EID vs UCD: A Comparative Study on User Interface Design in Complex Electronics Manufacturing Systems

  • Lei WuEmail author
  • Juan Li
  • Tian Lei
  • Bin Li
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9736)


This paper reports on an experimental study on user interface design in complex electronics manufacturing systems to measure the difference between ecological interface design (EID) and user-centered design (UCD). Based on cognitive psychology and human factors theory, we conducted a comparative research study. Prototypes of the interface were designed based on the EID and UCD which were undergoing NASA-TLX to evaluation the subjective workload of the users. The main findings of this study were as follows: (1) we found that the ecological interface design and user-centered design had significant differences in each levels; (2) the ecological interface design has a significant better effect on subjective workload compare to user-centered design in the complex electronics manufacturing systems (P < 0.05). The research results can help interface designers to deeply understand the difference between EID and UCD, which could guide the design of user interface in the complex industrial scenarios.


Ecological interface design User-centered design User interface Complex electronics manufacturing systems 



The research financial supports from the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities HUST: (2014QN017). This paper is also supported by the high-level international curriculum projects of HUST.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industry DesignHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Art and Design, Huaxia CollegeWuhan University of TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Mechanical Science and EngineeringHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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