Beste Özcan        

Rome, Italy   
I was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1982. I finished B.Sc. and M.A. degrees in interior architecture and environmental design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Hacettepe in 2009 with the first degree. In 2007, I went to Rome as a M.A. exchange student for one year to work with prof. Andrea Moneta about sustainable urban squares. I got Ph.D. scholarship in an international program titled “design and innovation” at Second University of Naples, Italy and graduated with the highest grade in 2014. The Ph.D. program allowed me to continue my research in Technical University of Lisbon and University of Malaga for one year. I intended to continue my studies at the Ph.D. level focusing on a new design approach, related with the visions of the future, interaction design and wearable computing considering social innovation.After finishing my Ph.D., I have worked as an assistant professor for the History of Art Critics lesson and co-tutor for interactive wearables at the design department, University of Sapienza, Rome for six months in 2015.

From March 2014 I’m still collaborating with the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy, Rome regarding transitional wearable companions for children with autism ( Recently, I had a six months research fellowship at robotic laboratory, University of La Salle, Barcelona to work in socially assistive robotics in 2016.