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  1. Crowdsourcing for Usability Testing

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    Liu, Di; Kuipers, Rebecca; Bias, Randolph

    2012-01-01

    While usability evaluation is critical to designing usable websites, traditional usability testing can be both expensive and time consuming. The advent of crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk and CrowdFlower offer an intriguing new avenue for performing remote usability testing with potentially many users, quick turn-around, and significant cost savings. To investigate the potential of such crowdsourced usability testing, we conducted two similar (though not completely parallel) usability studies which evaluated a graduate school's website: one via a traditional usability lab setting, and the other using crowdsourcing. While we find crowdsourcing exhibits some notable limitations in comparison to the traditional lab environment, its applicability and value for usability testing is clearly evidenced. We discuss both methodological differences for crowdsourced usability testing, as well as empirical contrasts to results from more traditional, face-to-face usability testing.

  2. Crowdsourcing for Usability Testing

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    Liu, Di; Lease, Matthew; Kuipers, Rebecca; Bias, Randolph

    2012-01-01

    While usability evaluation is critical to designing usable websites, traditional usability testing can be both expensive and time consuming. The advent of crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk and CrowdFlower offer an intriguing new avenue for performing remote usability testing with potentially many users, quick turn-around, and significant cost savings. To investigate the potential of such crowdsourced usability testing, we conducted two similar (though not completely paral...

  3. Cross cultural usability testing

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    Clemmensen, Torkil; Goyal, Shivam

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we present the results of a pilot study in Denmark of cross cultural effects on Think Aloud usability testing. We provide an overview of previous research on cross cultural usability evaluation with a special focus on the relationship between the evaluator and the test user. This r...... performed, in terms of number of think aloud events and number of usability problems found, when both the evaluators and the test users are local. These results are however limited to the Danish context and need to be investigated in other cultural settings.......In this paper, we present the results of a pilot study in Denmark of cross cultural effects on Think Aloud usability testing. We provide an overview of previous research on cross cultural usability evaluation with a special focus on the relationship between the evaluator and the test user. This...... hereby identify usability problems with the clipart application. Data on the evaluators' and test users' behaviour were recorded and analyzed by coding and summarizing statistics on these behavioural events. The results show that Think Aloud Usability Test of a localized application is most effectively...

  4. Integrated Usability Testing

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    Andrei Ternauciuc

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available It is essential to regularly test the usability of a learning management system, in order to ensure a fast adoption by new users and rapidly shift the focus from the platform to the content and the learning experience. Quantitative testing yields the most reliable results due to the large number of data points acquired, but lacks the in-depth analysis of the qualitative research from a controlled testing setup. We are proposing in this paper an integrated usability testing tool, which can replace a certain type of laboratory testing, where the users’ actions on the real platform are measured and analyzed. We conducted tests with the tool and compared the results with a small scale laboratory test using the same scenarios. The results seem to confirm the proposed tool as a viable alternative to the laboratory test.

  5. Iterative usability testing: ensuring a usable clinical workstation.

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    Coble, J. M.; Karat, J.; Orland, M. J.; Kahn, M. G.

    1997-01-01

    Once the users' needs are determined, how does one ensure that the resulting software meets the users' needs? This paper describes our application of a process, usability testing, that is used to measure the usability of systems as well as guide modifications to address usability problems. Usability testing is not a method to elicit opinions about software, but rather a method to determine scientifically a product's level of usability. Our application of usability testing is designed to deter...

  6. Iterative usability testing: ensuring a usable clinical workstation.

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    Coble, J M; Karat, J; Orland, M J; Kahn, M G

    1997-01-01

    Once the users' needs are determined, how does one ensure that the resulting software meets the users' needs? This paper describes our application of a process, usability testing, that is used to measure the usability of systems as well as guide modifications to address usability problems. Usability testing is not a method to elicit opinions about software, but rather a method to determine scientifically a product's level of usability. Our application of usability testing is designed to determine the current usability level of a workstation designed for the clinician's use, determine specific problems with the Clinical Workstation's usability, and then evaluate the effectiveness of changes that address those problems. PMID:9357724

  7. Usability testing a practical guide for librarians

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    Blakiston, Rebecca

    2014-01-01

    Do you want to improve the usability of your library website, but feel that it is too difficult, time-consuming, or expensive? Usability Testing: A Practical Guide for Librarians will teach you how to make the case for usability testing, define your audience and their goals, select a usability testing method appropriate for your particular context, plan for an in-house usability test, conduct an effective in-house usability test, analyze usability test results, and create and implement a plan for ongoing, systematic usability testing. Step-by-step instructions, along with a myriad of examples,

  8. Integration of MSFC Usability Lab with Usability Testing

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    Cheng, Yiwei; Richardson, Sally

    2010-01-01

    As part of the Stage Analysis Branch, human factors engineering plays an important role in relating humans to the systems of hardware and structure designs of the new launch vehicle. While many branches are involved in the technical aspects of creating a launch vehicle, human factors connects humans to the scientific systems with the goal of improving operational performance and safety while reducing operational error and damage to the hardware. Human factors engineers use physical and computerized models to visualize possible areas for improvements to ensure human accessibility to components requiring maintenance and that the necessary maintenance activities can be accomplished with minimal risks to human and hardware. Many methods of testing are used to fulfill this goal, such as physical mockups, computerized visualization, and usability testing. In this analysis, a usability test is conducted to test how usable a website is to users who are and are not familiar with it. The testing is performed using participants and Morae software to record and analyze the results. This analysis will be a preliminary test of the usability lab in preparation for use in new spacecraft programs, NASA Enterprise, or other NASA websites. The usability lab project is divided into two parts: integration of the usability lab and a preliminary test of the usability lab.

  9. Usability Testing Of Web Mapping Portals

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    Petr Voldán

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a usability testing as method, which can be used to improve controlling of web map sites. Study refers to the basic principles of this method and describes particular usability tests of mapping sites. In this paper are identified potential usability problems of web sites: Amapy.cz, Google maps and Mapy.cz. The usability testing was focused on problems related with user interfaces, addresses searching and route planning of the map sites.

  10. The Evaluator Effect in Usability Tests

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    Jacobsen, Niels Ebbe; Hertzum, Morten; John, Bonnie E.

    1998-01-01

    Usability tests are applied in industry to evaluate systems and in research as a yardstick for other usability evaluation methods. However, one potential threat to the reliability of usability tests has been left unaddressed: the evaluator effect. In this study, four evaluators analyzed four...

  11. Usability Study and Usability Tests for CheapSleep Finland Oy Website

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    Jia LIU

    2014-01-01

    Friendly usability of the website is indispensable. Although companies understand the importance of usability, there are only small numbers of companies conducting usability tests on their business websites. CheapSleep Finland Oy requested to test usability of its business website. Thus one objective of this thesis is to carry out usability tests for business website of CheapSleep Finland Oy.

  12. Existence test for asynchronous interval iterations

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    Madsen, Kaj; Caprani, O.; Stauning, Ole

    1997-01-01

    In the search for regions that contain fixed points ofa real function of several variables, tests based on interval calculationscan be used to establish existence ornon-existence of fixed points in regions that are examined in the course ofthe search. The search can e.g. be performed as a...... synchronous (sequential) interval iteration:In each iteration step all components of the iterate are calculatedbased on the previous iterate. In this case it is straight forward to base simple interval existence and non-existencetests on the calculations done in each step of the iteration. The search can also...... be performed as an asynchronous (parallel) iteration: Only a few components are changed in each stepand this calculation is in general based on components from differentprevious iterates. For the asynchronous iteration it turns out thatsimple tests of existence and non-existence can be based on...

  13. A usability test is not an interview

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    Hertzum, Morten

    2016-01-01

    systems development, yet test procedures vary and the quality of test results is sometimes contested. While there is no single accepted procedure for usability specialists to follow when conducting usability tests, these tests normally involve users who think out loud while using a system and an evaluator......Usability tests are conducted to gauge users’ experience with a system, preferably before it is released for real use, and thereby find any problems that prevent users from completing their tasks, slow them down, or otherwise degrade their user experience. Such tests are important to successful...... who observes the users’ behavior and listens in on their thoughts. This common core of usability tests is illustrated in Figure 1. The possible variations include, for example, whether the users work individually or in pairs, whether the evaluator is in the room with the user or in an adjoining room...

  14. Qualitative Marketing Research Through Usability Testing

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    Orzan Mihai

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Usability is an attribute of any good product, just as its functionality. It refers mainly to the utility of a product for its indented users, as well as to its ease of use. And whilst a correct functionality is critical for the commercial success of any product, its value comes through the human needs that it fulfills, which is determined through various marketing research techniques. In parallel, the IT&C community has developed in the last two decades its own type of research, called usability testing, used mainly to evaluate interface ease of use and all usability problems associated with.software products. This article aims at finding the right place for usability testing and usability professionals in the marketing community, as well as drawing a wider picture, from a marketing research perspective, on one of the most popular topics in IT&C community for the benefit of marketing scholars and professionals.

  15. The influence of age in usability testing.

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    Sonderegger, Andreas; Schmutz, Sven; Sauer, Juergen

    2016-01-01

    The effects of age in usability testing were examined in an experiment. Sixty users from two age groups (M = 23.0 yrs, M = 58.1 yrs) operated two technical devices (keyboard-based and touchscreen-based smartphones). In addition to various performance measures (e.g. task completion time, task completion rate), several subjective measures were taken (e.g. perceived usability, affect, and workload). The results showed better performance scores for younger adults than older adults for task completion time. For older adult users there was a mismatch between usability ratings and task completion time but not between usability ratings and task completion rate. Age-related differences in the importance of speed and accuracy in task completion point to the need to consider more strongly the factor user age in usability research and practice. PMID:26360221

  16. Collecting online data with usability testing software

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    Maryam Moayeri

    2010-01-01

    Although the internet can no longer be described as a new phenomenon, the growth of its social structure together with the emergence of social interaction hold potential for new research methods. This paper explores the development of participant observation linked with usability testing to conduct online research. The application of usability testing tools has the potential of collecting, analysing, and presenting dynamic data that was previously difficult to capture with more traditional to...

  17. The impact of usability reports and user test observations on developers understanding of usability data

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    Høegh, Rune Thaarup; Nielsen, Christian Monrad; Pedersen, Michael Bach;

    2006-01-01

    A usability evaluation provides a strong and rich basis for understanding and improving the design of user interaction with a software system. Exploiting this evaluation requires feedback that significantly impacts the developers' understanding of usability data about the interaction design of the...... system. This article presents results from an exploratory study of 2 ways of providing feedback from a usability evaluation: observation of user tests and reading usability reports. A case study and a field experiment were used to explore how observation and usability reports impact developers......' understanding of usability data. The results indicate that observation of user tests facilitated a rich understanding of usability problems and created empathy with the users and their work. The usability report had a strong impact on the developers' understanding of specific usability problems and supported a...

  18. Usability Testing of User Manuals

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    Møller, Margrethe H.

    2013-01-01

    Many guidelines and several standards exist for the development of good user manuals. But even though technical writers comply with all guidelines, problems will typically arise when users apply the manual in practice. Therefore, it is useful to have real users test the manual before...... it is published. This article discusses user tests in the form of think-aloud tests, with examples from the research project ”User Manuals for older adults"....

  19. Web Usability Testing in a Polytechnic Library

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    Wegener, Debby R.; Moi, May Goh-Ong Ai; Li, Mae Lim Mei

    2004-01-01

    The Temasek Polytechnic Library in Singapore launched its new digital library portal in December 2002. Circumstances precluded usability testing prior to this so it was with some concern that the library web team monitored its use. A few months later it became clear the users were having problems, so a new website was designed. This article deals…

  20. Remote Evaluation Of An Interface Usability Using Asynchronous Auto-Logging Methodology

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    Tarus Nicholas Kiprotich

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The need of developing more usable web applications has motivated the development of a number of techniques methods and tools to address web usability issues. In recent years many automated remote usability evaluation methods have been employed. Despite the advantages offered by these methods usability evaluation is still a difficult and a time consuming task partly due to complexity of the tools used and partly due to expertise required. Analysing data obtained from web server logs can reveal usage pattern of users. This gives a highly improved understanding of users behaviour. This information can then be utilized in improving a web e application way which usability interfa evaluation of a web application can be approached. State transition network STN was preferred in this work. This paper presents a model for automated remote usability evaluation which automatically generates specific usability information of a remote web application.

  1. The fidelity of prototype and testing environment in usability tests

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    Uebelbacher, Andreas; Sauer, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    This doctoral thesis investigated what setup of a usability test can best support valid test outcomes. Several aspects of contextual fidelity were manipulated in experimental usability studies, to examine their impact on test results. The first study demonstrated that the medium of prototype presentation has effects on test outcomes, which have not been found in previous research. Using a more hypothesis-driven approach, it was shown that participants exhibited more reading activity when usin...

  2. Usability Testing : The Relation between Tasks and Issues

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    Madireddy, Avinash

    2012-01-01

    The Usability of a website can be evaluated using various methods. One of the methods is usability testing, which is widely used and employed by the usability tester due to its low cost and user friendliness. The results of usability testing can be affected positively or negatively by several factors such as evaluator’s role, number of users, test environment, tasks, usability problem report, usability measures, and other factors. For more than a decade, the number of users plays a key role i...

  3. Methods of Usability Testing in Libraries Web Sites

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    Eman Fawzy

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available A Study about libraries' web sites evaluation, that is the Usability, the study talking about methods of usability testing and define it, and its important in web sites evaluation, then details the methods of usability: questionnaire, core groups, testing experimental model, cards arrangement, and composed evaluation.

  4. Usability Testing: Too Early? Too Much Talking? Too Many Problems?

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    Hertzum, Morten

    2016-01-01

    Usability testing has evolved in response to a search for tests that are cheap, early, easy, and fast. In addition, it accords with a situational definition of usability, such as the one propounded by ISO. By approaching usability from an organizational perspective, this author argues that...

  5. Development and testing of new upper-limb prosthetic devices: Research designs for usability testing

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    Linda Resnik, PT, PhD

    2011-01-01

    The purposes of this article are to describe usability testing and introduce designs and methods of usability testing research as it relates to upper-limb prosthetics. This article defines usability, describes usability research, discusses research approaches to and designs for usability testing, and highlights a variety of methodological considerations, including sampling, sample size requirements, and usability metrics. Usability testing is compared with other types of study designs used in...

  6. Templates for Cross-Cultural and Culturally Specific Usability Testing

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    Clemmensen, Torkil

    2011-01-01

    tests. The result was the construction of templates for usability testing. The culturally specific templates were in Mumbai “user-centered evaluation,” Copenhagen “client-centered evaluation,” and Beijing “evaluator-centered evaluation.” The findings are compared with related research, and the......The cultural diversity of users of technology challenges our methods for usability testing. This article suggests templates for cross-culturally and culturally specific usability testing, based on studies of usability testing in companies in Mumbai, Beijing, and Copenhagen. Study 1 was a cross-cultural...... field study of think-aloud testing done by usability vendor companies in the three countries. The result was a grounded theory of cultural variations in the production of a usability problem list. Study 2 was a follow-up, ethnographic interview study of how the companies typically perform usability...

  7. New Options for Usability Testing Projects in Business Communication Courses

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    Jameson, Daphne A.

    2013-01-01

    The increasing availability of recording technologies makes it easier to include usability testing projects in business communication courses. Usability testing is a method of discovering whether people can navigate, read, and understand a print or electronic communication well enough to achieve a particular purpose in a reasonable time frame.…

  8. Usability testing of Fiskars International Website

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    Krylova, Lilya

    2015-01-01

    This Bachelor thesis relates to Fiskars Brand website. Fiskars Corporation is the leading supplier of branded consumer products for garden, home and outdoor tools as well as some other equipment throughout the world. The main objective of the thesis was to explore the usability and to evaluate user interface design of a new Fiskars International Website to identify potential weaknesses as well as to lay emphasis on strong sides of the website. The research may also point on possible usab...

  9. Existence test for asynchronous interval iterations

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    Madsen, Kaj; Caprani, O.; Stauning, Ole

    1997-01-01

    In the search for regions that contain fixed points ofa real function of several variables, tests based on interval calculationscan be used to establish existence ornon-existence of fixed points in regions that are examined in the course ofthe search. The search can e.g. be performed as a...... thecomponentwise calculations done in the course of the iteration. These componentwisetests are useful for parallel implementation of the search, sincethe tests can then be performed local to each processor and only when a test issuccessful do a processor communicate this result to other processors....... synchronous (sequential) interval iteration:In each iteration step all components of the iterate are calculatedbased on the previous iterate. In this case it is straight forward to base simple interval existence and non-existencetests on the calculations done in each step of the iteration. The search can also...

  10. Qualitative Marketing Research Through Usability Testing

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    Orzan Mihai; Orzan Gheorghe; Stanculescu Anca-Maria

    2008-01-01

    Usability is an attribute of any good product, just as its functionality. It refers mainly to the utility of a product for its indented users, as well as to its ease of use. And whilst a correct functionality is critical for the commercial success of any product, its value comes through the human needs that it fulfills, which is determined through various marketing research techniques. In parallel, the IT&C community has developed in the last two decades its own type of research, called usabi...

  11. Building a Remote Usability Testing Body of Knowledge (RUTBOK)

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    Lizano, Fulvio; Stage, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Remote Usability Testing (RUT) is an alternative method of usability evaluations. The main aim of RUT is the reduction of costs in the usability evaluation process. Since middle of the 90s RUT, has emerged as a technique which seems as is gaining maturity across the time. In general any discipline...... or professional field matures along the time using in this process among other, a Body of Knowledge (BOK) to represent all the elements or knowledge connected with it. It is possible to find different perspectives about the structure....

  12. Testing the Usability of Two Online Research Guides

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    Luigina Vileno

    2011-01-01

    This article describes usability testing of two online research guides. One guide was in the area of applied human sciences and the other was geared toward the discipline of psychology. Six undergraduate students were given several tasks to complete by using the guides. The participants also completed two questionnaires. One described the participants’ demographics and how much time they spent on the Internet on a daily basis. On the other questionnaire, filled out after the usability te...

  13. Ethical Concerns in Usability Testing Involving Older Adults

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    Møller, Margrethe Hansen

    Based on experience from the research project “User Manuals for Older Adults”, this paper discusses whether there are special ethical concerns with older adults as test persons in a usability test involving the think-aloud method. In this context, older adults are defined as individuals with norm...... cognitive and physical problems of ageing. The paper concludes that usability testing is necessary as a part of the design cycle, but that special care can be taken to ensure that test persons do not feel disempowered during the test....

  14. Designing Websites for ESL Learners: A Usability Testing Study

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    Liu, Min; Traphagan, Tomoko; Huh, Jin; Koh, Young Ihn; Choi, Gilok; McGregor, Allison

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to report on a usability study for ESL websites conducted to gain insights from learners of English as a second language (ESL) as they interacted with specific sites. Five carefully selected ESL sites were tested by 10 different users generating a total of fifty testing sessions. Two major research questions guided the…

  15. Considerations and Methods for Usability Testing with School Children

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    Andersen, Malene Hjortboe; Khalid, Md. Saifuddin; Brooks, Eva Irene

    2016-01-01

    these methods is that they are designed for adults and are not necessarily appropriate to investigations including children. The guiding questions for this systematic literature review are (1) the motivation for conducting usability tests with children, and (2) the kind of methodological, practical, and...... ethical considerations that should be considered when involving children in usability studies. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist and PRISMA flow diagram are applied in order to assure the quality of the process of this investigation. Nine articles are...... analyzed and then synthesized by applying the constant comparative method. The synthesis of the literature review is based on the identified thematic priorities, which are categorized as follows: 1) the motivation for involving children as test persons in design processes, 2) definitions of usability, 3...

  16. Design and test of asynchronous eSFQ circuits

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    We designed and tested new energy-efficient single flux quantum (eSFQ) circuits. The eSFQ design approach is based on biasing logic gates via decision-making pairs (DMPs) which connect clock lines to synchronous gates. The eSFQ design of asynchronous gates is more challenging, since these gates are not clocked. We demonstrate eSFQ designs of asynchronous circuits and implemented two versions of eSFQ toggle flip-flops (eTFF) cells embedded in a synchronous shift register environment. The first design is based on the bias-free version of a TFF operating in the ballistic mode. In the second design, the TFFs dc bias is applied symmetrically, while the necessary half-quantum phase skew is achieved by magnetic flux bias, which can also be done with a pi-junction phase shifter. Surrounding shift registers are the eSFQ versions of the RSFQ shift register with two junctions per bit. In this work, we report the functional operation of these eSFQ circuits and their energy consumption. (paper)

  17. THE METHODS AND THE RESULTS OF THE TESTING OF AN ASYNCHRONOUS GENERATOR WITH SIX PHASE ZONES

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    Bogatyrev N. I.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The article contain the peculiarities of testing asynchronous generator with sixzone winding on the basis of the asynchronous motor series 4A100S4 and analysis of obtained characteristics. Circuit parameters of the stator winding can significantly affect the characteristics of the asynchronous generator. Asynchronous generator was tested with a stator winding connected star, autotransformer and sectional winding. Use chastising windings opens the possibility of applying various circuits of capacitors and the load to asynchronous generators, which in turn affect the efficiency and stabilizing properties of the electric machine. Asynchronous generators to test with sectional winding by confirmation of theoretical calculations for determine the most optimal scheme under connect capacitors and load, testing the stator winding. The volume of testing for asynchronous generators standard is not defined, so we proposed testing method, taking into account the design features of the stator winding. Asynchronous generators were tested with the help of special equipment with the use of analyzer of energy power quality. Article contains characteristics of idling, short circuit and others, considered the heat mode. On the basis of the results we have determined the parameters of the circuit, the efficiency and power factor of induction generator

  18. Comparison of Testing Environments with Children for Usability Problem Identification

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    Mohammadi Akheela Khanum

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper report the results of an empirical study which was carried out to investigate the effect of testing environment on the results of usability evaluation process. The study involved 54 school children from India in the age range of 11-13 years. Children were asked to perform books searching tasks with International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL. Children’s activities with ICDL were captured by using CamStudio, an open source screen capturing software. The effect was quantified in terms of number of usability problems identified by the children when they were tested in various testingenvironments. The results are indicative that field testing with children can be a viable solution in terms of reduced time taken to complete the given tasks and reduced frustration levels reported by the children during the tests.

  19. Testing the Usability of Two Online Research Guides

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    Luigina Vileno

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes usability testing of two online research guides. One guide was in the area of applied human sciences and the other was geared toward the discipline of psychology. Six undergraduate students were given several tasks to complete by using the guides. The participants also completed two questionnaires. One described the participants’ demographics and how much time they spent on the Internet on a daily basis. On the other questionnaire, filled out after the usability test, the participants rated the online research guides. Overall, the online research guides were found to be difficult to use. By observing how the participants interacted with the online research guides, the author has identified several problem areas that need to be addressed.

  20. Usability Testing for Serious Games: Making Informed Design Decisions with User Data

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    Pablo Moreno-Ger; Javier Torrente; Yichuan Grace Hsieh; Lester, William T.

    2012-01-01

    Usability testing is a key step in the successful design of new technologies and tools, ensuring that heterogeneous populations will be able to interact easily with innovative applications. While usability testing methods of productivity tools (e.g., text editors, spreadsheets, or management tools) are varied, widely available, and valuable, analyzing the usability of games, especially educational “serious” games, presents unique usability challenges. Because games are fundamentally different...

  1. Infomaki: An Open Source, Lightweight Usability Testing Tool

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    Michael Lascarides

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Infomaki is an open source "lightweight" usability testing tool developed by the New York Public Library to evaluate new designs for the NYPL.org web site and uncover insights about our patrons. Designed from the ground up to be as respectful of the respondents' time as possible, it presents respondents with a single question at a time from a pool of active questions. In just over seven months of use, it has fielded over 100,000 responses from over 10,000 respondents.

  2. Research Study on Importance of Usability Testing/ User Experience (UX Testing

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    Niranjanamurthy M

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper gives the information regarding Usability testing. How user interacts with the system testing? Usability means the software’s capability to be learned and understood easily and how attractive it looks to the consumer. Usability Testing is one of the black box testing technique. Usability testing tests features of the software like: How easy it is to use the software? How easy it is to learn the software? How convenient is the software to end user? Usability is the measure of a product's potential to fulfil the requirement user. In information technology, the term usability used in terms to software applications and Web sites, but it can be used in terms of any product that is employed to accomplish a task (Some of the examples are, a car dashboard, a toaster, or an alarm clock. Some outcomes used in determining product usability are user interface, visual consistency, and a clear, defined process for evolution. This paper we discussed Usability, Usability testing process, Usability Testing Components, evaluation methods, User experience importance, advantages and disadvantages of Usability testing.

  3. Linearity, Persistence and Testing Semantics in the Asynchronous Pi-Calculus

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    Cacciagrano, Diletta; Flavio CORRADINI; Aranda, Jesus; Valencia, Frank,

    2007-01-01

    In [CSVV06] the authors studied the expressiveness of persistence in the asynchronous pi calculus (Api) wrt weak barbed congruence. The study is incomplete because it ignores the issue of divergence. In this paper we present an expressiveness study of persistence in the asynchronous pi-calculus (Api) wrt DeNicola and Hennesy's testing scenario which is sensitive to divergence. We consider Api and theree sub-languages of it, each capturing one source of persistence: the persistent-input calcul...

  4. Applying Website Usability Testing Techniques to Promote E-services

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    Abdel Nasser H. Zaied; Hassan, Mohamed M.; Islam S. Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    In this competitive world, websites are considered to be a key aspect of any organization’s competitiveness. In addition to visual esthetics, usability of a website is a strong determinant for user’s satisfaction and pleasure. However, lack of appropriate techniques and attributes for measuring usability may constrain the usefulness of a website. To address this issue, we conduct a statistical study to evaluate the usability levels of e-learning and e-training websites based on human (user) p...

  5. Testing the usability of Microsoft Photosynth, an application with a complex and unfamiliar conceptual model

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    Vesuvala, Chirag Xerxes

    2009-01-01

    How do we test the usability of software whose design features an unprecedented and complex conceptual model? Current usability practices ask users for objective and subjective responses, which do not explicitly test how well a conceptual model is understood. An example of software with a complex conceptual model is Microsoft Photosynth. This is a Web-based tool that stitches together multiple photographs of a particular object into a three dimensional view. I tested its usability in two phas...

  6. Usability Testing of Guided Internet-based Parent Training for Challenging Behavior in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Strongest Families FASD).

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    Hundert, Amos S; Huguet, Anna; Green, Courtney R; Hewitt, Amy J; Mushquash, Christopher J; Muhajarine, Nazeem; Sourander, Andre; Caughey, Heather; Lingley-Pottie, Patricia; McGrath, Patrick J; Reynolds, James N

    2016-01-01

    BackgroundIn order to meet the need for accessible interventions and support for families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), we have developed an Internet-based, distance intervention for caregivers of children with FASD between the ages of four and twelve, called Strongest Families™ FASD.  ObjectivesTo evaluate the usability of the Strongest Families FASD program content and website in terms of learnability, efficiency and acceptability. Methods A remote usability testing approach was conducted in two iterative cycles of participants. Synchronous online usability testing sessions were conducted, followed by asynchronous testing. A total of 18 participants were included, comprised of both health care professionals with expertise in FASD and caregivers of children with FASD. The data collected in each cycle was examined for commonalities and results were used to inform changes to the website and content after each cycle.   ResultsParticipants rated the website as appealing and relatively easy and fast to use. Nevertheless, several usability problems were identified such as difficulty navigating between sections of content on the website, displaying too much content per page, and the relevance and appropriateness of the content as it related to FASD.  ConclusionsThe identification of usability problems was an important step in refining the Strongest Families FASD program before its effectiveness is evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. PMID:27115205

  7. Asynchronous Transfer Mode Quality-of-Service Testing

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    Ivancic, William D.

    1998-01-01

    In support of satellite-ATM interoperability, researchers at the NASA Lewis Research Center performed asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) quality-of-service experiments using MPEG-2 (ATM application layer 5, AAL5) over ATM over an emulated satellite link. The purpose of these experiments was to determine the free-space link quality necessary to use the ATM protocol to transmit high-quality multimedia information. The experimental results have been submitted to various International Telecommunications Union (ITU) study groups in order to improve and modify current standards and recommendations for the telecommunications industry. Quality-of-service parameters for Class I, stringent class requirements for ITU-T I.356 are currently being debated. The experimental results presented will help to establish these quality-of-service thresholds. This material will also be useful in the development of the ITU-R WP-4B's Draft Preliminary New Recommendation on the Transmission of Asynchronous Transfer Mode Traffic via Satellite (Rec. S.atm).

  8. Usability Testing of a Website about Alcohol and Health: A Case Study

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    Tognolli, Gabrio; Marcatto, Francesco; Plet, Sabrina; Struzzo, Pierluigi; Wallace, Paul; Ferrante, Donatella

    2014-01-01

    Many health online resources addressed to the general public lack usability and their content is frequently difficult to understand. This case study evaluates the usability and the effectiveness of information presentation of the “Alcol e Salute” website, using two methods: heuristic evaluation and user testing. The results of the usability testing analysis revealed several key weaknesses with respect both to navigation and information display. These results will be used ...

  9. Applying Website Usability Testing Techniques to Promote E-services

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    Abdel Nasser H. Zaied

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this competitive world, websites are considered to be a key aspect of any organization’s competitiveness. In addition to visual esthetics, usability of a website is a strong determinant for user’s satisfaction and pleasure. However, lack of appropriate techniques and attributes for measuring usability may constrain the usefulness of a website. To address this issue, we conduct a statistical study to evaluate the usability levels of e-learning and e-training websites based on human (user perception. The questionnaire is implemented as user based tool, visitors of a website can use it to evaluate the usability of the websites. The results showed that according to the students’ point view the personalization has the first important criterion for the use of the e-learning websites, while according to experts’ point view the accessibility has the first important criterion for the use of the e-learning websites. Also the result indicated that the experienced respondents have demonstrated satisfaction over the usability attributes of e-learning websites they accessed for their learning purposes; while inexperienced students have expressed their perception on the importance of the usability attributes for accessing e-learning websites. When combining and comparing both finings, based on the outcomes it is evident that, all the attributes yielded satisfaction and were felt important.

  10. Comparison of CTA and Textual Feedback in Usability Testing for Malaysian Users

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    Sivaji, Ashok; Clemmensen, Torkil; Feodor Nielsen, Søren

    2015-01-01

    Usability moderators found that the concurrent think-aloud (CTA) method has some cultural limitation that impacts usability testing with Malaysian users. This gives rise to proposing a new method called textual feedback. The research question is to determine whether there are any differences in terms of usability defects found by employing the new method. Due to the high power distance, it is hypothesized that the CTA method may not be sufficient and hence a textual feedback method is recomme...

  11. Usability Testing for Developing Effective Interactive Multimedia Software: Concepts, Dimensions, and Procedures

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    Full Text Available Usability testing is a dynamic process that can be used throughout the process of developing interactive multimedia software. The purpose of usability testing is to find problems and make recommendations to improve the utility of a product during its design and development. For developing effective interactive multimedia software, dimensions of usability testing were classified into the general categories of: learnability; performance effectiveness; flexibility; error tolerance and system integrity; and user satisfaction. In the process of usability testing, evaluation experts consider the nature of users and tasks, tradeoffs supported by the iterative design paradigm, and real world constraints to effectively evaluate and improve interactive multimedia software. Different methods address different purposes and involve a combination of user and usability testing, however, usability practitioners follow the seven general procedures of usability testing for effective multimedia development. As the knowledge about usability testing grows, evaluation experts will be able to choose more effective and efficient methods and techniques that are appropriate to their goals.

  12. Comparison of CTA and Textual Feedback in Usability Testing for Malaysian Users

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    Sivaji, Ashok; Clemmensen, Torkil; Nielsen, Søren Feodor

    Usability moderators found that the concurrent think-aloud (CTA) method has some cultural limitation that impacts usability testing with Malaysian users. This gives rise to proposing a new method called textual feedback. The research question is to determine whether there are any differences in...... terms of usability defects found by employing the new method. Due to the high power distance, it is hypothesized that the CTA method may not be sufficient and hence a textual feedback method is recommended instead. Hence, the objective of this study is to determine if there are any differences in...... usability defects from the concurrent think-aloud (CTA) method (Condition 2) and textual feedback method (Condition 1) within the same group of Malaysian users. A pair-wise t-test was used, whereby users were subjected to performing usability task using both methods. Results reveal that we can reject the...

