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  • Tue

    David Kieras: Engineering Models in Usable Development

    12:00pm-1:00pm2435 North Quad, 105 S. State St.

    Card, Moran, & Newell’s seminal 1983 work, The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction, coincided with the emergence of the HCI field. They proposed assessing usability through models of human performance based on psychological science. This concept, known as “engineering models” for usability, underwent extensive development in the subsequent decades, but it has not been widely adopted by user interface developers. In this talk, I’ll briefly summarize the concept and its scientific development, and suggest where it has much to contribute, and speculate on why it is not widely adopted.

    David Kieras is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. He conducts research in the area of applied and theoretical cognitive psychology, with specific interests in human-computer interaction, cognitive simulation modeling, human performance, complex human learning, and natural language processing. Among the HCI research community, he is well known for Cognitive Complexity Theory, the GOMS model, and EPIC cognitive architecture. For his seminal contributions, he was inducted into the CHI Academy, which honors individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and who have led the shaping of the field.