A Review of Mobile HCI Research Methods

  • Jesper Kjeldskov
  • Connor Graham
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2795)


This paper examines and reviews research methods applied within the field of mobile human-computer interaction. The purpose is to provide a snapshot of current practice for studying mobile HCI to identify shortcomings in the way research is conducted and to propose opportunities for future approaches. 102 publications on mobile human-computer interaction research were categorized in a matrix relating their research methods and purpose. The matrix revealed a number of significant trends with a clear bias towards building systems and evaluating them only in laboratory settings, if at all. Also, gaps in the distribution of research approaches and purposes were identified; action research, case studies, field studies and basic research being applied very infrequently. Consequently, we argue that the bias towards building systems and a lack of research for understanding design and use limits the development of cumulative knowledge on mobile human computer interaction. This in turn inhibits future development of the research field as a whole.


Mobile Phone Mobile Device Augmented Reality Ubiquitous Computing Building System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesper Kjeldskov
    • 1
  • Connor Graham
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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