  13. The Usability Test of Manufactured Rounded Extension in Proton Therapy

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    Park, Ji Yeon; Jang, Yo Jong; Kang, Dong Yun; Yeom, Du Seok; Choi, Gye Suk [Dept. of Proton Therapy Center, National Cancer Center, Goyang (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-09-15

    Long Extension (LE) is used in proton therapy for lung and abdomen. However, it has limitations in surface area, produces collision in posterior oblique beam which creates limitations in various gantry angles in planning therapy and increases air gap (distance between patient and compensator). Therefore, this study investigates the usability of manufactured Rounded Extension (RE) in comparison to LE to use the most suitable extension in proton therapy. To compare structural features of LE and RE. This study investigated usable gantry angle for snout sizes 100, 180 and 250 and CT scanned Humanoid phantom. And it compared the air gap in posterior oblique direction. The structural features of two extensions are as follow. Because of the existence of supporting bar, the width of LE was 40 cm and RE was 50 cm. Result of the investigation of usable gantry angle for snout sizes 100, 180 and 250 are as follow. LE is {+-}36(average) at 180 degree and RE is {+-}70(average). And also, the air gap of RE is decreased by 11.3 cm in average at the same gantry angle. Manufactured RE for proton therapy has several benefits than LE. Its therapy surface area is wider and range of usable gantry angle is also wider. Also, the air gap at the posterior oblique beam has decreased. Therefore the usability of RE in proton therapy of lung and abdomen will be increased compared to LE. However, the air gap of proton therapy at the lateral direction may be increased, so there may be need for make up to decrease air gap at the lateral direction in the future.

  14. A systematic review of usability test metrics for mobile video streaming apps

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    Hussain, Azham; Mkpojiogu, Emmanuel O. C.

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents the results of a systematic review regarding the usability test metrics for mobile video streaming apps. In the study, 238 studies were found, but only 51 relevant papers were eventually selected for the review. The study reveals that time taken for video streaming and the video quality were the two most popular metrics used in the usability tests for mobile video streaming apps. Besides, most of the studies concentrated on the usability of mobile TV as users are switching from traditional TV to mobile TV.

  15. A Comparison of What Is Part of Usability Testing in Three Countries

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    Clemmensen, Torkil

    The cultural diversity of users of technology challenges our methods for usability evaluation. In this paper we report and compare three ethnographic interview studies of what is a part of a standard (typical) usability test in a company in Mumbai, Beijing and Copenhagen. At each of these three locations, we use structural and contrast questions do a taxonomic and paradigm analysis of a how a company performs a usability test. We find similar parts across the three locations. We also find different results for each location. In Mumbai, most parts of the usability test are not related to the interactive application that is tested, but to differences in user characteristics, test preparation, method, and location. In Copenhagen, considerations about the client's needs are part of a usability test. In Beijing, the only varying factor is the communication pattern and relation to the user. These results are then contrasted in a cross cultural matrix to identify cultural themes that can help interpret results from existing laboratory research in usability test methods.

  16. Fault simulation and test pattern generation for synchronous and asynchronous sequential circuits

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    Lee, Hyung Ki

    1993-01-01

    In this dissertation, we propose two fault simulators, called HOPE and HOPE2, and an autolllatic test pattern generator (ATPG), called ATHENA, for synchronous and asynchronous sequential circuits. HOPE is a parallel fault simulator for synchronous sequential circuits. In HOPE, a packet of 32 faults is simulated in parallel. Several new heuristics are employed in HOPE to accelerate the parallel fault simulation. The heuristics are 1) a reduction of faults to be simulated ...

  17. What is the relationship between task-based and open-ended usability testing, in terms of measuring satisfaction?

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    Boddu, Srinivas Reddy

    2014-01-01

    Usability is one of the most important aspects of Information Technology. Usability plays a vital role in this industry, where organizations thrive to ensure utmost satisfaction of their end-users in regard to the experience of using their product. The systems may be a website or a software application. To measure user satisfaction, the method of usability testing can be performed. Performing usability testing gives a clear picture of difficulties that would be faced by potential target users...

  18. Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method

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    Bastien, J M Christian

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to review some work conducted in the field of user testing that aims at specifying or clarifying the test procedures and at defining and developing tools to help conduct user tests. The topics that have been selected were considered relevant for evaluating applications in the field of medical and health care informatics. These topics are: the number of participants that should take part in a user test, the test procedure, remote usability evaluation, usability testing tools, and evaluating mobile applications.

  19. What Happened to Remote Usability Testing? An Empirical Study of Three Methods

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    Stage, Jan; Andreasen, M. S.; Nielsen, H. V.; Schrøder, S. O.

    empirical comparison of three methods for remote usability testing and a conventional laboratorybased think-aloud method. The three remote methods are a remote synchronous condition, where testing is conducted in real time but the test monitor is separated spatially from the test subjects, and two remote...

  20. Comparison of Think-Aloud and Constructive Interaction in Usability Testing with Children

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    Als, Benedikte Skibsted; Jensen, Janne Jul; Skov, Mikael B.

    2005-01-01

    Constructive interaction provides natural thinking-aloud as test subjects collaborate to solve tasks. Since children may face difficulties in following instructions for a standard think-aloud test, constructive interaction has been suggested as evaluation method when usability testing with children....... However, the relationship between think-aloud and constructive interaction is still poorly understood. We present an experiment that compares think-aloud and constructive interaction in usability testing. The experiment involves 60 children with three setups where children apply think-aloud, and...... acquainted pairs reported that they had to put less effort into the testing than the think-aloud and non-acquainted children....

  1. Fuzzy delay model based fault simulator for crosstalk delay fault test generation in asynchronous sequential circuits

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    S Jayanthy; M C Bhuvaneswari

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, a fuzzy delay model based crosstalk delay fault simulator is proposed. As design trends move towards nanometer technologies, more number of new parameters affects the delay of the component. Fuzzy delay models are ideal for modelling the uncertainty found in the design and manufacturing steps. The fault simulator based on fuzzy delay detects unstable states, oscillations and non-confluence of settling states in asynchronous sequential circuits. The fuzzy delay model based fault simulator is used to validate the test patterns produced by Elitist Non-dominated sorting Genetic Algorithm (ENGA) based test generator, for detecting crosstalk delay faults in asynchronous sequential circuits. The multi-objective genetic algorithm, ENGA targets two objectives of maximizing fault coverage and minimizing number of transitions. Experimental results are tabulated for SIS benchmark circuits for three gate delay models, namely unit delay model, rise/fall delay model and fuzzy delay model. Experimental results indicate that test validation using fuzzy delay model is more accurate than unit delay model and rise/fall delay model.

  2. With how many users should you test a medical infusion pump? Sampling strategies for usability tests on high-risk systems

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    Schmettow, M.; Vos, W.; Schraagen, J.M.

    2013-01-01

    Usability testing is recognized as an effective means to improve the usability of medical devices and prevent harm for patients and users. Effectiveness of problem discovery in usability testing strongly depends on size and representativeness of the sample. We introduce the late control strategy, wh

  3. Usability Testing, User-Centered Design, and LibGuides Subject Guides: A Case Study

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    Sonsteby, Alec; DeJonghe, Jennifer

    2013-01-01

    Usability testing has become a routine way for many libraries to ensure that their Web presence is user-friendly and accessible. At the same time, popular subject guide creation systems, such as LibGuides, decentralize Web content creation and put authorship into the hands of librarians who may not be trained in user-centered design principles. At…

  4. Developing a Standardized List of Questions for the Usability Testing of an Academic Library Web Site

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    Letnikova, Galina

    2008-01-01

    Modern academic libraries have a great number of information resources available online in the form of electronic catalogs, books, journals, and subject subscription databases. To determine whether users can easily retrieve the information they are seeking, academic librarians conduct usability testing of their libraries' Web sites. There has been…

  5. Card-Sorting Usability Tests of the WMU Libraries' Web Site

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    Whang, Michael

    2008-01-01

    This article describes the card-sorting techniques used by several academic libraries, reports and discusses the results of card-sorting usability tests of the Western Michigan University Libraries' Web site, and reveals how the WMU libraries incorporated the findings into a new Web site redesign, setting the design direction early on. The article…

  6. Focus Groups and Usability Testing in Redesigning an Academic Library's Web Site

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    Oldham, Bonnie W.

    2008-01-01

    As the World Wide Web has advanced since its inception, librarians have endeavored to keep pace with this progress in the design of their library Web pages. User recommendations collected from focus groups and usability testing have indicated that the University of Scranton's Weinberg Memorial Library's Web site was not working as intended, and…

  7. From Usability Testing to Clinical Simulations: Bringing Context into the Design and Evaluation of Usable and Safe Health Information Technologies

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    Kushniruk, Andre; Nøhr, Christian; Jensen, Sanne;

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: The objective of this paper is to explore human factors approaches to understanding the use of health information technology (HIT) by extending usability engineering approaches to include analysis of the impact of clinical context through use of clinical simulations. Methods: Methods...

  8. Usability testing of an online self-management program for adolescents with cancer.

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    Stinson, Jennifer; Gupta, Abha; Dupuis, France; Dick, Bruce; Laverdière, Caroline; LeMay, Sylvie; Sung, Lillian; Dettmer, Elizabeth; Gomer, Stephanie; Lober, Janie; Chan, Carol Y

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to explore the usability of a bilingual (English and French) Internet-based self-management program for adolescents with cancer and their parents and refine the Internet program. A qualitative study design with semistructured, audio-taped interviews and observation was undertaken with 4 iterative cycles. A purposive sample of English-speaking and French-speaking adolescents with cancer and one of their parents/caregivers was recruited. Adolescents and parents provided similar feedback on how to improve the usability of the Internet program. Most changes to the website were completed after the initial cycles of English and French testing. Both groups also found information presented on the website to be appropriate, credible, and relevant to their experiences of going through cancer. Participants reported the program would have been extremely helpful when they were first diagnosed with cancer. Usability testing uncovered some issues that affected the usability of the website that led to refinements in the online program. PMID:25037173

  9. Usability testing of a monitoring and feedback tool to stimulate physical activity

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Sanne van der Weegen,1 Renée Verwey,1,2 Huibert J Tange,3 Marieke D Spreeuwenberg,1 Luc P de Witte1,2 1Department of Health Services Research, CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands; 2Research Centre Technology in Care, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen, the Netherlands; 3Department of General Practice, CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands Introduction: A monitoring and feedback tool to stimulate physical activity, consisting of an activity sensor, smartphone application (app, and website for patients and their practice nurses, has been developed: the 'It's LiFe!' tool. In this study the usability of the tool was evaluated by technology experts and end users (people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or type 2 diabetes, with ages from 40–70 years, to improve the user interfaces and content of the tool. Patients and methods: The study had four phases: 1 a heuristic evaluation with six technology experts; 2 a usability test in a laboratory by five patients; 3 a pilot in real life wherein 20 patients used the tool for 3 months; and 4 a final lab test by five patients. In both lab tests (phases 2 and 4 qualitative data were collected through a thinking-aloud procedure and video recordings, and quantitative data through questions about task complexity, text comprehensiveness, and readability. In addition, the post-study system usability questionnaire (PSSUQ was completed for the app and the website. In the pilot test (phase 3, all patients were interviewed three times and the Software Usability Measurement Inventory (SUMI was completed. Results: After each phase, improvements were made, mainly to the layout and text. The main improvement was a refresh button for active data synchronization between activity sensor, app, and server

  10. Usability of Operational Performance Support Tools - Findings from Sea Test II

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    Byrne, Vicky; Litaker, Harry; McGuire, Kerry

    2014-01-01

    Sea Test II, aka NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 17(NEEMO 17) took place in the Florida Aquarius undersea habitat. This confined underwater environment provides a excellent analog for space habitation providing similarities to space habitation such as hostile environment, difficult logistics, autonomous operations, and remote communications. This study collected subjective feedback on the usability of two performance support tools during the Sea Test II mission, Sept 10-14, 2013; Google Glass and iPAD. The two main objectives: - Assess the overall functionality and usability of each performance support tool in a mission analog environment. - Assess the advantages and disadvantages of each tool when performing operational procedures and Just-In-Time-Training (JITT).

  11. Hierarchical Test Development and Design-For for (a)synchronous Semi-Custom Asics.

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    Leenstra, Jentje

    The research, described in this thesis, deals in particular with several problems, which arise when trying to automate the process of testing low-volume semi-custom ASICs. For low-volume ASICs one of the major problems is the reduction of the test application costs. To reduce the costs of testing low-volume ASICs, the use of a semi -custom test method with associated design-for-testability techniques is proposed. To be able to start the detection and removal of testability problems during the design, a novel automated hierarchical test program development procedure is presented. It is shown how, by generating a test specification for each hierarchical module, the test program can be developed incrementally. As a result, the testability of each module becomes known and it circumvents the need to generate a complete new test program after changes. To reduce the ASIC test time, the hierarchical test development approach supports the synthesis of a reconfigurable scan path. Thereby, our novel scan path architecture circumvents the need to introduce explicit test controllers by simply loading the reconfiguration information through the scan path itself. Since the hierarchical ASIC test development method as well as the semi-custom test method requires that all test vectors can be applied through a synchronous (reconfigurable) scan path, it is also investigate how asynchronous control circuits can be designed in such a way that they are synchronously scan testable. An implementation model is presented, that uses an explicit stale register composed of SR flip-flops. It is shown that these controllers are synchronously testable and can be derived directly from a state diagram description. Finally, the possibility of using a dedicated test generation procedure is illustrated by showing how the test program for modules composed of a data path and a finite state machine controller can be derived by the use of a novel symbolic test assembly procedure. The automated

  12. Fine-tuning Central Banks Web Communications: Usability Tests & Content Management

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    Christian A. Bolu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Business processes especially in the Central Banks are more fully integrated and streamlined than ever before. Also, realistic system landscapes often consist of many systems. Disconnected silos of unstructured information continue to pile up for each organizational function and different interfaces are often implemented using the technology that is considered to be ideal for the respective interface. There appears to be lack of Enterprise Content Management strategy thus leading to significant business challenges such as untrustworthy business information due to inaccurate, outdated, conflicting information, longer financial cycles and generally inefficient processes, system performance degradations and poor data organization, inconsistent, confusing user interface as well as frequent context switching.There is therefore the need for an effective enterprise content management strategy. Web content management systems are often used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing industry-specific documentations. Usability testing of web sites is an essential element of quality assurance and a true test of how people actually use Central Banks’ web site. It is a test of whether outsiders can successfully use the Banks’ Web site. Although formal usability tests are expensive, time-consuming and often prohibitive, periodic user testing is an important element in developing and maintaining a reader-friendly Website. Usability should emphasise clarity of communication, accessibility, consistency, navigation design, maintenance and good visual presentation.A solution to corporate intranet/internet chaos are Enterprise Portals. An enterprise portal is the gateway to the end user. It offers a central point of access to information, applications and services in an enterprise. It is a one-stop shopping for knowledge workers; the portal is both a gateway to and a destination on the enterprise network that provides transparent, tailored access to

  13. Usability Testing as a Method to Refine a Health Sciences Library Website.

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    Denton, Andrea H; Moody, David A; Bennett, Jason C

    2016-01-01

    User testing, a method of assessing website usability, can be a cost-effective and easily administered process to collect information about a website's effectiveness. A user experience (UX) team at an academic health sciences library has employed user testing for over three years to help refine the library's home page. Test methodology used in-person testers using the "think aloud" method to complete tasks on the home page. Review of test results revealed problem areas of the design and redesign; further testing was effective in refining the page. User testing has proved to be a valuable method to engage users and provide feedback to continually improve the library's home page. PMID:26794192

  14. Usability Testing of a Large, Multidisciplinary Library Database: Basic Search and Visual Search

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    Fagan, Jody Condit

    2006-01-01

    Visual search interfaces have been shown by researchers to assist users with information search and retrieval. Recently, several major library vendors have added visual search interfaces or functions to their products. For public service librarians, perhaps the most critical area of interest is the extent to which visual search interfaces and text-based search interfaces support research. This study presents the results of eight full-scale usability tests of both the EBSCOhost Basic Search an...

  15. Let Your Users Do the Testing

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    Bruun, Anders; Gull, Peter; Hofmeister, Lene;

    2009-01-01

    Remote asynchronous usability testing is characterized by both a spatial and temporal separation of users and evaluators. This has the potential both to reduce practical problems with securing user attendance and to allow direct involvement of users in usability testing. In this paper, we report ...

  16. Usability : research, testing and development of the website Kaduilla.fi

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    Dubinina, Alina

    2015-01-01

    This Bachelor’s thesis introduces the modern methods of improving web usability and user experience. The study examines the basic principles, the laws and rules of usability, the latest tendencies and research in usability and user experience. The most important elements are considered: colors, text, navigation, placement of the elements. The purpose of the thesis was to research and improve the existing website, Kaduilla.fi, according to the latest tendencies of web usability and resea...

  17. Usability Testing of a Multimedia e-Learning Resource for Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders

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    Davids, Mogamat Razeen; Chikte, Usuf; Grimmer-Somers, Karen; Halperin, Mitchell L.

    2014-01-01

    The usability of computer interfaces may have a major influence on learning. Design approaches that optimize usability are commonplace in the software development industry but are seldom used in the development of e-learning resources, especially in medical education. We conducted a usability evaluation of a multimedia resource for teaching…

  18. Testing of the sealing arrangements for the Nirex re-usable shielded transport containers

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    As part of its responsibility for the development of a deep repository for intermediate and low level radioactive waste, UK Nirex Ltd is developing a range of Type B re-usable shielded transport containers (RSTCs). A testing programme has been carried out on two alternative concepts for the RSTC sealing arrangements over the temperature range -40oC to 200oC. For each sealing system, a test rig was developed to measure the performance under simulated normal and accident conditions of transport. The elastomer O-rings used for some of the tests had been irradiated to the maximum dose they might receive in normal transport. The performance of both sealing systems was good and it is concluded that either concept would meet the specified leakage criteria over the full temperature range under both normal and accident conditions of transport. However, further testing is required to confirm the performance of Concept N under accident conditions. (author)

  19. Usability testing of the human-machine interface for the Light Duty Utility Arm System

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    This report describes the usability testing that has been done for the control and data acquisition system for the Light Duty Utility Arm (LDUA) System. A program of usability testing has been established as a part of a process for making the LDUA as easy to use as possible. The LDUA System is being designed to deploy a family of tools, called End Effectors, into underground storage tanks by means of a robotic arm on the end of a telescoping mast, and to collect and manage the data that they generate. The LDUA System uses a vertical positioning mast, to lower the arm into a tank through an existing 30.5 cm access riser. A Mobile Deployment Subsystem is used to position the mast and arm over a tank riser for deployment, and to transport them from tank to tank. The LDUA System has many ancillary subsystems including the Operations Control Trailer, the Tank Riser Interface and Confinement Subsystem, the Decontamination Subsystem, and the End Effector Exchange Subsystem. This work resulted in the identification of several important improvements to the LDUA control and data acquisition system before the design was frozen. The most important of these were color coding of joints in motion, simultaneous operator control of multiple joints, and changes to the field-of-views of the camera lenses for the robot and other camera systems

  20. NASA Johnson Space Center Usability Testing and Analysis Facility (WAF) Overview

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    Whitmore, M.

    2004-01-01

    The Usability Testing and Analysis Facility (UTAF) is part of the Space Human Factors Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The facility provides support to the Office of Biological and Physical Research, the Space Shuttle Program, the International Space Station Program, and other NASA organizations. In addition, there are ongoing collaborative research efforts with external businesses and universities. The UTAF provides human factors analysis, evaluation, and usability testing of crew interfaces for space applications. This includes computer displays and controls, workstation systems, and work environments. The UTAF has a unique mix of capabilities, with a staff experienced in both cognitive human factors and ergonomics. The current areas of focus are: human factors applications in emergency medical care and informatics; control and display technologies for electronic procedures and instructions; voice recognition in noisy environments; crew restraint design for unique microgravity workstations; and refinement of human factors processes. This presentation will provide an overview of ongoing activities, and will address how the projects will evolve to meet new space initiatives.

  1. Getting a technology-based diabetes intervention ready for prime time: a review of usability testing studies.

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    Lyles, Courtney R; Sarkar, Urmimala; Osborn, Chandra Y

    2014-10-01

    Consumer health technologies can educate patients about diabetes and support their self-management, yet usability evidence is rarely published even though it determines patient engagement, optimal benefit of any intervention, and an understanding of generalizability. Therefore, we conducted a narrative review of peer-reviewed articles published from 2009 to 2013 that tested the usability of a web- or mobile-delivered system/application designed to educate and support patients with diabetes. Overall, the 23 papers included in our review used mixed (n = 11), descriptive quantitative (n = 9), and qualitative methods (n = 3) to assess usability, such as documenting which features performed as intended and how patients rated their experiences. More sophisticated usability evaluations combined several complementary approaches to elucidate more aspects of functionality. Future work pertaining to the design and evaluation of technology-delivered diabetes education/support interventions should aim to standardize the usability testing processes and publish usability findings to inform interpretation of why an intervention succeeded or failed and for whom. PMID:25173689

  2. Mobile Usability

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    Aryana, Bijan; Clemmensen, Torkil

    2013-01-01

    In this article, a country specific comparative mobile usability study is presented, using Iran and Turkey as the two chosen emerging/emergent nation exemplars of smartphone usage and adoption. In a focus group study, three mobile applications were selected by first-time users of smartphones....... In both countries, the music player application was tested, wherein common patterns of accessing and sorting songs emerged. Whereas the Iranian users appeared to be more interested in social networking via use of an SMS service, the Turkish users tended to prefer to apply hierarchies to their own daily...... personal contacts. The results and analysis establish the existence of country specific issues and concerns, as well as reveal generic usability issues. The article concludes that the source of these issues is most likely due to a combination of certain contextual features endemic to both Iran and Turkey...

  3. Augmented Reality Cubes for Cognitive Gaming: Preliminary Usability and Game Experience Testing

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    Costas Boletsis

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Early detection is important in dementia care; however, cognitive impairment is still under-recognised and under-diagnosed. Cognitive screening and training are two important preventative treatments, which can lead to early detection of cognitive decline. In this work, the “Cognitive Augmented Reality Cubes” (CogARC system is presented, i.e. a serious game for cognitive training and screening, utilising an interaction technique based on Augmented Reality and the manipulation of tangible, physical objects (cubes. The game is a collection of cognitive mini-games of preventative nature and is, primarily, targeting elderly players (≥60 years old. A preliminary testing was conducted focusing on the game experience that CogARC offers (utilising the In-Game Experience Questionnaire, the usability of the system (using the System Usability Scale, and the specific user observations and remarks, as documented by open, semi-structured interviews.  Overall, CogARC demonstrated satisfying positive responses, however, the negative reactions indicated that there are specific problems with aspects of the interaction technique and a number of mini-games. The open interview shed more light on the specific issues of each mini-game and further interpretation of user interactions. The current study managed to provide interesting insights into the game design elements, integration of Augmented Reality, tangible interaction of the system, and on how elderly players perceive and use those interaction components. 

  4. Testing and Evaluation for Web Usability Based on Extended Markov Chain Model

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    MAO Cheng-ying; LU Yan-sheng

    2004-01-01

    As the increasing popularity and complexity of Web applications and the emergence of their new characteristics, the testing and maintenance of large, complex Web applications are becoming more complex and difficult.Web applications generally contain lots of pages and are used by enormous users.Statistical testing is an effective way of ensuring their quality.Web usage can be accurately described by Markov chain which has been proved to be an ideal model for software statistical testing.The results of unit testing can be utilized in the latter stages, which is an important strategy for bottom-to-top integration testing, and the other improvement of extended Markov chain model (EMM) is to present the error type vector which is treated as a part of page node.This paper also proposes the algorithm for generating test cases of usage paths.Finally, optional usage reliability evaluation methods and an incremental usability regression testing model for testing and evaluation are presented.

  5. Usability testing of the Internet program: "Teens Taking Charge: Managing My Transplant Online".

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    Korus, M; Cruchley, E; Stinson, J N; Gold, A; Anthony, S J

    2015-02-01

    Adolescents with SOT demonstrate high rates of medication non-adherence and higher rates of graft loss compared to all other age groups. Self-management interventions encompass information-based material designed to achieve disease-related learning and changes in the participant's knowledge and skill acquisition, while providing social support. These interventions have had some success in chronic disease populations by reducing symptoms and promoting self-efficacy and empowerment. Using findings from a needs assessment, an Internet-based self-management program, Teens Taking Charge: Managing My Transplant Online, for youth with SOT was developed. This program contains information on transplant, self-management and transition skills, and opportunities for peer support. The purpose of this study was to determine the usability and acceptability of the initial three modules (Medication and Vaccines; Diet after Transplant; and Living with a Transplant Organ) of the online program from the perspectives of youth with SOT. Participants were recruited from SOT clinics at a large pediatric tertiary care center in Canada. Three iterative cycles (seven patients per iteration) of usability testing took place to refine the Web site prototype. Study procedures involved participants finding items from a standardized list of features and talking aloud about issues they encountered, followed by a semi-structured interview to generate feedback about what they liked and disliked about the program. All 21 patients (mean age = 14.9 yr) found the Web site content to be trustworthy, they liked the picture content, and they found the videos of peer experiences to be particularly helpful. Participants had some difficulties finding information within submodules and suggested a more simplistic design with easier navigation. This web-based intervention is appealing to teenagers and may foster improved self-management with their SOT. Nine additional teen and two parent modules are being

  6. Usability Constructs

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    Hertzum, Morten; Clemmesen, Torkil; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren;

    2007-01-01

    Whereas research on usability predominantly employs universal definitions of the aspects that comprise usability, people experience their use of information systems through personal constructs. Based on 48 repertory-grid interviews, this study investigates how such personal constructs are affecte...

  7. Web Redemption and the Promise of Usability.

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    1999-01-01

    Discusses usability as an interface design concept to improve information retrieval on the World Wide Web. Highlights include criteria for a usable Web site; usability testing; usability resources on the Web; and a sidebar that gives an example of usability testing by Hewlett-Packard. (LRW)

  8. Usability Testing of Web Based Educational Multimedia by Eye Tracking Method

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    Servet BAYRAM; Sabiha YENİ

    2011-01-01

    Usability is one of the factors that can affect the success of students where learning processes are supported by internet and web technologies. In this study, usability factors for effective design and usage of web based multimedia packages created for educational purposes are evaluated. The research, experiments and analysis are done in the Human–Computer Interaction Laboratory that resides in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Department of Marmara University. Data for the e...

  9. Usability testing of gaming and social media applications for stroke and cerebral palsy upper limb rehabilitation.

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    Valdés, Bulmaro A; Hilderman, Courtney G E; Hung, Chai-Ting; Shirzad, Navid; Van der Loos, H F Machiel

    2014-01-01

    As part of the FEATHERS (Functional Engagement in Assisted Therapy Through Exercise Robotics) project, two motion tracking and one social networking applications were developed for upper limb rehabilitation of stroke survivors and teenagers with cerebral palsy. The project aims to improve the engagement of clients during therapy by using video games and a social media platform. The applications allow users to control a cursor on a personal computer through bimanual motions, and to interact with their peers and therapists through the social media. The tracking applications use either a Microsoft Kinect or a PlayStation Eye camera, and the social media application was developed on Facebook. This paper presents a usability testing of these applications that was conducted with therapists from two rehabilitation clinics. The "Cognitive Walkthrough" and "Think Aloud" methods were used. The objectives of the study were to investigate the ease of use and potential issues or improvements of the applications, as well as the factors that facilitate and impede the adoption of technology in current rehabilitation programs. PMID:25570770

  10. Initial Usability Testing of a Hand-held Electronic Logbook Prototype for the Human Research Facility

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    Berman, Andrea H.; Whitmore, Mihriban

    1996-01-01

    The Apple(R) Newton(TM) MessagePad 110 was flown aboard the KC-135 reduced gravity aircraft for microgravity usability testing. The Newton served as the initial hand-held electronic logbook prototype for the International Space Station (ISS) Human Research Facility (HRF). Subjects performed three different tasks with the Newton: (1) using the stylus to tap on different sections of the screen in order to launch an application and to select options within it; (2) using the stylus to write, and; (3) correcting handwriting recognition errors in a handwriting-intensive application. Subjects rated handwriting in microgravity 'Borderline' and had great difficulties finding a way in which to adequately restrain themselves at the lower body in order to have their hands free for the Newton. Handwriting recognition was rated 'Unacceptable,' but this issue is hardware-related and not unique to the microgravity environment. It is suggested that the restraint and handwriting issues are related and require further joint research with the current Handheld Electronic Logbook prototype: the Norand Pen*key Model #6300.

  11. Evaluating Web Usability

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    Snider, Jean; Martin, Florence

    2012-01-01

    Web usability focuses on design elements and processes that make web pages easy to use. A website for college students was evaluated for underutilization. One-on-one testing, focus groups, web analytics, peer university review and marketing focus group and demographic data were utilized to conduct usability evaluation. The results indicated that…

  12. Genuair® Usability Test: Results of a National Public Survey of the Elderly.

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    Blasi, Francesco; Canonica, Giorgio Walter; Centanni, Stefano; Mereu, Carlo; Bernabei, Roberto; Paolisso, Giuseppe; Incalzi, Raffaele Antonelli; Corsico, Angelo; Di Marco, Fabiano; Milanese, Manlio; Pagano, Francesco; Santus, Pierachille; Scichilone, Nicola; Sumberesi, Massimo; Braido, Fulvio; Baiardini, Ilaria

    2016-06-01

    Proper use of inhaler devices may be problematic in elderly patients due to age-related difficulties. A survey was administered to elderly patients to investigate the usability of the Genuair® device and patients' subjective viewpoint on the device. A representative sample of the Italian population aged ≥ 65 years was completed with a pre-defined sample of 89 patients with hand arthritis/arthrosis. Of 526 respondents, 88 were not self-sufficient. Only the replies of the 438 self-sufficient respondents were analyzed. A total of 107 participants (24%) reported having respiratory diseases, and 81 of these (76%) were users of inhaler devices. After the first test, the device was considered "practical/handy" by 90% of patients and "easy to use" by 89%. After the second test, in which patients received a demonstration of the correct inhalation maneuver, the percentage of patients scoring ≥ 7 increased to 93% for the first characteristic and was confirmed for the second, with no differences between the groups in terms of age, educational level, use of devices, and presence of arthritis/arthrosis. The mean time to explain the inhaler technique and to perform a correct inhalation was 1'38"± 1'37", and 70% of the respondents required less than 2 minutes, with no differences between the groups in terms of age, education level, use of devices, and presence of arthritis/arthrosis. In conclusion, Genuair® was well accepted and easy to use in a representative sample of the Italian population aged ≥ 65 years. These characteristics make it a valid choice in the elderly, thus enabling patients to better cope with the problems and difficulties that are common to this age group. PMID:26645660

  13. Global usability

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    Douglas, Ian

    2011-01-01

    The concept of usability has become an increasingly important consideration in the design of all kinds of technology. As more products are aimed at global markets and developed through internationally distributed teams, usability design needs to be addressed in global terms. Interest in usability as a design issue and specialist area of research and education has developed steadily in North America and Europe since the 1980's. However, it is only over the last ten years that it has emerged as a global concern. Global Usability provides an introduction to the important issues in globalizing des

  14. Iterative Design and Usability Testing of the Imhere System for Managing Chronic Conditions and Disability.

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    Fairman, Andrea D; Yih, Erika T; McCoy, Daniel F; Lopresti, Edmund F; McCue, Michael P; Parmanto, Bambang; Dicianno, Brad E

    2016-01-01

    A novel mobile health platform, Interactive Mobile Health and Rehabilitation (iMHere), is being developed to support wellness and self-management among people with chronic disabilities. The iMHere system currently includes a smartphone app with six modules for use by persons with disabilities and a web portal for use by medical and rehabilitation professionals or other support personnel. Our initial clinical research applying use of this system provides insight into the feasibility of employing iMHere in the development of self-management skills in young adults (ages 18-40 years) with spina bifida (SB) (Dicianno, Fairman, et al., 2015). This article describes the iterative design of the iMHere system including usability testing of both the app modules and clinician portal. Our pilot population of persons with SB fostered the creation of a system appropriate for people with a wide variety of functional abilities and needs. As a result, the system is appropriate for use by persons with various disabilities and chronic conditions, not only SB. In addition, the diversity of professionals and support personnel involved in the care of persons with SB also enabled the design and implementation of the iMHere system to meet the needs of an interdisciplinary team of providers who treat various conditions. The iMHere system has the potential to foster communication and collaboration among members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, including individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities, for a client-centered approach to support self-management skills. PMID:27563387

  15. Ready, Set, Change! Development and usability testing of an online readiness for change decision support tool for healthcare organizations

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    Timmings, Caitlyn; Khan, Sobia; Moore, Julia E; Marquez, Christine; Pyka, Kasha; Straus, Sharon E

    2016-01-01

    Background To address challenges related to selecting a valid, reliable, and appropriate readiness assessment measure in practice, we developed an online decision support tool to aid frontline implementers in healthcare settings in this process. The focus of this paper is to describe a multi-step, end-user driven approach to developing this tool for use during the planning stages of implementation. Methods A multi-phase, end-user driven approach was used to develop and test the usability of a...

