Online Seminar on Cognitive Modeling for User Interface Design

22 Feb 2005 - 3:19pm
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Lada Gorlenko
2004

Seminar on Cognitive Modeling for User Interface Design

Seminar description: This seminar on Cognitive Modeling for User
Interface Design presents the current state of the art of evaluating
user interface designs using models of human performance that are
based on cognitive architectures. Such models can yield usability
results without the delay and expense of user testing of prototypes,
but because they are new and still under development, whether and
how to apply them is a challenge. This seminar will survey current
theory and practice; no "how-to" of actual model construction will
be presented; rather the goal is to enable a good choice of whether
a modeling approach will be useful, and which type of model would be
best to pursue.

Topics will include:
Approaches to model-based evaluation of user interfaces
An example cognitive architecture
Survey of cognitive architecture systems
GOMS models as simplified cognitive architecture models
Practical issues in human performance modeling
Some current tools for rapid model construction

Seminar Objectives: In this seminar, you will become familiar with
The basic approaches to model-based evaluation of user interfaces,
and their advantages and disadvantages.
The important features of cognitive architectures that can be
applied to evaluation, and specific properties of important current
architectures.
What type of model is likely to work best in a particular application.
How to deal with practical issues of model construction, validation,
and usage, using some current tools.

Seminar dates: The seminar will meet for 3 days, on February 28,
March 1, and March 2, 2005, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. EST
How this seminar will be offered: This online seminar will be
delivered over the phone. Seminar materials will be available
online. Each seminar session will provide opportunities for Q&A, and
questions can be asked using the phone or email. An archive of each
session will be available following the session.

Fees: None

Target audience: This seminar will be of interest to human-computer
interaction researchers or designers who want an current overview of
the modeling approach, or who are considering applying this approach
to future projects. Prior background in psychology or user interface
design is desirable; no prior knowledge of programming or modeling
is required.

Registration: Email lisa at acm.org to register.

Instructor: Professor David E. Kieras
David Kieras is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science and Psychology Departments at the University of
Michigan. His primary general research field is applied and
theoretical cognitive psychology, with specific interests in human-
computer interaction, cognitive simulation modeling, human
performance, and natural language processing. His research has been
supported by ONR, NASA, IBM, and DARPA. He has presented many
tutorials and workshops to academic and industrial audiences on
human performance modeling and user interface design.

Guest lecturer: Professor Bonnie John
Bonnie John is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary research
interest is in techniques to improve the design of computer systems
with respect to their usefulness and usability. Much of her work
focuses on cognitive modeling, where she works within a unified
theory of cognition to develop models of human performance that
produce quantitative predictions of performance with less effort
than prototyping and user testing. Her research has been supported
by ONR, NASA, DARPA, NSF, Xerox, GM, and Boeing. She has presented
many tutorials and workshops to academic and industrial audiences on
human performance modeling, general HCI, and usability and software
architecture.

Seminar moderator: Lisa Neal lisa at acm.org

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