Marta Cecchinato

Marta Cecchinato
PhD Student
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UCLIC, University College London
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London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

Research Interests

My PhD research focuses on the role that communication technologies have across multiple devices and how this affects our work-home boundaries. I initially focused a lot on email management, as it is one of the most common communication channel out there, but moved on to cover any computer-mediated communication used by participants. Notifications that interrupt us throughout the day and night can happen on any channel, as well as on any device. That is why in my work I make a point of considering not just a single device, but the multi-device ecology that users interact with in their everyday life. By taking a pragmatic and situated approach, I am trying to uncover how people use communication technologies (i.e. channels and devices) to shape boundaries between work and personal life, and how they work around technology constraints to make this happen.

You can read more about my project here: Digital Boundaries


  • The Role of Microboundaries for Work-Life Balance (EPSRC via Balance Network) £2448. The project started in 2016 and runs for 4 months. (PI).
  • Life Swap Workshops (EPSRC via Balance Network) £3280. The project started in 2015 and runs for 6 months. (Co-I)


  • CHI 2016 Best Paper Award (awarded to <1% of 2325 papers)
  • BCS London Hopper Colloquium Research Spotlight: Finalist (2016)
  • ABTA Doctoral Research Award: Honourable Mention Award (2016)

Brief biography

I have a BSc and MSc in Psychology from the University of Padova in Italy, my home country. During my MSc, I spent a year in Finland and worked as a visiting assistant researcher at the Ubiquitous Interaction group, Computer Science Dept. at the University of Helsinki and at HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) with Giulio Jacucci. While there, I worked, among other projects, on haptic feedback perception with Eve Hoggan. For my MSc thesis, I worked at HTLab (Human Technology Lab) with Luciano Gamberini on user experience evaluation in multimodal interfaces, which was part of the FP7 EU funded CEEDs project

In summer 2015 I completed an internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, working with Abigail Sellen in the Human Experience and Design group. Whilst there, I investigated email re-finding behaviours across accounts and devices, working closely also with Milad Shokouhi from the Machine Intelligence and Perception group.

Research Publications

Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird Always On(line)? User Experience of Smartwatches and their Role within Multi-Device Ecologies 2017 CHI 2017, Conference proceeding, Denver, CO
Marta Cecchinato, Danny Harrison Degrees of Agency in Owners and Users of Home IoT Devices 2017 CHI'17 workshop: Making Home: Asserting Agency in the Age of IoT, Conference proceeding
Marta Cecchinato, Abigail Sellen, M Shokouhi, G Smyth Finding email in a multi-account, multi-device world 2016 CHI 2016, Conference proceeding, San Jose, CA
Anna Cox, Sandy Gould, Marta Cecchinato, I Iacovides, Ian Renfree Design Frictions for Mindful Interactions: The Case for Microboundaries 2016 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference proceeding, New York, USA
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, J BIRD Work-Life Balance through Tangibles and the Internet of Things. 2016 CHI'16 workshop: Tangibles 4 Health, Conference proceeding, San Jose, CA
Marta Cecchinato, R Fleck, Jon Bird, Anna Cox Online vs. Offline: Implications for Work Identity 2015 Between the lines: Reevaluating the Online/Offline Binary: A workshop at CHI'15, Conference proceeding, Seoul, Korea
Danny Harrison, Marta Cecchinato "Give me five minutes!": feeling time slip by. 2015 UbiComp/ISWC Adjunct, Conference proceeding
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly? 2015 CHI'15 Extended Abstracts, Conference proceeding
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird Working 9-5? Professional Differences in Email and Boundary Management Practices 2015 CHI 2015, Conference proceeding, Seoul, South Korea
Marta Cecchinato Email management and work-home boundaries. 2014 MobileHCI, Conference proceeding, Toronto, Canada
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird “I check my emails on the toilet”: Email Practices and Work-Home Boundary Management 2014 Conference proceeding, MobileHCI'14 Workshop: Socio-Technical Systems and Work-Home Boundaries
Marta Cecchinato, Jon Bird, Anna Cox Personalised email tools: a solution to email overload? 2014 CHI'14 Workshop: Personalised Behaviour Change Technologies, Conference proceeding, Toronto, Canada
D Wijekoon, Marta Cecchinato, E Hoggan, J Linjama Electrostatic modulated friction as tactile feedback: intensity perception 2012 Proceedings of the 2012 international conference on Haptics: perception, devices, mobility, and communication - Volume Part I, Conference proceeding