Samantha Finnigan

Postgraduate Researcher

Open Lab, Newcastle University




What I do

I am a Postgraduate Researcher at Open Lab, Newcastle University. My research interests are sustainability, pervasive sensing, citizen science, and data-driven activism. I started my PhD studies in September 2014, after working for a year as an R.A. on the SiDE project.

In 2013 I graduated a BSc Computing Science (1st class Hons) degree at Newcastle University, with a one-year industrial placement at IBM UK Hursley Labs, where I first became interested in how sensor technologies might be used to address sustainability goals.

I love web development, Python, and C. I developed software, firmware and documentation for the open source BuildAX environmental monitoring platform.




Selected Publications

Please see my Google Scholar page for further articles.

  • Samantha Mitchell Finnigan and Adrian K. Clear. 2020. “No powers, man!”: A Student Perspective on Designing University Smart Building Interactions. Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020), 14 pages.
  • Sam Mitchell Finnigan, Adrian K. Clear, Geremy Farr-Wharton, Karim Ladha, and Rob Comber. 2017. Augmenting Audits: Exploring the Role of Sensor Toolkits in Sustainable Buildings Management. Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. 1, 2, Article 10 (June 2017), 19 pages.

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