  16. Low Cost vs. High-End Eye Tracking for Usability Testing

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    Johansen, Sune Alstrup; San Agustin, Javier; Jensen, Henrik Tomra Skovsgaard Hegner;

    2011-01-01

    pixels against 59 pixels using the low cost system. This suggests that low cost eye tracking can become a viable alternative, when usability studies need not to distinguish between, for instance, particular words or menu items that participants are looking at, but only between larger areas...

  17. Improving a Counselor Education Web Site through Usability Testing: The Bibliotherapy Education Project

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    McMillen, Paula S.; Pehrsson, Dale-Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    Technology proficiency expectations have proliferated in counselor education; however, limited information in the counseling literature details how to effectively evaluate or refine online resources from a design/utility standpoint. This description of a small-scale usability study demonstrates a cost-effective strategy for improving counselor…

  18. Development and usability testing of a web-based cancer symptom and quality-of-life support intervention.

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    Wolpin, S E; Halpenny, B; Whitman, G; McReynolds, J; Stewart, M; Lober, W B; Berry, D L

    2015-03-01

    The feasibility and acceptability of computerized screening and patient-reported outcome measures have been demonstrated in the literature. However, patient-centered management of health information entails two challenges: gathering and presenting data using "patient-tailored" methods and supporting "patient-control" of health information. The design and development of many symptom and quality-of-life information systems have not included opportunities for systematically collecting and analyzing user input. As part of a larger clinical trial, the Electronic Self-Report Assessment for Cancer-II project, participatory design approaches were used to build and test new features and interfaces for patient/caregiver users. The research questions centered on patient/caregiver preferences with regard to the following: (a) content, (b) user interface needs, (c) patient-oriented summary, and (d) patient-controlled sharing of information with family, caregivers, and clinicians. Mixed methods were used with an emphasis on qualitative approaches; focus groups and individual usability tests were the primary research methods. Focus group data were content analyzed, while individual usability sessions were assessed with both qualitative and quantitative methods. We identified 12 key patient/caregiver preferences through focus groups with 6 participants. We implemented seven of these preferences during the iterative design process. We deferred development for some of the preferences due to resource constraints. During individual usability testing (n = 8), we were able to identify 65 usability issues ranging from minor user confusion to critical errors that blocked task completion. The participatory development model that we used led to features and design revisions that were patient centered. We are currently evaluating new approaches for the application interface and for future research pathways. We encourage other researchers to adopt user-centered design approaches when building

  19. Earthdata Search Usability Study Process

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    Reese, Mark

    2016-01-01

    User experience (UX) design is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving various aspects of the user's interaction with an application or website. One aspect of UX design is usability, or the extent to which an application can be used to to accomplish tasks efficiently, effectively, and with satisfaction. NASA's Earthdata Search Client recently underwent a focused usability testing project to measure usability and gain valuable user feedback and insights to increase usability for its end-users. This presentation focuses on the process by which the usability tests were administered and the lessons learned throughout the process.

  20. Usability Testing of Web Based Educational Multimedia by Eye Tracking Method

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Usability is one of the factors that can affect the success of students where learning processes are supported by internet and web technologies. In this study, usability factors for effective design and usage of web based multimedia packages created for educational purposes are evaluated. The research, experiments and analysis are done in the Human–Computer Interaction Laboratory that resides in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Department of Marmara University. Data for the experiment are collected by using screen records which contain eye and mouse motions. For the analysis of data, fixation count, sequence and dwell time values in gridded area of interest; fixation count, heat map and scanpath values in whole are considered. The results obtained from this study can be used for design and validation of computer-based materials like virtual class applications, learning objects, educational applications, training applications and educational games.

  1. Hitting Families of Schedules for Asynchronous Programs

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    Chistikov, Dmitry; Majumdar, Rupak; Niksic, Filip

    2016-01-01

    Asynchronous programming is a ubiquitous idiom for concurrent programming, where sequential units of code, called events, are scheduled and run atomically by a scheduler. While running, an event can post additional events for future execution by the scheduler. Asynchronous programs can have subtle bugs due to the non-deterministic scheduling of events, and a lot of recent research has focused on systematic testing of these programs. Empirically, many bugs in asynchronous programs have small b...

  2. Combining usability testing with eye-tracking technology: evaluation of a visualization support for antibiotic use in intensive care.

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    Eghdam, Aboozar; Forsman, Johanna; Falkenhav, Magnus; Lind, Mats; Koch, Sabine

    2011-01-01

    This research work is an explorative study to measure efficiency, effectiveness and user satisfaction of a prototype called Infobiotika aiming to support antibiotic use in intensive care. The evaluation was performed by combining traditional usability testing with eye-tracking technology. The test was conducted with eight intensive care physicians whereof four specialists and four residents. During three test phases participants were asked to perform three types of tasks, namely navigational, clinical and tasks to measure the learning effect after 3-5 minutes free exploring time. A post-test questionnaire was used to explore user satisfaction. Based on the results and overall observations, Infobiotika seems to be effective and efficient in terms of supporting navigation and also a learnable product for intensive care physicians fulfilling their need to get an accurate overview of a patient status quickly. Applying eye-tracking technology during usability testing has shown to be a valuable complement to traditional methods that revealed many unexpected issues in terms of navigation and contributed a supplementary understanding about design problems and user performance. PMID:21893885

  3. Experimental Platform for Usability Testing of Secure Medical Sensor Network Protocols

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    Andersen, Jacob; Lo, Benny P.; Yang, Guang-Zhong

    2008-01-01

    designed security mechanisms are essential. Several experimental sensor network platforms have emerged in recent years targeted for clinical use. However, few of them consider the importance of security issues such as privacy and access control, and how these can impact the usability of the platform, while...... encryption of sensor and configuration data with suitable user interfaces. The pluggable module provides the protocol for authentication and key generation such that modules with different security properties and respective user interface consequences can be easily compared and evaluated....

  4. ActiveOptions: leveraging existing knowledge and usability testing to develop a physical activity program website for older adults.

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    Ostergren, Marilyn J; Karras, Bryant T

    2007-01-01

    ActiveOptions (http://www.activeoptions.org) is a multi-agency effort to help people remain healthy as they age by providing Web access to information about senior-friendly exercise programs. This resource is currently available and in use in many location across the United States. This paper focuses on the user interface to the site. It synthesizes existing knowledge related to creating an effective interface for this population, and describes the process we used which included a heuristic evaluation and usability testing. PMID:18693902

  5. USABILITY TESTING OF JAPANESE CAPTIONS SEGMENTATION SYSTEM TO SCAFFOLD BEGINNERS TO COMPREHEND JAPANESE VIDEOS

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    Ya-Fei Yang

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A major learning difficulty of Japanese foreign language (JFL learners is the complex composition of two syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, and kanji characters adopted from logographic Chinese ones. As the number of Japanese language learners increases, computer-assisted Japanese language education gradually gains more attention. This study aimed to adopt a Japanese word segmentation system to help JFL learners overcome literacy problems. This study adopted MeCab, a Japanese morphological analyzer and part-of-speech (POS tagger, to segment Japanese texts into separate morphemes by adding spaces and to attach POS tags to each morpheme for beginners. The participants were asked to participate in three experimental activities involvingwatching two Japanese videos with general or segmented Japanese captions and complete the Nielsen’s Attributes of Usability (NAU survey and the After Scenario Questionnaire (ASQ to evaluate the usability of the learning activities. The results of the system evaluation showed that the videos with the segmented captions could increase the participants’ learning motivation and willingness to adopt the word segmentation system to learn Japanese.

  6. Cultural Usability

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    Shi, Qingxin

    2007-01-01

    relationship and communicate effectively with the user in order to find relevant usability problems in culturally localized applications. It includes three parts, pilot study, field study and experiments, to get both qualitative data and quantitative data. From this project, we hope to find an effective way to......Culture has already played an important role in the global market. It not only affects products, but also impacts on usability evaluation methods. This project aims to examine in the established thinking aloud usability evaluation method (TA UEM), how does the evaluator build a supportive...... structure our TA UEM methodology to capture or be sensitive towards the mental models and ways of thinking in different cultural groups....

  7. Self-calibration algorithm in an asynchronous P300-based brain-computer interface

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    Schettini, F.; Aloise, F.; Aricò, P.; Salinari, S.; Mattia, D.; Cincotti, F.

    2014-06-01

    Objective. Reliability is a desirable characteristic of brain-computer interface (BCI) systems when they are intended to be used under non-experimental operating conditions. In addition, their overall usability is influenced by the complex and frequent procedures that are required for configuration and calibration. Earlier studies examined the issue of asynchronous control in P300-based BCIs, introducing dynamic stopping and automatic control suspension features. This report proposes and evaluates an algorithm for the automatic recalibration of the classifier's parameters using unsupervised data. Approach. Ten healthy subjects participated in five P300-based BCI sessions throughout a single day. First, we examined whether continuous adaptation of control parameters improved the accuracy of the asynchronous system over time. Then, we assessed the performance of the self-calibration algorithm with respect to the no-recalibration and supervised calibration conditions with regard to system accuracy and communication efficiency. Main results. Offline tests demonstrated that continuous adaptation of the control parameters significantly increased the communication efficiency of asynchronous P300-based BCIs. The self-calibration algorithm correctly assigned labels to unsupervised data with 95% accuracy, effecting communication efficiency that was comparable with that of supervised repeated calibration. Significance. Although additional online tests that involve end-users under non-experimental conditions are needed, these preliminary results are encouraging, from which we conclude that the self-calibration algorithm is a promising solution to improve P300-based BCI usability and reliability.

  8. Evaluating Usability

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    Nørgaard, Mie; Høegh, Rune T.

    2008-01-01

    basic concepts from argumentation theory can help us understand how to create persuasive feedback. We revisit two field studies on usability feedback to study if concepts from Toulmin's model for argumentation and Aristotle's modes of persuasion can explain why some feedback formats outperform others...

  9. Testing an Academic Library Website for Usability with Faculty and Graduate Students

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    Monica Claassen‐Wilson

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives – This usability study was developed to observe faculty and graduate students’ reactions to a recent redesign of the University of Kansas (KU Libraries’ website. The redesign included new navigational features, introduction of a federated search tool, a quick search box on the front page, and research subject pages. The study also provided the opportunity to observe the practices of faculty and graduate students in locating and retrieving information on the Libraries’ website.Methods – Ten participants (five faculty and five graduate students representing diverse disciplines were solicited for the study. Participants were required to access the Libraries’ website to answer a series of questions regarding new and updated features of the website. Observational analysis using Morae™ software was conducted and interviews with each participant provided details of their opinions on how these new features would influence their research and teaching activities.Results – Most of the participants either did not notice or ignored the major website changes. Links to and locations of commonly used resources (e.g. catalogue; databases; e‐journals had been changed minimally, and the faculty and graduate student participants gravitated to those familiar features to complete tasks. Prior to the study, participants had not accessed the new discovery tools; however, once previewed, responses to the tools’ utility were generally favourable. After using the federated search tool on a familiar topic, several participants noted that, when directed to databases they had not previously considered, they were able to locate citations they had missed in the past. Observers noted pitfalls in navigating the site such as inconsistent underscoring of links, ambiguous terminology, and unclear icons meant to expand subject heading lists. Unexpected searching behaviours were observed, including inconsistent and lack of conceptual understanding in

  10. How do usability professionals construe usability?

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    Hertzum, Morten; Clemmensen, Torkil

    2012-01-01

    their thinking about usability, whereas they have less elaborate sets of experiential constructs. The usability professionals mostly construe usability at an individual level, rather than at organizational and environmental levels. The few exceptions include effectiveness constructs, which are evenly...

  11. Usable Pasts

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    In Usable Pasts, fourteen authors examine the manipulation of traditional expressions among a variety of groups from the United States and Canada: the development of a pictorial style by Navajo weavers in response to traders, Mexican American responses to the appropriation of traditional foods by Anglos, the expressive forms of communication that engender and sustain a sense of community in an African American women's social club and among elderly Yiddish folksingers in Miami Beach, the incor...

  12. Usability of Public Administration Electronic Forms

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    Miloslav Hub; Michal Chudoba

    2015-01-01

    This paper is focused on the testing and evaluating of public administration electronic forms from the usability point of view. Its objective is to design a suitable methodology for usability testing of electronic forms and their description and distribution to public administration information systems professionals. Firstly, methods of usability engineering are summarized and a suitable method for usability testing and evaluation of electronic forms is selected. Farther, the methodology of e...

  13. Asynchronous Parallelization of a CFD Solver

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A Navier-Stokes equations solver is parallelized to run on a cluster of computers using the domain decomposition method. Two approaches of communication and computation are investigated, namely, synchronous and asynchronous methods. Asynchronous communication between subdomains is not commonly used in CFD codes; however, it has a potential to alleviate scaling bottlenecks incurred due to processors having to wait for each other at designated synchronization points. A common way to avoid this idle time is to overlap asynchronous communication with computation. For this to work, however, there must be something useful and independent a processor can do while waiting for messages to arrive. We investigate an alternative approach of computation, namely, conducting asynchronous iterations to improve local subdomain solution while communication is in progress. An in-house CFD code is parallelized using message passing interface (MPI, and scalability tests are conducted that suggest asynchronous iterations are a viable way of parallelizing CFD code.

  14. Test of a mobile purifying plant for drinking water for its usability in the case of radioacive contaminated water

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    A mobile purifying plant for drinking water was tested for its usability in the case of radioactive contaminated water. As radioactive pollution the isotopes 89Sr, 131I, 134Cs and 140Ba/140La were chosen. The tests were made in a 1 : 1000 scaled-down version in a laboratory. Subsequqent a large-scale test was made with the purifying plant to control the results of the laboratory tests. The investigations have ensured the following purifying factors RF (in paranthesis the values of the large-scale test): 89Sr: RF = 7.8-11.4 (3.4), 131I: RF = 6.5-7.1 (1.74-2.05), 134Cs: RF = 184-260, 140Ba: RF 92-97, 140La: RF>= 103. An estimation of the radioactive contamination of the water by an accident of a medium nuclear power plant gives a purifying factor RF>=100 for all radiosiotopes to supply the population with drinking water. Because the RF of 89Sr and 131I are far beyond this limit the tested mobile purifying plant for drinking water cannot be used in the case of radioactive contaminated water. (author)

  15. VOLTAGE REGULATORS ASYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS

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    Grigorash O. V.; Bogatyrev N. I.; Hitskova A. O.

    2015-01-01

    A promising is currently the use of asynchronous generators with capacitive excitation as a source of electricity in stand-alone power systems. Drive asynchronous generators may exercise as a thermal engine and wind wheel wind power plant or turbines of small hydropower plants. The article discusses the structural and schematics of voltage stabilizers and frequency of asynchronous generators with improved operational and technical specifications. Technical novelty of design solutions of the m...

  16. Testing the Usability of the HSPA Wireless Broadband in the Middle East: Jordan and Saudi Arabia as Case Studies

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    Full Text Available The number of Wireless Internet Broadband users in the Middle East was emerged due to the advances of Mobile technologies. For example, 3.5G (beyond third generation provides very advanced services such as high wireless internet speed and good quality video/voice telephone calls. In developing countries, this service is still at the initial phase. There are still some obstacles facing people of these countries to use this new service. This paper provides an overview about 3.5G in these countries: Jordan and Saudi Arabia as case studies. It also discusses peoples expectations about this service via conducting a questionnaire targeted Internet users. The paper also presents a network assessment experimental test carried out to evaluate the network usability and QoS at selected places of the area where this service is provided. The test was performed on three main network performance metrics: throughput, delay and packet loss. The results showed that the QoS of the network is irregular i.e. it is acceptable at some locations, whereas it is poor at other locations.

  17. Design and Usability Testing of an mHealth Application for Midwives in Rural Ghana

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    Velez, Olivia

    2011-01-01

    Midwives in Ghana provide the majority of rural primary and maternal healthcare services, but have limited access to data for decision making and knowledge work. Few mobile health (mHealth) applications have been designed for midwives. The study purpose was to design and test an mHealth application (mClinic) that can improve data access and reduce…

  18. The Development of MSFC Usability Lab

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    Cheng, Yiwei; Richardson, Sally

    2010-01-01

    This conference poster reviews the development of the usability lab at Marshall Space Flight Center. The purpose of the lab was to integrate a fully functioning usability laboratory to provide a resource for future human factor assessments. and to implement preliminary usability testing on a MSFC website to validate the functionality of the lab.

  19. Compositional asynchronous membrane systems

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    Cosmin Bonchis; Cornel Izbasa; Gabriel Ciobanu

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents an algorithmic way of building complex membrane systems by coupling elementary membranes. Its application seems particularly valuable in the case of asynchronous membrane systems, since the resulting membrane system remains asynchronous. The composition method is based on a handshake mechanism implemented by using antiport rules and promoters.

  20. Usability Testing for e-Resource Discovery: How Students Find and Choose e-Resources Using Library Web Sites

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    Fry, Amy; Rich, Linda

    2011-01-01

    In early 2010, library staff at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio designed and conducted a usability study of key parts of the library web site, focusing on the web pages generated by the library's electronic resources management system (ERM) that list and describe the library's databases. The goal was to discover how users find and…

  1. The value of usability testing for Internet-based adolescent self-management interventions: “Managing Hemophilia Online”

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    Breakey, Vicky R; Warias, Ashley V; Ignas, Danial M; White, Meghan; Blanchette, Victor S; Stinson, Jennifer N

    2013-01-01

    Background As adolescents with hemophilia approach adulthood, they are expected to assume responsibility for their disease management. A bilingual (English and French) Internet-based self-management program, “Teens Taking Charge: Managing Hemophilia Online,” was developed to support adolescents with hemophilia in this transition. This study explored the usability of the website and resulted in refinement of the prototype. Methods A purposive sample (n=18; age 13–18; mean age 15.5 years) was r...

  2. VOLTAGE REGULATORS ASYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS

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    Grigorash O. V.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A promising is currently the use of asynchronous generators with capacitive excitation as a source of electricity in stand-alone power systems. Drive asynchronous generators may exercise as a thermal engine and wind wheel wind power plant or turbines of small hydropower plants. The article discusses the structural and schematics of voltage stabilizers and frequency of asynchronous generators with improved operational and technical specifications. Technical novelty of design solutions of the magnetic system and stabilizers asynchronous generator of electricity parameters confirmed by the patents for the invention of the Russian Federation. The proposed technical solution voltage stabilizer asynchronous generators, can reduce the weight of the block capacitors excitation and reactive power compensation, as well as to simplify the control system power circuit which has less power electronic devices. For wind power plants it is an important issue not only to stabilize the voltage of the generator, but also the frequency of the current. Recommend functionality stabilizer schemes parameters of electric power made for direct frequency converters with artificial and natural switching power electronic devices. It is also proposed as part of stabilization systems use single-phase voltage, three-phase transformers with rotating magnetic field, reduce the level of electromagnetic interference generated by power electronic devices for switching, enhance the efficiency and reliability of the stabilizer.

  3. Asynchronized synchronous machines

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    Botvinnik, M M

    1964-01-01

    Asynchronized Synchronous Machines focuses on the theoretical research on asynchronized synchronous (AS) machines, which are "hybrids” of synchronous and induction machines that can operate with slip. Topics covered in this book include the initial equations; vector diagram of an AS machine; regulation in cases of deviation from the law of full compensation; parameters of the excitation system; and schematic diagram of an excitation regulator. The possible applications of AS machines and its calculations in certain cases are also discussed. This publication is beneficial for students and indiv

  4. Asynchronous Variational Contact Mechanics

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    Vouga, Etienne; Tamstorf, Rasmus; Grinspun, Eitan

    2010-01-01

    An asynchronous, variational method for simulating elastica in complex contact and impact scenarios is developed. Asynchronous Variational Integrators (AVIs) are extended to handle contact forces by associating different time steps to forces instead of to spatial elements. By discretizing a barrier potential by an infinite sum of nested quadratic potentials, these extended AVIs are used to resolve contact while obeying momentum- and energy-conservation laws. A series of two- and three-dimensional examples illustrate the robustness and good energy behavior of the method.

  5. Marketing through Usability.

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    Morgan, Eric Lease

    1999-01-01

    Suggests that one of the best ways to get word-of-mouth marketing of library technology is to provide "usable" products and services. Provides an international standards definition on usability and notes that understanding usability combines an understanding of user needs/wants with an understanding of goals, functions, and limitations of…

  6. Designing for Website Usability

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    Chris Procter

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper explores the customer perspective of World Wide Web (WWW site design in the light of current WWW usability research. A usability study undertaken by Spool et al. (1999 is replicated where testers search for specific information on a WWW site and answer a usability questionnaire. The search was carried out on New Zealand winery WWW sites. The results are compared to the findings of Spool in the areas of navigation, graphics and page layout. All three areas are found to be significant influences on WWW usability. Additional recommendations concerning guidelines for usability are made.

  7. Redundant Asynchronous Microprocessor System

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    Meyer, G.; Johnston, J. O.; Dunn, W. R.

    1985-01-01

    Fault-tolerant computer structure called RAMPS (for redundant asynchronous microprocessor system) has simplicity of static redundancy but offers intermittent-fault handling ability of complex, dynamically redundant systems. New structure useful wherever several microprocessors are employed for control - in aircraft, industrial processes, robotics, and automatic machining, for example.

  8. Asynchronous P300 BCI

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    Panicker, Rajesh; Puthusserypady, Sadasivan; Sun, Ying

    2010-01-01

    An asynchronous hybrid brain-computer interface (BCI) system combining the P300 and steady-state visually evoked potentials (SSVEP) paradigms is introduced. A P300 base system is used for information transfer, and is augmented to include SSVEP for control state detection. The proposed system has...

  9. Images of Usability

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    Hertzum, Morten

    2010-01-01

    The term usability is ubiquitous in human-computer interaction, so much so that it is commonly used without definition. Rather than one established meaning of usability, there are, however, multiple images of usability. While each image provides a partial view, the partiality remains implicit...... manifold aspects of the use of a system and thereby acquiring a genuine understanding of its usability. The six images differ, for example, in the extent to which they include aspects of the outcome of the process of using a system or merely the process of use, whether they involve collaborative use or...... assume different images of usability and a need for supplementary methods addressing the collaborative and long-term aspects of usability. Moreover, the images call for extending the scope of practical usability work to include the effects achieved by users during their use of systems for real work....

  10. Evidence-based development and first usability testing of a social serious game based multi-modal system for early screening for atypical socio-cognitive development.

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    Gyori, Miklos; Borsos, Zsófia; Stefanik, Krisztina

    2015-01-01

    At current, screening for, and diagnosis of, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are based on purely behavioral data; established screening tools rely on human observation and ratings of relevant behaviors. The research and development project in the focus of this paper is aimed at designing, creating and evaluating a social serious game based multi-modal, interactive software system for screening for high functioning cases of ASD at kindergarten age. The aims of this paper are (1) to summarize the evidence-based design process and (2) to present results from the first usability test of the system. Game topic, candidate responses, and candidate game contents were identified via an iterative literature review. On this basis, the 1st partial prototype of the fully playable game has been created, with complete data recording functionality but without the decision making component. A first usability test was carried out on this prototype (n=13). Overall results were unambiguously promising. Although sporadic difficulties in, and slightly negative attitudes towards, using the game occasionally arose, these were confined to non-target-group children only. The next steps of development include (1) completing the game design; (2) carrying out first large-n field test; (3) creating the first prototype of the decision making component. PMID:26294452

  11. Increasing Student Engagement Using Asynchronous Learning

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    Northey, Gavin; Bucic, Tania; Chylinski, Mathew; Govind, Rahul

    2015-01-01

    Student engagement is an ongoing concern for educators because of its positive association with deep learning and educational outcomes. This article tests the use of a social networking site (Facebook) as a tool to facilitate asynchronous learning opportunities that complement face-to-face interactions and thereby enable a stronger learning…

  12. Website-Usability : Landtag NRW

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    Roßmann, Nicola

    2003-01-01

    Die Studie untersucht die Usability der Homepage des Landtags Nordrhein-Westfalen. Es wird analysiert, wie benutzerfreundlich die Website ist, ob sie effektiv genutzt werden kann und ob die Inhalte der Site den Erwartungen der Benutzer entsprechen. Drei Evaluationsmethoden finden Einsatz: Ein Thinking-Aloud-Test, eine heuristische Evaluation und eine Availability-Untersuchung.

  13. DEVELOPING USABLE SOFTWARE PRODUCT USING USABILITY RISK ASSESSMENT MODEL

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    Jayaletchumi T. Sambantha Moorthy; Suhaimi bin Ibrahim; Mohd Naz’ri Mahrin

    2014-01-01

    Usability is an important factor in ensuring development of quality and usable software product. Ignorance and unawareness about the concept of usability and failure to address usability during software development process has led to usability problems in software product. Many efforts has been suggested in literature to overcome usability problem in software products but current practices faces challenges in reducing these usability problems. Alternatively, the concept of risk management can...

  14. Design of a tablet computer app for facilitation of a molecular blood culture test in clinical microbiology and preliminary usability evaluation

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    Samson, Lasse L.; Pape-Haugaard, Louise; Meltzer, Michelle C.;

    2016-01-01

    through specialized applications (apps) while supporting the mobility of the users. The use of apps for mobile phones and tablet computers may support workflow of complex tasks, for example, molecular-based diagnostic tests in clinical microbiology. Multiplex Blood Culture Test (MuxBCT) is a molecular...... to assist users in reaching an exact bacterial or fungal diagnosis based on blood specimen observations and controls. Additionally, the app allows for entry of test results, and communication thereof to the laboratory information system (LIS). OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to describe the...... design considerations of the MuxBCT app and the results of a preliminary usability evaluation. METHODS: The MuxBCT tablet app was developed and set up for use in a clinical microbiology laboratory. A near-live simulation study was conducted in the clinical microbiology laboratory to evaluate the...

  15. Usability and accessibility curricula

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    Luján Mora, Sergio; Cachero Castro, Cristina

    2012-01-01

    Presentation of existing curricula connected with usability and accessibility at the University of Alicante for the Leonardo da Vinci project "GUI Usability and Accessibility: Exchanging Knowledge and Experiences" (Grenoble, France, 27 November 2012). Presentación del currículo actual relacionado con la usabilidad y la accesibilidad en la Universidad de Alicante para el proyecto Leonardo da Vinci "GUI Usability and Accessibility: Exchanging Knowledge and Experiences" (Grenoble, Francia, 27...

  16. Text Mining: (Asynchronous Sequences

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    Sheema Khan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we tried to correlate text sequences those provides common topics for semantic clues. We propose a two step method for asynchronous text mining. Step one check for the common topics in the sequences and isolates these with their timestamps. Step two takes the topic and tries to give the timestamp of the text document. After multiple repetitions of step two, we could give optimum result.

  17. Asynchronous Multiparty Computation

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    Damgård, Ivan Bjerre; Geisler, Martin; Krøigaard, Mikkel;

    2009-01-01

    We propose an asynchronous protocol for general multiparty computation. The protocol has perfect security and communication complexity  where n is the number of parties, |C| is the size of the arithmetic circuit being computed, and k is the size of elements in the underlying field. The protocol...... multithreading. Benchmarking of a VIFF implementation of our protocol confirms that it is applicable to practical non-trivial secure computations....

  18. Asynchronous Variational Integrators

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    Lew, A.; Marsden, J. E.; Ortiz, M.; West, M

    2003-01-01

    We describe a new class of asynchronous variational integrators (AVI) for nonlinear elastodynamics. The AVIs are distinguished by the following attributes: (i) The algorithms permit the selection of independent time steps in each element, and the local time steps need not bear an integral relation to each other; (ii) the algorithms derive from a spacetime form of a discrete version of Hamilton’s variational principle. As a consequence of this variational structure, the algorith...

  19. Development and usability testing of a web-based self-management intervention for oral cancer survivors and their family caregivers.

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    Badr, H; Lipnick, D; Diefenbach, M A; Posner, M; Kotz, T; Miles, B; Genden, E

    2016-09-01

    Oral cancer (OC) survivors experience debilitating side effects that affect their quality of life (QOL) and that of their caregivers. This study aimed to develop and evaluate a dyadic, web-based intervention to improve survivor self-management and survivor/caregiver QOL. A qualitative needs assessment (semi-structured interviews) with 13 OC survivors and 12 caregivers was conducted to discern information and support needs as well as preferences regarding website features and tools. Results using Grounded Theory analysis showed that OC survivors and caregivers: (1) want and need practical advice about managing side effects; (2) want to reach out to other survivors/caregivers for information and support; and (3) have both overlapping and unique needs and preferences regarding website features. Usability testing (N = 6 survivors; 5 caregivers) uncovered problems with the intuitiveness, navigation and design of the website that were subsequently addressed. Users rated the website favourably on the dimensions of attractiveness, controllability, efficiency, intuitiveness and learnability, and gave it a total usability score of 80/100. Overall, this study demonstrates that OC survivors and caregivers are interested in using an online programme to improve QOL, and that providing tailored website content and features based on the person's role as survivor or caregiver is important in this population. PMID:26507369

  20. Asynchronous Bounded Expected Delay Networks

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    Bakhshi, Rena; Endrullis, Jörg; Fokkink, Wan; Pang, Jun

    2010-01-01

    The commonly used asynchronous bounded delay (ABD) network models assume a fixed bound on message delay. We propose a probabilistic network model, called asynchronous bounded expected delay (ABE) model. Instead of a strict bound, the ABE model requires only a bound on the expected message delay. While the conditions of ABD networks restrict the set of possible executions, in ABE networks all asynchronous executions are possible, but executions with extremely long delays are less probable. In ...

  1. Exploring Multiple Usability Perspectives

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    Uldall-Espersen, Tobias

    2007-01-01

    Industrial usability work often fails to produce the expected impact on software products even though significant resources have been used on uncovering problems and suggesting improvements. So, it seems that feedback from industrial usability work lacks persuasiveness, i.e. it fails to convince ...

  2. Personal Usability Constructs

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    Hertzum, Morten; Clemmensen, Torkil; Hornbæk, Kasper;

    2011-01-01

    Whereas the concept of usability is predominantly defined analytically, people relate to systems through personal usability constructs. Based on 48 repertory-grid interviews, this study investigates how such personal constructs are affected by two factors crucial to the international development...

  3. Assessing Library Instruction through Web Usability and Vocabulary Studies

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    Castonguay, Remi

    2008-01-01

    Can we use the methods of Web usability testing to learn about library instruction? This article is among the first in the field trying to establish a link between usability and instruction. The author discusses useful insights that Web usability can bring to our pedagogy as well as to the efficiency of library instruction. The result of a Web…

  4. Usability guide for manufacturers of radiation monitoring devices. Document Version: 1.0

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    This Usability Guide for Manufacturers of Radiation Monitoring Devices consists of an (1) introduction followed by chapters on (2) managing the usability process, (3) usability principles, (4) hardware usability guide, (5) software usability guide, (6) reading tips and (7) checklists. Examples of information provided are a definition of usability, user centred design principles, user requirement monitoring, benefits, costs user control, navigation feedback, error message feedback, use of icons, language support, control feedback, error handling, checklists of planning, testing and others

  5. InTouch Usability Evaluation

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    McCreary, Faith

    2001-01-01

    The main purpose of this test was to asses the performance of an actual customer with little or no previous InTouch experience. The usability test measured the total time needed to accomplish information entry and output, and record user critical incidents. Tasks included routine operations, print operations, and import/export of data. Each test session consisted of a performance test where the user performed a series of tasks, and a post-test interview where the user filled out a brief u...

  6. Usability in Scientific Databases

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    Ana-Maria Suduc

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Usability, most often defined as the ease of use and acceptability of a system, affects the users' performance and their job satisfaction when working with a machine. Therefore, usability is a very important aspect which must be considered in the process of a system development. The paper presents several numerical data related to the history of the scientific research of the usability of information systems, as it is viewed in the information provided by three important scientific databases, Science Direct, ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore Digital Library, at different queries related to this field.

  7. Designing for Website Usability

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    Chris Procter; Judith Symonds

    2001-01-01

    This paper explores the customer perspective of World Wide Web (WWW) site design in the light of current WWW usability research. A usability study undertaken by Spool et al. (1999) is replicated where testers search for specific information on a WWW site and answer a usability questionnaire. The search was carried out on New Zealand winery WWW sites. The results are compared to the findings of Spool in the areas of navigation, graphics and page layout. All three areas are found to be signific...

