Licia Sbattella

Last update: 24/04/2019
Bioengineer, Psychotherapist, and Musicians is Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano. Since 2003 she is the Delegate of the Rector of Politecnico di Milano for persons with disability. She is Professor of "Natural Language Processing" and "Accessibility" at Politecnico di Milano, Visiting Professor of "Multimodal and Artistic Expression and Interaction” for the Master on Art et Existence at the Charles De Gaulle University in Lille (France), and lecturer of highly specialized courses in private and public organizations. Since 1985 she has been involved in national and international research activities at Politecnico di Milano, at the Department of Computer Science University of Toronto (Canada), at the Faculty of Communication of Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), and at the Art Faculty of Charles De Gaulle University (Lille, France) dealing with knowledge representation, computational linguistics, verbal and non verbal interaction analysis, assistive technology, music psychology, and multimedia accessible arts. She published several articles in international journals and conference proceedings and a book by Addison Wesley. Since 2007 she is member of the Program Committee of G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs: a Flagship Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development) and works internationally with projects for the dissemination and implementation of the principles outlined by the Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the UN in 2007 (mainly dealing with the accessibility of ICT). Since 1983 she is Scientific Director of Esagramma (a clinic and research centre in Milano), where she works with children and adults with cognitive, mental and relational disorders and with their families (using original and innovative methodologies based on music, multimedia technologies and psychotherapy - OrchestralMusicTherapy®, TryTheOrchestra®, and MusicVirtualOpera®). Founder and conductor of the Esagramma Symphonic Orchestra, the group which involves persons with special needs and professional musicians and which played at the Vatican Giubilee in 2000, at the European Parlament in Brussels (Belgium) in 2003, in Dortmund (Germany) in 2010, in Pecs (Hungary) in 2011, in Linz (Austria) in 2012, in the Northern Regions of France in 2012, in Washington DC (USA) in 2013 (invited by the Georgetown Uniersity) and in many Italian theatres, churches and festivals. She is the author of the book La Mente Orchestra. Elaborazione della risonanza e autismo, Vita e Pensiero, 2006.