Both of the above
projects could be design/experimental projects, or could explore
some of the more technical aspects of delivering and running
citizen science projects.
How can digital monitoring technologies could help them improve building design and efficiency? This could help to understand building users and actual building running better to feedback into future building design. It could also be fed-back to building occupants to help them use the building more efficiently. A project in this area could involve investigating what data could be captured, and how. How could it be presented to building occupant to encourage more energy efficient building use? It could also involve considering ways to measure the success of any such interventions – improved building energy consumption, greater occupier satisfaction or other measures.
1. WHY ARE PIM WORKERS RELUCTANT TO DELETE DOCUMENTS AND OTHER RESOURCES?
In principle, deleting temporary and obsolete files should
enhance user success when later retrieving documents or emails.
Each deleted file reduces noise and thus improves the
signal/noise ratio in an information management system such as a
desktop folder or email client. For example, search would return
fewer false positives and browsing would display shorter lists
with more relevant items.
We know from the survey work that deleting is less used than other management techniques such as filing. However, we do not know why this is the case. Intuitively, factors might include: perceived risk; the cognitive cost of making a delete/keep decision; and the absence of a trigger event to prompt that decision.
This research could use either qualitative or quantitative methods. Results might lead to useful guidelines for the design of Personal Information Management software.
2. WHAT IS THE RELATIVE COST OF DIFFERENT INFORMATION MANAGEMENT TACTICS?
Information workers have various tactics available to help them manage document\ s and emails. They can: 1) manage or ignore; 2) file or pile; 3) use few categories (e.g. folders) or many; 4) manage now or later; 5) keep or delete. We know from the survey work that each of these tactics is used to some extent. However, we do not know the perceived cost of each tactic. For example is setting up a sophisticated filing system seen as more expensive than timely management. An interesting challenge here is the definition of cost. It may well have multiple components such as cognitive effort, ergonomics, perceived risk and even opportunity cost due to interruption of other activities. This research could use either qualitative or quantitative methods. Results might support the development of an cost/benefit model for Personal Information Management.
I don't have any specific projects in mind for these areas, but
would be keen to talk through your ideas if they were topics
that interested you.
Particularly thinking about aspects of human-robot
collaboration. How can people and robots work together to
support each other and achieve the most successful completion
Humans are often considered the ‘weak link’ in various
computer security systems. How can understanding people’s
limitations and incomplete understandings of computer security
issues help us design more completely secure systems that
properly take into account and support the humans in the