About us


Interagens aims at realizing software solutions endowed with "human interactivity": we want that users interact with software systems as if they were interacting with other human beings, and therefore we aim at optimizing personalization, easy of use, liking and efficacy.

picture of Paola Rizzo Dr. Paola Rizzo is founder and partner of Interagens. She has earned a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Turin, and an MSc in Psychology summa cum laude from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy. She has been a researcher for 13 years at the Institute of Education of the University of London, the Department of Computer Science of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the Institute of Cognitive Science of the Italian National Research Council, and the Nettuno University Consortium in Rome. She is currently a part-time visiting scientist at the College of Computer and Infomation Sciences at Northeastern University (Boston, MA, USA). She has also visited for 8 months the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and for 9 months the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California (USA). Dr. Rizzo has published more than 50 papers, has been in the program committee of an international conference and two international workshops, and reviewer for several international journals and conferences. She is author of the European patent on the software technology that controls Interagens' Interactive Animated Characters. Dr. Rizzo's competencies concern artificial intelligence, e-learning and human computer interaction, topics for which she has carried out several research projects, realized various software systems, and performed didactic activities.


The software technology developed and patented by Interagens for controlling its Interactive Animated Characters has been awarded the first prize in a competition for international patents by the Province of Rome.

The business idea has been awarded the first prize in the "University and Business" competition by the Business Innovation Center of the Lazio region.

The business plan has received grants from:

  • the VII call of Law 266/97 of the City of Rome

  • the call of the Province of Rome for "Creative Enterprises"

  • the call of Start - City of Rome for multimedia enterprises

  • the call of e2blab (University of Tor Vergata, Rome) for innovative ICT enterprises

  • the "I=rp2" Call of Filas

  • the "Centoimprese" call of the Lazio region