How do we live in the omnipresence of voice assistants?

The VA-PEPR research project looks into how voice assistants (VAs) change our practices and routines in everyday life within the context of Switzerland.

This interdisciplinary research project is conducted by Hochschule Luzern (HSLU), OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule and Northumbria University under the lead of HSLU School of Art & Design. It is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

About the Project

VA-PEPR stands for Voice Assistants – People, Experiences, Practices, Routines. We conduct research into how people experience voice assistants in their homes and private lives and how they develop new practices and routines around their use of VAs. By focusing on the home environment, user experience and ethical issues, the project aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of this new technology.

Latest from us

Focus Group Lugano

Focus Group Lugano

Workshop sull’utilizzo di assistenti vocali in casa propria. Ti invitiamo a partecipare!

Our in-home study results

Our in-home study results

A brief summary of the results of ethnographic phase can be found here

Dissemination of ethical outcomes of the project kicked-off

Dissemination of ethical outcomes of the project kicked-off

Two research articles presented at the Ethicomp 2022 Conference in Finland

Participation at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’22) 

Participation at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’22) 

Results of the speculative design workshops presented by Dr. Mike Shorter and the team

Voice Assistant Use: Challenges for the Home Office Work Context  

Voice Assistant Use: Challenges for the Home Office Work Context  

Dr. Jens O. Meissner and the team participated at the EURAM 2022 Conference in Winterthur, Switzerland 

Speak up! Exploring Decentralised Voice Assistant Futures through Speculative Design

Speak up! Exploring Decentralised Voice Assistant Futures through Speculative Design

VA-PEPR contributed to the re:publica 22 with a Speculative Design Workshop