1. Territory definition

Week 1

Mon. Jan 11

Working as a Team

We started our project with a team dinner where we discussed roles, expectations, and goals. One of the teamwork mechanisms that we came up with was the concept of rotating roles that cover the scope of project requirements and logistics.

Today, we assigned the initial team roles.

Team Roles:

  • Program (strategy, meeting brief requirements): Shruti
  • Project (timing & schedules): Saumya
  • Notetaker: Kate
  • Process Documentation: Catherine

Regular Weekly Meeting Time: TBD


Week 2

Wed. Jan 20

Initial Exploration of Territory


In class today, we started to unpack the territory of the project. We began first with Microsoft’s design brief which focuses on a type of technology and a way of interaction (Conversational User Interface) and we started to think about what sort of subject-areas intersect with this.

Exploring territory of the technology


At the same time (albeit a little later in the class), we also began exploring possible areas for further inquiry including:

  • territory-map-v01-context-v1
    Brainstorming “industry” territory ideas


  • Home
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Food production and service
  • Public spaces (e.g. library)
  • Workplace




Further Territory Brainstorming

We met on Friday, 1/15 from 3:30-5:00p to continuing brainstorming and defining the territory.

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Upcoming Deadlines: Wed. Jan. 20, 2016

Create a presentation that:

  • details plan for exploratory research (with examples) and
  • a territory map and
  • project definition that illustrates current understanding of project
Random: Running List of Movies to Watch 🙂
  • Black Mirror
  • Space Odyssey
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide
  • Her
  • Cars
  • Minority Report
  • Intersteller

Presentation 1

This presentation outlines our project definition, territory map and a plan for exploratory research.

BB_Territory Map_Pres

Debriefing from Presentation 1

After we presented our territory map to the class and the MS liaison, we received a number of questions and comments to consider. Some of the comments were areas of exploration and inspirations while others were around the shaping of the project scope and definition.

We realized that we needed to start to narrow the scope of driverless cars even more to what specific type of driverless car experience, etc. Our team is tentatively choosing to focus on ride sharing as a use case for driverless/autonomous vehicles.

Follow Up Questions from Territory Map Presentation:
Notes (Saumya)
MS Liaison:
  • What might the end product look like?
  • What kind of a concrete prototype might this look like?
  • What is the difference between “safe” and “comfortable”?
  • What about ride sharing and ethics?
  • What about historical examples of technological change (i.e. horse-drawn carriages to the automobile?)
  • What is a symbiosis with that machine?
  • What is going to be the specific context: private, public, shared transport // all three together?
  • Who are the users?

Exploratory Research Planning

Stakeholder map

We also started to identify people to reach out to and started to set up interviews. The colored boxes represent who’s the main point of contact currently in setting up interview times.


Areas to research

Furthermore, we began thinking about the types of information we wanted to gain through the exploratory research phase and some types of questions and methods we could use to gather insights.


There was some discussions regarding the specifics of how we would go about interviewing/conducting the exploratory research which may need to get worked out as we go along. In general, we want to stay loose and creative, while also somewhat methodical in the ways we approach the research areas.

Decisions Made: 
  • Scoping: Tentatively focusing on autonomous vehicles for ride sharing
  • Collaboration: We will be using Muraly to share findings/insights/inspirations
  • Next Steps
  • Secondary Research
    • Read articles/PDFs (posted by Kate)
  • Stakeholder Interviews
    • Follow up with interview schedule
    • Create interview guides
  • TBD: User Research
    • Determine methods for user research
  • TBD: First-hand Research (i.e. let’s go for a ride!)
    • How should we go about this?