Lecturer. Marta E. Cecchinato works in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
Before taking up this post, Marta has worked at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and at Microsoft Research Cambridge, as well as at Helsinki University and HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) in Finland. She has a BSc and MSc in Psychology from University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in HCI at UCLIC.
Her research interests are around productivity and wellbeing in the digital age, ranging from how to manage information (e.g. storing and retrieving data), how to make sense of data (e.g. reflecting on data logs), how to cope with being constantly connected and available (e.g. managing emails, interruptions, and work-home boundaries) to how to support users who struggle in these areas (e.g. developing targeted interventions and digital strategies). Her current work focuses on understanding the impact that communication technologies have on people’s work-life balance, and particularly on understanding how people manage their availability across multiple devices and retain control in an age of attention economy.
In her research, she takes a pragmatic approach to situated studies, combining contextual inquiry, ethnographic methods, as well as off-the-shelf logging tools and rapid prototyping. Her work has published in top tier HCI conferences and has been featured in the New Scientist, The Conversation and The Psychologist.