  8. Analysis in usability evaluations

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    Følstad, Asbjørn; Lai-Chong Law, Effie; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren

    2010-01-01

    While the planning and implementation of usability evaluations are well described in the literature, the analysis of the evaluation data is not. We present interviews with 11 usability professionals on how they conduct analysis, describing the resources, collaboration, creation of recommendations......, and prioritization involved. The interviews indicate a lack of structure in the analysis process and suggest activities, such as generating recommendations, that are unsupported by existing methods. We discuss how to better support analysis, and propose four themes for future research on analysis in...... usability evaluations....

  9. The evaluation model for usability of internet shops in foreign language

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    Kodžoman, Jure

    2012-01-01

    Purpose of thesis was to conclude if there is an obvious gain in testing the usability of ecommerce website in foreign language. Hypothesis was, that usability testing in foreign language might show usability issues on the website, which wouldn't be found otherwise. We started with presenting usability testing methods and choosing which methods to use in this thesis. We have decided to perform laboratory usability testing in combination with surveys. In the next chapter we presented the...

  10. Usability testing and piloting of the Mums Step It Up program--a team-based social networking physical activity intervention for women with young children.

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    Full Text Available Women's physical activity levels decline during their transition to parenthood. Facebook is widely used by Australian mothers and provides the opportunity to target social networks in order to maintain and increase physical activity.This mixed method study aimed to pilot and assess the usability of the Mums Step It Up Facebook app, a new team-based physical activity intervention for mothers with young children. A purposive sample of five "Captain" women with young children, were recruited through personal contacts. These women used the app to recruit 3-7 Facebook friends (with children under 5 to join their respective teams (total n = 25. The app encourages women to take 10,000 steps a day measured by a pedometer. Women used the app for 28 days to log steps, interact with team mates and monitor progress. Physical activity was assessed at two time points (baseline and final week using the Active Australia Survey. Usability testing with the five "Captain" women took place over two one hour face-to-face sessions. A questionnaire seeking feedback on the app was completed at time point two.Participants' total physical activity increased by an average of 177 minutes per week (p = 0.01. The complexity of the team forming process and issues using the Facebook environment, where a variety of devices and software platforms are used, was highlighted.A team-based Facebook app shows considerable promise for the recruitment and retention of participants to a social network-based physical activity intervention. A randomised controlled trial to further evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention is warranted.

  11. Stand-Alone and Hybrid Positioning Using Asynchronous Pseudolites

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    Ciro Gioia

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available global navigation satellite system (GNSS receivers are usually unable to achieve satisfactory performance in difficult environments, such as open-pit mines, urban canyons and indoors. Pseudolites have the potential to extend GNSS usage and significantly improve receiver performance in such environments by providing additional navigation signals. This also applies to asynchronous pseudolite systems, where different pseudolites operate in an independent way. Asynchronous pseudolite systems require, however, dedicated strategies in order to properly integrate GNSS and pseudolite measurements. In this paper, several asynchronous pseudolite/GNSS integration strategies are considered: loosely- and tightly-coupled approaches are developed and combined with pseudolite proximity and receiver signal strength (RSS-based positioning. The performance of the approaches proposed has been tested in different scenarios, including static and kinematic conditions. The tests performed demonstrate that the methods developed are effective techniques for integrating heterogeneous measurements from different sources, such as asynchronous pseudolites and GNSS.

  12. TCDQ-TCT retraction and losses during asynchronous beam dump

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    Bracco, Chiara; Quaranta, Elena; CERN. Geneva. ATS Department

    2016-01-01

    The protection provided by the TCDQs in case of asynchronous beam dump depends strongly on their correct setup. They have to respect the strict hierarchy of the full collimation system and shield the tertiary collimators in the experimental regions. This MD aimed at performing asynchronous beam dump tests with different configurations, in order to assess the minimum allowed retraction between TCTs and TCDQs and, as a consequence, on the The protection provided by the TCDQs in case of asynchronous beam dump depends strongly on their correct setup. They have to respect the strict hierarchy of the full collimation system and shield the tertiary collimators in the experimental regions. This MD aimed at performing asynchronous beam dump tests with different configurations, in order to assess the minimum allowed retraction between TCTs and TCDQs and, as a consequence, on the β* reach.

  13. Work-domain knowledge in usability evaluation

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    Følstad, Asbjørn; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren

    2010-01-01

    Usability evaluation helps to determine whether interactive systems support users in their work tasks. However, knowledge about those tasks and, more generally, about the work-domain is difficult to bring to bear on the processes and outcome of usability evaluation. One way to include such work-d...... impact on the software development process. The benefits of the interpretation phases may be explained by the access these provide both to the test participants’ work-domain knowledge and to their experiences as users. .......-domain knowledge might be Cooperative Usability Testing, an evaluation method that consists of (a) interaction phases, similar to classic usability testing, and (b) interpretation phases, where the test participant and the moderator discuss incidents and experiences from the interaction phases. We have studied...... whether such interpretation phases improve the relevance of usability evaluations in the development of work-domain specific systems. The study included two development cases. We conclude that the interpretation phases generate additional insight and redesign suggestions related to observed usability...

  14. A Pilot Study of the Interface Design of Cross-Cultural Web Sites through Usability Testing of Multilanguage Web Sites and Determining the Preferences of Taiwanese and American Users

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    Ku, David Tawei; Chang, Chia-Chi

    2014-01-01

    By conducting usability testing on a multilanguage Web site, this study analyzed the cultural differences between Taiwanese and American users in the performance of assigned tasks. To provide feasible insight into cross-cultural Web site design, Microsoft Office Online (MOO) that supports both traditional Chinese and English and contains an almost…

  15. Asynchronous Power Flow Controller

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    Rahul Juneja

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In the present system demand of electrical power increases so fast and transfer of electrical power is need of today‟s scenario. . The electrical power is transfer at same frequency through AC transmission line. However, power generation may be at different frequencies such as wind generation, sources at islanding or power generation in different countries. The proposed Asynchronous Power Flow Controller (APFC system essentially consists of two back-to-back voltage source converters as “Shunt Converter” and “Series Converter” which is coupled via a common dc link provided by a dc storage capacitor This paper suggests the power transfer and control between the sources operating at different or same frequencies.

  16. The Usability Expert’s Fear of Agility

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    Nielsen, Lene; Madsen, Sabine

    2012-01-01

    This paper contributes to the HCI literature on usability practice with insights about the empirical challenges and global emerging practices caused by the advent of agile software development (ASD). In the paper we report from a worldwide study involving 12 usability professionals from 12...... different countries. The findings show that the usability professionals share a forced development and innovation in their practice that stem from their clients’ adoption and use of ASD methods. The ASD methods challenge the way usability testing is performed, the abilities of the usability expert, the...

  17. Pro asynchronous programming with .NET

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    Blewett, Richard; Ltd, Rock Solid Knowledge

    2014-01-01

    Pro Asynchronous Programming with .NET teaches the essential skill of asynchronous programming in .NET. It answers critical questions in .NET application development, such as: how do I keep my program responding at all times to keep my users happy how do I make the most of the available hardware how can I improve performanceIn the modern world, users expect more and more from their applications and devices, and multi-core hardware has the potential to provide it. But it takes carefully crafted code to turn that potential into responsive, scalable applications.With Pro Asynchronous Programming

  18. Introducing usability activities into open source software development:impacts of contributed usability evaluations to the community and existence of HCI and OSS philosophies:case Concrete5

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    Balac, J.-M. (Juho-Mikko)

    2016-01-01

    Usability is one of the software quality attributes and plays an important role in information systems success, technology acceptance and adoption models. Usability is a product of user interaction design and can be evaluated using usability testing and inspection methods. The usability of open source software (OSS) systems has had a poor reputation. The reasons for poor usability are cultural and software engineers have designed software for their own needs and for tech-savvy users, and thus...

  19. Working Together to Improve Usability

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    Nørgaard, Mie; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren

    2010-01-01

    In theory, usability work is an important and well-integrated activity in developing software. In practice, collaboration on improving usability is ridden with challenges relating to conflicting professional goals, tight project schedules, and unclear usability findings. The authors study those...... challenges through 16 interviews with software developers, usability experts, and project managers. Four themes that are key challenges to successful interaction between stakeholders are identified: poor timing when delivering usability results, results lacking relevance, little respect for other disciplines...

  20. Testing usability and trainability of indirect touch interaction: perspective for the next generation of air traffic control systems.

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    Causse, Mickaël; Alonso, Roland; Vachon, François; Parise, Robert; Orliaguet, Jean-Pierre; Tremblay, Sébastien; Terrier, Patrice

    2014-01-01

    This study aims to determine whether indirect touch device can be used to interact with graphical objects displayed on another screen in an air traffic control (ATC) context. The introduction of such a device likely requires an adaptation of the sensory-motor system. The operator has to simultaneously perform movements on the horizontal plane while assessing them on the vertical plane. Thirty-six right-handed participants performed movement training with either constant or variable practice and with or without visual feedback of the displacement of their actions. Participants then performed a test phase without visual feedback. Performance improved in both practice conditions, but accuracy was higher with visual feedback. During the test phase, movement time was longer for those who had practiced with feedback, suggesting an element of dependency. However, this 'cost' of feedback did not extend to movement accuracy. Finally, participants who had received variable training performed better in the test phase, but accuracy was still unsatisfactory. We conclude that continuous visual feedback on the stylus position is necessary if tablets are to be introduced in ATC. PMID:25050968

  1. Evaluation of expert system application based on usability aspects

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    Munaiseche, C. P. C.; Liando, O. E. S.

    2016-04-01

    Usability usually defined as a point of human acceptance to a product or a system based on understands and right reaction to an interface. The performance of web application has been influence by the quality of the interface of that web to supporting information transfer process. Preferably, before the applications of expert systems were installed in the operational environment, these applications must be evaluated first by usability testing. This research aimed to measure the usability of the expert system application using tasks as interaction media. This study uses an expert system application to diagnose skin disease in human using questionnaire method which utilize the tasks as interaction media in measuring the usability. Certain tasks were executed by the participants in observing usability value of the application. The usability aspects observed were learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, and satisfaction. Each questionnaire question represent aspects of usability. The results present the usability value for each aspect and the total average merit for all the five-usability aspect was 4.28, this indicated that the tested expert system application is in the range excellent for the usability level, so the application can be implemented as the operated system by user. The main contribution of the study is the research became the first step in using task model in the usability evaluation for the expert system application software.

  2. Reducing energy with asynchronous circuits

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    Rivas Barragan, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Reducing energy consumption using asynchronous circuits. The elastic clocks approach has been implemented along with a closed-feedback loop in order to achieve a lower energy consumption along with more reliability in integrated circuits.

  3. Explorations on Web Usability

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    K K. Teoh

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The area of web usability has long intrigued researchers. It has been widely accepted that for a website to be successful, the level of usability has to be high. The reason is because of poorly designed website. While many web designers largely fall on their prior experience to tell if a web site design is good or bad, there is a need to be able to provide clear methodology to do so[2,3]. An article by Goldsborough which quoted Nielson, reported that while many web designers think their websites are important, generally it is users who will determine the relevance of these websites. In this paper, we discuss the methodology of usability and the survey conducted for the webpage that we have done.

  4. SiHLEWeb.com: Development and usability testing of an evidence-based HIV prevention website for female African-American adolescents.

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    Danielson, Carla Kmett; McCauley, Jenna L; Gros, Kirstin Stauffacher; Jones, Andrea M; Barr, Simone C; Borkman, April L; Bryant, Brittany G; Ruggiero, Kenneth J

    2016-06-01

    African-American adolescent girls are at disproportionate risk for HIV infection. Although numerous evidence-based risk-reduction interventions exist, dissemination and implementation resources remain limited, and prevention services remain notably inaccessible to the very populations at highest risk for HIV infection. Internet delivery of HIV risk-reduction programming has promise as a mechanism for extending the reach of existing prevention efforts and overcoming barriers associated with traditional service delivery. This article (1) details the development process for the creation of SiHLEWeb, a web-adapted version of an evidence-based, culturally informed HIV prevention program traditionally delivered to female African-American adolescents via an in-person group format, and (2) presents findings from quantitative and qualitative usability testing conducted among 18 African-American girls (13-18 years). Results suggest that users found the website improved knowledge and learning, was helpful, efficient to use, and generally attractive. Users reported some concerns about website navigation. Implications for Internet delivery of health prevention programming are discussed. PMID:25167865

  5. SiHLEWeb.com: Development and Usability Testing of an Evidence-Based HIV/STI Prevention Website for Female African-American Adolescents

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    Danielson, Carla Kmett; McCauley, Jenna L.; Gros, Kirstin Stauffacher; Jones, Andrea M.; Barr, Simone C.; Borkman, April L.; Bryant, Brittany G.; Ruggiero, Kenneth J.

    2014-01-01

    African-American adolescent girls are at disproportionate risk for HIV infection. Although numerous evidence-based risk-reduction interventions exist, dissemination and implementation resources remain limited, and prevention services remain notably inaccessible to the very populations at highest risk for HIV infection. Internet delivery of HIV risk-reduction programming has promise as a mechanism for extending the reach of existing prevention efforts and overcoming barriers associated with traditional service delivery. This article: (1) details the development process for the creation of SiHLEWeb, a web-adapted version of an evidence-based, culturally-informed HIV prevention program traditionally delivered to female African-American adolescents via an in-person group format; and (2) presents findings from quantitative and qualitative usability testing conducted among 18 African-American girls (13–18). Results suggest that users found the website improved knowledge and learning, was helpful, efficient to use, and generally attractive. Users reported some concerns about website navigation. Implications for internet delivery of health prevention programming are discussed. PMID:25167865

  6. Usability Evaluation of Public Web Mapping Sites

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    Wang, C.

    2014-04-01

    Web mapping sites are interactive maps that are accessed via Webpages. With the rapid development of Internet and Geographic Information System (GIS) field, public web mapping sites are not foreign to people. Nowadays, people use these web mapping sites for various reasons, in that increasing maps and related map services of web mapping sites are freely available for end users. Thus, increased users of web mapping sites led to more usability studies. Usability Engineering (UE), for instance, is an approach for analyzing and improving the usability of websites through examining and evaluating an interface. In this research, UE method was employed to explore usability problems of four public web mapping sites, analyze the problems quantitatively and provide guidelines for future design based on the test results. Firstly, the development progress for usability studies were described, and simultaneously several usability evaluation methods such as Usability Engineering (UE), User-Centered Design (UCD) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) were generally introduced. Then the method and procedure of experiments for the usability test were presented in detail. In this usability evaluation experiment, four public web mapping sites (Google Maps, Bing maps, Mapquest, Yahoo Maps) were chosen as the testing websites. And 42 people, who having different GIS skills (test users or experts), gender (male or female), age and nationality, participated in this test to complete the several test tasks in different teams. The test comprised three parts: a pretest background information questionnaire, several test tasks for quantitative statistics and progress analysis, and a posttest questionnaire. The pretest and posttest questionnaires focused on gaining the verbal explanation of their actions qualitatively. And the design for test tasks targeted at gathering quantitative data for the errors and problems of the websites. Then, the results mainly from the test part were analyzed. The

  7. Asynchronous Distributed Searchlight Scheduling

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    Obermeyer, Karl J; Bullo, Francesco

    2011-01-01

    This paper develops and compares two simple asynchronous distributed searchlight scheduling algorithms for multiple robotic agents in nonconvex polygonal environments. A searchlight is a ray emitted by an agent which cannot penetrate the boundary of the environment. A point is detected by a searchlight if and only if the point is on the ray at some instant. Targets are points which can move continuously with unbounded speed. The objective of the proposed algorithms is for the agents to coordinate the slewing (rotation about a point) of their searchlights in a distributed manner, i.e., using only local sensing and limited communication, such that any target will necessarily be detected in finite time. The first algorithm we develop, called the DOWSS (Distributed One Way Sweep Strategy), is a distributed version of a known algorithm described originally in 1990 by Sugihara et al \\cite{KS-IS-MY:90}, but it can be very slow in clearing the entire environment because only one searchlight may slew at a time. In an ...

  8. Asynchronous interactive control systems

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    Vuskovic, M. I.; Heer, E.

    1980-01-01

    A class of interactive control systems is derived by generalizing interactive manipulator control systems. The general structural properties of such systems are discussed and an appropriate general software implementation is proposed. This is based on the fact that tasks of interactive control systems can be represented as a network of a finite set of actions which have specific operational characteristics and specific resource requirements, and which are of limited duration. This has enabled the decomposition of the overall control algorithm into a set of subalgorithms, called subcontrollers, which can operate simultaneously and asynchronously. Coordinate transformations of sensor feedback data and actuator set-points have enabled the further simplification of the subcontrollers and have reduced their conflicting resource requirements. The modules of the decomposed control system are implemented as parallel processes with disjoint memory space communicating only by I/O. The synchronization mechanisms for dynamic resource allocation among subcontrollers and other synchronization mechanisms are also discussed in this paper. Such a software organization is suitable for the general form of multiprocessing using computer networks with distributed storage.

  9. Distributed usability evaluation

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    Christensen, Lars; Frøkjær, Erik

    2010-01-01

    , providing access to an evaluator (usability expert) and to product developers or managers who want to review the incidents and analyse them. DUE supports evaluation in the development stages from running prototypes and onwards. A case study of the use of DUE in a corporate environment is presented. The...

  10. Fusing website usability and search engine optimisation

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    Eugene B. Visser

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Most websites, especially those with a commercial orientation, need a high ranking on a search engine for one or more keywords or phrases. The search engine optimisation process attempts to achieve this. Furthermore, website users expect easy navigation, interaction and transactional ability. The application of website usability principles attempts to achieve this. Ideally, designers should achieve both goals when they design websites.Objectives: This research intended to establish a relationship between search engine optimisation and website usability in order to guide the industry. The authors found a discrepancy between the perceived roles of search engines and website usability.Method: The authors designed three test websites. Each had different combinations of usability, visibility and other attributes. They recorded and analysed the conversions and financial spending on these experimental websites. Finally, they designed a model that fuses search engine optimisation and website usability.Results: Initially, it seemed that website usability and search engine optimisation complemented each other. However, some contradictions between the two, based on content, keywords and their presentation, emerged. Industry experts do not acknowledge these contradictions, although they agree on the existence of the individual elements. The new model highlights the complementary and contradictory aspects.Conclusion: The authors found no evidence of any previous empirical experimental results that could confirm or refute the role of the model. In the fast-paced world of competition between commercial websites, this adds value and originality to the websites of organisations whose websites play important roles.

  11. A rural community's involvement in the design and usability testing of a computer-based informed consent process for the Personalized Medicine Research Project.

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    Mahnke, Andrea N; Plasek, Joseph M; Hoffman, David G; Partridge, Nathan S; Foth, Wendy S; Waudby, Carol J; Rasmussen, Luke V; McManus, Valerie D; McCarty, Catherine A

    2014-01-01

    Many informed consent studies demonstrate that research subjects poorly retain and understand information in written consent documents. Previous research in multimedia consent is mixed in terms of success for improving participants' understanding, satisfaction, and retention. This failure may be due to a lack of a community-centered design approach to building the interventions. The goal of this study was to gather information from the community to determine the best way to undertake the consent process. Community perceptions regarding different computer-based consenting approaches were evaluated, and a computer-based consent was developed and tested. A second goal was to evaluate whether participants make truly informed decisions to participate in research. Simulations of an informed consent process were videotaped to document the process. Focus groups were conducted to determine community attitudes towards a computer-based informed consent process. Hybrid focus groups were conducted to determine the most acceptable hardware device. Usability testing was conducted on a computer-based consent prototype using a touch-screen kiosk. Based on feedback, a computer-based consent was developed. Representative study participants were able to easily complete the consent, and all were able to correctly answer the comprehension check questions. Community involvement in developing a computer-based consent proved valuable for a population-based genetic study. These findings may translate to other types of informed consents, including those for trials involving treatment of genetic disorders. A computer-based consent may serve to better communicate consistent, clear, accurate, and complete information regarding the risks and benefits of study participation. Additional analysis is necessary to measure the level of comprehension of the check-question answers by larger numbers of participants. The next step will involve contacting participants to measure whether understanding of

  12. ASYNCHRONOUS ELECTRONIC DISCUSSION GROUP:

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    Tina Lim Swee KIM

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the practice of online discussion in a course specially tailored for in-service teachers who are pursuing their basic degree qualification at a teacher training institute. Analyses of postings to the asynchronous electronic discussion group were made according to the type of postings as proposed by Poole (2000. Four focus areas were looked into, that is, content, technical, procedural, or non-academic. Analyses were done for each quarter of the 12 weeks of interaction. At the end of the learners’ participation in the EDG and before their end-of-course examination, the participants were then given a paper-based questionnaire asking their perceptions on the use of EDG as part of their coursework on the whole. Six aspects of EDG were examined, these are;Ø technical aspects, Ø motivation to use the EDG, Ø quality of interaction, Ø tutor’s response, Ø perceived learning, and Ø attitude towards EDG. Analyses on postings for the EDG showed that the bulk of the postings were made in the last quarter of the online discussions. Further, 97.8% of the postings were on content and the types of content posting registered were predominantly questions (41.19% and those that sought clarification/elaboration (37.48%. Findings from this study suggest that overall the participants were satisfied with the six aspects of EDG examined. The aspect that recorded the highest mean was ‘motivation to read tutor’s responses’ whilst the lowest mean (and the only one with negative perception was for ‘worthiness of time spent on online discussions’.

  13. Software architecture analysis of usability

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    Folmer, Eelke

    2005-01-01

    One of the qualities that has received increased attention in recent decades is usability. A software product with poor usability is likely to fail in a highly competitive market; therefore software developing organizations are paying more and more attention to ensuring the usability of their software. However, practice shows that product quality (which includes usability among others) is not that high as it could be. Organizations spend a relative large amount of money and effort on fixing u...

  14. Usability of ERP Error Messages

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    Sadiq, Mazhar; Pirhonen, Antti

    2014-01-01

    Usability of complex information system like enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is still a challenging area. This is why many usability problems have been found in the ERP system. In this article, we tried to highlight the 21 usability problems in ERP error messages by using Nielsen’s heuristics and inquiry questionnaire methods. Nielsen’s heuristics is a better for finding a large number of unique usability problems in different areas. The inquiry questionnaire me...

  15. Software architecture analysis of usability

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    Folmer, Eelke

    2005-01-01

    One of the qualities that has received increased attention in recent decades is usability. A software product with poor usability is likely to fail in a highly competitive market; therefore software developing organizations are paying more and more attention to ensuring the usability of their softwa

  16. Appropriate Web Usability Evaluation Method during Product Development

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    Umar, Azeem; Tatari, Kamran Khan

    2008-01-01

    Web development is different from traditional software development. Like in all software applications, usability is one of the core components of web applications. Usability engineering and web engineering are rapidly growing fields. Companies can improve their market position by making their products and services more accessible through usability engineering. User testing is often skipped when approaching deadline. This is very much true in case of web application development. Achieving good...

  17. The Influence of Culture on Systems Usability

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    Perihan Elbaz

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Usable interfaces are a result of focus on understanding users and their goals, tasks, characteristics, individual differences and environment. These differences between individuals result partly from differences between culture and subcultures. The goal of this paper is to set the scene for research into the influence of culture on the design of information systems for usability. This paper proposes a framework that includes extracting local usability guidelines for Arab culture and subcultures based on the issues gleaned from user acceptance test (UAT reports. The proposed framework adapts a number of UCD methods and phases to suit projects? circumstances. This adaptation is supported by a proposed UCD team structure. After applying the proposed framework on Web application projects that serve different sectors. The application of the proposed framework led to a decrease of UAT bugs by 95.25%, a decrease of development costs by 30-60%, a decrease in development time by 20-30%, and an increase of customer confidence and satisfaction. Systems? usability also increased as evidenced by the results obtained from usability tests using an evaluation checklist, and user interface analyses.

  18. Usability evaluation techniques in mobile commerce applications: A systematic review

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    Hussain, Azham; Mkpojiogu, Emmanuel O. C.

    2016-08-01

    Obviously, there are a number of literatures concerning the usability of mobile commerce (m-commerce) applications and related areas, but they do not adequately provide knowledge about usability techniques used in most of the empirical usability evaluation for m-commerce application. Therefore, this paper is aimed at producing the usability techniques frequently used in the aspect of usability evaluation for m-commerce applications. To achieve the stated objective, systematic literature review was employed. Sixty seven papers were downloaded in usability evaluation for m-commerce and related areas; twenty one most relevant studies were selected for review in order to extract the appropriate information. The results from the review shows that heuristic evaluation, formal test and think aloud methods are the most commonly used methods in m-commerce application in comparison to cognitive walkthrough and the informal test methods. Moreover, most of the studies applied control experiment (33.3% of the total studies); other studies that applied case study for usability evaluation are 14.28%. The results from this paper provide additional knowledge to the usability practitioners and research community for the current state and use of usability techniques in m-commerce application.

  19. Behavioral synthesis of asynchronous circuits

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    Nielsen, Sune Fallgaard

    2005-01-01

    domain by introducing a computation model, which resembles the synchronous datapath and control architecture, but which is completely asynchronous. The model contains the possibility for isolating some or all of the functional units by locking their respective inputs and outputs while the functional unit...

  20. Acquiring Knowledge from Asynchronous Discussion

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    Teo, Yiong Hwee; Webster, Len

    2008-01-01

    This article discusses a study which was designed to explore how online scaffolding can be incorporated to support knowledge acquisition in asynchronous discussion. A group of Singapore preservice teachers engaged in collaborative critiquing of videos before they embarked on their video projects to illustrate what constitutes good and bad video…

  1. Grain Refining of Flange Plate for Welded H Section Steel Made under Asynchronous Rolling Condition

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    DAI Hui; SUN Jiquan; TANG Di

    2011-01-01

    Asynchronous rolling technology was adopted for the accumulated ten passes cold rolling,flange plate steel,and for welded H section steel,respectively.The metallographic microstructure analysis,tensile test and annealing test were carried out for cold rolled pieces; thus the ratio of length to width of grain,tensile strength,relationship between the grain size and asynchronous rolling process parameters after annealing can be obtained.The experimental results show that the relationship between the asynchronous rolling and the shearing deformation of rolled pieces can make a reasonable interpretation of the mechanism that asynchronous rolling may improve the strain accumulated energy of rolled pieces and the strength of flange plate steel.This paper provides a theoretical basis for the application of asynchronous rolling in improving the strength of flange plate steel.

  2. Asynchronous sequential machine design and analysis

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    Tinder, Richard

    2009-01-01

    Asynchronous Sequential Machine Design and Analysis provides a lucid, in-depth treatment of asynchronous state machine design and analysis presented in two parts: Part I on the background fundamentals related to asynchronous sequential logic circuits generally, and Part II on self-timed systems, high-performance asynchronous programmable sequencers, and arbiters.Part I provides a detailed review of the background fundamentals for the design and analysis of asynchronous finite state machines (FSMs). Included are the basic models, use of fully documented state diagrams, and the design and charac

  3. Usability as a Method for Assessing Discovery

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    Ipri, Tom; Yunkin, Michael; Brown, Jeanne M.

    2013-01-01

    The University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries engaged in three projects that helped identify areas of its website that had inhibited discovery of services and resources. These projects also helped generate staff interest in the Usability Working Group, which led these endeavors. The first project studied student responses to the site. The second focused on a usability test with the Libraries’ peer research coaches and resulted in a presentation of those findings to the Libraries staff. The fin...

  4. Usability Studies and User-Centered Design in Digital Libraries

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    Comeaux, David J.

    2008-01-01

    Digital libraries continue to flourish. At the same time, the principles of user-centered design and the practice of usability testing have been growing in popularity, spreading their influence into the library sphere. This article explores the confluence of these two trends by surveying the current literature on usability studies of digital…

  5. Integrating Usability Evaluations into the Software Development Process

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    Lizano, Fulvio

    relevant and strategic human–computer interaction (HCI) activities in the software development process, there are obstacles that limit the complete, effective and efficient integration of this kind of testing into the software development process. Two main obstacles are the cost of usability evaluations...... testing. Some strategies recommend the use of alternative usability evaluation methods, or an improvement of the usability evaluation process, in order to overcome this obstacle. The ‘resistance obstacle’ refers to the behavior of software developers who do not accept users’ opinions regarding their...... that the remote synchronous testing method can contribute to resolving both cost and resistance obstacles. In the case of the cost obstacle, the developers can use the method to conduct complete usability evaluations in less time. In terms of usability problems detected, the method has similar results...

  6. Usability Problem Identification in Culturally Diverse Settings

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    Clemmensen, Torkil

    2012-01-01

    definition of culture that should be useful for studies of multiple-country usability testing. This includes a discussion of cultural fit and the consequences of cultural (in)consistencies between stakeholders in system development and use. As an illustrative example of the kind of academic research that...

  7. Usability evaluation of an NHS library website

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    Ebenezer, Catherine

    2003-01-01

    Abstract Objectives: To carry out a usability evaluation of the recently launched South London and Maudsley NHS Trust library website. Methods: A variety of standard methodologies were employed: content and design evaluation of selected comparable sites, focus groups, a questionnaire survey of library and Web development staff, heuristic evaluation, observation testing, card sorting/cluster analysis, and label intuitiveness/category membership testing. All test participants we...

  8. The Usability-Error Ontology

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    Elkin, Peter L.; Beuscart-zephir, Marie-Catherine; Pelayo, Sylvia;

    2013-01-01

    ability to do systematic reviews and meta-analyses. In an effort to support improved and more interoperable data capture regarding Usability Errors, we have created the Usability Error Ontology (UEO) as a classification method for representing knowledge regarding Usability Errors. We expect the UEO...... will grow over time to support an increasing number of HIT system types. In this manuscript, we present this Ontology of Usability Error Types and specifically address Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Revenue Cycle HIT systems....

  9. Asynchronous control for networked systems

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    Rubio, Francisco; Bencomo, Sebastián

    2015-01-01

    This book sheds light on networked control systems; it describes different techniques for asynchronous control, moving away from the periodic actions of classical control, replacing them with state-based decisions and reducing the frequency with which communication between subsystems is required. The text focuses specially on event-based control. Split into two parts, Asynchronous Control for Networked Systems begins by addressing the problems of single-loop networked control systems, laying out various solutions which include two alternative model-based control schemes (anticipatory and predictive) and the use of H2/H∞ robust control to deal with network delays and packet losses. Results on self-triggering and send-on-delta sampling are presented to reduce the need for feedback in the loop. In Part II, the authors present solutions for distributed estimation and control. They deal first with reliable networks and then extend their results to scenarios in which delays and packet losses may occur. The novel ...

  10. Asynchronous Anytime Sequential Monte Carlo

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    Paige, Brooks; Wood, Frank; Doucet, Arnaud; Teh, Yee Whye

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a new sequential Monte Carlo algorithm we call the particle cascade. The particle cascade is an asynchronous, anytime alternative to traditional particle filtering algorithms. It uses no barrier synchronizations which leads to improved particle throughput and memory efficiency. It is an anytime algorithm in the sense that it can be run forever to emit an unbounded number of particles while keeping within a fixed memory budget. We prove that the particle cascade is an unbiased mar...

  11. Asynchronous MPI for the Masses

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    Wittmann, Markus; Hager, Georg; Zeiser, Thomas; Wellein, Gerhard

    2013-01-01

    We present a simple library which equips MPI implementations with truly asynchronous non-blocking point-to-point operations, and which is independent of the underlying communication infrastructure. It utilizes the MPI profiling interface (PMPI) and the MPI_THREAD_MULTIPLE thread compatibility level, and works with current versions of Intel MPI, Open MPI, MPICH2, MVAPICH2, Cray MPI, and IBM MPI. We show performance comparisons on a commodity InfiniBand cluster and two tier-1 systems in Germany...

  12. GAMIFICATION IN ASYNCHRONOUS EDUCATION PROCESS

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The author of the paper discourses on the prospects of education in the context of the global tendency towards informatization and virtualization of the modern world, influence of these processes on personalized senses of education and educational values and related problems of methodological and technological education in relation to the personalized meanings and educational values. Educational individualization is defined by the author as the most expected way of educational evolution. Distance learning is studied as the main example of the modern transformative educational model. Asynchronous education is explored and characterized as one of the distance learning examples. While defining what asynchronous distance learning is, the author explores its role in the specifics of forming a subject to subject educational approach, while forecasting difficulties in creating holistic asynchronous educational environment. Gamification techniques in the educational process are studied with their respective opportunities and threats, examples in grad and post grad professional studies are provided, including but not limited to foreign language studies. Addictiveness as the goal and means of a build in gamification process is explored as the way to bridge the gap between students and the educators. The author studies gamification in the context of minimizing negative connotations from the educational process, while controversies between pain and game approaches of getting knowledge are brought into light.

