Marta Cecchinato

Marta Cecchinato
PhD Student
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As of February 2018, I have started as Lecturer at Northumbria University. You can contact me at or visit Northumbria University profile.

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

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

M Pateman, Danny Harrison, Paul Marshall, Marta Cecchinato The Role of Aesthetics and Design: Wearables in Situ 2018 CHI'18 Extended Abstracts, Conference paper (text), Montreal, Canada
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)