Research Residency Programme

The Research Residency Programme (RRP) is currently suspended.

The Research Residency Programme (RRP) at CIID is geared towards involving creative individuals with our current and prospective research activities. The RRP provides opportunities for both emerging and established designers and technologists to develop and enrich their research practices within our unique team of researchers and creative environment. Research Residents are provided workspace at CIID, access to prototyping facilities (digital, media production, industrial design), the chance to participate in an international lecture series and an opportunity to be part of our vibrant community and network of researchers, creators, practitioners and thinkers.

Andreas Koller


I started my research residency at CIID to complement my MA studies at RCA in London – splitting my time between my personal work for my course and contributing to the MeLa* research project, where CIID is involved.

It has been my first time in a research institute. Coming from commercial background, where clients want to be satisfied and deadlines are looming, this was a completely new environment which offered a lot of freedom and flexibility. I could set my own goals, choose the research direction and method, schedule my work individually, acquire new skills and and try different technologies to build prototypes. I guess the most important thing that I learned is that in a research project, the outcome is not defined at the beginning of the project, but the research process is the goal itself.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” - Albert Einstein

Paolo Patelli


I was a research resident at CIID during the months of July and August 2013 and enjoyed the experience a lot.

The most important learnings that I took out of my time at CIID was in the approach, I learned that fast iterations, prototyping and testing can be useful (and fun) in doing research as much as in your design process. If you have a research question? tinker around with it, sketch, mix methods from different disciplines, engage people, gather feedback, and restart from the beginning keeping note of what you have learned.

The approach to Research at CIID is based around acting first and experimenting, and avoid over-theorising. When you are constantly surrounded by talented people, context and references come up with little effort, while chatting or even watching a movie in the yard, it was great to be surrounded by such a diverse network.

Pavla Baxova'


As a Research Resident, Pavla was supporting a conceptual design phase of a project funded by the European Commission which reflects on the role of contemporary European museums, investigating the role of Information and Communication Technology in museums and exhibition design.

Pavla earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Charles University in Prague. While exploring the social sciences she realised that her focus increasingly tends towards the sphere of creative and innovative: interactions of people, design and technologies. This curiosity resulted in a Master’s degree in Theory and History of Design and New Media at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. During her studies she spent a year at Roskilde University in Denmark studying International Communication, instilling a recurrent desire to live and work in Denmark.

In her following role at CIID as a Research Coordinator, Pavla was bringing together various activities of the cross disciplinary CIID Research team, their external partners and ongoing projects.

Ruggero Castagnola


I had a great time at CIID. What I appreciated the most is the speed at which ideas kick off. Whatever you want to do, be it a project or a movie screening, nobody will play against you, and you will be helped to carry it out. Everybody is kind, competent and eager to learn, which makes it even easier. It is a hub in which people come and go and there is a big space for discovery and networking as well. It was really a fast forward update course.

I had the chance to see how to work on European projects, how to manage projects with strict deadlines, how research is carried out, how and where you find the resources you need, how important budget and time are, how to shape things, how not to bend to somebody else's idea without questioning, how different it is evaluating something after you see it in your hands, rather than designing it and discussing about an abstract design, how important the attitude and willingness of people affects the well-being of the people involved, the process and the outcome of a work.

Peter Eszes


Doing something for the first time is always good, but being a pioneer can come with a lot of work and figuring out. Being the first research resident at CIID in 2012 was similar. Fortunately CIID is the place to experiment, to create, to fail and start all-over, and to make the most out of even the craziest idea. Choosing what I wanted to do, how and what rhythm is something unique, and that not a lot of companies know how to handle.

During my time at CIID I worked on many projects. The biggest one was to structure, present and communicate the diversity and range of projects that comes out of research. Designing the information architecture, the way we tell the story, translate it to the web, making it look nice and build it. I was also able to join the consultancy team on a project giving me an opportunity to see how they handle commercial work.

‘A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects’.
Robert Heinlein

Chris Wood


Chris Wood’s research and practice centres around space and texture, with particular attention to sound. His work frequently uses the raw materials of field recordings, reconfiguring the realism assumed in them as an object of sensory play. A parallel career as a radio producer informs this work, with speech, narrative and reportage acting as a key pillars in his practice. He was born and raised in London, UK.

