I’m a researcher at UCD in Ireland. My research interests are in human–computer interaction (HCI), computer–supported cooperative work (CSCW), ubiquitous computing, and science & technology studies (STS). I’m also affiliated with CITO: The Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation in the College of Business & Law.
Fundamentally, I’m fascinated by:
How people, in their everyday social spheres, are both appropriating and shaped by technology when accomplishing a particular domain’s “work”?
In other words, I’m not simply interested in technology but in what role it plays in our lives. Technology is not a neutral entity but yet another actor in our world striving for legitimacy. By observing, interviewing, close reading, and participating in a variety of environments, I strive to unpack what it means for technology to be an integral part of our body, mind, and society.
I relish the opportunity to do research in diverse environments. I do not prescribe steadfastly to a single methodological framework and instead prefer to utilize qualitative and quantitative techniques in a pragmatic fashion. For example, I’ve done studies on corporate nomadic workers, information workers, hardcore video gamers, international bloggers, and knowledge management practitioners in the aerospace industry. Please go to my research page for ongoing projects.
August 21, 2013: I’m really excited to announce TuneTracker, a software system that discerns the changing repertoire of an Irish traditional music (“jam”) session. It’s running in The Cobblestone pub.
April 12, 2013: Paper on traditional musicians to be published in ECSCW 2013.