I am in the final year of my PhD at the UCL Interaction Centre, where I am studying the long-term use of commercial activity tracking devices (e.g. Fitbit, Jawbone) and how this changes over time. Despite having a background in computer science, in my current research, I take a pragmatic and situated approach to studying how people integrate and use tracking devices in their everyday lives. Specifically, my approach is to run ethnographic studies, mostly focusing on qualitative data from interviews and diary studies supplemented with quantitative measures of activity. Insights gained from my research will help inform the design of future activity tracking systems and aid users in participating in heightened levels of physical activity.
In 2014, I spent three months as a visiting research at Georgia Tech’s Ubicomp lab, hosted by Gregory Abowd. During my visit, I furthered my own PhD research, by running an interview study with current and previous users of activity tracking systems, to create an understanding of how aspects such as topography, social norms, and transport opportunities effect users use of, and engagement with, activity trackers.
Alongside my PhD research, I am also a researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, working primarily in HXD alongside Richard Banks, Ewa Luger, Antonio Criminisi and others. There, I have worked on new forms of personal informatics for digital and physical collections, and I’m currently using his expertise in human-computer interaction and health to collaborate on the development of a new medical system.
Before starting my PhD, I completed the UCLIC Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics course, where I also undertook a number of projects, the most notable of which were the “feelybean”, which was a finalist in the CHI 2012 Student Design Competition, and FloorPlay, my MSc project, which included the creation and evaluation of a situated public display to promote behaviour change. During these projects, I put user-centred design methods into practice, completed user research and evaluation and iterated designs based on user-feedback. I also created physical prototypes using an Arduino microcontroller and other hardware. I am currently working on other projects using physical computing prototypes and with other novel technologies.
In addition to my research career, I am a keen cyclist and photographer – you can see examples of my photographs on my Flickr page and you can see some of my cycling exploits posted on this blog and on my Strava page.
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