  13. A method for designing asynchronous probabilistic processes

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    Abbes, Samy

    2013-01-01

    We present a method for constructing asynchronous probabilistic processes. The asynchronous probabilistic processes thus obtained are called invariant. They generalize the familiar independent and identically distributed sequences of random variables to an asynchronous framework. Invariant processes are shown to be characterised by a finite family of real numbers, their characteristic numbers. Our method provides first a way to obtaining necessary and sufficient normalization conditions for a...

  14. Asynchronous Methods for Deep Reinforcement Learning

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    Mnih, Volodymyr; Badia, Adrià Puigdomènech; Mirza, Mehdi; Graves, Alex; Lillicrap, Timothy P.; Harley, Tim; Silver, David; Kavukcuoglu, Koray

    2016-01-01

    We propose a conceptually simple and lightweight framework for deep reinforcement learning that uses asynchronous gradient descent for optimization of deep neural network controllers. We present asynchronous variants of four standard reinforcement learning algorithms and show that parallel actor-learners have a stabilizing effect on training allowing all four methods to successfully train neural network controllers. The best performing method, an asynchronous variant of actor-critic, surpasse...

  15. Asynchronous Sensor fuSion for Improved Safety of air Traffic (ASSIST) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — SSCI proposes to develop, implement and test a collision detection system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), referred to as the Asynchronous Sensor fuSion for...

  16. A Usability Study of Users’ Perceptions Toward a Multimedia Computer-Assisted Learning Tool for Neuroanatomy

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    Gould, Douglas J.; Terrell, Mark A.; Fleming, JO

    2008-01-01

    This usability study evaluated users’ perceptions of a multimedia prototype for a new e-learning tool: Anatomy of the Central Nervous System: A Multimedia Course. Usability testing is a collection of formative evaluation methods that inform the developmental design of e-learning tools to maximize user acceptance, satisfaction, and adoption. Sixty-two study participants piloted the prototype and completed a usability questionnaire designed to measure two usability properties: program need and ...

  17. Abstracting Asynchronous Multi-Valued Networks: An Initial Investigation

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    Steggles, L Jason

    2011-01-01

    Multi-valued networks provide a simple yet expressive qualitative state based modelling approach for biological systems. In this paper we develop an abstraction theory for asynchronous multi-valued network models that allows the state space of a model to be reduced while preserving key properties of the model. The abstraction theory therefore provides a mechanism for coping with the state space explosion problem and supports the analysis and comparison of multi-valued networks. We take as our starting point the abstraction theory for synchronous multi-valued networks which is based on the finite set of traces that represent the behaviour of such a model. The problem with extending this approach to the asynchronous case is that we can now have an infinite set of traces associated with a model making a simple trace inclusion test infeasible. To address this we develop a decision procedure for checking asynchronous abstractions based on using the finite state graph of an asynchronous multi-valued network to reas...

  18. Asynchronous Torque Characteristics of VR Type Vernier Motor

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    Suda, Hiroshi; Matsushima, Yoshitaro; Xu, Li; Anazawa, Yoshihisa

    Recently, various types of vernier motor are developed. The VR type vernier motor is a kind of three-phase reluctance motor, and its stator has slots and distributed three-phase windings. The rotor is slotted iron core without windings. Relationship between S, R and P is S = R±2, where S and R are the numbers of stator and rotor slots per pair of poles, and the number of poles P is two. The rotor of the vernier motor moves at a sub-multiple of the angular velocity of the stator mmf. The multiplying factor is P/R. Authors had reported that the VR type vernier motors are analyzed as a three-phase reluctance motor, and have obtained the voltage equations on the γ-δ axis and expression of the torque.However, the asynchronous characteristics of the vernier motor are not clear yet. In this paper, the asynchronous characteristics of the vernier motors are analyzed with the symmetric components transformation and the commutator transformation. The voltage equations on the symmetrical co-ordinates and asynchronous and synchronous torque expression at steady state condition are obtained. The tests were performed on the trial motor. The calculated asynchronous torque has agreed well with the measured values.

  19. New usable technical specifications

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    After 2 yr of preparation, 1988 finally saw the nuclear industry writing operator-oriented technical specifications. This effort is a continuation of previous efforts to develop improved and usable standard technical specifications (STSs), and is being conducted by the four nuclear steam supply system vendor owners' groups under the auspices of the Nuclear Management Resources Council. Each participant is currently preparing a set of improved STSs based on a writer's guide that was developed through a combined industry effort. In May of 1987, a Human Factors Improvements to Technical Specifications (HFITS) task group was formed to prepare a writer's guide for improved, industrywide STSs. This task group was composed of two representatives from each owners' group, one with a human factors background and one with some operations background. Two documents were prepared in 6 months, a human factors report laying the groundwork for the considerations to go into technical specifications and a writer's guide for their preparation. This paper reports on the application of this writer's guide to the writing of improved STS

  20. Usability Briefing for hospital design

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    Fronczek-Munter, Aneta

    building project. In practice the process, led by experts, involves the users as data sources, and results in the program of requirements for the building.This PhD thesis synthesizes the research findings and proposes a Usability Briefing process model, where briefing is a dynamic and continuous process....../usability or form/beauty. Furthermore appropriate methods are selected specifically for hospital projects.The results are published in five scientific articles and are summarised in this PhD thesis. It provides tools that contribute to satisfying the needs of future building users and maximising the usability...

  1. Psychological Usability of Layered Application Software Platforms

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    Uhiarik, John

    1999-01-01

    This grant provided Graduate Research Fellowship Program support to James Michael Herold to obtain a graduate degree from the Department of Psychology at Kansas State University and conduct usability testing of graphical user interfaces the Kennedy Space Center. The student independently took an additional internship at Boll Laboratories without informing his graduate advisor or the Department of Psychology. Because he was NOT making progress toward his degree, he elected not to pursue his graduate studies at Kansas State University and self-terminated from the program (spin without informing his advisor or the Department of Psychology]. What he accomplished for NASA in terms of usability testing at the Kennedy Space Center is unclear. NASA terminated support for the project: 07/30/99, including a $4,000 commitment to provide infrastructure support to the Department of Psychology.

  2. Asynchronous Discussions and Assessment in Online Learning

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    Vonderwell, Selma; Liang, Xin; Alderman, Kay

    2007-01-01

    This case study explored asynchronous online discussions, assessment processes, and the meaning students derived from their experiences in five online graduate courses at the Colleges of Education of two Midwestern higher education institutions. The findings suggest that asynchronous online discussions facilitate a multidimensional process of…

  3. Problem Prioritization in Usability Evaluation:

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    Hertzum, Morten

    2006-01-01

    Severity assessments enable prioritization of problems encountered during usability evaluations and thereby provide a device for guiding the utilization of design resources. However, designers' response to usability evaluations is also influenced by other factors, which may overshadow severity....... With the purpose of enhancing the impact of severity assessments, this study combines a field study of factors that influence the impact of evaluations with an experimental study of severity assessments made during usability inspections. The results show that even in a project receptive to input from...... evaluations their impact was highly dependent on conducting evaluations early. This accorded with an informal method that blended elements of usability evaluation and participatory design and could be extended with user-made severity assessments. The major cost associated with the evaluations was not finding...

  4. Usability Study and Improvement of The Äly Excel

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    Tolonen, Heli

    2014-01-01

    This Master’s thesis concentrates on a particular tool, called Äly Excel, which is used in health care centres in Finland. The Äly Excel is a Microsoft Excel based tool that helps to plan a health care personnel rota. The main goal of this work was to enhance usability of the Äly Excel. The development work was part of the Hyvä Potku project that is managed by Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District. To find out the most important usability problems of the Äly Excel, usability tests were...

  5. Website Usability for Internet Banking

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    Zollet, Roman; Back, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    Internet users can fail at several hurdles, e.g. issues related to trouble-free and selfexplanatory interaction. Not only users but also organizations are affected adversely by these difficulties. The purpose of this study is to enhance the limited repertoire of methods for quantifying web applications usability, which have remained unchanged for years. It first develops a model explaining the relationship between usability dimensions and success variables. Consecutively, the model's hypothes...

  6. Usability testing of multimodal feedback interface and simulated collision-avoidance power wheelchair for long-term-care home residents with cognitive impairments

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    Rosalie H. Wang, PhD, BSc (OT

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Many older adults in long-term-care homes have complex physical and cognitive impairments and have difficulty propelling manual wheelchairs. Power wheelchair use is restricted owing to safety concerns. Power wheelchairs with collision-avoidance features are being developed to enable safe and independent mobility; however, a paucity of information exists on interface features to help users navigate away from obstacles. We developed a system combining an interface with auditory, visual, and haptic feedback and a simulated collision-avoidance power wheelchair. This device allowed the investigator to stop movement of the power wheelchair when users approached obstacles and to deliver feedback to help them navigate. Five long-term-care home residents with mild or moderate cognitive impairments evaluated device usability, which included effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction. Each resident used the device for six 1 h sessions. Observations, feedback interviews, and outcome questionnaires were completed during and after the sessions. We found the device effective in enabling residents to achieve basic driving tasks and self-identified indoor mobility goals. Furthermore, residents perceived workload to be low and were satisfied with the device. Residents also felt that the feedback was useful to help them navigate away from obstacles.

  7. Simulation of the Double-closed Loop Three-phase Asynchronous Variable Voltage Control System

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    Shuhua Jiang

    2011-01-01

    When controlling the voltage and speed of the asynchronous motor, to expand the speed control range and reduce the speed fluctuation, the speed control system adopts two feedback control loops, i.e. the speed feedback control loop and the current feedback control loop. The principle and components of the double-closed loop three-phase asynchronous variable voltage control system are studied, and the simulation model and the test result based on MATLAB/Simulink are provided in this article thr...

  8. Adding SPICE to a Library Internet Site: A Recipe to Enhance Usability

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    Ingrid Tonnison

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective - To produce a highly- usable intranet site, use the project to explore the practical application of evidence-based librarianship (EBL, and refine the library's project management methodology. Methods - Evidence was gathered via a literature review, an online survey, scenario-based usability testing, and the completion of a usability checlist. Usability issues were then addressed, guided by the Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines. Results - After a preliminary revision, the site achieved a usability index of 79% after application of the "Raward Library Usability Analysis Tool". Finding the information and supporting user tasks were identified as areas of weakness. Usability testing and cleint feedback supported these findings. After these issues were addressed by a major site redeveloment, the usability index increased to 98%. Conclusions - Raward's checklist is an easy and effective tool for measuring and identifying usability issues. Its value was enhanced by scenario-based usability testing, which yielded rich, client specific information. The application of EBL and project management princples ehnanced the outcomes of the project, and the professional development of the project team.

  9. Early-Stage Software Design for Usability

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    Golden, Elspeth

    2010-01-01

    In spite of the goodwill and best efforts of software engineers and usability professionals, systems continue to be built and released with glaring usability flaws that are costly and difficult to fix after the system has been built. Although user interface (UI) designers, be they usability or design experts, communicate usability requirements to…

  10. Hello World! - Experiencing Usability Methods without Usability Expertise

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    Eriksson, Elina; Cajander, Åsa; Gulliksen, Jan

    How do you do usability work when no usability expertise is available? What happens in an organization when system developers, with no previous HCI knowledge, after a 3-day course, start applying usability methods, and particularly field studies? In order to answer these questions qualitative data were gathered through participatory observations, a feed back survey, field study documentation and interviews from 47 system developers from a public authority. Our results suggest that field studies enhance the developer’s understanding of the user perspective, and provide a more holistic overview of the use situation, but that some developers were unable to interpret their observations and see solutions to the users’ problems. The field study method was very much appreciated and has now become standard operating procedure within the organization. However, although field studies may be useful, it does not replace the need for usability pro fes sion als, as their knowledge is essential for more complex observations, analysis and for keeping the focus on usability.

  11. THE USABILITY OF ONLINE GEOGRAPHIC VIRTUAL REALITY FOR URBAN PLANNING

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    Zhang, S.; Moore, A.B.

    2013-01-01

    Virtual reality (VR) technology is starting to become widely and freely available (for example the online OpenSimulator tool), with potential for use in 3D urban planning and design tasks but still needing rigorous assessment to establish this. A previous study consulted with a small group of urban professionals, who concluded in a satisfaction usability test that online VR had potential value as a usable 3D communication and remote marketing tool but acknowledged that visual quality...

  12. Abstracting Asynchronous Multi-Valued Networks

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    J. Steggles

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Multi-valued networks (MVNs provide a simple yet expressive qualitative state based modelling approach for biological systems. In this paper we develop an abstraction theory for asynchronous MVNs that allows the state space of a model to be reduced while preserving key properties. The abstraction theory therefore provides a mechanism for coping with the state space explosion problem and supports the analysis and comparison of MVNs. We take as our starting point the abstraction theory for synchronous MVNs which uses the under- approximation approach of trace set inclusion. We show this definition of asynchronous abstraction allows the sound inference of analysis properties and preserves other interesting model properties. One problem that arises in the asynchronous case is that the trace set of an MVN can be infinite making a simple trace set inclusion check infeasible. To address this we develop a decision procedure for checking asynchronous abstractions based on using the finite state graph of an asynchronous MVN to reason about its trace semantics and formally show that this decision procedure is correct. We illustrate the abstraction techniques developed by considering two detailed case studies in which asynchronous abstractions are identified and validated for existing asynchronous MVN models taken from the literature.

  13. Low-power Implementation of an Encryption/Decryption System with Asynchronous Techniques

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    Nikos Sklavos

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available An asynchronous VLSI implementation of the International Data Encryption Algorithm (IDEA is presented in this paper. In order to evaluate the asynchronous design a synchronous version of the algorithm was also designed. VHDL hardware description language was used in order to describe the algorithm. By using Synopsys commercial available tools the VHDL code was synthesized. After placing and routing both designs were fabricated with 0.6 μm CMOS technology. With a system clock of up to 8 MHz and a power supply of 5 V the two chips were tested and evaluated comparing with the software implementation of the IDEA algorithm. This new approach proves efficiently the lowest power consumption of the asynchronous implementation compared to the existing synchronous. Therefore, the asynchronous chip performs efficiently in Wireless Encryption Protocols and high speed networks.

  14. Burst-Mode Asynchronous Controllers on FPGA

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    Duarte L. Oliveira

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available FPGAs have been mainly used to design synchronous circuits. Asynchronous design on FPGAs is difficult because the resulting circuit may suffer from hazard problems. We propose a method that implements a popular class of asynchronous circuits, known as burst mode, on FPGAs based on look-up table architectures. We present two conditions that, if satisfied, guarantee essential hazard-free implementation on any LUT-based FPGA. By doing that, besides all the intrinsic advantages of asynchronous over synchronous circuits, they also take advantage of the shorter design time and lower cost associated with FPGA designs.

  15. Carrying Synchronous Voice Data On Asynchronous Networks

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    Bergman, Larry A.

    1990-01-01

    Buffers restore synchronism for internal use and permit asynchronism in external transmission. Proposed asynchronous local-area digital communication network (LAN) carries synchronous voice, data, or video signals, or non-real-time asynchronous data signals. Network uses double buffering scheme that reestablishes phase and frequency references at each node in network. Concept demonstrated in token-ring network operating at 80 Mb/s, pending development of equipment operating at planned data rate of 200 Mb/s. Technique generic and used with any LAN as long as protocol offers deterministic (or bonded) access delays and sufficient capacity.

  16. Direct Integration: Training Software Developers to Conduct Usability Evaluations

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    Skov, Mikael B.; Stage, Jan

    2008-01-01

    is based on an empirical study where 36 teams with a total of 234 first-year university students on software development and design educations were trained in a simple approach for user-based website usability testing that was taught in a 40 hour course. This approach supported them in planning......Many improvements of the interplay between usability evaluation and software development rely either on better methods for conducting usability evaluations or on better formats for presenting evaluation results in ways that are useful for software designers and developers. Both approaches involve a...... complete division of work between developers and evaluators, which is an undesirable complexity for many software development projects. This paper takes a different approach by exploring to what extent software developers and designers can be trained to carry out their own usability evaluations. The paper...

  17. User-Interface Usability Evaluation

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    Ali Mohamed

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, computers and internet are playing the major role in the development of business and different aspects of human lives; hence, the quality of user-computer interface became an important issue. User interface (UI can become an Achilles heel in a well-functioning system; due to the fact that most users judge the quality of a product by its usability. The UI layout design improves the usability of a product and accordingly may determine its success; so, due to this and more, the need of an objective way of evaluation of UI has arisen. This paper discusses various UI usability evaluation techniques and shows the recent developments in this field.

  18. Cultural Cognition in Usability Evaluation

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    Clemmensen, Torkil; Hertzum, Morten; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren;

    2009-01-01

    We discuss the impact of cultural differences on usability evaluations that are based on the thinking-aloud method (TA). The term ‘cultural differences' helps distinguish differences in the perception and thinking of Westerners (people from Western Europe and US citizens with European origins) and...... and evaluator. In conclusion, we point to the importance of matching the task presentation to users' cultural background, the different effects of thinking aloud on task performance between Easterners and Westerners, the differences in nonverbal behaviour that affect usability problem detection, and......, finally, the complexity of the overall relationship between a user and an evaluator with different cultural backgrounds...

  19. Implementing LOTOS as asynchronously Communicating Processes

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    Sjödin, Peter

    1990-01-01

    A technique is presented for translating LOTOS specifications into implementations executing as asynchronously communicating processes. This generation of implementations is described as transformations of LOTOS expressions. A protocol for implementing LOTOS synchronisation is described.

  20. Asynchronous Data Fusion With Parallel Filtering Frame

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    Na Li; Junhui Liu

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies the design of data fusion algorithm for asynchronous system with integer times sampling. Firstly, the multisensor asynchronous samplings is mapped to the basic axis, accordingly a sampling sequence of single sensor can be taken. Secondly, aiming at the sensor with the densest sampling points, the modified parallel filtering is given. Afterwards, the sequential filtering fusion method is introduced to deal with the case that there are multiple mapped measurements at some sam...

  1. REACTIVE POWER COMPENSATION IN ASYNCHRONOUS ELECTRIC DRIVES

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    V.S. Malyar

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available A problem of calculating capacity of cosine capacitors for individual compensation of reactive power in asynchronous electric drives in stationary and transient operation modes is considered. The algorithm introduced employs a high-adequacy mathematical model of asynchronous motor developed on the theory of representing vectors which takes into account both the magnetic core saturation and the current displacement in the rotor bars.

  2. Asynchronous communication in real space process algebra

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    Baeten, JCM Jos; Bergstra, JA Jan

    1992-01-01

    A version of classical real space process algebra is given in which messages travel with constant speed through a three-dimensional medium. It follows that communication is asynchronous and has a broadcasting character. A state operator is used to describe asynchronous message transfer and a priority mechanism allows to express the broadcasting mechanism. As an application, a protocol is specified in which the receiver moves with respect to the sender.

  3. Performance Analysis of Asynchronous Multicarrier Wireless Networks

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    Lin, Xingqin; Jiang, Libin; Andrews, Jeffrey G.

    2014-01-01

    This paper develops a novel analytical framework for asynchronous wireless networks deploying multicarrier transmission. Nodes in the network have different notions of timing, so from the viewpoint of a typical receiver, the received signals from different transmitters are asynchronous, leading to a loss of orthogonality between subcarriers. We first develop a detailed link-level analysis based on OFDM, based on which we propose a tractable system-level signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio...

  4. Usability in a cultural context

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    Clemmensen, Torkil; Yammiyavar, Pradeep; Ørngreen, Rikke;

    2010-01-01

    This paper focuses on presenting and discussing the aim, context, challenges, results, and impact of the Cultural usability project named as CultUsab. This project was a four year international research effort from 2006 to 2009, which was supported by a grant for the Danish Research Councils...

  5. Evaluation Methods on Usability of M-Learning Environments

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    Teresa Magal-Royo

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays there are different evaluation methods focused in the assessment of the usability of telematic methods. The assessment of 3rd generation web environments evaluates the effectiveness and usability of application with regard to the user needs. Wireless usability and, specifically in mobile phones, is concentrated in the validation of the features and tools management using conventional interactive environments. There is not a specific and suitable criterion to evaluate created environments and m-learning platforms, where the restricted and sequential representation is a fundamental aspect to be considered.The present paper exposes the importance of the conventional usability methods to verify both: the employed contents in wireless formats, and the possible interfaces from the conception phases, to the validations of the platform with such characteristics.The development of usability adapted inspection could be complemented with the Remote’s techniques of usability testing, which are being carried out these days in the mobile devices field and which pointed out the need to apply common criteria in the validation of non-located learning scenarios.

  6. USING UNIVERSITY RANKING SYSTEMS TO PREDICT USABILITY OF UNIVERSITY WEBSITES

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    Layla Hasan

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This research investigated whether a university ranking system called Eduroute could provide useful information regarding the usability of universities’ websites. A comparison was conducted between the results obtained by Eduroute regarding the ranking of the top three universities in Jordan, and the results obtained by the heuristic evaluation method regarding the usability of the top three universities’ websites. Before employing the heuristic evaluation method, two steps were taken: Investigating the most frequently visited pages on a university’s website from the viewpoint of 237 students, and developing a set of comprehensive heuristics specific to educational websites. Then, five heuristic evaluators were selected and asked to visit all the pages determined by the 237 students using the developed heuristics while evaluating each website. The results proved that the ranking of the three universities at Eduroute was an indicator regarding the overall usability of the sites; the first ranked university at Eduroute had the lowest number of usability problems identified by the evaluators, while the least ranked university had the largest number of usability problems. The heuristic evaluators also identified fourteen common usability problems on the three tested websites related to navigation, design, content, and ease of use and communication.

  7. Determining the Number of Participants Needed for the Usability Evaluation of E-Learning Resources: A Monte Carlo Simulation

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    Davids, Mogamat Razeen; Harvey, Justin; Halperin, Mitchell L.; Chikte, Usuf M. E.

    2015-01-01

    The usability of computer interfaces has a major influence on learning. Optimising the usability of e-learning resources is therefore essential. However, this may be neglected because of time and monetary constraints. User testing is a common approach to usability evaluation and involves studying typical end-users interacting with the application…

  8. Lessons from an Educational Game Usability Evaluation

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    Gabriela Trindade Perry

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present the results of a usability evaluation for Xenubi, a cell phone game about the periodic table. We describe and discuss the issues that we faced during the evaluation, which took place in a state high school. These issues are related to conflicts between the data that were gathered through video recordings and through a questionnaire. We also point to the poor performance of the game mechanics during the evaluation. This result was unexpected because the game had an excellent performance in the pilot test. Possible causes for these differences are discussed.

  9. You're a What? Usability Engineer.

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    Crosby, Olivia

    2001-01-01

    Describes the work of usability engineers, who improve computer hardware, software, and websites by focusing on how users perceive and manipulate those tools. Discusses education, training, salaries, and talents needed by usability engineers. (Author/JOW)

  10. Usability-Oriented Software Development Process

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    Carvajal García, Laura Elena

    2012-01-01

    Usability is the capability of the software product to be understood, learned, used and attractive to the user, when used under specified conditions. Many studies demonstrate the benefits of usability, yet to this day software products continue to exhibit consistently low levels of this quality attribute. Furthermore, poor usability in software systems contributes largely to software failing in actual use. One of the main disciplines involved in usability is that of Human-Computer Interaction...

  11. Asynchronous Complex Pipeline Design Based on ARM Instruction Set

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    WANG Bing; WANG Qin; PENG Rui-hua; FU Yu-zhuo

    2008-01-01

    This paper proposes an asynchronous complex pipeline based on ARM-V3 instruction set. Muller pipeline structure is used as prototype, and the factors which may affect pipeline performance are analyzed. To balance the difficulty of asynchronous design and performance analysis, both complete asynchronous and partial asynchronous structures aere designed and compared. Results of comparison with the well-Rnown industrial product ARM922T verify that about 30% and 40% performance improvement of the partial and complete asynchronous complex pipelines can be obtained respectively. The design methodologies can also be used in the design of other asynchronous pipelines.

  12. Usability in open source software development

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    Andreasen, M. S.; Nielsen, H. V.; Schrøder, S. O.;

    2006-01-01

    included a questionnaire survey and a series of interviews, where we interviewed OSS contributors with both technical and usability backgrounds. Overall we found that OSS developers are interested in usability, but in practice it is not top priority, and OSS projects rarely employs systematic usability...

  13. Tracing Impact in a Usability Improvement Process

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    Uldall-Espersen, Tobias; Frøkjær, Erik; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren

    2008-01-01

    Analyzing usability improvement processes as they take place in real-life organizations is necessary to understand the practice of usability work. This paper describes a case study where the usability of an information system is improved and a relationship between the improvements and the...

  14. THE USE OF EYE TRACKING TO ASSESS THE USABILITY OF UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

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    Terézia Kvasnicová; Iveta Kremeňová

    2015-01-01

    Websites, nowadays, are used not only as a sales method and information tool, but also as a communication tool. Almost every company has a website. Universities and colleges understand their strength, too. In this article, we describe theory of usability of university website and one of the usability testing methods—eye tracking. We use eye tracking to assess the usability of University of Žilina website. We present and use different analysis: Scan Path and Focus map. We identify many usabili...

  15. Assessment of the Usability of the Workbench Faraday Cage Method

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    Sørensen, Morten; Franek, Ondrej; Christensen, Søren K.; Pedersen, Gert Frølund; Ebert, Hans

    The workbench Faraday Cage method (WBFC) is a time efficient module pre-compliance test regarding radiated emission. This work investigates the method’s usability and credibility and concludes that for this particular case the WBFC perform a tolerable compliance test for frequencies below 360 MHz...

  16. Development of a Weight Loss Mobile App Linked With an Accelerometer for Use in the Clinic: Usability, Acceptability, and Early Testing of its Impact on the Patient-Doctor Relationship

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    Choo, Seryung; Jung, Se Young; Kim, Sarah; Kim, Jeong Eun; Han, Jong Soo; Kim, Sohye; Kim, Jeong Hyun; Kim, Jeehye; Kim, Yongseok; Kim, Dongouk; Steinhubl, Steve

    2016-01-01

    Background Although complications of obesity are well acknowledged and managed by clinicians, management of obesity itself is often difficult, which leads to its underdiagnosis and undertreatment in hospital settings. However, tools that could improve the management of obesity, including self-monitoring, engagement with a social network, and open channels of communication between the patient and doctor, are limited in a clinic-based setting. Objective The objective of our study was to evaluate the usability and acceptability of a newly developed mobile app linked with an accelerometer and its early effects on patient-doctor relationships. Methods From September 2013 to February 2014, we developed a mobile app linked with an accelerometer as a supportive tool for a clinic-based weight loss program. The app used information from electronic health records and delivered tailored educational material. Personal goal setting, as well as monitoring of weight changes and physical activity combined with feedback, are key features of the app. We also incorporated an interactive message board for patients and doctors. During the period of March 2014 to May 2014, we tested our mobile app for 1 month in participants in a hospital clinic setting. We assessed the app’s usability and acceptability, as well as the patient-doctor relationship, via questionnaires and analysis of app usage data. Results We recruited 30 individuals (18 male and 12 female) for the study. The median number of log-ins per day was 1.21, with the most frequently requested item being setting goals, followed by track physical activities and view personal health status. Scales of the depth of the patient-doctor relationship decreased from 27.6 (SD 4.8) to 25.1 (SD 4.5) by a Wilcoxon signed rank test (P=.02). Conclusions A mobile phone app linked with an accelerometer for a clinic-based weight loss program is useful and acceptable for weight management but exhibited less favorable early effects on patient

  17. A Usability Evaluation Model for Academic Library Websites: Efficiency, Effectiveness and Learnability

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose – This paper aimed to develop a usability evaluation model and associated survey tool in the context of academic libraries. This study not only proposed a usability evaluation model but also a practical survey tool tailored to academic library websites. Design/methodology – A usability evaluation model has been developed for academic library websites based on literature review and expert consultation. Then, the authors verified the reliability and validity of the usability evaluation model empirically using the survey data from actual users. Statistical analysis, such as descriptive statistics, internal consistency test, and a factor analysis, were applied to ensure both the reliability and validity of the usability evaluation tool. Findings – From the document analysis and expert consultation, this study identified eighteen measurement items to survey the three constructs of the usability, effectiveness, efficiency, and learnability, in academic library websites. The evaluation tool was then validated with regard to data distribution, reliability, and validity. The empirical examination based on 147 actual user responses proved the survey evaluation tool suggested herein is acceptable in assessing academic library website usability. Originality/Value – This research is one of the few studies to engender a practical survey tool in evaluating library website usability. The usability model and corresponding survey tool would be useful for librarians and library administrators in academic libraries who plan to conduct a usability evaluation involving large sample.

  18. Defining Usability of PN Services

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    Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Ahola, Titta; Fleury, Alexandre;

    In this deliverable usability and user experience are defined in relation to MAGNET Beyond technologies, and it is described how the main MAGNET Beyond concepts can be evaluated through the involvement of users. The concepts include the new "Activity based communication approach" for interacting...... with the MAGNET Beyond system, as well as the core concepts: Personal Network, Personal Network-Federation, Service Discovery, User Profile Management, Personal Network Management, Privacy and Security and Context Awareness. The overall plans for the final usability evaluation are documented based on...... the present status of the pilot services. The evaluation will be conducted on two pilot services, that are being implemented - the Lifestyle companion and the Icebreaker. The plan of the evaluation is to carry out combinations of different types of user evaluation methods. These are user panel...

  19. Telerehabilitation Technologies: Accessibility and Usability

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    Michael Pramuka

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available In the fields of telehealth and telemedicine, phone and/or video technologies are key to the successful provision of services such as remote monitoring and visits. How do these technologies affect service accessibility, effectiveness, quality, and usefulness when applied to rehabilitation services in the field of telerehabilitation? To answer this question, we provide a overview of the complex network of available technologies and discuss how they link to rehabilitation applications, services, and practices as well as to the telerehabilitation end-user. This white paper will first present the numerous professional considerations that shape the use of technology in telerehabilitation service and set it somewhat apart from telemedicine. It will then provide an overview of concepts essential to usability analysis; present a summary of various telerehabilitation technologies and their strengths and limitations, and consider how the technologies interface with end users’ clinical needs for service accessibility, effectiveness, quality, and usefulness. The paper will highlight a conceptual framework (including task analyses and usability issues that underlies a functional match between telerehabilitation technologies, clinical applications, and end-user capabilities for telerehabilitation purposes. Finally, we will discuss pragmatic issues related to user integration of telerehabilitation technology versus traditional face-to-face approaches. Key Words: Remote, Technology, Usability, Accessibility, Decision Factors, Decision Support

  20. Facilitating Energy Savings through Enhanced Usability of Thermostats

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    Meier, Alan; Aragon, Cecilia; Peffer, Therese; Perry, Daniel; Pritoni, Marco

    2011-05-23

    Residential thermostats play a key role in controlling heating and cooling systems. Occupants often find the controls of programmable thermostats confusing, sometimes leading to higher heating consumption than when the buildings are controlled manually. A high degree of usability is vital to a programmable thermostat's effectiveness because, unlike a more efficient heating system, occupants must engage in specific actions after installation to obtain energy savings. We developed a procedure for measuring the usability of thermostats and tested this methodology with 31 subjects on five thermostats. The procedure requires first identifying representative tasks associated with the device and then testing the subjects ability to accomplish those tasks. The procedure was able to demonstrate the subjects wide ability to accomplish tasks and the influence of a device's usability on success rates. A metric based on the time to accomplish the tasks and the fraction of subjects actually completing the tasks captured the key aspects of each thermostat's usability. The procedure was recently adopted by the Energy Star Program for its thermostat specification. The approach appears suitable for quantifying usability of controls in other products, such as heat pump water heaters and commercial lighting.

  1. Asynchronous decentralized method for interconnected electricity markets

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    This paper presents an asynchronous decentralized method to solve the optimization problem of interconnected electricity markets. The proposed method decomposes the optimization problem of combined electricity markets into individual optimization problems. The impact of neighboring markets' information is included in the objective function of the individual market optimization problem by the standard Lagrangian relaxation method. Most decentralized optimization methods use synchronous models of communication to exchange updated market information among markets during the iterative process. In this paper, however, the solutions of the individual optimization problems are coordinated through an asynchronous communication model until they converge to the global optimal solution of combined markets. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the advantages of the proposed asynchronous method over the existing synchronous methods. (author)

  2. Understanding Usability Work as a Human Activity

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    Nørgaard, Mie

    Three core themes are explored in eight papers: Usability work as a human activity, usability practice and methods, and persuasiveness of evaluation results and feedback. We explore how usability work is much more than methods and work procedures, and argue that maturing our understanding...... systems struggle with making methods meet practical realities and demands, and that the concept of usability in games is not satisfactorily covered by for example the ISO 9241-11. With this in mind we call for future work that broadens the concept of usability to include concepts more relevant to games...... of usability work to include a human perspective, is crucial to downstream utility—how usability work impacts the on-going development process. Our work shows that cross-professional collaboration is subject to challenges that arise from stakeholders having conflicting priorities, procedures and personalities...

