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Accessing the real world use of novel technologies through research in the wild

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  • UserPaul Marshall, UCLIC, University College London
  • ClockTuesday 18 February 2014, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseUG07, Learning Centre.

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Abstract: There has been significant growth in interest in ‘research in the wild’ as an approach to developing and understanding novel technologies in real world contexts. However, the concept remains underdeveloped and it is unclear how it differs from previous technology deployments and in situ studies. In this talk, I will attempt an initial characterisation of research in the wild. I will discuss some of the benefits of studying novel technologies in situ as well as some of the challenges inherent in encouraging and studying sustained use.

Bio: Paul Marshall is a lecturer in interaction desgin in the UCL Inteaction Centre. His research interests focus on understanding how ubiquitous computing technologies are used in everyday contexts such as the home, in education or in public spaces. Prior to joining UCL he worked as a post doc at the University of Warwick (2010-11) researching participatory design approaches in healthcare and at the Open University (2006-10) where he ran ethnographic and laboratory studies of shareable interfaces and sensory extension devices’. He completed a PhD project on learning with tangible interfaces as part of the Equator project at the University of Sussex, and prior to that a BSc(hons) in psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

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