About the Author
Beatriz Russo was born on the 19th of November 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She began her studies – product design – in 1998 at the Industrial Design Department of the Centro Universitario da Cidade (UniverCidade). As she completed her bachelor degree in 2002, she began a specialization in the field of Human Factors at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). In 2003 she was accepted as a student in a master research program in the same institution – at the Department of Arts & Design – with a project that investigated the impact of people’s affection for products in their usability. During her masters she was awarded with a grant for academic excellence (CAPES, Brazil) and worked as an assistant researcher at the Laboratory of Ergonomics & Usability of Interfaces (LEUI). Besides lecturing and supervising students’ projects in post graduation courses in a number of academic institutions, she organized two yearly conferences (ErgoDesign & USIHC). In 2005 her research project was accepted by the National Council of Research and Scientific Development (CNPq – Brazil) and she received a grant to pursue her PhD abroad. In October 2005 she began her doctoral research at the Industrial Design Department at TU Delft on the subject of the experience of love for products. During her PhD, she tutored/supervised design bachelor students in practice-based courses such as Design & Experience and Bachelor Eindproject as well as master students in their research graduation projects. She also presented her research on the experience of love for products at conferences, in journal papers, book chapters, and gave lectures and workshops on the subject both in industry and academia. She was nominated for best paper award at the 6th Design & Emotion Conference (Hong Kong, 2008) and best presentation at the PhD Day (Delft, 2008).