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Tracking the Consumption of Home Essentials

Fuentes, C; Porcheron, M; Fischer, JE; Costanza, E; Malik, O; Ramchurn, SD; (2019) Tracking the Consumption of Home Essentials. In: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI '19. (pp. p. 639). ACM: Glasgow, Scotland Uk. Green open access

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Abstract

Predictions of people's behaviour increasingly drive interactions with a new generation of IoT services designed to support everyday life in the home, from shopping to heating. Based on the premise that such automation is difficult due to the contingent nature of people's practices, in this work we explore the nature of these contingencies in depth. We have designed and conducted a technology probe that made use of simple linear predictions as a provocation, and invited people to track the life of their household essentials over a two-month period. Through a mixed-method approach we demonstrate the challenges of simple predictions, and in turn identify eight categories of contingencies that influenced prediction accuracy. We discuss strategies for how designers of future predictive IoT systems may take the contingencies into account by removing, hiding, revealing, managing, or exploiting the system uncertainty at the core of the issue.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Tracking the Consumption of Home Essentials
Event: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
Location: Glasgow
Dates: 04 May 2019 - 09 May 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300869
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300869
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065668
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