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Full Name: 
Pierre Benz
Academic Role: 
PhD Student
Email Address: 
benz.pierreATgmail.com
Biography: 

Pierre Benz is a PhD Student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. He works under the supervision of Prof. Edwin Blake,

Research Project / Interests: 

His dissertation investigates how identity-management theory shapes the way we design interactive sharing technologies when we come together (with our mobile devices). To do this, he's designing an interaction sharing framework that supports hyper-localised, ad-hoc instantiations of the cloud on mobile devices, as a means of exploring and understanding the social implications, interaction metaphors and mechanics that accommodate the presentation of self when engaging in co-located sharing.

Publications: 

Reitmaier, Thomas, 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

Projects: 
Telecommunications for Development
Group: 
Co-Design