Socio-technical studies for digital lifestyles

Technology is more and more becoming part of our day-to-day life. In our work, we explore various aspects of how technologies can enhance human lives. For example, our lives become more and more digital and the various computing devices we are using contain a wealth of information that, when properly harvested and interpreted, can enable us more access to our history, can enhance our understanding of what we did and why we did it. One of the immediate benefits can be for lifestyle management scenarios, where technologies that gather, interpret and present information to their users can enable people to better understand and manage their daily behaviours.

To support investigation into such issues, the Digital Lifestyles Centre was established. This is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Essex, associated to the IEG. The centre’s main aim is to bring together researchers from technological as well as user experience research areas in order to develop as well as test various solutions aimed at supporting people in their daily activities. Most of the socio-technical research is now performed in our experimental live-in facility, the Home@iSpace. More information about DLC’s activities can be found on its website.