Listening to an everyday kettle: How can the data objects collect be useful for design research?

Nazli Cila, Fionn Tynan O'Mahony, Elisa Giaccardi, Christopher Speed, Melissa Caldwell, Neil Rubens

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In the current Internet of Things (IoT) environment, objects are tagged with sensors without a clear understanding of people’s individual and collective patterns of behaviour. We argue that designers can create more meaningful and effective networked objects through collaborating with ethnographers and Machine Learning (ML) experts. In this paper, we present the approach and preliminary insights of two analysts from those disciplines on the same data set, and speculate on how they complement one another and the design process. Ethnographic data can indicate the questions that are interesting to study with ML algorithms and help interpret the data generated by ML by positioning it into wider socio-cultural situations. Ultimately, this collaboration can inspire designers to create meaningful products, services, and processes of IoT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th participatory innovation conference pin-c 2015
EditorsRianne Valkenburg, Coen Dekkers, Janneke Sluijs
PublisherThe Hague University of applied sciences
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-90-73077-66-9
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2015
EventParticipatory Innovation Conference 2015 - Hague, Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015


ConferenceParticipatory Innovation Conference 2015


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    Speed, C., Giaccardi, E. & Rubens, N.


    Project: Non-Funded Commission or Consultancy work

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