  3. Software Development and Feedback from Usability Evaluations

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    Høegh, Rune Thaarup

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a study of the strengths and weaknesses of written, multimedia and oral feedback from usability evaluations to developers. The strengths and weaknesses are related to how well the feedback supports the developers in addressing usability problems in a software system. The study...... concludes that using the traditional written usability report, as the only form of feedback from usability evaluations is associated with problems related to the report not supporting the process of addressing the usability problems. The report is criticized for representing an overwhelming amount of...... information, while still not offering the required information to address usability problems. Other forms of feedback, such as oral or multimedia feedback helps the developer in understanding the usability problems better, but are on the other hand less cost-effective than a written description....

  4. THE USE OF EYE TRACKING TO ASSESS THE USABILITY OF UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

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    Terézia Kvasnicová

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Websites, nowadays, are used not only as a sales method and information tool, but also as a communication tool. Almost every company has a website. Universities and colleges understand their strength, too. In this article, we describe theory of usability of university website and one of the usability testing methods—eye tracking. We use eye tracking to assess the usability of University of Žilina website. We present and use different analysis: Scan Path and Focus map. We identify many usability problems whose removal will help to create new pages and, thus, increasing their effectiveness.

  5. Handbook of asynchronous machines with variable speed

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    Razik, Hubert

    2013-01-01

    This handbook deals with the asynchronous machine in its close environment. It was born from a reflection on this electromagnetic converter whose integration in industrial environments takes a wide part. Previously this type of motor operated at fixed speed, from now on it has been integrated more and more in processes at variable speed. For this reason it seemed useful, or necessary, to write a handbook on the various aspects from the motor in itself, via the control and while finishing by the diagnosis aspect. Indeed, an asynchronous motor is used nowadays in industry where variation speed a

  6. Dual stator winding variable speed asynchronous generator: magnetic equivalent circuit with saturation, FEM analysis and experiments

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    Tutelea, L. N.; Muntean, N.; Deaconu, S. I.; Cunţan, C. D.

    2016-02-01

    The authors carried out a theoretical and experimental study of dual stator winding squirrel cage asynchronous generator (DSWA) behaviour in the presence of saturation regime (non-sinusoidal) due to the variable speed operation. The main aims are the determination of the relations of calculating the equivalent parameters of the machine windings, FEM validation of parameters and characteristics with free FEMM 4.2 computing software and the practice experimental tests for verifying them. Issue is limited to three phase range of double stator winding cage-asynchronous generator of small sized powers, the most currently used in the small adjustable speed wind or hydro power plants. The tests were carried out using three-phase asynchronous generator having rated power of 6 [kVA].

  7. Acceptability of an Asynchronous Learning Forum on Mobile Devices

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    Chang, Chih-Kai

    2010-01-01

    Mobile learning has recently become noteworthy because mobile devices have become popular. To construct an asynchronous learning forum on mobile devices is important because an asynchronous learning forum is always an essential part of networked asynchronous distance learning. However, the input interface in handheld learning devices, which is…

  8. The non-anticipation of the asynchronous systems

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    Vlad, Serban E.

    2008-01-01

    The asynchronous systems are the models of the asynchronous circuits from the digital electrical engineering and non-anticipation is one of the most important properties in systems theory. Our present purpose is to introduce several concepts of non-anticipation of the asynchronous systems.

  9. The Mechanical Transient Process at Asynchronous Motor Oscillating Mode

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    Antonovičs, Uldis; Bražis, Viesturs; Greivulis, Jānis

    2009-01-01

    The research object is squirrel-cage asynchronous motor connected to single-phase sinusoidal. There are shown, that by connecting to the stator windings a certain sequence of half-period positive and negative voltage, a motor rotor is rotated, but three times slower than in the three-phase mode. Changing the connecting sequence of positive and negative half-period voltage to stator windings, motor can work in various oscillating modes. It is tested experimentally. The mechanical transient processes had been researched in rotation and oscillating modes.

  10. The Usability Analysis of An E-Learning Environment

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    Fulya TORUN

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this research, an E-learning environment is developed for the teacher candidates taking the course on Scientific Research Methods. The course contents were adapted to one of the constructivist approach models referred to as 5E, and an expert opinion was received for the compliance of this model. An usability analysis was also performed to determine the usability of the e-learning environment. The participants of the research comprised 42 teacher candidates. The mixed method was used in the research. 3 different data collection tools were used in order to measure the three basic concepts of usability analyses, which are the dimensions of effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction. Two of the data collection tools were the scales developed by different researchers and were applied with the approval received from the researchers involved. On the other hand, the usability test as another data tool was prepared by the researchers who conducted this study for the purpose of determining the participants’ success in handling the twelve tasks assigned to them with respect to the use of elearning environment, the seconds they spent on that environment and the number of clicks they performed. Considering the results of the analyses performed within the data obtained, the usability of the developed e-learning environment proved to be at a higher rate.

  11. Eye-tracking for web usability research

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    Michał Laskowski

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Testing usability with eye-tracking enables to understand a new dimension of user interaction. We can research areas that are most interesting for users and what behavior patterns causes it. It is possible to identify page elements that attract attention and to which the user is blind. The eye-tracker device is very accurate, it can measure up to 120 times per second the position of the eye on the screen. Using research data it is possible to draw gaze plots report and heat map chart for further analysis. In my opinion the greatest challenge for performing eye-tracking research is to use appropriate methodology, such as set exposure time, fixation length, recruit representatives group, set up relaxing testing condition for users to react in a natural way.

  12. N-CANDA data integration: anatomy of an asynchronous infrastructure for multi-site, multi-instrument longitudinal data capture

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    Rohlfing, Torsten; Cummins, Kevin; Henthorn, Trevor; Chu, WeiWei; Nichols, B Nolan

    2013-01-01

    The infrastructure for data collection implemented by the National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence (N-CANDA) for data collection comprises several innovative features: (a) secure, asynchronous transfer and persistent storage of collected data via a revision control system; (b) two-stage import into a longitudinal database; and (c) use of a script-controlled web browser for data retrieval from a third-party, web-based neuropsychological test battery. The asynchronous ...

  13. Usability principles to design mobile workplace learning content

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the design of a mobile workplace learning tool for trainers of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization. The motivation behind is to provide trainers with a practical tool that will enable them to recall information at the moment of need and continue to learn in context. On this purpose a set of visual augmented reality cards was created, taking into consideration the fundamental mobile learning and usability principles. The nature of the article is empirical as it reports an experiment carried out with trainers which aimed at testing cards usability and learnability. Results show that the integration of both online and offline strategies was perceived as an added value as trainers could choose to retrieve information as they mostly like; finally, it also resulted in high usability scores, an aspect that contributes to their effectiveness at the workplace.

  14. Using Usability Evaluation to Inform Alberta's Personal Health Record Design.

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    Price, Morgan; Bellwood, Paule; Davies, Iryna

    2015-01-01

    Alberta Health is deploying the Personal Health Portal (PHP) (MyHealth.Alberta.ca) to all people in the province of Alberta, Canada. The PHP will include several components such as a Personal Health Record (PHR) where users can enter and access their own health data. For the first PHR of its kind in Canada, Alberta Health asked the University of Victoria's eHealth Observatory to evaluate the PHP, including the PHR. The evaluation includes pre-design, design, and adoption evaluation. This paper focuses on early usability evaluations of the PHR software. Persona-based usability inspection was combined with usability testing sessions using think aloud. These evaluations found that while people were familiar with the web-based technology, several aspects of the PHR information architecture, content, and presentation could be improved to better support and provide value to the users. The findings could be helpful to others designing and implementing similar PHR software. PMID:25676994

  15. Making Sense of an Academic Library Web Site: Toward a More Usable Interface for University Researchers

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    Kitalong, Karla Saari; Hoeppner, Athena; Scharf, Meg

    2008-01-01

    Library patrons familiar with Web searching conventions often find library searching to be less familiar and even intimidating. This article describes and evaluates a series of usability research studies employing two different and popular methodologies: user-centered redesign and usability testing. Card sorting and affinity mapping were used to…

  16. A Usability Study of Users' Perceptions toward a Multimedia Computer-Assisted Learning Tool for Neuroanatomy

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    Gould, Douglas J.; Terrell, Mark A.; Fleming, Jo

    2008-01-01

    This usability study evaluated users' perceptions of a multimedia prototype for a new e-learning tool: Anatomy of the Central Nervous System: A Multimedia Course. Usability testing is a collection of formative evaluation methods that inform the developmental design of e-learning tools to maximize user acceptance, satisfaction, and adoption.…

  17. Wireless application guidelines for usability design and evaluation for developing countries

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    The aim of this paper is to provide guidelines for designing wireless applications. These guidelines are developed with the help of Human Computer Interaction based Usability Evaluation surveys and tests results. These guidelines will help in making wireless applications more usable and attractive for users and will help designers to plan effective interactive applications. The guidelines presented in the paper have been derived from the results of surveys, usability tests and SET (Summative Evaluation Tests) carried out over 200 people of Karachi, Pakistan, from different walks of life with different academic and professional backgrounds, making imperative suggestions not only to improve the usability of exciting features given in wireless and mobile products, but also provide suggestions to improve usability of basic components such as, text, navigation, interactivity, multimedia, control and behavior. (author)

  18. Asynchronous Rumor Spreading on Random Graphs

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    Panagiotou, Konstantinos

    2016-01-01

    We perform a thorough study of various characteristics of the asynchronous push-pull protocol for spreading a rumor on Erd\\H{o}s-R\\'enyi random graphs $G_{n,p}$, for any $p>c\\ln(n)/n$ with $c>1$. In particular, we provide a simple strategy for analyzing the asynchronous push-pull protocol on arbitrary graph topologies and apply this strategy to $G_{n,p}$. We prove tight bounds of logarithmic order for the total time that is needed until the information has spread to all nodes. Surprisingly, the time required by the asynchronous push-pull protocol is asymptotically almost unaffected by the average degree of the graph. Similarly tight bounds for Erd\\H{o}s-R\\'enyi random graphs have previously only been obtained for the synchronous push protocol, where it has been observed that the total running time increases significantly for sparse random graphs. Finally, we quantify the robustness of the protocol with respect to transmission and node failures. Our analysis suggests that the asynchronous protocols are particu...

  19. Duration of asynchronous operations in distributed systems

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    Makhaniok, Mikhail; Männer, Reinhard

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    A distributed asynchronous system is investigated. Its processing elements execute common operations concurrently and distributively. They are implemented as combinatorial circuits and exchange data via open collector bus lines. A method is presented to identify and to minimize the duration of an operation and therefore to increase the performance of the system. No hardware modifications are required.

  20. CCS, locations and asynchronous transition systems

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    Mukund, Madhavan; Nielsen, Mogens

    system for CCS by introducing labels on the transitions with information about the locations of events. We then show that the resulting transition system is an asynchronous transition system which has the additional property of being elementary, which means that it can also be represented by a 1-safe net...

  1. Usability Engineering of Games: A Comparative Analysis of Measuring Excitement Using Sensors, Direct Observations and Self-Reported Data

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    Arwa Alamoudi; Noura Alomar; Rawan Alabdulrahman; Sarah Alkoblan; Wea'am Alrashed

    2014-01-01

    Usability engineering and usability testing are concepts that continue to evolve. Interesting research studies and new ideas come up every now and then. This paper tests the hypothesis of using an EDA-based physiological measurements as a usability testing tool by considering three measures; which are observers‟ opinions, self-reported data and EDA-based physiological sensor data. These data were analyzed comparatively and statistically. It concludes by discussing the findings...

  2. Algoritmo de um teste adaptativo informatizado com base na teoria da resposta ao item para a estimação da usabilidade de sites de e-commerce Algorithm of computerized adaptive testing to estimate the usability of e-commerce sites

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    Fernando de Jesus Moreira Junior

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo propõe um algoritmo de um teste adaptativo informatizado baseado na teoria da resposta ao item, desenvolvido para estimar o grau de usabilidade de sites de e-commerce. Cinco algoritmos baseados no critério da máxima informação foram desenvolvidos e testados via simulação. O algoritmo com o melhor desempenho foi aplicado nos dados reais de 361 sites de e-commerce. Os resultados mostraram que o algoritmo desenvolvido consegue obter uma boa estimativa para o grau de usabilidade de sites de e-commerce com a aplicação de 13 itens.This paper proposes an algorithm of a computerized adaptive testing based on Item Response Theory, designed to estimate the degree of usability of e-commerce sites. Five algorithms were tested by simulation. The algorithm with the best performance was applied to real data from 361 e-commerce sites. The results showed that the algorithm could obtain good estimates for the degree of usability of e-commerce sites with the application of 13 items.

  3. Developer Driven and User Driven Usability Evaluations

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    Bruun, Anders

    2013-01-01

    Usability evaluation provide software development teams with insights on the degree to which a software application enables a user to achieve his/her goals, how fast these goals can be achieved, how easy it is to learn and how satisfactory it is in use Although usability evaluations are crucial in...... explores two of these: 1) The first approach is to support SWPs by training them to drive usability evaluations. 2) The second approach to support SWPs involves minimalist training of end users to drive usability evaluations. In related work, a set of five quality criteria for usability evaluations is...... usability evaluations, and how do they perform with respect to the quality criteria? I studied the developer driven and user driven approaches by firstly conducting literature surveys related to each of these topics followed by artificial settings research and finally by conducting research in natural...

  4. USABILITY ANALYSIS IN BRAZILIAN COMMERCE WEBSITES

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    Eduardo Marques Costa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to evaluate the usability in Brazilian e-commerce sites through usability recommendation analysis. Literature review showed ten recommendations in order to have usage quality by users. It is a qualitative and quantitative study with descriptive characteristic. Heuristic evaluation analysis technique was conducted after surveying twentyone Brazilian e-commerce sites, grouped into four major areas such as general retail, banks, bookstores and airlines. It was observed that usability recommendations were present in the analyzed sites but none of them showed to follow the entire guidelines. Retail sites showed higher evidences on usability recommendations. Regarding the impact of failures in usage, it was found that there is increased difficulty in sites that do not clearly show usability recommendations. Thus frequent errors and usage difficulties are increased when users do not realize usability guidelines in websites

  5. Beyond the Usability Lab Conducting Large-scale Online User Experience Studies

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    Albert, William; Tullis, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Usability testing and user experience research typically take place in a controlled lab with small groups. While this type of testing is essential to user experience design, more companies are also looking to test large sample sizes to be able compare data according to specific user populations and see how their experiences differ across user groups. But few usability professionals have experience in setting up these studies, analyzing the data, and presenting it in effective ways.  Online usability testing offers the solution by allowing testers to elicit feedback simultaneously from 1,0

  6. Distributed user interfaces usability and collaboration

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    Lozano, María D; Tesoriero, Ricardo; Penichet, Victor MR

    2013-01-01

    Written by international researchers in the field of Distributed User Interfaces (DUIs), this book brings together important contributions regarding collaboration and usability in Distributed User Interface settings. Throughout the thirteen chapters authors address key questions concerning how collaboration can be improved by using DUIs, including: in which situations a DUI is suitable to ease the collaboration among users; how usability standards can be used to evaluate the usability of systems based on DUIs; and accurately describe case studies and prototypes implementing these concerns

  7. Usability : impact on e-commerce

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    Machado, Ana Teresa Martins

    2011-01-01

    While many factors can affect a Web site's ability to attract new customers, retain current customers, and efficiently facilitate online transactions, usability is becoming increasingly more important, particularly in light of the increased use of the Internet by both businesses and consumers. Numerous researchers and Web development practitioners have proposed various techniques and instruments for measuring usability however there is still no consensus on how to measure Web site usability. ...

  8. Usability and digital inclusion: standards and guidelines

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    Aleixo, Carlos; Nunes, Miguel; Isaías, Pedro

    2012-01-01

    This article aims at discussing e-government website usability in relation to concerns about digital inclusion. E-government web design should consider all aspects of usability, including those that make it more accessible to all. Traditional concerns of social exclusion are being superseded by fears that lack of digital competence and information literacy may result in dangerous digital exclusion. Usability is considered as a way to address this exclusion and should therefore ...

  9. Usable security history, themes, and challenges

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    Garfinkel, Simson

    2014-01-01

    There has been roughly 15 years of research into approaches for aligning research in Human Computer Interaction with computer Security, more colloquially known as ``usable security.'' Although usability and security were once thought to be inherently antagonistic, today there is wide consensus that systems that are not usable will inevitably suffer security failures when they are deployed into the real world. Only by simultaneously addressing both usability and security concerns will we be able to build systems that are truly secure. This book presents the historical context of the work to dat

  10. Usability Considerations of Mobile Learning Applications

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    Ali Mostakhdemin-Hosseini

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract- Mobile usability is not one-dimensional property of user interface, it has many components and attributes [1] The most attributes associated with the mobile usability are as following: Satisfaction, Efficiency, Learnability, Lack of Errors, and Memorability The assessment and importance of the usability attributes varies based on the application and the type of the users. For the expert users’ lack of errors, reliability and efficiency are important and for the novice users beside mentioned factors the adjustability, learnability and memorability are essentials factors. This paper reveals different usability considerations for mobile learning system with approparte guidelines.

  11. Usability evaluation of centered time cartograms

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    Ullah, Rehmat; Mengistu, Eskedar Zelalem; van Elzakker, C. P. J. M.; Kraak, Menno-Jan

    2016-06-01

    A time cartogram visualizes travelling-times between locations. It replaces the geographic distance by time distance and distorts the underlyingmap accordingly. By distorting themap, time cartogramsmay give a more intuitive and clear picture of travelling-times. The distortion of the map, however, can make time cartograms harder to recognize and use. Although cartograms are becoming widespread in use, very little is known about their usability. This study focuses on the usability of centered time cartograms: time cartograms that visualize travellingtimes from a fixed starting location to other destinations in a region. We created several centered time cartograms to answer spatio-temporal questions related to the Dutch railway network. Two experiments were performed: a laboratory test and an online survey. In the laboratory test, we used eye-tracking, thinking aloud, and video-recording to compare four different designs of centered time cartograms to find out which one (or combination) of these performs better in answering spatiotemporal questions and thus, to establish a favorable design strategy for these cartograms. In the online survey, centered time cartograms were evaluated against a geographic and schematic map for accuracy, response time, and preference. The first experiment suggested that among various designs, the centered time cartogram with emphasized railroads is the most preferred design and the centered time cartogram without railroads is the least preferred. The second experiment indicated that overall, centered time cartograms perform better than the two other solutions in performing spatio-temporal tasks, particularly when the task has a dominant time-related component.

  12. Asynchronous Pipeline Micro—Control—Unit (MCU) Chip Design

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    ZHOUQian; XUKe; MINHao

    2003-01-01

    The work of this paper includes a researchon asynch ronous design methodology, and a design and implementation of an asynchronous 8-Bit micro-control-unit (MCU). This paper introduces a new application of New-Instruction-Fetching method to detect new instruc-tion which makes this chip fit for demand changeable sys-tem. The instruction set of this asynchronous MCU is compatible with PIC16C6X (Sicrochip Technology Inc).This paper also introduces a new architecture of pipeline,which increases the average speed of chip operation. The asynchronous low power MCU has been fabricated with CSMC (central semiconductor manufacturing corporation)0.6μm CMOS process in Aug 2001. The chip size is about 1.60mm*2.00mm (without taking account of PAD size).Now the test work has been accomplished and the test-ing result of this chip is also presented. The testing result shows that the asynchronous architecture could fulfill all the expected functions, additionally with higher processs peed and lower power consumption than its synchronous counterpart under the same supply voltage.

  13. Perceived Usability Evaluation of Learning Management Systems: Empirical Evaluation of the System Usability Scale

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    Orfanou, Konstantina; Tselios, Nikolaos; Katsanos, Christos

    2015-01-01

    Perceived usability affects greatly student's learning effectiveness and overall learning experience, and thus is an important requirement of educational software. The System Usability Scale (SUS) is a well-researched and widely used questionnaire for perceived usability evaluation. However, surprisingly few studies have used SUS to evaluate the…

  14. Improving Usability of Passphrase Authentication

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    Nielsen, Glen; Vedel, Michael; Jensen, Christian D.

    2014-01-01

    The combination of user-names and passwords has become the predominant method of user authentication in computer systems. Most users have multiple accounts on different systems, which impose different constraints on the length and complexity of passwords that the user is allowed to select....... This is done to ensure an appropriate degree of security, but instead, it makes it difficult for users to remember their password, which results in passwords that are either insecure, but easy to remember, or written down on paper. In this paper we address the problem of usability in user authentication......, which accepts the most common typing mistakes. The proposed algorithm has been implemented in secure hardware and integrated into a standard Unix system. We present the design, implementation and preliminary evaluation of the developed passphrase authentication prototype....

  15. Evaluation of Usability Utilizing Markov Models

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    Penedo, Janaina Rodrigues; Diniz, Morganna; Ferreira, Simone Bacellar Leal; Silveira, Denis S.; Capra, Eliane

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the usability of a remote learning system in its initial development phase, using a quantitative usability evaluation method through Markov models. Design/methodology/approach: The paper opted for an exploratory study. The data of interest of the research correspond to the possible accesses of users…

  16. Computing by Temporal Order: Asynchronous Cellular Automata

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    Michael Vielhaber

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Our concern is the behaviour of the elementary cellular automata with state set 0,1 over the cell set Z/nZ (one-dimensional finite wrap-around case, under all possible update rules (asynchronicity. Over the torus Z/nZ (n<= 11,we will see that the ECA with Wolfram rule 57 maps any v in F_2^n to any w in F_2^n, varying the update rule. We furthermore show that all even (element of the alternating group bijective functions on the set F_2^n = 0,...,2^n-1, can be computed by ECA57, by iterating it a sufficient number of times with varying update rules, at least for n <= 10. We characterize the non-bijective functions computable by asynchronous rules.

  17. Inhibition Controls Asynchronous States of Neuronal Networks

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    Treviño, Mario

    2016-01-01

    Computations in cortical circuits require action potentials from excitatory and inhibitory neurons. In this mini-review, I first provide a quick overview of findings that indicate that GABAergic neurons play a fundamental role in coordinating spikes and generating synchronized network activity. Next, I argue that these observations helped popularize the notion that network oscillations require a high degree of spike correlations among interneurons which, in turn, produce synchronous inhibition of the local microcircuit. The aim of this text is to discuss some recent experimental and computational findings that support a complementary view: one in which interneurons participate actively in producing asynchronous states in cortical networks. This requires a proper mixture of shared excitation and inhibition leading to asynchronous activity between neighboring cells. Such contribution from interneurons would be extremely important because it would tend to reduce the spike correlation between neighboring pyramidal cells, a drop in redundancy that could enhance the information-processing capacity of neural networks. PMID:27274721

  18. Direct Torque Control of the Asynchronous Motor

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    Peter Girovský

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available This contribution deals with the proposal of direct torque control (DTC of asynchronous motor (AMwith the help of fuzzy logic. The whole structure of DTC is designed in software Matlab – Simulink, the fuzzy regulator is designed with the help of Fuzzy Toolbox. The results of DTC with fuzzy regulator are compared with DTC with the help of Depenbrock method and DTC with the help of Takahashi method.

  19. Direct Torque Control of the Asynchronous Motor

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    Peter Girovský; Jaroslava Žilková; Ľubomír Cibuľa; Jaroslav Timko

    2008-01-01

    This contribution deals with the proposal of direct torque control (DTC) of asynchronous motor (AM)with the help of fuzzy logic. The whole structure of DTC is designed in software Matlab – Simulink, the fuzzy regulator is designed with the help of Fuzzy Toolbox. The results of DTC with fuzzy regulator are compared with DTC with the help of Depenbrock method and DTC with the help of Takahashi method.

  20. Asynchronous Nano-Electronics: Preliminary Investigation

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    Martin, Alain J.; Prakash, Piyush

    2008-01-01

    This paper is a preliminary investigation in implementing asynchronous QDI logic in molecular nano-electronics, taking into account the restricted geometry, the lack of control on transistor strengths, the high timing variations. We show that the main building blocks of QDI logic can be successfully implemented; we illustrate the approach with the layout of an adder stage. The proposed techniques to improve the reliability of QDI apply to nano-CMOS as well.

  1. Rapid, generalized adaptation to asynchronous audiovisual speech

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    Van der Burg, Erik; Goodbourn, Patrick T.

    2015-01-01

    The brain is adaptive. The speed of propagation through air, and of low-level sensory processing, differs markedly between auditory and visual stimuli; yet the brain can adapt to compensate for the resulting cross-modal delays. Studies investigating temporal recalibration to audiovisual speech have used prolonged adaptation procedures, suggesting that adaptation is sluggish. Here, we show that adaptation to asynchronous audiovisual speech occurs rapidly. Participants viewed a brief clip of an...

  2. Accurate estimator of correlations between asynchronous signals

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    Toth, Bence; Kertesz, Janos

    2008-01-01

    The estimation of the correlation between time series is often hampered by the asynchronicity of the signals. Cumulating data within a time window suppresses this source of noise but weakens the statistics. We present a method to estimate correlations without applying long time windows. We decompose the correlations of data cumulated over a long window using decay of lagged correlations as calculated from short window data. This increases the accuracy of the estimated correlation significantl...

  3. Quantitative phase microscopy with asynchronous digital holography

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    Chalut, Kevin J.; Brown, William J.; Wax, Adam

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate a new method of measuring quantitative phase in imaging of biological materials. This method, asynchronous digital holography, employs knowledge of a moving fringe created by acousto-optic modulators to execute phase-shifting interferometry using two near-simultaneous interferograms. The method can be used to obtain quantitative phase images of dynamic biological samples on millisecond time scales. We present results on a standard sample, and on live cell samples.

  4. Development of the Telehealth Usability Questionnaire (TUQ).

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    Parmanto, Bambang; Lewis, Allen Nelson; Graham, Kristin M; Bertolet, Marnie H

    2016-01-01

    Current telehealth usability questionnaires are designed primarily for older technologies, where telehealth interaction is conducted over dedicated videoconferencing applications. However, telehealth services are increasingly conducted over computer-based systems that rely on commercial software and a user supplied computer interface. Therefore, a usability questionnaire that addresses the changes in telehealth service delivery and technology is needed. The Telehealth Usability Questionnaire (TUQ) was developed to evaluate the usability of telehealth implementation and services. This paper addresses: (1) the need for a new measure of telehealth usability, (2) the development of the TUQ, (3) intended uses for the TUQ, and (4) the reliability of the TUQ. Analyses indicate that the TUQ is a solid, robust, and versatile measure that can be used to measure the quality of the computer-based user interface and the quality of the telehealth interaction and services. PMID:27563386

  5. Blending Online Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

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    Lisa C. Yamagata-Lynch

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this article I will share a qualitative self-study about a 15-week blended 100% online graduate level course facilitated through synchronous meetings on Blackboard Collaborate and asynchronous discussions on Blackboard. I taught the course at the University of Tennessee (UT during the spring 2012 semester and the course topic was online learning environments. The primary research question of this study was: How can the designer/instructor optimize learning experiences for students who are studying about online learning environments in a blended online course relying on both synchronous and asynchronous technologies? I relied on student reflections of course activities during the beginning, middle, and the end of the semester as the primary data source to obtain their insights regarding course experiences. Through the experiences involved in designing and teaching the course and engaging in this study I found that there is room in the instructional technology research community to address strategies for facilitating online synchronous learning that complement asynchronous learning. Synchronous online whole class meetings and well-structured small group meetings can help students feel a stronger sense of connection to their peers and instructor and stay engaged with course activities. In order to provide meaningful learning spaces in synchronous learning environments, the instructor/designer needs to balance the tension between embracing the flexibility that the online space affords to users and designing deliberate structures that will help them take advantage of the flexible space.

  6. Enabling techniques for asynchronous coherent OCDMA

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    Wang, Xu; Wada, Naoya; Kitayama, Ken-ichi

    2005-11-01

    The coherent OCDMA system could suffer from severe multiple access interference (MAI) and beat noise, which limit the maximum number of active users that can be supported in a network. One effective method to reduce the beat noise as well as the MAI noise is to lower the interference level by adopting ultra-long optical code. Applying optical thresholding technique is also crucial to enable data-rate detection for achieving a practical OCDMA system. In this paper, we review the recent progress in the key enabling techniques for asynchronous coherent OCDMA: the novel encoder/decoders including spatial lightwave phase modulator, micro-ring resonator for spectral phase coding and superstructured FBG (SSFBG) and AWG type encode/decoder for time-spreading coding; optical thresholding techniques with PPLN and nonlinearity in fiber. The FEC has also been applied in OCDMA system recently. With 511-chip SSFBG and SC-based optical thresholder, 10-user, truly-asynchronous gigabit OCDMA transmission has been successfully achieved. Most recently, a record throughput 12×10.71 Gbps truly-asynchronous OCDMA has been demonstrated by using the 16×16 ports AWG-type encoder/decoder and FEC transmit ITU-T G.709 OTN frames.

  7. A BENCHMARK FOR DESIGNING USABLE AND SECURE TEXT-BASED CAPTCHAS

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    Suliman A. Alsuhibany

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available An automated public Turing test to distinguish between computers and humans known as CAPTCHA is a widely used technique on many websites to protect their online services from malicious users. Two fundamental aspects of captcha considered in various studies in the literature are robustness and usability. A widely accepted standard benchmark, to guide the text-based captcha developers is not yet available. So this paper proposes a benchmark for designing usable-secure text-based captchas based on a community driven evaluation of the usability and security aspects. Based on this benchmark, we develop four new textbased captcha schemes, and conduct two separate experiments to evaluate both the security and usability perspectives of the developed schemes. The result of this evaluation indicates that the proposed benchmark provides a basis for designing usable-secure text-based captchas.

  8. Improving Public Relations Web Sites through Usability Research.

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    Hallahan, Kirk

    2001-01-01

    Argues that usability research has particular relevance for enhancing the effectiveness of websites. Examines the nature and value of usability research, and the elements of an effective website based on usability principles. (SR)

  9. Designing asynchronous circuits using NULL convention logic (NCL)

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    Smith, Scott

    2009-01-01

    Designing Asynchronous Circuits using NULL Convention Logic (NCL) begins with an introduction to asynchronous (clockless) logic in general, and then focuses on delay-insensitive asynchronous logic design using the NCL paradigm. The book details design of input-complete and observable dual-rail and quad-rail combinational circuits, and then discusses implementation of sequential circuits, which require datapath feedback. Next, throughput optimization techniques are presented, including pipelining, embedding registration, early completion, and NULL cycle reduction. Subsequently, low-power design

  10. Designing Asynchronous Circuits for Low Power: An IFIR Filter

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    Nielsen, Lars Skovby; Sparsø, Jens

    1999-01-01

    This paper addresses the design of asynchronous circuits for low power through an example: a filter bank for a digital hearing aid. The asynchronous design re-implements an existing synchronous circuit which is used in a commercial product. For comparison, both designs have been fabricated in the...... by numerically small samples). Apart from the improved RAM design, these measures are only viable in an asynchronous design. The principles and techniques explained in this paper are of a general nature, and they apply to the design of asynchronous low-power digital signal-processing circuits in a...

  11. EPOS for Coordination of Asynchronous Sensor Webs Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Develop, integrate, and deploy software-based tools to coordinate asynchronous, distributed missions and optimize observation planning spanning simultaneous...

  12. Research Related Electromechanical Processes in an Asynchronous Traction Motor - Asynchronous Generator with Common Shaft Based on Field Model

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    Yury Kazakov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Creating energy efficiency traction induction motors with frequency control for hybrid drive vehicles defines practical interest for new methods of testing and simulation. Tests of these machines, it is desirable to carry out with energy recovery in the motor-generator, where a common shaft unites the machines. At present, the system simulation of motor-generator is carried out on simplified models without saturation, surface effect, jagged cores, and non-sinusoidal voltage of frequency converters. A refined interrelated mathematical model of asynchronous motor and generator operating with a common shaft, based on the theory of electrical circuits and field theory. Models allow the related modelling and study of static and dynamic modes electrical machines taking into account the saturation, skin effect, toothed cores, non-sinusoidal voltage of the frequency inverter, and variation parameters of the windings.

