Currently funded projects

Future Everyday Interaction with the Autonomous Internet of Things (2016-2019)
The project, funded by EPSRC, investigates the design of interaction mechanisms and user interfaces for a future Autonomous Internet of Things (A-IoT): a system of interconnected devices that reaches beyond most current incarnations of the IoT to include aspects of autonomy or automation as a key feature.
The project duration is 36 months, and the total value is £806,241. I am the principal investigator.
APERIO: Low Cost Facade Management in Naturally Ventilated Buildings (2015-2017)
The aim of this EPSRC-funded project is to develop and test a low cost, non-invasive technique to assess the impact of poor facade control on energy performance of non-domestic buildings. We are using external cameras to diagnose the status of a facade in terms of window opening, blind and internal lighting usage. We are designing interactive technology to engage the Facilities Manager, security staff as well as general building users to change the facade state. This approach can help address issues of (1) winter heating losses, (2) summer overheating and (3) poor internal lighting operation.
The project duration is 30 months, and the total value is £493,582. I am a co-investigator.
Creating the Energy for Change (2012-2017)
This EPSRC-funded project will investigate innovative ways of dividing up and representing energy use in shared buildings so as to motivate occupants to save energy. Providing energy feedback can be particularly problematic in shared buildings, and here we focus on workplaces, where many different people interact and share utilities and equipment within that building. It is often difficult to highlight who is responsible for energy used and difficult therefore to divide up related costs and motivate changes in energy usage. We focus on these challenges and consider the opportunities that exist in engaging whole communities of people in reducing energy use.
The project duration is 5 years, and the total value is £1,075,109. I am a co-investigator.

Previous support

CharIoT: Leveraging the Internet of Things to Reduce Fuel Poverty (2014-2016)
The project, funded by EPSRC, investigated applications and services built on Internet of Things (IoT) technology to reduce fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is a key societal concern in the UK, with 4.5 millions of affected households in 2011 exposed to associated financial, physical and emotional effects. The project was in collaboration with the Centre For Sustainable Energy in Bristol, a national charity with over 30 years of experience in providing energy advice to people in fuel poverty. Our work was focussed on trying to augment this advice work through IoT technology.
The project duration was 18 months, and the total value is £277,067. I was the principal investigator.
Natural Language Output for the IoT (2015-2016)
An industrial collaboration with startup company Senseye, funded by InnovateUK. The aim of the project was to make information collected from the IoT accessible to smaller operators and less technically-minded businesses not currently served by the market.
The project duration was 6 months, and the total value is £36,320. I was a co-investigator, but led the university involvement in the project.
Transforming Feedback - the Interactive, Practice-level Visualisation of Electricity Consumption (2013)
A pilot study funded by the EPSRC Digital Economy Sustainable Society Network Plus. The study explored the impacts of a form of feedback that was designed to engage users in the process of interpreting and re-visualising data about their home electricity consumption. In this study, twelve householders from in and around Chertsey, Surrey, made daily use of a the Figure Energy website that provided them with data about their electricity consumption. The study was designed to complement an earlier trial (published at Ubicomp 2012), in which a broadly similar approach had been taken, but with a sample of mostly very numerate and analytical participants.
The project duration was 6 months, and the total value £49,978. I was a co-investigator.
Adventures in Research (2011)
The project was funded by a faculty internal scheme to support the research of young academics. The funding supported the first field deployment of the Figure Energy system. Results were published at Ubicomp 2012, and the project served as "pump-priming" for subsequent EPSRC proposals.
The project duration was 6 months, and the total value £6,000. I was the principal investigator.