Fabio Paternò is Research Director and Head of the Laboratory on Human Interfaces in Information Systems at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Pisa, Italy.
He wrote one book on Model-Based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications, and has long been working on user interface modeling languages, and tools for design, development or evaluation of interactive systems. In the field of Task analysis he developed the ConcurTaskTrees notation for specifying task models and then worked on the TERESA and MARIA XML languages for the logical description of multi-device user interfaces. He has also investigated novel solutions for End-User development and for designing and supporting multi-device user interfaces.
He has been active in World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Groups on Model-based User Interfaces.
He has been the chair of the International Federation for Information Processing's WG 2.7/13.4 group on user interface engineering.
He has been a member of the Programme Committee of the main international HCI conferences, including Papers Co-Chair of the ACM CHI 2000 conference, IFIP INTERACT 2003 and IFIP INTERACT 2005, and chair of MobileHCI 2002, EICS 2011 and Ambient Intelligence 2012