled experiment to assess the impact of Explicit referencing over collaborative work at a distance over a shared map. Design, development and evaluation of a mobile application for location-based messaging.

2001 — 2003
Graduate research assistant at Media Lab Europe, Dublin, Ireland
Design and evaluation of a desktop-size biosphera to engage children in life science education. Design and evaluation of the software components showcasing a simulation of the plant growth.

Honors and Recognitions

2015Material Design Award
issued by Google, For the redesign of the Google Calendar app: motion and imagery.
2007PhD grant financed by the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence
European Grant n. 507838 (OFES 03.0558).
2003Certificate of Research Excellence
For the work done during the period 2001 — 2003 at MediaLab Europe
2002Prize “Paolo Galli” for the best bachelor thesis
“Università Federico II”, Naples, Italy


2020 — 2021Dissuasive Techniques against Online Privacy Violations by Individuals. [p3]
CHF 99’800.00
Swiss National Science Foundation, award 190762
Kévin Huguenin (Co-PI), Mauro Cherubini (Co-PI)
Sharing data online has privacy consequences for the users who share it, but also for the individuals who are directly or indirectly related to the shared data (e.g., individuals who appear on a photo). This project aims at designing and testing technological interventions to discourage people from sharing data online without the consent of the other involved.

2019 — 2021
Unemployment Exit and Entry: Cognition, Nudges, Information, and Eligibility Screening. [p3]
CHF 776’460.00
Swiss National Science Foundation, award 178878
Rafael Lalive (PI), Mauro Cherubini (Co-PI), Michele Pellizzari (Co-PI), Matthias Kliegel (Co-PI), Helene Benghalem (Co-PI)
This project proposes to analyze both :
– how to help job seekers exit unemployment : we propose a field experiment to help job seekers faced with cognitive challenges to improve their job search.
– how to deter job seekers from entering unemployment : we propose an approach to estimate the effect of eligibility requirements on quits.
2017Influence de la personnalité sur l’utilisation des applications mobiles pour améliorer la qualité de vie.
CHF 9’000.00
Chuard-Schmid Foundation, award 30.6.2017
Mauro Cherubini (PI)
This project aims at studying Life-Changing Events and Interactive Services that have been specifically designed to support users during these life transitions.

Supervision of Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

2020 —UNIL – Currently advising Dr. Kavous Salezhdadeh Niksirat during his postdoc at HEC.
Topic: Multiparty Privacy Conflicts.
Co-supervision with Prof. Kévin Huguenin (HEC).
2020 — UNIL – Currently advising Mr. Alessandro Silacci for his PhD at HEC.
Topic: Behavior Change Apps for Physical Activity
Co-supervision with Prof. Maurizio Caon (HEG-FR)
2020 — UNIL – Currently advising Ms. Lahari Goswami for her PhD at HEC.
Topic: Design of Online Collaborative Environments to Teach Programming
2019 — UNIL – Currently advising Mr. James Tyler for his PhD at HEC.
Topic: Design of Persuasive Assistive Devices.
2017 —UNIL – Currently advising Ms. Gabriela Villalobos Zuniga for her PhD at HEC.
Topic: Design of Persuasive Systems and Incentives Mechanisms.
2014Google Inc. – Zurich, Switzerland Advised Ms. Astrid Weber during an internal rotation period with the UX team.
Starting from a consumer operation position, Ms. Weber was in training under my supervision for 6 months. This led to a successful job ladder transfer. Currently she is a UX Research Manager for Google Assistant.
2011Telefonica Research and Pompeu Fabra University – Barcelona, Spain Co-mentored Mr. Juan Pablo Carrascal (PhD candidate) for his thesis at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Helped the candidate design several studies which led to top-tier publications and a successful thesis defense. Currently Dr. Carrascal is a UX Researcher II at Microsoft Corporation.
2010Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain Mentored Ms. Mengxiao Zhu (PhD candidate) during her summer internship.
Work led to a publication in a top conference for network analysis: NetSci. Currently Dr. Zhu is Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, ETS, New York.
2007EPFL Faculty of Information and Communication – Lausanne, Switzerland
Mentored several master students for their thesis work and EPFL undergraduate research interns. Including Rachna Agrawal (currently at Google Inc.) and Satyendra Nainwal (currently at Uber).

Organization of Scientific Meetings

2007 Co-organized the International workshop “CSCL Alpine Rendez-Vous”
Villars, Switzerland, 21-26 January 2007. [+]
Organized the International workshop on “Collaborative Artifacts and  Interactive Furniture” (CAIF)
Châteaux-d’Oex, Switzerland, 20-22 June 2005.
2004Co-organized the EPFL workshop – “Spatial Awareness in Collaboration and Group Interaction
(with Pierre Dillenbourg and Nicolas Nova)
Lausanne, Switzerland, 7th October 2004. Part of the CSCL SIG 1st Symposium.

Community Service

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 2007

Organizing Committee
CSCW 2019, CSCW 2018, MobileHCI 2018, MobileHCI 2010 and MobileHCI 2011, IUI 2010

Technical Program Committee

HAISA2020, HAISA2019, CSCW 2017, CHI 2016, IUI 2012, MobileHCI 2010 and MobileHCI 2011, ACM Multimedia MM2010, HBU 2011
ReviewerCHI, CSCW, Interact, IUI, ACM MM, MobileHCI, Ubicomp (IMWUT), NordiCHI, EICS, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI), Interacting with Computers Elsevier (IwC), Journal of Eye Movement Research (JEMR).
Reviewer for Research ProjectsAgence Nationale de la Recherche (France)
Editorial boardSpringer HCI series
Advisory boardSwiss SIGCHI Chapter (SwissCHI), Local node representative for the Swiss Reproducibility Network (SwissRN)