Requirements for Applying Simulation-based Automated Usability Evaluation to Model-based Adaptive User Interfaces for Smart Environments

AutorMichael Quade, Andreas Rieger, Sahin Albayrak
QuelleDistributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions - First International Conference, DAPI 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013. Proceedings 2013 

Users in smart environments benefit from context-aware applications that are able to adapt their user interfaces (UI) to specific situations. In the same way as the development of adaptive applications poses high demands on the designers, the evaluation of their usability also becomes more complex and time consuming because the context of use and different adaptation variants need to be considered. While automated usability evaluations cannot fully replace user tests in this domain, they can be applied to multiple adaptation variants at an early stage of development and thus reduce time and complexity. This paper presents general requirements for applying automated model-based usability evaluations that apply simulated user interaction as an approach to evaluate UIs of adaptive applications based on the underlying development models.