The 1st Summer School on Human Computer Confluence took place at the Campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Largo Gemelli 1, Milan, Italy.

Located in the city center of Milan, the UCSC campus is within walking distance of many of Milan's historical, cultural, and religious sites: the Duomo, Santa Maria delle Grazie (Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper), Castello Sforzesco, and many more. Additionally, public transportation (bus, tram, metro, train) is easily accessible in the surrounding areas for travel to more remote locations within the city.

Campus History

Originally a monastery built by Benedictine monks in the 8th century, the UCSC Milan campus has expanded under the care of Cistercian friars in the 15th century and military and social developments both during the Napoleonic era and World War II.

Well known throughout Milan, the campus now contains the Basilica of Saint Ambrose (Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio), The Façade entrance to the main campus constructed by famed Italian architect Giovanni Muzio, the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, as well as the Great Hall (Aula Magna). The campus is nestled within the original city walls of Milan. Portions of the wall remain today and are an integral part of the Basilica atmosphere.

About the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano

With 5 campuses, 14 faculties, 42,000 students and a teaching staff of more than 1,400, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano is Europe's largest private university. Founded in 1921 in Milan, the University also has campuses in Rome, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona and Campobasso. Just a few figures illustrate the breadth and depth of the University's core curriculum, in both humanities and sciences: 45 three-year degree programmes, 38 specialist degree programmes, 4 intensive-study degree programmes, 53 schools of specialization, almost 100 master degree programmes and 7 other post-graduate schools. Research activity draws on 54 institutes, 22 departments and 70 research centres, plus another 4 centres at the University, and is aimed towards the study and understanding of issues crucial to life and society: new frontiers in economics and bioethics, the recovery of cultural assets, changes in the field of law, family trends, the phenomenon of the mass media, the development of political systems, the aims of medicine and technological applications of mathematics and physics.

The City of Milan

Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has a population of 1.3 million people. It is the biggest industrial city of Italy and it is well know around the world as a fashion center. It is a magnetic point for designers, artists, and photographers. Milan is the centre of many financial businesses: the city's Exhibition Center and Trade Fair complex is one of the most important in the world. The new fairground is the European largest open construction project and makes Fiera Milano the largest trade fair complex in the world. Milan’s origin goes back to 400 B.C., when Gauls settled and defeated the Etruscans. In 222 B.C. the city was conquered by Romans and later it became the capital of the Western part of the Roman Empire. After 313 A.D., the year of the Edict of Tolerance towards Christianity, many churches were built. In 1300 the Visconti family brought a period of glory and wealth to the city. The Duomo was built in 1386 and became the symbol of Milan (it is the third largest church in the world). Later the Sforza family assumed the power of the Visconti family and a huge development of sciences, art and literature occurred. Leonardo da Vinci (his Last Supper can be visited in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie) and Bramante were invited by the court. There was a change of culture and art in the neoclassicism period and new buildings, monuments, theatres (such as La Scala) and museums appeared.