Interactive Computing Systems

MAPi Doctoral Programme


Usability Evaluation assignments


Thematic presentations

The thematic presentation is an individual assignment that corresponds to the exploration of a selected topic. The expected delivery corresponds to a presentation on the topic, or in the case of system assignments a working system. The presentations will be done at the final class and should take no more than 30 minutes (including 10 minutes for questions). Please contact the proponent of your topic for more information.

  1. Challenges in Augmented Reality usability/UX (Beatriz Sousa Santos)
  2. Magic and Realism in 3D User Interfaces (Beatriz Sousa Santos)
  3. [Sérgio Pereira] Evaluation methods for immersive virtual environments (Beatriz Sousa Santos)
  4. [Malik Saad Sultan] Evaluation methods for gesture-based interfaces (Beatriz Sousa Santos)
  5. Study of VR Frameworks possible to be used in Augmented/Virtual Reality (Paulo Dias): This work involves a bibliographical research on existing VR Frameworks (for example VRJuggler, Unity, etc.) to evaluate the existing frameworks that allow easy integration of all the available equipment at DETI/IEETA. The work also involves small demonstrations of most interesting frameworks to show how easy is the creation of VR worlds and the integration of VR equipment with the frameworks.
  6. [Filipe Alves] Use of Gesture in Virtual Environments (Paulo Dias): With the development of affordable gesture tracking sensors like Kinect or Leap motion, it is now possible to use gestures to interact with virtual environments. This objective is to study how these sensors may be used in Virtual Environments, what are their benefits and limitations and present examples of applications.
  7. [Paula Branco] Human-Robot Interaction (José Creissac Campos): Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a multidisciplinary area addressing the challenges arising from the increasingly closer interaction between robots and humans. The goal is to produce a review of the state of the art, identifying the current main themes and research challenges in the area.
    • Bray-Miners et al. wrote a report presenting an extensive literature review on HRI for unmanned vehicles operation. Alma et al. review addresses physical HRI, focussing safety and dependability in particular. The goal is to provide an overview of the different types of HRI and the relevant research challenges for the area.
  8. [Cláudio Silva] Automated usability evaluation (José Creissac Campos): A number of tools have been proposed over the years with the goal of automating (parts of) a usability evaluation process, from capturing usability relevant data to suggesting improvements to designs. The goal is to identify which techniques and tools can we use to support usability evaluation, discussing also the tradeoffs implied in their use?
  9. [Marco Couto; David Aparício] Evaluation techniques for safety and mission critical interactive computing systems (e.g. medical devices) (José Creissac Campos): Traditional usability evaluation techniques are not exhaustive and systematic enough to provide the level of guarantee needed by safety of mission critical systems. The goal is to review the state of the art on proposals to guarantee the quality/usability of user interfaces for such systems.

r10 - 17 Jan 2015 - 16:27:41 - JoseCampos
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