Design of an Empirical Study for Evaluating an Automatic Layout Tool

  • Haoyuan Zhang
  • Tong LiEmail author
  • Yunduo Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11158)


Generating meaningful layout of iStar models is a challenging task, which currently requires significant manual efforts. However, it is time-consuming when dealing with large-scale iStar modeling, rising the need of having an automatic iStar layout tool. Previously, we have proposed an algorithm for laying out iStar SD models and have implemented a corresponding prototype tool. In this paper, we report our ongoing empirical work which aims to evaluate the effectiveness and usability of the prototype tool. In particular, we present a research design which is applied to compare manual layout and automatic layout in terms of efficiency and model comprehensibility. Based on such a design, we are planning to carry out empirical studies accordingly in the near future.


iStar models Automatic layout Controlled experiment Prototype tool 



This work is supported by National Key R&D Program of China (No. 2017YFC08033007), the National Natural Science of Foundation of China (No. 91546111, 91646201) and Basic Research Funding of Beijing University of Technology (No. 040000546318516).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing University of TechnologyBeijingChina

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