Samantha Finnigan

Samantha Finnigan

Doctoral Trainee

I am a postgraduate researcher in Open Lab, my research interests are in and around the areas of sustainability, IoT, built-environment monitoring and grassroots, data-led auditing.

My PhD project examines how sensor technologies can be built up into “sensor kits” which can be used to evidence problems, or negotiate changes in the lived environment. I helped develop firmware, software and documentation for an open-source sensor technology, BuildAX, in-house at Open Lab. These sensors contain temperature, humidity, light and PIR/movement sensors. I’m now looking at deployment contexts for these kits, for example to log & track humidity issues in residential housing, or used for reducing energy use by facilities managers (to make a case for funding replacement of LED lighting, or turning off heating in a building by tracking occupancy).

I earned my BSc in Computing Science (with Industrial Placement) at Newcastle University in 2013. As part of this I took a one-year placement at IBM (UK) Hursley Labs in Hampshire, where I first became interested in using sensor technologies to explore sustainable goals. My undergraduate dissertation attempted to use the room-occupancy sensors developed as part of the TEDDI project to enrich per-appliance energy-monitoring data gathered from a student household.

Following the completion of my degree, I worked in the group as a Research Assistant on the SiDE project, working on the ONSiDE participatory platform, and in particular the Skype Seniors project, before starting my PhD studies in September 2014.


ThermoKiosk: Investigating Roles for Digital Surveys of Thermal Experience in Workplace Comfort Management

  1. Clear AK
  2. Finnigan SM
  3. Olivier P
  4. Comber R

2018Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

SpaceBot: Towards participatory evaluation of smart buildings

  1. Mitchell Finnigan S
  2. Olivier P
  3. Clear AK

2018CHI EA '18 Human Factors in Computing Systems


Augmenting Audits: Exploring the Role of Sensor Toolkits in Sustainable Buildings Management

  1. Finnigan SM
  2. Clear AK
  3. Farr-Wharton G
  4. Ladha K
  5. Comber R

2017Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies