Practical Research Projects - Project Description
This is a description of a Practical Research Project associated with the PREP course
Improving Interaction Techniques to Handle Ambiguities in Indoor Positioning via Feedback
Q4/2013 (or as soon as possible)
Automated positioning of objects and people is never perfect. There are always some ambiguities (i.e., a mismatch between actual and estimated location) that may confuse users of applications based on or including positioning functionalities. Hence, such applications need to consider strategies for mitigating such ambiguities.
One such strategy is to make the inner workings of positioning systems graspable to users so that they can make sense of the feedback they get or the behavior the applications exhibits.
This PREP project seeks to come up and investigate different approaches for providing users with feedback mechanisms and offering interaction techniques that allow them to make sense of the inner workings of positioning applications.
The PREP project is tied to a specific system that has been developed in the Local Area Artworks project at the Center for Participatory IT. The system includes a functionality that detects visitors of galleries who are in proximity to a specific artwork and, based on that, offers visitors various ways to engage with said artwork through their personal mobile phones. The system will be installed during a month-long exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus, where the suitable candidate will have the opportunity to experiment with different feedback and interaction techniques in a real-world installation of such a system.
Steve Benford, Andy Crabtree, Martin Flintham, Adam Drozd, Rob Anastasi, Mark Paxton, Nick Tandavanitj, Matt Adams, Ju Row-Farr: Can you see me now? ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 13(1): 100-133 (2006)
- Experience with small-scale experiments and user studies.
- Experience with positioning systems.
- Iterative design of interaction techniques.
- Experience with (paper) prototyping + HTML/CSS/JS (jQuery + node.js)
- Either the Pervasive Positioning or the Context-Aware Computing course
- Some interaction design or HCI course(s)