University of Pittsburgh

Who are my users and how I can help them? The quest of user-adaptive interaction, applied to Information Visualization

Associate Professor
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Cristina ConatiCristina Conati, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia and ISP alumnus

The potential of computers as interactive tools that support a large variety of users in a growing range of tasks is constantly increasing.  However, designing complex interactive systems that satisfy the needs of individual users from highly heterogeneous user groups is very difficult. This talk focuses on research that aims to overcome this difficulty by investigating how to devise interactive systems that can autonomously, dynamically and unobtrusively adapt to the specific needs of each individual user, namely research in User-Adaptive Interaction (UAI).

I will present an example of UAI research that we are conducting in our laboratory, on devising User-Adaptive Visualizations. In particular, I will discuss our initial results on which individual differences can impact visualization processing, how these and other relevant interaction states can be captured using eye-tracking, and how to provide personalized support that can improve the user's experience with a visualization.

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