Dr Tiziana C. Callari


Pronouns: She/her
  • Senior Research Associate in Systems Ergonomics for Collaborative Robotics

Research groups and centres


Tiziana is a Senior Researcher in Work-Organisational Psychology and Human Factors. She obtained her PhD in Applied Psychology and Ergonomics at the University of Turin (Italy), and then pursued her academic career overseas employing interdisciplinary approaches at different Schools and Research centres in: US (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston), Australia (Deakin University), Ireland (Trinity College, Dublin) and the UK (Coventry University, University of Leeds, and now at Loughborough University). 

Qualifications and Awards

  • 2022. Awarded an International Collaboration Scheme Fund (£5000 Fellowship grant) to strengthen relationships with international universities. Visiting Research Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (USA) 
  • 2018. Awarded a “Cross-Centre International and Interdisciplinary Pilot Projects” grant (£10,000 Fellowship grant; Award No.13705-03) as ‘best project’ to develop a cross-case analysis between the UK and Australia to investigate the HF issues associated to the tram/light rail system. 
  • 2012. ‘Best Doctoral Dissertation’ Award (£600 grant) in Work Psychology and Ergonomics/Human Factors - Italian Association of Psychology (AIP). 


Main research interests 

Taking a systems approach, her research interests focus on improving the interaction between work operators and the different systems’ components/elements.  

In her research, she has addressed topics such as: safety in different sectors; design and development of smart and haptic technologies to improve wellbeing and work conditions; Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Machine Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction design, implementation and evaluation; work on adaptive/intelligent systems that may include Machine Learning tools.  

Currently she is involved in the Made Smarter Innovation project where she is developing studies related to Human-Robot Collaboration (Cobots) in industrial settings. 

Methodologically, her interests mainly lie in the qualitative and participative research strategies. 

Her current research activities are carried out within the Intelligent Automation Centre

Grants and contracts

  • European Commission (FP7, H2020, HORIZON) 
  • MATUROLIFE project-Metallisation of Textiles to make Urban Living for Older People more Independent and Fashionable -  Agreement No. 760789 
  • Future Sky Safety project - www.futuresky-safety.eu. Agreement No. 640597  
  • ApiMod project-Applying Pilot Models for Safety Aircraft -Agreement No 605141  
  • HERMENEUT project-Enterprises intangible Risk Management via Economic models based on simulation of modern cyber-attacks. Agreement No 740322 
  • COLLAGE project-Creativity in Learning through Social Computing and Game Mechanics in the Enterprise. Agreement No 318536  
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
  • Made Smarter Innovation - Research Centre for Smart Collaborative Industrial Robotics MadeSmarter. Scheme No EP/V062158/1 
  • DCS project-Assuring the quality of design descriptions through the use of design configuration spaces - Scheme No EP/S016406/1  
  • Coventry University’s “Cross-Centre International and Interdisciplinary Pilot Projects” (Award No.13705-03) 
  • Leeds University Business School’s Cooperation Funds.