  13. Computer system reliability safety and usability

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    Dhillon, BS

    2013-01-01

    Computer systems have become an important element of the world economy, with billions of dollars spent each year on development, manufacture, operation, and maintenance. Combining coverage of computer system reliability, safety, usability, and other related topics into a single volume, Computer System Reliability: Safety and Usability eliminates the need to consult many different and diverse sources in the hunt for the information required to design better computer systems.After presenting introductory aspects of computer system reliability such as safety, usability-related facts and figures,

  14. Evaluation Of Children’s Usability Criteria

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    2006-01-01

    This master thesis explores usability in a system for children and the evaluation of their usability criteria. Many children experience that they cannot find the desired content or are not able to navigate from one section to another in software meant for children. One of the reasons for this could be that the software makes use of functionality that the children do not understand. To be able to design a system with good usability meant for children, they can be included into the design proce...

  15. Usability Evaluation in a Digitally Emerging Country

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    Lizano, Fulvio; Sandoval, Maria Marta; Bruun, Anders;

    2013-01-01

    Several emerging countries experience increasing software development activities. With the purpose of provide useful feedback on possible courses of action for increasing application of usability evaluation in such countries, this paper explores the status of usability evaluation in a digitally...... emerging country. Our aim is to identifying common characteristics or behavioral patterns that could be compared with digitally advanced countries. We used an online survey answered by 26 software development organizations, which gave a snapshot of the application of usability evaluation in these...... digitally emerging countries....

  16. Developer Driven and User Driven Usability Evaluations

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    Bruun, Anders

    2013-01-01

    Usability evaluation provide software development teams with insights on the degree to which a software application enables a user to achieve his/her goals, how fast these goals can be achieved, how easy it is to learn and how satisfactory it is in use Although usability evaluations are crucial in the process of developing software systems with a high level of usability, its use is still limited in the context of small software development companies.Several approaches have been proposed to su...

  17. Asynchronous P300 classification in a reactive brain-computer interface during an outlier detection task

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    Krumpe, Tanja; Walter, Carina; Rosenstiel, Wolfgang; Spüler, Martin

    2016-08-01

    Objective. In this study, the feasibility of detecting a P300 via an asynchronous classification mode in a reactive EEG-based brain-computer interface (BCI) was evaluated. The P300 is one of the most popular BCI control signals and therefore used in many applications, mostly for active communication purposes (e.g. P300 speller). As the majority of all systems work with a stimulus-locked mode of classification (synchronous), the field of applications is limited. A new approach needs to be applied in a setting in which a stimulus-locked classification cannot be used due to the fact that the presented stimuli cannot be controlled or predicted by the system. Approach. A continuous observation task requiring the detection of outliers was implemented to test such an approach. The study was divided into an offline and an online part. Main results. Both parts of the study revealed that an asynchronous detection of the P300 can successfully be used to detect single events with high specificity. It also revealed that no significant difference in performance was found between the synchronous and the asynchronous approach. Significance. The results encourage the use of an asynchronous classification approach in suitable applications without a potential loss in performance.

  18. Asynchronous data-driven classification of weapon systems

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    This communication addresses real-time weapon classification by analysis of asynchronous acoustic data, collected from microphones on a sensor network. The weapon classification algorithm consists of two parts: (i) feature extraction from time-series data using symbolic dynamic filtering (SDF), and (ii) pattern classification based on the extracted features using the language measure (LM) and support vector machine (SVM). The proposed algorithm has been tested on field data, generated by firing of two types of rifles. The results of analysis demonstrate high accuracy and fast execution of the pattern classification algorithm with low memory requirements. Potential applications include simultaneous shooter localization and weapon classification with soldier-wearable networked sensors. (rapid communication)

  19. Usability Study for Sailfish Operating System.

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    Xydaki, Elena

    2014-01-01

    Usability is a fundamental product quality characteristic and one of the most important factors in the success of a software product. This Master’s Thesis is a case study of a smartphone startup Jolla Ltd. and explores the usability of Jolla’s Sailfish operating system. Jolla smartphone, the first unveiled device is powered by the Sailfish operating system, which introduces new gestures and is built to optimize users’ experience by less taps and finger moves. Consistent understanding and...

  20. Usability-Probleme bei Desktop-Suchmaschinen

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    Burghardt, Manuel; Reischer, Jürgen; Wolff, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Desktop-Suchmaschinen (DSM) unterscheiden sich in wesentlichen Punkten von Web-Suchmaschinen (WSM), weshalb ihr Interaktionsdesign anderen Anforderungen genüge leisten muss. Der Artikel stellt eine expertenbasierte Usability-Studie vor, bei der insgesamt acht DSM mithilfe eines ‚Heuristic Walkthrough’ untersucht wurden. Die dabei identifizierten Usability-Probleme werden beschrieben und mögliche Lösungsansätze diskutiert.

  1. Certified Subterm Criterion and Certified Usable Rules

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    Sternagel, Christian; Thiemann, René

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present our formalization of two important termination techniques for term rewrite systems: the subterm criterion and the reduction pair processor in combination with usable rules. For both techniques we developed executable check functions in the theorem prover Isabelle/HOL which can certify the correct application of these techniques in some given termination proof. As there are several variants of usable rules we designed our check function in such a way ...

  2. Usability Evaluation of Smart Phone Application Store

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    Adnan, Muhammad

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the usability of smart phone application store app is evaluated. The study was performed on different smart phone operating systems. Data about usability was gathered through surveys and think aloud based experiment. Anova analysis was also performed on data to identify significant issues. A lot of smartphone users reported issues with installing, locating and searching about apps. Many users had issues with uninstalling of apps and navigating the search results when looking fo...

  3. A Cross-Cultural Study of How Usability Professionals Experience the Usability of Everyday Systems

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    Jiang, Y.; Sun, X.; Li, H.; Yammiyavar, P.; Kumar, J.; Hertzum, Morten; Hornbæk, Kasper; Shi, Q.; Clemmensen, Torkil

    2009-01-01

    Culture influences many aspects of the design and use of computer systems; understanding better this influence on their own thinking may benefit usability professionals who do cross-cultural usability work. Using Kelly’s notion of personal constructs, we focus on one mediator of culture: how...... the study, their understanding of fun systems differs across cultural backgrounds. Also, easy-to-use and useful systems are perceived as being similar or different depending on the usability professional’s cultural background. Most other cross-cultural differences relate to categories of construct not...... included in conventional usability definitions...

  4. Localized radio frequency communication using asynchronous transfer mode protocol

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    Witzke, Edward L.; Robertson, Perry J.; Pierson, Lyndon G.

    2007-08-14

    A localized wireless communication system for communication between a plurality of circuit boards, and between electronic components on the circuit boards. Transceivers are located on each circuit board and electronic component. The transceivers communicate with one another over spread spectrum radio frequencies. An asynchronous transfer mode protocol controls communication flow with asynchronous transfer mode switches located on the circuit boards.

  5. Integrating Asynchronous Digital Design Into the Computer Engineering Curriculum

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    Smith, S. C.; Al-Assadi, W. K.; Di, J.

    2010-01-01

    As demand increases for circuits with higher performance, higher complexity, and decreased feature size, asynchronous (clockless) paradigms will become more widely used in the semiconductor industry, as evidenced by the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors' (ITRS) prediction of a likely shift from synchronous to asynchronous design…

  6. Asynchronous Learning Sources in a High-Tech Organization

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    Bouhnik, Dan; Giat, Yahel; Sanderovitch, Yafit

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to characterize learning from asynchronous sources among research and development (R&D) personnel. It aims to examine four aspects of asynchronous source learning: employee preferences regarding self-learning; extent of source usage; employee satisfaction with these sources and the effect of the sources on the…

  7. Teaching Presence and Communication Timeliness in Asynchronous Online Courses

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    Skramstad, Erik; Schlosser, Charles; Orellana, Anymir

    2012-01-01

    This study examined student perceptions of teaching presence and communication timeliness in asynchronous online courses. Garrison, Anderson, and Archer's (2000) community of inquiry model provided the framework for the survey research methodology used. Participants were 59 student volunteers taking 1 or more asynchronous online graduate courses.…

  8. Considerations regarding asynchronous motor rotor parameters determination by FEM

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    Olivian Chiver

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents some considerations about asynchronous motor rotor parameters determination, using software based on finite elements method (FEM. For this, 2D magnetostatic and time harmonic analysis will be realized, at different frequencies, in case of a three phase asynchronous motor.

  9. Considerations regarding asynchronous motor rotor parameters determination by FEM

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    Olivian Chiver; Liviu Neamt; Zoltan Erdei; Eleonora Pop

    2010-01-01

    The paper presents some considerations about asynchronous motor rotor parameters determination, using software based on finite elements method (FEM). For this, 2D magnetostatic and time harmonic analysis will be realized, at different frequencies, in case of a three phase asynchronous motor.

  10. Usability Assessment of International Office Website of Diponegoro University With Scenario Based Usability Evaluation Method and Wammi Method

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    Ratna Purwaningsih

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Website development needs to pay attention to usability aspect which consist of four factors: efficiency, effectiveness, satisfactions and error rate. The website of International Office of Diponegoro University provides academic information for Indonesian students and foreign students. The website still has some problem, especially on searching certain information. This research aims to evaluate the design of the existing website and measures the usability. A well-designed website will help users to meet theirs needs and purposes. The methods used in this study are Scenario-Based End-User Evaluation and WAMMI (Website Analysis and Measurement Inventory. Users perform a number of task on the existing website and on the redesigned website and then provide feedback for each task they have done and fill a WAMMI questionnaire as a test of memorability. This questionnaire used to test users memory on access process of a page from the site. The results of the data processing of usability test show that redesigned website has better value than existing website on effectiveness, efficiency, memorability and error rate.

  11. Selective particle capture by asynchronously beating cilia

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    Ding, Yang; Kanso, Eva

    2015-12-01

    Selective particle filtration is fundamental in many engineering and biological systems. For example, many aquatic microorganisms use filter feeding to capture food particles from the surrounding fluid, using motile cilia. One of the capture strategies is to use the same cilia to generate feeding currents and to intercept particles when the particles are on the downstream side of the cilia. Here, we develop a 3D computational model of ciliary bands interacting with flow suspended particles and calculate particle trajectories for a range of particle sizes. Consistent with experimental observations, we find optimal particle sizes that maximize capture rate. The optimal size depends nonlinearly on cilia spacing and cilia coordination, synchronous vs. asynchronous. These parameters affect the cilia-generated flow field, which in turn affects particle trajectories. The low capture rate of smaller particles is due to the particles' inability to cross the flow streamlines of neighboring cilia. Meanwhile, large particles have difficulty entering the sub-ciliary region once advected downstream, also resulting in low capture rates. The optimal range of particle sizes is enhanced when cilia beat asynchronously. These findings have potentially important implications on the design and use of biomimetic cilia in processes such as particle sorting in microfluidic devices.

  12. Inspection-based, Automatic Support for Obtaining Usable Web Sites for Vision Impaired Users

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    Correani, Francesco; Leporini, Barbara; Patern?, Fabio

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this work is to provide designers and developers of Web applications with support to obtain systems that are usable for vision-impaired users. To this end, we have defined a number of design criteria to improve Web site navigation through screen readers or other similar devices. A navigation test by blind and vision-impaired subjects showed that our criteria improved Web site usability both qualitatively and quantitatively. An inspection-based tool has been developed to ease applic...

  13. Usability as a Key Quality Characteristic for Developing CAAD Tools and Environments

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    Pak, Burak; Verbeke, Johan

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we will stress the importance of usability as a key quality characteristic for the Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) software prototypes. We claim that usability evaluation practices can assist the integration of human factors and the accommodation of local differences. These practices are not solely limited to interface tests, but they can also provide valuable information on the possible added values of CAAD software prototypes, increase the overall product quality a...

  14. Asynchronous learning: student utilization out of sync with their preference

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    Edward K. Lew

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Asynchronous learning is gaining popularity. Data are limited regarding this learning method in medical students rotating in emergency medicine (EM. In EM, faculty time is limited to give in-person lectures. The authors sought to create an online curriculum that students could utilize as an additional learning modality. Objective: The goal was to evaluate effectiveness, participation, and preference for this mode of learning. Methods: We developed five online, narrated PowerPoint presentations. After orientation, access to the online curriculum was provided to the students, which they could review at their leisure. Results: One hundred and seven fourth-year medical students participated. They reported the curriculum to be of high quality. Pretest scores were similar for those that viewed all lectures – compliant group (CG (9.5 [CI 4.8–14.1] and those that did not view any – non-compliant group (NCG (9.6 [CI 5.9–13.4]. There was no statistical significant difference in posttest scores between the groups although there was improvement overall: CG 14.6 (CI 6.9–22.1; NCG 11.4 (CI 5.7–17.1. A majority (69.2% favored inclusion of asynchronous learning, but less than a quarter (22.4% reported viewing all five modules and more than a third (36.4% viewed none. Conclusion: Despite student-expressed preference for an online curriculum, they used the online resource less than expected. This should give pause to educators looking to convert core EM topics to an online format. However, when high-quality online lectures are utilized as a learning tool, this study demonstrates that they had neither a positive nor a negative impact on test scores.

  15. Usability and Pedagogical Design: are Language Learning Websites Special?

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    Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Shield, Lesley

    2004-01-01

    This paper explores the usability of e-learning websites, with particular reference to foreign language learning. Notions and concepts of usability are analyzed, and a definition of 'pedagogical usability' is proposed. The key issue is whether there are aspects of pedagogical usability that are discipline-specific. The paper examines the way in which language learning and teaching, in particular Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL), has approached usability as an area worthy of consid...

  16. A cross-cultural study of how usability professionals experience the usability of everyday systems

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    Jiang, Yun; Sun, Xianghong; Li, Huiyang;

    2009-01-01

    Culture influences many aspects of the design and use of computer systems; understanding better this influence on their own thinking may benefit usability professionals who do cross-cultural usability work. Using Kelly's notion of personal constructs, we focus on one mediator of culture: how indi...

  17. Managing Product Usability: How companies deal with usability in the development of electronic consumer products

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    Van Kuijk, J.I.

    2010-01-01

    Problem statement: Even though there is a large amount of methods for user-centred design, the usability of electronic consumer products (e.g., portable music players, washing machines and mobile phones) is under pressure. Usability is the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to

  18. Usability Assessment of Open source application

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    Syed mehr Ali Shah

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Open-source software is becoming a gradually more popular as a software development method; some of the most successful softwares are for example: the Linux operating system, Mozilla, Apache web server and openoffice.org. Open source softwares viewed by many as being very good in terms of their usage, reliability, performance and market share. Mostly open source software developer focus on functionality and different feature of the software; on the other hand they ignore the user centric design requirement. In this research work the importance of the usability in Open source applications, such as Openoffice.org are described and how usability can be measured by assessing user performance such as, satisfaction, effectiveness and acceptability. Openoffice.org is a freely available office suite in different operating system and with different languages. The OpenOffice.org 3.0 feature set is similar to the feature set of Microsoft Office 2003. It has word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications all together within a common suite. But still this application suite is not much familiar among common users that cause a major usability threat for usability studies. The basic purposed of this research work was to find out the issues and users satisfaction regarding this Openoffice.org. Empirical method of usability assessment such as thinks aloud, Questionnaires and interviews were used.

  19. Usability aspects of data acquisition tools for environmental decision support systems

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    Pundt, H.; Kuhn, W. [Univ. of Muenster, Inst. for Geoinformatics, Muenster (Germany)

    1996-10-01

    The usability of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and of Environmental Decision Support Systems (EDSS) has become a central issue in theory and practice. People working in environmental management would like to work with tools that support their daily work, but they cannot or do not want to use most of them, because the tools lack usability. User interfaces and data formats are two immediate aspects of usability, but workflow and data semantics are often the major underlying problems. In this paper, we focus on the usability aspects of data acquisition processes and tools. The project CADCOS, funded by the European Commission, is described, in which a system architecture for a GPS-supported data acquisition tool has been drafted and a prototype is currently being tested. (au)

  20. Asynchronous machines. Direct torque control; Machines asynchrones. Commande par controle direct de couple

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    Fornel, B. de [Institut National Polytechnique, 31 - Toulouse (France)

    2006-05-15

    The asynchronous machine, with its low cost and robustness, is today the most widely used motor to make speed variators. However, its main drawback is that the same current generates both the magnetic flux and the torque, and thus any torque variation creates a flux variation. Such a coupling gives to the asynchronous machine a nonlinear behaviour which makes its control much more complex. The direct self control (DSC) method has been developed to improve the low efficiency of the scalar control method and for the specific railway drive application. The direct torque control (DTC) method is derived from the DSC method but corresponds to other type of applications. The DSC and DTC algorithms for asynchronous motors are presented in this article: 1 - direct control of the stator flux (DSC): principle, flux control, torque control, switching frequency of the inverter, speed estimation; 2 - direct torque control (DTC): principle, electromagnetic torque derivative, signals shape and switching frequency, some results, DTC speed variator without speed sensor, DTC application to multi-machine multi-converter systems; 3 - conclusion. (J.S.)

  1. Asynchronous Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms for Constrained Optimizations

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    2000-01-01

    Recently Guo Tao proposed a stochastic search algorithm in his PhD thesis for solving function op-timization problems. He combined the subspace search method (a general multi-parent recombination strategy) with the population hill-climbing method. The former keeps a global search for overall situation,and the latter keeps the convergence of the algorithm. Guo's algorithm has many advantages ,such as the sim-plicity of its structure ,the higher accuracy of its results, the wide range of its applications ,and the robustness of its use. In this paper a preliminary theoretical analysis of the algorithm is given and some numerical experiments has been done by using Guo's algorithm for demonstrating the theoretical results. Three asynchronous paral-lel evolutionary algorithms with different granularities for MIMD machines are designed by parallelizing Guo's Algorithm.

  2. Exploring the value of usability feedback formats

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    Nørgaard, Mie; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren

    2009-01-01

    The format used to present feedback from usability evaluations to developers affects whether problems are understood, accepted, and fixed. Yet, little research has investigated which formats are the most effective. We describe an explorative study where three developers assess 40 usability findings...... presented using five feedback formats. Our usability findings comprise 35 problems and 5 positive comments. Data suggest that feedback serves multiple purposes. Initially, feedback must convince developers about the relevance of a problem and convey an understanding of this. Feedback must next be easy to...... use and finally serve as a reminder of the problem. Prior to working with the feedback, developers rated redesign proposals, multimedia reports, and annotated screen dumps as more valuable than lists of problems, all of which were rated as more valuable than scenarios. After having spent some time...

  3. Evaluating Web Usability from the User's Perspective

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    Hema Banati

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The presence of multiple websites offering similar services has changed the user outlook. The user now prefers to visit those sites, which are easy to use. Many different methods have been proposed to measure usability of a website. The quantitative methods focus on the performance measurement of the website whereas the qualitative methods estimate the user's opinion of a website. However none of these specify measurement of the human emotions; the emotional experiences of the user during the website visit. This emotional aspect plays a strong guiding force in the way a user uses the website. In this paper we propose a distinct measure, which combines the qualitative, quantitative factors referred in the literature with rarely mentioned factors such as trust and feature state. The measure thus obtained determines the usability of a website from the user view point .It can be employed to compare usability of different websites

  4. Game usability advancing the player experience

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    Isbister, Katherine

    2008-01-01

    I. What is usability and why should I care?A. Overview chapter Isbister and Schaffer (Editors)Introduces key concepts and positions book for primary audiences: game developers andstudents aspiring to work in game development. Addresses key concerns that developersmay have about adopting usability, and sets a broad road map of what is to come in thebook.B. Interview with Tobi Saulnier of 1st PlayableA discussion with the CEO of a small game studio about why and how she uses usabilitytechniques in her development.C. Interview with Don Norman of Nielsen Norman groupA discussion with one of the pr

  5. Usability issues in Learning Management Systems (LMS).

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    Muniz, Maria Isabella de Porto Alegre; Moraes, Anamaria de

    2012-01-01

    This project is about the usability of Learning Management Systems (LMS), focusing on the specific case of the open source system Moodle. Specifically, this project is about communication and collaboration tools that are used by teachers on the system. This study investigates whether usability problems hamper the use teachers make of these tools. Focused interviews were conducted with professionals working in distance education and the answers of the respondents were subjected to techniques of content analysis in order to obtain data for developing the tools needed to prove the hypothesis. PMID:22316825

  6. Natural versus Surrogate Keys. Performance and Usability

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Choosing the primary key for a table proves to be one of the most important steps in database design. But what happens when we have to pick between a natural or a surrogate key? Is there any performance issue that we must have in mind? Does the literature have a preferred pick? Is usability a concern? We’ll have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both natural and surrogate keys and the performance and usability issues they address.

  7. Usability Problems in a Home Telemedicine System

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    Bruun, Anders; Stage, Jan

    2010-01-01

    Home telemedicine systems have the potential to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of life for many patients, including those suffering from chronic illness. This requires that the systems have functionality that fulfils relevant needs. Yet it also requires that the systems have a...... high level of usability in order to enable their users to employ the required functionality, especially if the target user group is elderly people. This paper reports from a usability evaluation of a home telemedicine system. Five elderly persons carried out specified tasks with the system, and based...

  8. An Intelligent Framework for Website Usability

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    Alexiei Dingli; Sarah Cassar

    2014-01-01

    With the major advances of the Internet throughout the past couple of years, websites have come to play a central role in the modern marketing business program. However, simply owning a website is not enough for a business to prosper on the Web. Indeed, it is the level of usability of a website that determines if a user stays or abandons it for another competing one. It is therefore crucial to understand the importance of usability on the web, and consequently the need for its evaluation. Non...

  9. Usability Engineering of Games: A Comparative Analysis of Measuring Excitement Using Sensors, Direct Observations and Self-Reported Data

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    Arwa Alamoudi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Usability engineering and usability testing are concepts that continue to evolve. Interesting research studies and new ideas come up every now and then. This paper tests the hypothesis of using an EDA-based physiological measurements as a usability testing tool by considering three measures; which are observers‟ opinions, self-reported data and EDA-based physiological sensor data. These data were analyzed comparatively and statistically. It concludes by discussing the findings that has been obtained from those subjective and objective measures, which partially supports the hypothesis.

  10. Dual stator winding variable speed asynchronous generator: optimal design and experiments

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    Tutelea, L. N.; Deaconu, S. I.; Popa, G. N.

    2015-06-01

    In the present paper is carried out a theoretical and experimental study of dual stator winding squirrel cage asynchronous generator (DSWA) behavior in the presence of saturation regime (non-sinusoidal) due to the variable speed operation. The main aims are the determination of the relations of calculating the equivalent parameters of the machine windings to optimal design using a Matlab code. Issue is limited to three phase range of double stator winding cage-induction generator of small sized powers, the most currently used in the small adjustable speed wind or hydro power plants. The tests were carried out using three-phase asynchronous generator having rated power of 6 [kVA].

  11. An FDES-Based Shared Control Method for Asynchronous Brain-Actuated Robot.

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    Liu, Rong; Wang, Yong-Xuan; Zhang, Lin

    2016-06-01

    The asynchronous brain-computer interface (BCI) offers more natural human-machine interaction. However, it is still considered insufficient to control rapid and complex sequences of movements for a robot without any advanced control method. This paper proposes a new shared controller based on the supervisory theory of fuzzy discrete event system (FDES) for brain-actuated robot control. The developed supervisory theory allows the more reliable control mode to play a dominant role in the robot control which is beneficial to reduce misoperation and improve the robustness of the system. The experimental procedures consist of real-time direct manual control and BCI control tests from ten volunteers. Both tests have shown that the proposed method significantly improves the performance and robustness of the robotic control. In an online BCI experiment, eight of the participants successfully controlled the robot to circumnavigate obstacles and reached the target with a three mental states asynchronous BCI while the other two participants failed in all the BCI control sessions. Furthermore, the FDES-based shared control method also helps to reduce the workload. It can be stated that the asynchronous BCI, in combination with FDES-based shared controller, is feasible for the real-time and robust control of robotics. PMID:26357416

  12. A Comparison of Distance Education Competencies Delivered Synchronously and Asynchronously.

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    Dooley, Kim E.; Lindner, James R.; Richards, Lance J.

    2003-01-01

    Comparison of agriculture courses delivered synchronously via interactive television (20 students) and asynchronously via the Web (22 students) showed similar achievement of core distance education competencies: adult learning, technology knowledge, instructional design, communication skills, graphic design, administration) regardless of delivery…

  13. Solving SAT and Hamiltonian Cycle Problem Using Asynchronous P Systems

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    Tagawa, Hirofumi; Fujiwara, Akihiro

    In the present paper, we consider fully asynchronous parallelism in membrane computing, and propose two asynchronous P systems for the satisfiability (SAT) and Hamiltonian cycle problem. We first propose an asynchronous P system that solves SAT with n variables and m clauses, and show that the proposed P system computes SAT in O(mn2n) sequential steps or O(mn) parallel steps using O(mn) kinds of objects. We next propose an asynchronous P system that solves the Hamiltonian cycle problem with n nodes, and show that the proposed P system computes the problem in O(n!) sequential steps or O(n2) parallel steps using O(n2) kinds of objects.

  14. Asynchronous FSK wireless data traffic interface circuit design

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    This article gives a practical interface circuit, which is able to conduct asynchronous wireless data communication through data transfer broadcasting station. And the circuit's design as well as its applications are introduced. (authors)

  15. Control of asynchronous motors. Volume 1. Modeling, vectorial control and direct torque control; Commande des moteurs asynchrones. Volume 1. Modelisation, controle vectoriel et DTC

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    Canudas de Wit, C. [Ecole Nationale Superieure d' Ingenieurs de Genie Chimique, ENSIGC, 31 - Toulouse (France)

    2000-07-01

    This first volume deals with the problems of control of asynchronous motors in industrial environments: industrial environment, variable speed, asynchronous motors and power supplies, modeling, direct torque control laws, control by controlled limit cycles under frequency constraints. (J.S.)

  16. Applying usability heuristics to radiotherapy systems

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    Background and purpose: Heuristic evaluations have been used to evaluate safety of medical devices by identifying and assessing usability issues. Since radiotherapy treatment delivery systems often consist of multiple complex user-interfaces, a heuristic evaluation was conducted to assess the potential safety issues of such a system. Material and methods: A heuristic evaluation was conducted to evaluate the treatment delivery system at Princess Margaret Hospital (Toronto, Canada). Two independent evaluators identified usability issues with the user-interfaces and rated the severity of each issue. Results: The evaluators identified 75 usability issues in total. Eighteen of them were rated as high severity, indicating the potential to have a major impact on patient safety. A majority of issues were found on the record and verify system, and many were associated with the patient setup process. While the hospital has processes in place to ensure patient safety, recommendations were developed to further mitigate the risks of potential consequences. Conclusions: Heuristic evaluation is an efficient and inexpensive method that can be successfully applied to radiotherapy delivery systems to identify usability issues and improve patient safety. Although this study was conducted only at one site, the findings may have broad implications for the design of these systems.

  17. Factors Affecting Faculty Web Portal Usability

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    Bringula, Rex P.; Basa, Roselle S.

    2011-01-01

    The study investigated the factors that might significantly affect web portal usability. Results of the study were intended to serve as inputs for faculty web portal development of the University of the East-Manila. Descriptive statistics utilized questionnaire data from 82 faculty members. The data showed that most of the respondents were…

  18. Usability Evaluation of www.budget.com

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    Bruun, Anders; Jensen, Janne Jul; Skov, Mikael B.;

    This report presents the results of a usability evaluation of the budget.com website. The evaluation was carried out by a team of 4 HCI experts, and it involved 10 potential users. The evaluation is based on measurement of (1) task completion time, (2) task completion, (3) user satisfaction and (...

  19. Impact of Web Readability on Cultural Usability

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Web is considered one of the greatest developments of twentieth century. It provides a diverse range of applications and therefore needs different usability designs. Web usability has become a vital aspect for the success of web applications. Web usability is about fulfilling the goals and expectations of users and making their stay on the website pleasant. Web usability design includes three aspects: User Research, Web Design and Web Evaluation [1]. Today, the web design is moving from technology to users i.e. it is more user-centered than ever before. “Web design must directly face users with the specific needs, and must ensure that users are pleasant to successfully complete tasks with it.” [1]. In this study, we have studied the factors which affect the web readability in this part of the world. We conducted the survey in order to check how different factors play their part for the people who speak languages which are written right to left

  20. Dynamic interactions between asynchronous grids interconnected through an MTDC system

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    Endegnanew, Atsede Gualu; Beerten, Jef; Uhlen, Kjetil

    2015-01-01

    The large-scale integration of renewable energy sources in the power system, combined with the need for an increased transmission capacity has led to a growing interest in multi-terminal high voltage dc (MTDC) grids. In the future, these grids will be integrated with different existing asynchronous ac grids, eventually resulting in hybrid AC/DC power systems. This paper investigates interactions between asynchronous ac grids in a hybrid AC/DC power system. In the study, a symmetrical monopola...

  1. The Engine Mechanical Coordinates Measuring in the Asynchronous Motor

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    Dementyev Yuriy N.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The article considers indirect control devices for the mechanical coordinate’s measurement of a three-phase asynchronous electric motor, which detects the temperature of the stator winding conductors and the basic frequency of stator voltage. Characteristics of mechanical coordinate’s simulation of the asynchronous motor are provided to assess the accuracy of the mechanical coordinate’s measurement in the dynamic modes.

  2. The Engine Mechanical Coordinates Measuring in the Asynchronous Motor

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    Dementyev Yuriy N.; Umurzakova Anara D.

    2014-01-01

    The article considers indirect control devices for the mechanical coordinate’s measurement of a three-phase asynchronous electric motor, which detects the temperature of the stator winding conductors and the basic frequency of stator voltage. Characteristics of mechanical coordinate’s simulation of the asynchronous motor are provided to assess the accuracy of the mechanical coordinate’s measurement in the dynamic modes.

  3. Tidal Flows in asynchronous binaries: The beta-factor

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    Koenigsberger, Gloria

    2013-01-01

    We discuss the potential role that tidal flows in asynchronous binary stars may play in transporting chemically enriched material from deep layers towards the surface and the corresponding observational consequences of these processes. We suggest that the time-dependent velocity field induced by asynchronous rotation may contribute significantly to the mixing, thus providing a channel for the formation of chemically enriched slowly rotating massive stars.

  4. Automatic assessment of ultrasound image usability

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    Valente, Luca; Funka-Lea, Gareth; Stoll, Jeffrey

    2011-03-01

    We present a novel and efficient approach for evaluating the quality of ultrasound images. Image acquisition is sensitive to skin contact and transducer orientation and requires both time and technical skill to be done properly. Images commonly suffer degradation due to acoustic shadows and signal attenuation, which present as regions of low signal intensity masking anatomical details and making the images partly or totally unusable. As ultrasound image acquisition and analysis becomes increasingly automated, it is beneficial to also automate the estimation of image quality. Towards this end, we present an algorithm that classifies regions of an image as usable or un-usable. Example applications of this algorithm include improved compounding of free-hand 3D ultrasound volumes by eliminating unusable data and improved automatic feature detection by limiting detection to only usable areas. The algorithm operates in two steps. First, it classifies the image into bright areas, likely to have image content, and dark areas, likely to have no content. Second, it classifies the dark areas into unusable (i.e. due to shadowing and/or signal loss) and usable (i.e. anatomically accurate dark regions, such as with a blood vessel) sub-areas. The classification considers several factors, including statistical information, gradient intensity and geometric properties such as shape and relative position. Relative weighting of factors was obtained through the training of a Support Vector Machine. Classification results for both human and phantom images are presented and compared to manual classifications. This method achieves 91% sensitivity and 91% specificity for usable regions of human scans.

  5. Differences Between Observations and Interviews in Creating Use Cases for Usability Inspection

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    Saarikangas, Tommi

    2016-01-01

    Usability testing is a tool for validating that the designed user interfaces reach their goals. The testing can be done in many ways, either in cooperation with actual users, or by reviewing the designs by usability experts. Often the testing is based on user scenarios or use cases that present the reasons for using the user interface. The use cases can be made up, based on knowledge of the users, but often a better way is to research the actual users. This study compares two methods, int...

  6. Ternary Tree Asynchronous Interconnect Network for GALS' SOC

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    Vivek E. Khetade

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Interconnect fabric requires easy integration of computational block operating with unrelated clocks.Thispaper presents asynchronous interconnect with ternary tree asynchronous network for GloballyAsynchronous Locally Synchronous (GALS system-on-chip (SOC. Here architecture is proposed forinterconnection with ternary tree asynchronous network where ratio of number NOC design unit andnumber of router is 4:1,6:2, 8:3,10:4 etc .It is scalable for any number of NOC design unit. It offersaneasy integration of different clock domain with lowcommunication overhead .NOC design unit for GALS‘SOC is formulated by wrapping synchronous module with input port along with input port controller,output port along with output port controller and local clock generator. It creates the interface betweensynchronous to asynchronous and asynchronous to synchronous. For this purpose four port asynchronousrouters is designed with routing element and outputarbitration and buffering with micro-pipeline. Thisinterconnect fabric minimizes silicon area, minimize Latency and maximize throughput. Here functionalmodel is made for TTAN and application MPEG4 is mapped on the Network .Desired traffic pattern isgenerated and performance of the network is evaluated. Significant improvement in the networkperformance parameter has been observed.

