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Interactive Systems. Design, Specification, and Verification

Volume 4323 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 220-233

Rapid User-Centred Evaluation for Context-Aware Systems

  • Eleanor O’NeillAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin IE
  • , David LewisAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin IE
  • , Kris McGlinnAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin IE
  • , Simon DobsonAffiliated withSystems Research Group, School of Computer Science and Informatics, UCD Dublin IE

Abstract

This paper describes a platform for the user-centred design and evaluation of adaptive, context-aware services in the wireless, mobile and pervasive computing markets. It focuses on evaluating the user interactions with context-aware adaptive systems while synchronising the control of the environmental context that drives adaptivity and the user’s perception of that environment. The platform uses a 3D virtual reality simulation to present the environment to the user and to drive the generation of simulated environmental context. The platform thereby delivers repeatable, instrumented, context-dependent evaluations of adaptive services over a range of contexts. It aims to reduce development costs and facilitate the development of more effective, user-empowering services.

Keywords

User-centred design and evaluation usability context-aware services adaptive services 3D virtual environment