Sandra Trullemans is PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Laboratory. She gained her Master of Science in Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science in 2013 with greatest distinction. Additionally, she received the price of the engineering faculty which is awarded by the society of Brussels engineers for the best Master's thesis and excellent final grades. Currently, she is doing active research in Personal Information Management in the context of her PhD and is teaching assistant for several courses related to advanced information systems, information systems and information visualisation.
On a daily basis users struggle to organise and re-find their digital as well as physical information such as documents, photos or emails. Personal Cross-Media Information Management investigates the opportunities to provide users an alternative to the mainly used Desktop Metaphor by moving away from file hierarchies which are used to store our information. On the other hand, users have constructed their own personal organisation during their life, including physical file systems in bookcases or piles of papers on a desk.
In her research, Sandra aims to develop new interaction techniques for emerging PIM systems and at the same time to offer mechanisms for digitally augmenting a user's existing organisational structures (e.g. piles of papers) in order to guide and help users in managing and re-finding their physical and digital information items. Additionally, she investigates how context awareness can be integrated in PIM systems from a user-centric viewpoint. By providing a unified perspective on our personal information space and by including a context-aware component, we strive for a solution to help users in keeping, organising and re-finding their information which provides the right personal information at the right time and across physical and digital information spaces.
Based on the knowledge from her previous studies in Management Science, Sandra crosses the boundaries between user studies and system design. By investigating how/why users currently interact with their personal information and which issues or limitations they experience on a daily basis, we gain more insights in a user's behaviour. Based on the findings of our user studies, we design innovative solutions from a user-centric viewpoint to improve current PIM systems. Further fields of interest include Multimodal Interaction, Pen-based Interaction, Tangible Interfaces, Human Information Behaviour and Human Information Interaction.