Universita di Genova

Nicola Besana

PhD student in Digital and Interaction Design
Politecnico di Milano

Nicola Besana
  • Dashboard ui design

    The importance of user experience to create immediately understandable and usable dashboards

  • Open & linked data

    Analysis and development of interconnected data

  • Smart tourism

    Developing tools to help the tourism industry

About me

My research activities in brief

As a doctoral student in Digital and Interaction Design with a strong background in UX and UI, my research interests are centered on how the design of a dashbord’s user interface can effectively improve the policy making process.

Bio & resume

My career at a glance

I studied Product and Digital & Interaction Design at Politecnico di Milano from 2016 to During this time, I had the opportunity to participate in an Erasmus+ exchange program at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Before starting my Ph.D. program in Digital and Interaction Design, I worked as a dashboard’s UX and UI designer for Hummin', a spin-off of the Berkley Innovation Group.

In the last few years, I have been actively involved as a teaching assistant at the School of Design for the Industrial Product Design and the Digital & Interaction Design courses.
Currently, I am a member of the Experience and Interaction Design research team.


Principal research interests

My PhD research focuses to define policies and practices that enable the involvement of different stakeholders in design processes. The aim is to create dashboards that will help policymakers, public administrators and business managers in making decisions at the tourism level regarding resource management.

In particular, I’m studyng how to “Exploiting Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to improve the tourism offer and services management in Italy”.


Courses and teaching activities

I am currently a teaching assistant at the School of Industrial and Product Design in the Digital Interaction Design course and the Product Design course.
I have also recently conducted some lectures on machine learning and physical computing at the high school level with my supervisor and colleague.


My academic and professional network

Meet the people with whom I collaborate the most.


Institutions and companies I have worked with.