His sound installations, workshops and performances have taken place in London, New York, Canada and Portugal, while soundscape and radio work has been featured on Resonance FM,,, NTS Live, and The Guardian. He has a background in Philosophy and Film Theory and is currently a PhD candidate in Media Arts Technology at Queen Mary, University of London.

During his Research Residency Chris was collaborating with Sha Xin Wei on the Intel Fellowship @ CIID project.

Dionísio Soares Paiva

Educated in Molecular Genetics and with ample experience on a range of laboratorial techniques, Dionísio has been incorporating computational analysis to a great extent into his research to deal with the recent torrent of DNA sequence data.

Design of robust integrated pipelines from sample collection to graphical visualisation of results, comprehending both laboratorial and computational portions, have been the bulk of recent work. These include a method developed at Harvard Medical School to analyse the composition of the microbial population living inside plants tissues; a pangenomic microarray design allowing a one-size-fits-all full genome expression analysis of multiple strains of food pathogens; and more recently a method for the characterization antibiotic resistance genes, which makes use of all available DNA sequence data to reveal how these genes are shared and transferred between distinct bacterial species and environments and learn how they can become clinical threats.

In parallel he has made use if his interest in technology and tinkering to build and develop new equipment for laboratorial use. Dionísio studied at King’s College London and Copenhagen University and is recently awaiting the defence of his PhD at Technical University of Denmark.

Ruben Lisboa

Ruben Lisboa has a background in IT, analog and digital photography, video, mixed media art, fashion and geology. Ruben worked and collaborated with Sonar festival, Roskilde festival and a panoply of other institutions and artists. He is also a big apologist of the maker movement, DIY and reusing materials.

"CIID Research is like a family to me, it is an inspiring place where people with different backgrounds use their broad skill sets to one common goal: to learn. The multidisciplinary teams go through iterative prototyping processes with an open mind and an appetite for knowledge and success. It was a pleasure to work alongside such talented people. Both in PELARS and Ars Electronica."

Jan Redzisz

Jan's academic background comprises of elements of Communication Studies (BA) and Applied Cultural Analysis (MA). Jan also holds a postgraduate diploma in cultural diplomacy. His primary focus lies on researching the world of innovation with respect to ethics, discourse-formation, and human development capabilities.

Jan's approach is to tackle Science, Technology, and Society (STS) through means of ethnographic inquest and theorization. At CIID, Jan seeks to lay the foundations for his future PhD on anthropology of Danish IoT/robotics sector, involving a close study of IoT/robotics in health and wellbeing as well as education.

Abhiruchi Chhikara

Abhiruchi Chhikara

'She woke up one day and realised that instead of carving her path, the path was carving itself. It was time.’

With a Bachelor in Robotics and Mechatronics, 4 years of Mechanical Engineering Experience ( mining and resources), a Masters of Interaction Design and Electronics arts, 1 year product developer experience (medical devices) and brain full of cultural experiences, Abhiruchi took a journey across the globe from Wollongong, Australia to CIID to feed her desire to explore and gather more expertise in the area of Design Research and Interaction Design.

At CIID, Abhiruchi refined her design process and technical skills and kicked start her Research career.

Linda Tonolli

Linda Tonolli

Linda Tonolli is a PhD Student at the InterAction Lab, University of Trento (Italy). She is an anthropologist working at the intersection between Participatory Design, Design Anthropology and Social Activism. Her current PhD research focuses on designing for senior social activism, developing a critical perspective on ageing stereotypes in normative and institutional narratives, co-designing with participants contextual tools that foster the creation of commons. Her research interests includes Participatory Design, Design Anthropology, Critical Theories and DIY.

During her residency at CIID Linda worked on the Balthazar Project with the CIID Research Team. Balthazar is a workshop-based projects for intergenerational teams focusing on peer-to-peer sharing and learning of skills, while tackling specific societal challenges. She has been involved in designing workshop activities, setting the goals of the project and exploring fruitful intersections between People-Centred Design and and Participatory Design.