Unifying interaction across distributed controls in a smart environment using anthropology-based computing to make human-computer interaction "Calm"
Chair / Department / Institute
Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú
Document typeDoctoral thesis
Data de defensa2014-04-04
PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Rights accessOpen Access
Rather than adapt human behavior to suit a life surrounded by computerized systems, is it possible to adapt the systems to suit humans? Mark Weiser called for this fundamental change to the design and engineering of computer systems nearly twenty years ago. We believe it is possible and offer a series of related theoretical developments and practical experiments designed in an attempt to build a system that can meet his challenge without resorting to black box design principles or Wizard of Oz protocols. This culminated in a trial involving 32 participants, each of whom used two different multimodal interactive techniques, based on our novel interaction paradigm, to intuitively control nine distributed devices in a smart home setting. The theoretical work and practical developments have led to our proposal of seven contributions to the state of the art.
Cotutela Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya i Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
CitationBrown, J.N.A. Unifying interaction across distributed controls in a smart environment using anthropology-based computing to make human-computer interaction «Calm». Tesi doctoral, UPC, Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú, 2014. Available at: <http://hdl.handle.net/2117/95604>