Licia Sbattella – Master Degree in Bioengineering, Master Degree in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Computer Science and Specialization as Psychotherapist – is Associate Professor of “Natural Language Processing” at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano. 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 Ialiana (Lugano, Switzerland), and at the Art Faculty of Charles De Gaulle University (Lille, France) dealing with computational linguistics, assistive technology, inclusive education, cognitive science, and multimedia accessible arts.
Since 2003 she is the Delegate of the Rector of Politecnico di Milano for persons with disability. As a delegate, in 2003 she founded and since then coordinates the MultiChancePoliTeam, the group of specialists who uses innovative technologies and supports cooperative networks: - to assure the complete accessibility of courses and initiatives which involves students with disabilities, either congenital or acquired, - to support the employment of students with disability who obtained their degree. Since 2009 she is also responsible for the psychological support of students who need it at Politecnico di Milano.
Since 2007 she is member of the Steering Committee of UN-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). Policies designed and implemented with G3ict received a growing attention from national and international governmental, non-governmental, academic and industrial stakeholders, and she has been invited speaker all around the world. Since 2015 she represents Politecnico di Milano at the International Association of Universities (IAU).
She is actually professor of "Natural Language Processing: text and speech analysis" and of “Accessibility” at Politecnico di Milano and lecturer of highly specialized courses in private and public organizations as the Psychotherapy School “Centro di Terapia Cognitiva” in Como. From 2010 to 2013 she has been Visiting Professor of "Psychology of Music” and “Multimedia Accessible Arts” for the Master on Art et Existence at the Charles De Gaulle University in Lille (France). In Milano she is teaching in English and in Lille she has been teaching in French.
She published 10 books and more than 120 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. She is author of the books: La mente orchestra. Elaborazione della risonanza e autismo, Vita e Pensiero, 2006, Ti penso dunque suono. Costrutti cognitivi e relazionali del comportamento musicale, Vita e Pensiero, 2013; co-author of the books The Art and Science of Computing, Addison Wesley, 1997; Informatica: arte e mestiere, Mc Graw Hill, 20083, 20042, 19991; Istituzioni di Informatica, Mc Graw Hill, 19953, 19942, 19931; and co-editor of the book Le Jeu D’Orchestre. Recherche-action en art dans les lieux de privation de libertée, Septentrion, 2015.
She is currently involved in major projects relied to: the analysis of verbal and nonverbal interaction, speech and text analysis, accessible computing, inclusive education, multichannel and multimodal communication (international projects – with IAU, G3ict, GAID, EU - and national projects).
Since 1983 she is scientific director of Esagramma (a clinic and research center in Milano), where she works with children and adults with autism, cognitive, mental and relational disorders and with their families (using original and innovative methodologies based on music, multimedia technologies and psychotherapy). She is 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 Parliament in Brussels in 2003, at the EurpaInTakt Festival in Dortmund in 2010, at the International Music Festival of Pecs in 2011, in Linz in 2012, in the Northern Regions of France in 2012, at Georgetown University in Washington DC in 2013, in Lille in 2014, at EXPO 2015, in Budapest in 2017 and in more than 150 Italian theatres, churches and festivals). She created and validated the Esagramma® Methodologies of Inclusive Orchestral Education, Affective Vocal Education, and Orchestral Music Therapy.