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The Architecture of Innovation: Tracking Face-to-Face Interactions with UbiComp Technologies

Brown, Chloë and Efstratiou, Christos and Leontiadis, Ilias and Quercia, Daniele and Mascolo, Cecilia and Scott, James and Key, Peter (2014) The Architecture of Innovation: Tracking Face-to-Face Interactions with UbiComp Technologies. In: Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, pp. 811-822. ISBN 978-1-4503-2968-2. (doi:10.1145/2632048.2632056) (KAR id:42856)


The layouts of the buildings we live in shape our everyday lives. In office environments, building spaces affect employees’ communication, which is crucial for productivity and innovation. However, accurate measurement of how spatial layouts affect interactions is a major challenge and traditional techniques may not give an objective view.

We measure the impact of building spaces on social inter- actions using wearable sensing devices. We study a single organization that moved between two different buildings, affording a unique opportunity to examine how space alone can affect interactions. The analysis is based on two large scale deployments of wireless sensing technologies: short-range, lightweight RFID tags capable of detecting face-to-face interactions. We analyze the traces to study the impact of the building change on social behavior, which represents a first example of using ubiquitous sensing technology to study how the physical design of two workplaces combines with organizational structure to shape contact patterns.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/2632048.2632056
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Christos Efstratiou
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 08:19 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:55 UTC
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