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IM2.IP2 (Human Centered Design and Evaluation) - lay summary

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Human Centered Design and Evaluation


IP Head: Dr. Denis Lalanne (UniFr)
Deputy IP Head: Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis (Idiap)
Partners: EPFL, Idiap, UniFr
English summary

The goal of IP2 in the third phase of IM2 is to validate and generalize the technologies developed through research in the first two phases of IM2. The capacity to generalize these technologies will be demonstrated (1) through their application to new environments, other than smart meeting rooms, in combination with third-party technology, and (2) through their acceptance by various groups of users, which will be shown by formal studies of user requirements and user-oriented evaluation.

The environments that are planned to be designed and implemented in IP2 will follow a novel approach which departs from the smart meeting rooms of Phases 1 and 2. The new instrumented environments are intended to augment teamwork by using “lightweight” devices which will support team processes without being in the foreground, and without requiring from users a series of complex steps to initialize and run them. Neither participants, nor external operators will need to devote their attention to the tools, but instead will be helped to focus on their meeting purpose. Technology will thus be in the background, embedded into the physical environment of the rooms, that is, into furniture such as tables, lamps, or walls. The approach of IP2 believes that intelligence is distributed among meeting participants or individual users, and does not lie directly in the technology, which simply provides hints and scaffolds productive interactions.

Therefore, IP2 has two related objectives:
  1. Develop new, lightweight applications, making use of IM2 technologies, and mainly oriented towards teamwork support.
  2. Develop and apply formal user-centric evaluation methods, targeting the evaluation of a selection of systems, both from phase 1 and 2 technology, and from the new applications.


application development (quick prototyping), evaluation, cognitive ergonomics, HCI, computer-supported collaborative learning

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