I’m a doctoral candidate at the University of Cape Town, specialising in Mobile Interaction Design Research.
My dissertation is on co-located mobile interaction. More specifically, my research focusses on how we design sharing functionality for hyper-localised communication technologies, such as Cloudlets, and aims to investigate how users conceptualise co-located mobile interactions. Through the use of identity-management theories, such as Goffman’s self-presentation, I aim investigate how sharing concepts, such as group management, privacy and content ownership, and co-located concepts, such as proxemics, shape the way we design for sharing opportunities when we come together with our mobile devices.
Thomas Reitmaier, Pierre Benz, and Gary Marsden. (2013). “Designing and Theorizing Co-Located Interactions.” In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 381–390. New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2470654.2470709
Pierre Benz, Edwin Blake. (2015). “Sharing the Cloudlet: Impression Management and Designing for Co-located Mobile Sharing.” Information Technologies & International Development, 11(4), 1-16. link