I am a social scientist in the Human Experience & Design (HXD) group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. I research how people manage and interact with their personal digital content, in order to inform the design of new technologies. I work on the Digital Possessions project, which is motivated by the need to reimagine the 'file' metaphor. The file was designed before the Internet became ubiquitous, and doesn't deal well with how digital content gets copied to different places, shared with different people, and saved as different versions over time. By designing new metaphors and interactions, we aim to address these problems and enable people to be more aware and in control of their digital content. You can find out more from our project webpage or by watching my TEDx talk.
I am Co-Chair of the User Experience and Usability Subcommittee for CHI 2017.
I have accepted the role of Vice President at Large on the SIGCHI Executive Committee.
Jayne Wallace and I had our paper on Placing in Age published in ToCHI.
Jane Gruning presented the work we did on joint ownership of digital and physical things at CHI 2016.