Portrait of Siân Lindley

Siân Lindley

Researcher

About

I am a researcher in the Human Experience & Design (HXD) group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. My research focuses on how use of technology is influenced by the social context in which it is situated, and how understanding that context can feed into design.

I am currently interested in how people experience and manage their digital content in a networked world, as part of the HXD project on Digital Possessions. In this research, we look at what digital possessions are, where they are hosted and stored, how users can interact with them, and what this means for their relationships with them. Strands to this work include reimagining how we might conceptualise the computer file and the grammar of action that is bound up with it, both of which were conceived for a world where Cloud computing, social network sites, and networked devices were yet to come. Please visit the project page on the HXD website for more information.

News

  • 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.
  • I spoke about the work we’ve been doing on digital possessions at TEDxEastEnd 2015.

Projects

Things We’ve Learnt About…

Established: August 3, 2011

"Things We've Learnt About.." is a regular publication from the Socio-Digital Systems team that summarises our work around a specific theme in a way that we hope is interesting, insightful and inspirational. And most importantly, succinct. The magazine is available…

Publications

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2009

2008

Other

Invited Talks and Panels

  • Lindley, S. Rethinking ownership in the digital age. TEDxEastEnd 2015. The Oval, Bethnal Green, 24th January 2015.
  • Lindley, S. Data and its street life (keynote). Producing Data: Practices, materialities, values ¦ An interdisciplinary workshop. University of Edinburgh, 3th September 2014.
  • Lindley, S. The timeline as a framework for meaning making (keynote). Temporal Design: An interdisciplinary workshop. University of Edinburgh, 28th May 2014.
  • Lindley, S. The timeline as a framework for meaning making. Time and Design Research Symposium. Royal College of Art, 19th March 2014.
  • Lindley, S. Representing family (keynote). See Talk Think Family. Manchester Metropolitan University, 20th February 2014.
  • Lindley, S., Regan, T. and Saunders, J. Taking data to the street (panel). Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2014. Brussels, 23rd January 2014.
  • Panelist on ‘Science and Tech’ at the BBC’s 100 Women Conference, hosted by Lucy Hockings and shown on the BBC World Service. BBC Studios, London, 31st October 2013.

Patents

  • Cao, X., Helmes, J., Sellen, A. and Lindley, S.E. “Creating Animations”. US Patent Application, filed September 7, 2009. 2012.
  • Frohlich, D., Brown, L., Durrant, A., Lindley, S., Oleksik, G., Robson, D., Rumsey, F., Sellen, A. and Williamson, J. “Communication Devices”. US Patent Application no. 11/972,283, filed January 10, 2008. 2012.
  • Brown, L., Durrant, A., Frohlich, D., Lindley, S., Oleksik, G., Robson, D., Rumsey, F., Sellen, A. and Williamson, J. “Sound Playback and Editing through Physical Interaction”. US Patent Application no. 11/952,820, filed December 7, 2007. 2012.
  • Sellen, A., Brown, L., Durrant, A., Frohlich, D., Lindley, S., Oleksik, G., Robson, D., Rumsey, F. and Williamson, J. “Monitoring and Notification Apparatus”. US Patent Application no. 11/952,773, filed December 7, 2007. Granted March 2, 2010.
  • Lindley, S., Brown, L., Durrant, A., Frohlich, D., Oleksik, G., Robson, D., Rumsey, F., Sellen, A. and Williamson, J. “Sound Display Devices”. US Patent Application no. 11/972,326, filed January 10, 2008. Pending.

Theses

  • Lindley, S.E. (2006). The effect of the affordances offered by shared interfaces on the social behaviour of collocated groups. PhD Thesis, University of York.
  • Lindley, S.E. (2001). A study of how the orientation of a shared interactive display affects collaboration in groups. MSc Thesis, University of Sussex.