Indexing to situated interactions
AffiliationScience: Department of Information Systems
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Document TypePhD thesis
CitationPaay, J. (2006). Indexing to situated interactions. PhD thesis, Information Systems, The University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2006 Jeni Paay.
Computing is increasingly pervading the activities of our everyday lives: at work, at home, and out on the town. When designing these pervasive systems there is a need to better understand and incorporate the context of use and yet there are limited empirical investigations into what constitutes this context. The user’s physical and social situation is an important part of their context when operating in an urban environment and thus needs to be understood and included in the interaction design of context-aware pervasive computing. This thesis has combined ideas from human computer interaction (HCI) and architecture to investigate indexicality in interface design as an instrument for incorporating physical and social context of the built environment into context-aware pervasive computing. Indexicality in interface design is a new approach to designing HCI for pervasive computing that relies on knowledge of current context to implicitly communicate between system and user. It reduces the amount of information that needs to be explicitly displayed in the interface while maintaining the usefulness and understandability of the communication.
Keywordshuman-computer interaction; context-aware computing; indexicality; built environment; pervasive computing; interface design
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