Danielle Lottridge

Technology has moved from the workplace to permeate our everyday lives: we use computers to cook in our homes, to keep track of our location when driving, to keep in touch with our remote loved ones. Very recently, the fields of human computer interaction (HCI) and human factors (HF) have recognized that emotional reactions are central to experiences with technology. Over and above accurate and efficient task completion, technology enables us to reflect, to play and to make meaning. Yet, we do not have a standardized or well-accepted way to characterize how technology makes us feel. One of the key contributions of my dissertation is to deepen our understanding of how emotions change as an interaction experience unfolds, how to assess such emotions, and what patterns exist.

I am a PhD candidate working on designing and evaluating new tools to collect continuous reports of emotion/feelings. My research interests are: human emotion, affective responses, intimacy and computer mediated communication, design research and theory, interdisciplinarity, design methods, redesign, usability, user testing, and medical applications. My advisor is Professor Mark Chignell, from the Interactive Media Lab, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. I am a member of the collaborative program of the Knowledge Media Design Institute. I regularly collaborate with Professor Wendy Mackay (HCI) at the inSitu lab at the université Paris-Sud in France, and with Gale Moore (Sociology) at the University of Toronto. My Masters of Applied Science examined individual differences and cell phone use while driving. I completed a BSc. Hons with Distinction, with a specialist in human-computer interaction (Computer Science Department) and a minor in psychology.

I can be reached at: danielle _dot_ lottridge _at_ utoronto _dot_ ca

More information: www.imedia.mie.utoronto.ca/~danielle