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Experiencing the Future Mundane (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Coulton, P., Lindley, J., Gradinar, A., Colley, J., Sailaja, N., Crabtree, A., …Kerlin, L. (2019). Experiencing the Future Mundane. In Method & Critique : Frictions and Shifts in RTD : RTD 2019 Research Through Design Conference

Through the design, development and implementation of the Living Room of the Future (LRoTF), we build upon existing work to progress two strands of research. The first explores how media broadcasters may utilise Object-Based Media (OBM) to provide mo... Read More

The Connected Shower: Studying Intimate Data in Everyday Life (2018)
Journal Article
Kwon, H., Fischer, J., Flintham, M., & Colley, J. (in press). The Connected Shower: Studying Intimate Data in Everyday Life. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 2(4), 22. doi:10.1145/3287054

This paper presents the design and field study of the Connected Shower, a bespoke IoT device that captures water flow, temperature, shower-head movement, and shower product weight. We deployed the device in six UK homes for a week to understand the u... Read More

“What do you want for dinner?”: need anticipation and the design of proactive technologies for the home (2018)
Journal Article
Hyland, L., Crabtree, A., Fischer, J. E., Colley, J., & Fuentes, C. (in press). “What do you want for dinner?”: need anticipation and the design of proactive technologies for the home. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, doi:10.1007/s10606-018-9314-4. ISSN 0925-9724

This paper examines ‘the routine shop’ as part of a project that is exploring automation and autonomy in the Internet of Things. In particular we explicate the ‘work’ involved in anticipating need using an ethnomethodological analysis that makes visi... Read More

Data work: how energy advisors and clients make IoT data accountable (2017)
Journal Article
Fischer, J. E., Crabtree, A., Colley, J., Rodden, T., & Costanza, E. (2017). Data work: how energy advisors and clients make IoT data accountable. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 26(4-6), doi:10.1007/s10606-017-9293-x. ISSN 0925-9724

We present fieldwork findings from the deployment of an interactive sensing system that supports the work of energy advisors who give face-to-face advice to low-income households in the UK. We focus on how the system and the data it produced are arti... Read More

Accountable Internet of things?: outline of the IoT Databox model (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Crabtree, A., Lodge, T., Colley, J., Greenhalgh, C., & Mortier, R. (2017). Accountable Internet of things?: outline of the IoT Databox model

This paper outlines the IoT Databox model as a means of making the Internet of Things (IoT) accountable to individuals. Accountability is a key to building consumer trust and mandated in data protection legislation. We briefly outline the ‘external’... Read More

Personal data management with the Databox: what’s inside the box? (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Mortier, R., Zhao, J., Crowcroft, J., Qi Li, L. W., Haddadi, H., Amar, Y., …Greenhalgh, C. (2016). Personal data management with the Databox: what’s inside the box?

We are all increasingly the subjects of data collection and processing systems that use data generated both about and by us to provide and optimise a wide range of services. Means for others to collect and process data that concerns each of us – ofte... Read More

Personal data nanagement with the Databox: what’s inside the box? (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Mortier, R., Zhao, J., Crowcroft, J., Wang, L., Qi, L., Haddadi, H., …Greenhalgh, C. (2016). Personal data nanagement with the Databox: what’s inside the box?

We are all increasingly the subjects of data collection and processing systems that use data generated both about and by us to provide and optimise a wide range of services. Means for others to collect and process data that concerns each of us – ofte... Read More

Enabling the new economic actor: data protection, the digital economy, and the databox (2016)
Journal Article
Crabtree, A., Lodge, T., Colley, J., Greenhalgh, C., Mortier, R., & Haddadi, H. (in press). Enabling the new economic actor: data protection, the digital economy, and the databox. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, doi:10.1007/s00779-016-0939-3. ISSN 1617-4909

This paper offers a sociological perspective on data protection regulation and its relevance to design. From this perspective, proposed regulation in Europe and the US seeks to create a new economic actor – the consumer as personal data trader – thro... Read More

“Just whack it on until it gets hot”: working with IoT data in the home (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Fischer, J. E., Crabtree, A., Rodden, T., Colley, J. A., Costanza, E., Jewell, M. O., & Ramchurn, S. D. (2016). “Just whack it on until it gets hot”: working with IoT data in the home

This paper presents findings from a co-design project that aims to augment the practices of professional energy advisors with environmental data from sensors deployed in clients’ homes. Premised on prior ethnographic observations we prototyped a sens... Read More

"This has to be the cats": personal data legibility in networked sensing systems (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Tolmie, P., Crabtree, A., Rodden, T., Colley, J., & Luger, E. (2016). "This has to be the cats": personal data legibility in networked sensing systems. In CSCW '16: Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, 491-502. doi:10.1145/2818048.2819992

Notions like ‘Big Data’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ turn upon anticipated harvesting of personal data through ubiquitous computing and networked sensing systems. It is largely presumed that understandings of people’s everyday interactions will be re... Read More

Energy advisors at work: charity work practices to support people in fuel poverty (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Fischer, J. E., Costanza, E., Ramchurn, S. D., Colley, J. A., & Rodden, T. (2014). Energy advisors at work: charity work practices to support people in fuel poverty

We present an ethnographic study of energy advisors working for a charity that provides support, particularly to people in fuel poverty. Our fieldwork comprises detailed observations that reveal the collaborative, interactional work of energy advisor... Read More

Doing the laundry with agents: a field trial of a future smart energy system in the home (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Costanza, E., Fischer, J. E., Colley, J., Rodden, T., Ramchurn, S. D., & Jennings, N. R. (2014). Doing the laundry with agents: a field trial of a future smart energy system in the home

Future energy systems that rely on renewable energy may bring about a radical shift in how we use energy in our homes. We developed and prototyped a future scenario with highly variable, real-time electricity prices due to a grid that mainly relies o... Read More