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)
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.
|Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox||Work-Home Boundaries and Communication Technologies||2017||ESRC Ways of Being in the Digital Age Conference, Conference abstract/presentation slides|
|Marta Cecchinato||Always Connected = Always Available? The Role of Microboundaries.||2017||Connected Life 2017, Conference abstract/presentation slides, Oxford|
|Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird||Always On(line)? User Experience of Smartwatches and their Role within Multi-Device Ecologies||2017||CHI 2017, Conference paper (text), Denver, CO|
|Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox||Smartwatches: Digital Handcuffs or Magic Bracelets?||2017||Computer, Journal article|
|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 paper (text)|
|Marta Cecchinato, Abigail Sellen, M Shokouhi, G Smyth||Finding email in a multi-account, multi-device world||2016||CHI 2016, Conference paper (text), 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 paper (text), 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 paper (text), San Jose, CA|
|Danny Harrison, Marta Cecchinato||"Give me five minutes!" Feeling time slip by||2015||UbiComp and ISWC 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Conference paper (text)|
|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 paper (text), Seoul, Korea|
|Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird||Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly?||2015||CHI'15 Extended Abstracts, Conference paper (text)|
|Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird||Working 9-5? Professional Differences in Email and Boundary Management Practices||2015||CHI 2015, Conference paper (text), Seoul, South Korea|
|Marta Cecchinato||Email management and work-home boundaries.||2014||MobileHCI, Conference paper (text), Toronto, Canada|
|Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird||“I check my emails on the toilet”: Email Practices and Work-Home Boundary Management||2014||Conference paper (text), 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 paper (text), 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 paper (text)|