Martin Porcheron

Researcher in HCI at the University of Nottingham

Blog posts

Cleaning a factory with robots

I am currently involved with the RoboClean project at the University of Nottingham. This project is investigating the potential of human-robot collaboration, integrated with IoT smart sensors for cleaning and allergen detection on factory floors. The outcomes of this project will include the design, implementation, and evaluation of an interactive system that could clean factory floors alongside human workers, while performing on-line detection of allergens.

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Predicting consumption in the home

The hyperbole of the "smart refrigerator" has been propelled to the mainstream rhetoric of the IoT connected future, in part because it seems many of the pieces of such a fanciful device are coming together. The idea of a fridge that can measure the consumption of items and automatically re-order them for home delivery "seems inevitable" given we have partially-automated re-ordering through Dash buttons, other IoT devices to track product waste, door locks that let through delivery companies, and internet-connected refrigerators.

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Examining Amazon Echo use in the home

Amazon Echo, and other 'smartspeaker' products such as Google Home and Apple Homepod, are marketed as being suited to multi-party multi-activity settings like the home. What this means is that these products are pitched as being suited to situations where two ore more people are doing various activities, and where they can interact with the smartspeaker through its voice interface with ease. In this work, we wanted to examine exactly how this interaction unfolds naturally.

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Using our phones in the pub with friends

In 2016, I wrote and presented a paper at the CSCW conference on the use of mobile phones in conversation while in a pub. The paper was the culmination of my first piece of research I planned and led myself, and so too was my first foray into paper writing as a lead author. This work was important to me, as it forms the bedrock of my PhD thesis. Namely, it shows how people use a mobile device in conversation as a routine practice — they still do talk with their friends as they do it, and they often bring the device use into the ongoing conversation. Here is a summary of the work, but if you'd rather read the full paper, you can fetch the PDF from this link to the ACM Digital Library.

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New beginnings

There comes a time when every website needs an overhaul, and to be honest, my website passed that some time ago. There are many reasons to overhaul a website, but perhaps the most important one is to shift away from old software and onto a more reliable modern platform.

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