  7. INVESTIGATION OF THE USABILITY OF PYROPHYLLITE ROCK AS CONCRETE AGGREGATE

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    ESEN, Yüksel; ÖZKAYA, Harun

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT The aim of the present study was to investigate the usability of Pyrophyllite rock, which was provided from Poturge district of Malatya province in eastern Turkey, as concrete aggregate. For this purpose some of the aggregate and hardened concrete tests were carried out. In the evaluation of the aggregate trial results; the aggregate loss of 28%, specific gravity of 2.67, saturated surface dry weight of 2.70, absorption percentage of 0.9 and the average loss percentage of 22% accord...

  8. The usability issues of faceted navigation in digital libraries

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    Eliane Blumer

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The last decade transformed faceted navigation from a “nice-to-have” into a “must-have functionality” for all online web services that contain a search function. The movement has been started by commercial websites, such as online clothing stores, with the purpose of facilitating access to the products.Now, faceted search seems to be more and more well-known within the community of information institutions and their digital services, too, as for example the online catalogue ofthe Library of Congress or Europeana show. In this context, as well, the feature is often sold as an added value to access the content of their sites in a more effective way. Still, experience shows that the use of faceted navigation in a digital library context is more complex than for online clothing stores. For this reason, it is important to focus on the usability of such functionalities and to test it as often as possible during implementation and regular use, as well. Site providers have to be aware of one important fact: a faceted search that has not been implemented correctly or does not work in the way the user expects it, will create frustration and/or not be used at all. This implies in a worst case scenario that users don’t come back to the site anymore, and may even spread their negative experience among the community. To prevent this, usability tests, either with experts or real users, should be conducted regularly.This can be done with common usability tests, using direct human interaction with a system, or with online tests, where test user are free to fill in the test whenever they want. In both cases, test results illuminate a system’s weaknesses and expose dysfunctional issues, which should be improved in order to offer a positive experience to its users.For more than five years, the project ACCEPT, a subproject of a Swiss national project called e-lib.ch, analyzes the usability and usefulness of digital libraries, by using user oriented

  9. An asynchronous multi-sensor micro control unit for wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs).

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    Chen, Chiung-An; Chen, Shih-Lun; Huang, Hong-Yi; Luo, Ching-Hsing

    2011-01-01

    In this work, an asynchronous multi-sensor micro control unit (MCU) core is proposed for wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs). It consists of asynchronous interfaces, a power management unit, a multi-sensor controller, a data encoder (DE), and an error correct coder (ECC). To improve the system performance and expansion abilities, the asynchronous interface is created for handshaking different clock domains between ADC and RF with MCU. To increase the use time of the WBSN system, a power management technique is developed for reducing power consumption. In addition, the multi-sensor controller is designed for detecting various biomedical signals. To prevent loss error from wireless transmission, use of an error correct coding technique is important in biomedical applications. The data encoder is added for lossless compression of various biomedical signals with a compression ratio of almost three. This design is successfully tested on a FPGA board. The VLSI architecture of this work contains 2.68-K gate counts and consumes power 496-μW at 133-MHz processing rate by using TSMC 0.13-μm CMOS process. Compared with the previous techniques, this work offers higher performance, more functions, and lower hardware cost than other micro controller designs. PMID:22164000

  10. An Asynchronous Multi-Sensor Micro Control Unit for Wireless Body Sensor Networks (WBSNs

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    Ching-Hsing Luo

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, an asynchronous multi-sensor micro control unit (MCU core is proposed for wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs. It consists of asynchronous interfaces, a power management unit, a multi-sensor controller, a data encoder (DE, and an error correct coder (ECC. To improve the system performance and expansion abilities, the asynchronous interface is created for handshaking different clock domains between ADC and RF with MCU. To increase the use time of the WBSN system, a power management technique is developed for reducing power consumption. In addition, the multi-sensor controller is designed for detecting various biomedical signals. To prevent loss error from wireless transmission, use of an error correct coding technique is important in biomedical applications. The data encoder is added for lossless compression of various biomedical signals with a compression ratio of almost three. This design is successfully tested on a FPGA board. The VLSI architecture of this work contains 2.68-K gate counts and consumes power 496-μW at 133-MHz processing rate by using TSMC 0.13-μm CMOS process. Compared with the previous techniques, this work offers higher performance, more functions, and lower hardware cost than other micro controller designs.

  11. Asynchronous event-based hebbian epipolar geometry.

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    Benosman, Ryad; Ieng, Sio-Hoï; Rogister, Paul; Posch, Christoph

    2011-11-01

    Epipolar geometry, the cornerstone of perspective stereo vision, has been studied extensively since the advent of computer vision. Establishing such a geometric constraint is of primary importance, as it allows the recovery of the 3-D structure of scenes. Estimating the epipolar constraints of nonperspective stereo is difficult, they can no longer be defined because of the complexity of the sensor geometry. This paper will show that these limitations are, to some extent, a consequence of the static image frames commonly used in vision. The conventional frame-based approach suffers from a lack of the dynamics present in natural scenes. We introduce the use of neuromorphic event-based--rather than frame-based--vision sensors for perspective stereo vision. This type of sensor uses the dimension of time as the main conveyor of information. In this paper, we present a model for asynchronous event-based vision, which is then used to derive a general new concept of epipolar geometry linked to the temporal activation of pixels. Practical experiments demonstrate the validity of the approach, solving the problem of estimating the fundamental matrix applied, in a first stage, to classic perspective vision and then to more general cameras. Furthermore, this paper shows that the properties of event-based vision sensors allow the exploration of not-yet-defined geometric relationships, finally, we provide a definition of general epipolar geometry deployable to almost any visual sensor. PMID:21954205

  12. Rapid, generalized adaptation to asynchronous audiovisual speech.

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    Van der Burg, Erik; Goodbourn, Patrick T

    2015-04-01

    The brain is adaptive. The speed of propagation through air, and of low-level sensory processing, differs markedly between auditory and visual stimuli; yet the brain can adapt to compensate for the resulting cross-modal delays. Studies investigating temporal recalibration to audiovisual speech have used prolonged adaptation procedures, suggesting that adaptation is sluggish. Here, we show that adaptation to asynchronous audiovisual speech occurs rapidly. Participants viewed a brief clip of an actor pronouncing a single syllable. The voice was either advanced or delayed relative to the corresponding lip movements, and participants were asked to make a synchrony judgement. Although we did not use an explicit adaptation procedure, we demonstrate rapid recalibration based on a single audiovisual event. We find that the point of subjective simultaneity on each trial is highly contingent upon the modality order of the preceding trial. We find compelling evidence that rapid recalibration generalizes across different stimuli, and different actors. Finally, we demonstrate that rapid recalibration occurs even when auditory and visual events clearly belong to different actors. These results suggest that rapid temporal recalibration to audiovisual speech is primarily mediated by basic temporal factors, rather than higher-order factors such as perceived simultaneity and source identity. PMID:25716790

  13. Managing Asynchronous Data in ATLAS's Concurrent Framework

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    Baines, John; The ATLAS collaboration

    2016-01-01

    In order to be able to make effective use of emerging hardware, where the amount of memory available to any CPU is rapidly decreasing as the core count continues to rise, ATLAS has begun a migration to a concurrent, multi-threaded software framework, known as AthenaMT. Significant progress has been made in implementing AthenaMT - we can currently run realistic Geant4 simulations on massively concurrent machines. the migration of realistic prototypes of reconstruction workflows is more difficult, given the large amounts of legacy code and the complexity and challenges of reconstruction software. These types of workflows, however, are the types that will most benefit from the memory reduction features of a multi-threaded framework. One of the challenges that we will report on in this paper is the re-design and implementation of several key asynchronous technologies whose behaviour is radically different in a concurrent environment than in a serial one, namely the management of Conditions data and the Detector D...

  14. Usability Plans and Schemes for Low Fidelity Prototypes

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    Schultz, Nette; Kirk Sørensen, Jannick; Sørensen, Lene; Tan, Su-En; Xu, Cheng; Roswall, Rune; Karamolegkos, Pantelis; Nikolakopoulos, John; Z. Patriakis, Charalampos

    2006-01-01

    Internal report of WP1 task 4 activities from August 2006 to December 2006. This report describes the setup of a usability evaluation framework for evaluating core MAGNET concepts in terms of usability. Initially, these core concepts are identified and modes of operation involving these are envis...... envisaged in order to elucidate usability aspects of critical importance. Prototyping and usability measures are furthermore discussed on a theoretical level as basis for describing the evaluation setup....

  15. Predictive Usability Evaluation: Aligning HCI and Software Engineering Practices

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    Káthia, Marçal De Oliveira; Sophie, Lepreux; Christophe, Kolski; Ahmed, Seffah

    2014-01-01

    Can we - software developers, usability experts, user interface designers - predict usability from the early user interface (UI) design artifacts and models? Can we define predictive measures to evaluate usability without a concrete UI? These questions seemed natural for us since UI modeling (task, user, concepts, etc.) is being largely explored in recent years for the automatic generation of final UI. To answer those questions we propose a model-based predictive usability evaluation approach...

  16. The playthrough evaluation framework reliable usability evaluation for video games

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    White, Gareth R

    2014-01-01

    This thesis presents the playthrough evaluation framework, a novel framework for the reliable usability evaluation of first-person shooter console video games. The framework includes playthrough evaluation, a structured usability evaluation method adapted from heuristic evaluation. Usability evaluation can help guide developers by pointing out design issues that cause users problems. However, usability evaluation methods suffer from the evaluator effect, where separate evaluations of the s...

  17. Forensic botany: usability of bryophyte material in forensic studies.

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    Virtanen, Viivi; Korpelainen, Helena; Kostamo, Kirsi

    2007-10-25

    Two experiments were performed to test the relevance of bryophyte (Plantae, Bryophyta) material for forensic studies. The first experiment was conducted to reveal if, and how well, plant fragments attach to footwear in general. In the test, 16 persons walked outdoors wearing rubber boots or hiking boots. After 24h of use outdoors the boots were carefully cleaned, and all plant fragments were collected. Afterwards, all plant material was examined to identify the species. In the second experiment, fresh material of nine bryophyte species was kept in a shed in adverse conditions for 18 months, after which DNA was extracted and subjected to genotyping to test the quality of the material. Both experiments give support for the usability of bryophyte material in forensic studies. The bryophyte fragments become attached to shoes, where they remain even after the wearer walks on a dry road for several hours. Bryophyte DNA stays intact, allowing DNA profiling after lengthy periods following detachment from the original plant source. Based on these experiments, and considering the fact that many bryophytes are clonal plants, we propose that bryophytes are among the most usable plants to provide botanical evidence for forensic investigations. PMID:17300893

  18. Usability Evaluation of a Web-Based Learning System

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    Nguyen, Thao

    2012-01-01

    The paper proposes a contingent, learner-centred usability evaluation method and a prototype tool of such systems. This is a new usability evaluation method for web-based learning systems using a set of empirically-supported usability factors and can be done effectively with limited resources. During the evaluation process, the method allows for…

  19. How usability work informed development of an insurance sales system

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    Uldall-Espersen, Tobias

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports a case study of a software development project where an insurance sales system was developed. Two key persons in the project enforced usability work into the development process and usability work became a key success factor. The usability work was comprehensive and became a...

  20. 36 CFR 1193.31 - Accessibility and usability.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Accessibility and usability... COMPLIANCE BOARD TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES Requirements for Accessibility and Usability § 1193.31 Accessibility and usability. When required by § 1193.21, telecommunications equipment...

  1. Defining Usability: How Library Practice Differs from Published Research

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    Chen, Yu-Hui; Germain, Carol Anne; Rorissa, Abebe

    2011-01-01

    Library/information science professionals need a clearly articulated definition of usability/Web usability to implement intuitive websites. In this study, the authors analyzed usability definitions provided by the ARL library professionals and those found in the library/information science and computer science-information systems literature.…

  2. A Guided Online and Mobile Self-Help Program for Individuals With Eating Disorders: An Iterative Engagement and Usability Study

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    Dimopoulos, Christina N; Flaschberger, Edith; Saffran, Kristina; Kruger, Jenna F; Garlock, Lindsay; Wilfley, Denise E; Taylor, Craig B; Jones, Megan

    2016-01-01

    Background Numerous digital health interventions have been developed for mental health promotion and intervention, including eating disorders. Efficacy of many interventions has been evaluated, yet knowledge about reasons for dropout and poor adherence is scarce. Most digital health intervention studies lack appropriate research design and methods to investigate individual engagement issues. User engagement and program usability are inextricably linked, making usability studies vital in understanding and improving engagement. Objective The aim of this study was to explore engagement and corresponding usability issues of the Healthy Body Image Program—a guided online intervention for individuals with body image concerns or eating disorders. The secondary aim was to demonstrate the value of usability research in order to investigate engagement. Methods We conducted an iterative usability study based on a mixed-methods approach, combining cognitive and semistructured interviews as well as questionnaires, prior to program launch. Two separate rounds of usability studies were completed, testing a total of 9 potential users. Thematic analysis and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the think-aloud tasks, interviews, and questionnaires. Results Participants were satisfied with the overall usability of the program. The average usability score was 77.5/100 for the first test round and improved to 83.1/100 after applying modifications for the second iteration. The analysis of the qualitative data revealed five central themes: layout, navigation, content, support, and engagement conditions. The first three themes highlight usability aspects of the program, while the latter two highlight engagement issues. An easy-to-use format, clear wording, the nature of guidance, and opportunity for interactivity were important issues related to usability. The coach support, time investment, and severity of users’ symptoms, the program’s features and effectiveness, trust

  3. Effect of asynchronous updating on the stability of cellular automata

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    Highlights: ► An upper bound on the Lyapunov exponent of asynchronously updated CA is established. ► The employed update method has repercussions on the stability of CAs. ► A decision on the employed update method should be taken with care. ► Substantial discrepancies arise between synchronously and asynchronously updated CA. ► Discrepancies between different asynchronous update schemes are less pronounced. - Abstract: Although cellular automata (CAs) were conceptualized as utter discrete mathematical models in which the states of all their spatial entities are updated simultaneously at every consecutive time step, i.e. synchronously, various CA-based models that rely on so-called asynchronous update methods have been constructed in order to overcome the limitations that are tied up with the classical way of evolving CAs. So far, only a few researchers have addressed the consequences of this way of updating on the evolved spatio-temporal patterns, and the reachable stationary states. In this paper, we exploit Lyapunov exponents to determine to what extent the stability of the rules within a family of totalistic CAs is affected by the underlying update method. For that purpose, we derive an upper bound on the maximum Lyapunov exponent of asynchronously iterated CAs, and show its validity, after which we present a comparative study between the Lyapunov exponents obtained for five different update methods, namely one synchronous method and four well-established asynchronous methods. It is found that the stability of CAs is seriously affected if one of the latter methods is employed, whereas the discrepancies arising between the different asynchronous methods are far less pronounced and, finally, we discuss the repercussions of our findings on the development of CA-based models.

  4. Usability and trust in e-banking.

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    Pravettoni, Gabriella; Leotta, Salvatore Nuccio; Lucchiari, Claudio; Misuraca, Raffaella

    2007-12-01

    This study assessed the role of usability in trust of e-banking services. A questionnaire was administered to 185 Italian undergraduate working students who volunteered for the experiment (M age = 30.5 yr., SD = 3.1). Participants were differentiated on computer ability (Expert, n = 104; Nonexpert, n = 81) and e-banking use (User, n = 93; Nonusers, n = 92). Analysis showed that the website usability of e-banking services did not play a very important role for the User group. Instead, institution-based trust, e.g., the trust in the security policy of the Web merchant, customers, and the overall trust of the bank were the crucial factors in the adoption of e-banking. PMID:18361127

  5. Usability: managing facilities for social outcomes

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    Alexander, Keith; Blakstad, Siri; Hansen, Geir;

    2013-01-01

    The paper argues for the development of usability concepts, methodologies and tools, in considering the effects of the built environment from a user, organisational and community perspective, in order to have a positive influence on social outcomes. Since it was formed over ten years ago, the CIB W......111 on Usability has been exploring concepts, methods and tools, developed in the evaluation of all kinds of consumer products, applied to the built environment. In the most recent phase of this work, conducted over the past three years, an international network of partners has collaborated to focus...... and define the emerging properties of a workplace, they could better manage and design the facilities for improved social outcomes. Interpretation and analysis of the built environment (and support services) based on how it is socially constructed will enable integration of organisational use and the...

  6. Usable security and e-banking

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    Hertzum, Morten; Jørgensen, Niels; Nørgaard, Mie

    2004-01-01

    Electronic banking must be secure and easy to use. An evaluation of six Danish web-based electronic banking systems indicates that the systems have serious weaknesses with respect to ease of use. Our analysis of the weaknesses suggests that security requirements are among their causes...... and that the weaknesses may in turn cause decreased security. We view the conflict between ease of use and security in the context of usable security, a concept that is intended to match security principles and demands against user knowledge and motivation. Automation, instruction, and understanding can be identified...... as different approaches to usable security. Instruction is the main approach of the systems evaluated; automation relieves the user from involvement in security, as far as possible; and understanding goes beyond step-by-step instructions, to enable users to act competently and safely in situations...

  7. Usable Security and E-Banking

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    Hertzum, Morten; Juul, Niels Christian; Jørgensen, Niels Henrik;

    2004-01-01

    Electronic banking must be secure and easy to use. An evaluation of six Danish web-based electronic banking systems indicates that the systems have serious weaknesses with respect to ease of use. Analysis of the weaknesses suggests that security requirements are among their causes...... and that the weaknesses may in turn cause decreased security. Conceptually we view the conflict between ease of use and security in the context of usable security, intended to match security principles and demands against user knowledge and motivation. Automation, instruction, and understanding can be identified...... as different approaches to usable security. Instruction is the main approach of the systems evaluated; automation relieves the user from involvement in security, as far as possible; and understanding goes beyond step-by-step instructions, to enable users to act competently and safely in situations...

  8. Usability in Public Services and Border Control

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    Pirelli, Giuliano

    The paper starts with a brief overview of the scale of disability and associated challenges and puts them in the context of the public policy on disability. It then analyses the usability challenges in public services and border control, including the issues of accessibility, safety and communication. These need to be addressed in future policy proposals, to provide the best assistance by new technologies to elderly people and people with disabilities, avoiding creating new barriers due to incorrect or incomplete initial conception. With increasing flux of novel security technology in mass transportation systems, and particularly the use of biometric identification in airports, the challenge of usability is recognized. This paper analyses these issues in the context of users with disability in an idealized process of Simplifying Passenger Travel (SPT).

  9. Modelo de programación asíncrona para Web transaccionales en un ambiente distribuido Asynchronous programming model for transactional Web in a distributed environment

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    Luis Marco Cáceres Alvarez

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo define y detalla un modelo de programación asíncrono para sistemas de información Web transaccionales orientado a servicios en un ambiente distribuido uniendo las ventajas de las técnicas de programación Web asíncronas (AJAX, patrones de diseño orientados a objetos y servicios Web, para la obtención de aplicativos caracterizados por ser tolerantes a fallos, distribuidos, eficientes y usables. Principalmente se puntualizan los problemas encontrados en el modelo para uso de servicios Web clásicos, por ende se define, documenta y desarrolla un modelo de programación que solucione y mejore los servicios Web clásicos y se valide la solución a través del desarrollo de un prototipo basado en el modelo de programación definido.The present work defines and details an asynchronous programming model for transactional web information systems in distributed environment, joining the advantages of web asynchronous programming techniques (AJAX, object oriented design patterns and web services, to obtain fail tolerant, distributed, efficient and usable applications. The problems found in the classical Web services model are pointed out and a new model to solve and improve most common web services is defined, documented and developed. Also, a prototype is developed to validate the given solution using the defined model.

  10. Usability evaluation of digital libraries: a tutorial

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    Fields, B.; Keith, S; Blandford, A.

    2003-01-01

    This one-day tutorial is an introduction to usability evaluation for Digital Libraries. In particular, we will introduce Claims Analysis. This approach focuses on the designers’ motivations and reasons for making particular design decisions and examines the effect on the user’s interaction with the system. The general approach, as presented by Carroll and Rosson(1992), has been tailored specifically to the design of digital libraries. Digital libraries are notoriously dif...

  11. Usability – Not as we know it!

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    Silva, Paula Alexandra; Dix, Alan

    2007-01-01

    YouTube has been the Internet success story of 2006. However, when subjected to conventional usability evaluation it appears to fail miserably. With this and other social Web services, the purpose of the user is fun, uncertainty, engagement and self-expression. Web2.0 has turned the passive ‘user’ into an active producer of content and shaper of the ultimate user experience. This more playful, more participative, often joyful use of technology appears to conflict with con...

  12. Classroom orchestration : The third circle of usability

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    Dillenbourg, Pierre; Zufferey, Guillaume; Alavi, Hamed Seyed; Jermann, Patrick; Do, Lenh Hung Son; Bonnard, Quentin; Cuendet, Sébastien; Kaplan, Frédéric

    2011-01-01

    We analyze classroom orchestration as a question of usability in which the classroom is the user. Our experiments revealed design features that reduce the global orchestration load. According to our studies in vocational schools, paper-based interfaces have the potential of making educational workflows tangible, i.e. both visible and manipulable. Our studies in university classes converge on minimalism: they reveal the effectiveness o tools that make visible what is invisible but do not analy...

  13. Evaluating Web Usability from the User's Perspective

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    Hema Banati; Punam Bedi; Grover, P. S.

    2006-01-01

    The presence of multiple websites offering similar services has changed the user outlook. The user now prefers to visit those sites, which are easy to use. Many different methods have been proposed to measure usability of a website. The quantitative methods focus on the performance measurement of the website whereas the qualitative methods estimate the user's opinion of a website. However none of these specify measurement of the human emotions; the emotional experiences of the user during the...

  14. Fusing website usability and search engine optimisation

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    Eugene B. Visser; Melius Weideman

    2014-01-01

    Background: Most websites, especially those with a commercial orientation, need a high ranking on a search engine for one or more keywords or phrases. The search engine optimisation process attempts to achieve this. Furthermore, website users expect easy navigation, interaction and transactional ability. The application of website usability principles attempts to achieve this. Ideally, designers should achieve both goals when they design websites.Objectives: This research intended to establis...

  15. AMOLED (active matrix OLED) functionality and usable lifetime at temperature

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    Fellowes, David A.; Wood, Michael V.; Prache, Olivier; Jones, Susan

    2005-05-01

    Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) displays are known to exhibit high levels of performance, and these levels of performance have continually been improved over time with new materials and electronics design. eMagin Corporation developed a manually adjustable temperature compensation circuit with brightness control to allow for excellent performance over a wide temperature range. Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (US Army) tested the performance and survivability of a number of AMOLED displays in a temperature chamber over a range from -55°C to +85°C. Although device performance of AMOLEDs has always been its strong suit, the issue of usable display lifetimes for military applications continues to be an area of discussion and research. eMagin has made improvements in OLED materials and worked towards the development of a better understanding of usable lifetime for operation in a military system. NVESD ran luminance degradation tests of AMOLED panels at 50°C and at ambient to characterize the lifetime of AMOLED devices. The result is a better understanding of the applicability of AMOLEDs in military systems: where good fits are made, and where further development is needed.

  16. EEG-based usability assessment of 3D shutter glasses

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    Wenzel, Markus A.; Schultze-Kraft, Rafael; Meinecke, Frank C.; Cardinaux, Fabien; Kemp, Thomas; Müller, Klaus-Robert; Curio, Gabriel; Blankertz, Benjamin

    2016-02-01

    Objective. Neurotechnology can contribute to the usability assessment of products by providing objective measures of neural workload and can uncover usability impediments that are not consciously perceived by test persons. In this study, the neural processing effort imposed on the viewer of 3D television by shutter glasses was quantified as a function of shutter frequency. In particular, we sought to determine the critical shutter frequency at which the ‘neural flicker’ vanishes, such that visual fatigue due to this additional neural effort can be prevented by increasing the frequency of the system. Approach. Twenty-three participants viewed an image through 3D shutter glasses, while multichannel electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded. In total ten shutter frequencies were employed, selected individually for each participant to cover the range below, at and above the threshold of flicker perception. The source of the neural flicker correlate was extracted using independent component analysis and the flicker impact on the visual cortex was quantified by decoding the state of the shutter from the EEG. Main Result. Effects of the shutter glasses were traced in the EEG up to around 67 Hz—about 20 Hz over the flicker perception threshold—and vanished at the subsequent frequency level of 77 Hz. Significance. The impact of the shutter glasses on the visual cortex can be detected by neurotechnology even when a flicker is not reported by the participants. Potential impact. Increasing the shutter frequency from the usual 50 Hz or 60 Hz to 77 Hz reduces the risk of visual fatigue and thus improves shutter-glass-based 3D usability.

  17. The Usability of Online Geographic Virtual Reality for Urban Planning

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    Zhang, S.; Moore, A. B.

    2013-08-01

    Virtual reality (VR) technology is starting to become widely and freely available (for example the online OpenSimulator tool), with potential for use in 3D urban planning and design tasks but still needing rigorous assessment to establish this. A previous study consulted with a small group of urban professionals, who concluded in a satisfaction usability test that online VR had potential value as a usable 3D communication and remote marketing tool but acknowledged that visual quality and geographic accuracy were obstacles to overcome. This research takes the investigation a significant step further to also examine the usability aspects of efficiency (how quickly tasks are completed) and effectiveness (how successfully tasks are completed), relating to OpenSimulator in an urban planning situation. The comparative study pits a three-dimensional VR model (with increased graphic fidelity and geographic content to address the feedback of the previous study) of a subdivision design (in a Dunedin suburb) against 3D models built with GIS (ArcGIS) and CAD (BricsCAD) tools, two types of software environment well established in urban professional practice. Urban professionals participated in the study by attempting to perform timed tasks correctly in each of the environments before being asked questions about the technologies involved and their perceived importance to their professional work. The results reinforce the positive feedback for VR of the previous study, with the graphical and geographic data issues being somewhat addressed (though participants stressed the need for accurate and precise object and terrain modification capabilities in VR). Ease-ofuse and associated fastest task completion speed were significant positive outcomes to emerge from the comparison with GIS and CAD, pointing to a strong future for VR in an urban planning context.

  18. Efficiency asynchronous application programming language Python

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    Толстікова, О. В.; Національний авіаційний університет; Мирошниченко, І. С.; Національний авіаційний університет; Коцюр, А. Б.; Національний авіаційний університет

    2016-01-01

    Consider tools that implement asynchronous programming in Python and allow more efficient use ofasynchronous programming applications. The efficiency of the module asyncio (PEP 3156) incomparison with classical spivprohramamy Рассмотрены инструменты, которые реализуют асинхронное программирование в языкеPython и позволяют повысить эффективность использования программирования асинхронныхприложений. Показана эффективность работы модуля asyncio (PEP 3156) по сравнению с классическими сопрогра...

  19. IHadoop: Asynchronous iterations for MapReduce

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    Elnikety, Eslam Mohamed Ibrahim

    2011-11-01

    MapReduce is a distributed programming frame-work designed to ease the development of scalable data-intensive applications for large clusters of commodity machines. Most machine learning and data mining applications involve iterative computations over large datasets, such as the Web hyperlink structures and social network graphs. Yet, the MapReduce model does not efficiently support this important class of applications. The architecture of MapReduce, most critically its dataflow techniques and task scheduling, is completely unaware of the nature of iterative applications; tasks are scheduled according to a policy that optimizes the execution for a single iteration which wastes bandwidth, I/O, and CPU cycles when compared with an optimal execution for a consecutive set of iterations. This work presents iHadoop, a modified MapReduce model, and an associated implementation, optimized for iterative computations. The iHadoop model schedules iterations asynchronously. It connects the output of one iteration to the next, allowing both to process their data concurrently. iHadoop\\'s task scheduler exploits inter-iteration data locality by scheduling tasks that exhibit a producer/consumer relation on the same physical machine allowing a fast local data transfer. For those iterative applications that require satisfying certain criteria before termination, iHadoop runs the check concurrently during the execution of the subsequent iteration to further reduce the application\\'s latency. This paper also describes our implementation of the iHadoop model, and evaluates its performance against Hadoop, the widely used open source implementation of MapReduce. Experiments using different data analysis applications over real-world and synthetic datasets show that iHadoop performs better than Hadoop for iterative algorithms, reducing execution time of iterative applications by 25% on average. Furthermore, integrating iHadoop with HaLoop, a variant Hadoop implementation that caches

  20. An Integrated Quantitative Assessment Model For Usability Engineering

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    Haidar S. Jabbar

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Many different quantitative assessment models have been proposed to measure and report the usability of a general software product for various business and design purposes. However, there are several problems coupled with existing models that consequently bias and affect the process and results of the usability assessment. Moreover, they do not aid their usage by analysts who are not experienced in the filed of usability. Therefore, an integrated, accurate, consolidated and simple usability assessment model is required, to provide an entire construct of usability for general software products. In this paper, we proposed an Integrated Quantitative Assessment Model for Usability Engineering (IQAMUE for measuring and reporting usability for general software products. The contribution of the IQAMUE has been done at several points: (1 The investigation into existing models that represents usability factors, either by standard bodies or by well-known researches in the field of usability. As a result, we have proposed an improved comprehensive model, which integrates potential and general usability factors, and measure their related metrics in a standard way (2 We have proposed an adjustable sample size estimation model for usability assessment, which enhances the estimation process, by using historical data to gain an initial idea of the software product, and on present data to predict the complexity of the software product (3 For the applicability purpose of the proposed model, we have conducted an empirical case study for a local e-mail system (Eudora V7 to examine and practice the proposed model.

  1. Supporting Usability Engineering in Small Software Development Organizations

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    Bornoe, Nis; Stage, Jan

    2013-01-01

    of semistructured interviews we want to get an understanding of how usability is implemented into the organizations and how it’s practiced in reality. We found that the developers found it problematic to combine agile software development methods with classic usability engineering methods. A lack of......Despite an interest and use of different usability engineering methods small software development organizations find it challenging to implement usability engineering into the software development process. We present the results from a study about usability engineering in practice. Through a series...... solid usability engineering expertise and not least experience seems to be a main obstacle for a successful implementation of usability engineering into current software development practices. They are requesting methods and procedures that fit better with their current practices and strategies to...

  2. Model checking methodology for large systems, faults and asynchronous behaviour. SARANA 2011 work report

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    Lahtinen, J. [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland); Launiainen, T.; Heljanko, K.; Ropponen, J. [Aalto Univ., Espoo (Finland). Dept. of Information and Computer Science

    2012-07-01

    Digital instrumentation and control (I and C) systems are challenging to verify. They enable complicated control functions, and the state spaces of the models easily become too large for comprehensive verification through traditional methods. Model checking is a formal method that can be used for system verification. A number of efficient model checking systems are available that provide analysis tools to determine automatically whether a given state machine model satisfies the desired safety properties. This report reviews the work performed in the Safety Evaluation and Reliability Analysis of Nuclear Automation (SARANA) project in 2011 regarding model checking. We have developed new, more exact modelling methods that are able to capture the behaviour of a system more realistically. In particular, we have developed more detailed fault models depicting the hardware configuration of a system, and methodology to model function-block-based systems asynchronously. In order to improve the usability of our model checking methods, we have developed an algorithm for model checking large modular systems. The algorithm can be used to verify properties of a model that could otherwise not be verified in a straightforward manner. (orig.)

  3. Asynchronous event-based corner detection and matching.

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    Clady, Xavier; Ieng, Sio-Hoi; Benosman, Ryad

    2015-06-01

    This paper introduces an event-based luminance-free method to detect and match corner events from the output of asynchronous event-based neuromorphic retinas. The method relies on the use of space-time properties of moving edges. Asynchronous event-based neuromorphic retinas are composed of autonomous pixels, each of them asynchronously generating "spiking" events that encode relative changes in pixels' illumination at high temporal resolutions. Corner events are defined as the spatiotemporal locations where the aperture problem can be solved using the intersection of several geometric constraints in events' spatiotemporal spaces. A regularization process provides the required constraints, i.e. the motion attributes of the edges with respect to their spatiotemporal locations using local geometric properties of visual events. Experimental results are presented on several real scenes showing the stability and robustness of the detection and matching. PMID:25828960

  4. Molecular mechanisms for synchronous, asynchronous, and spontaneous neurotransmitter release.

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    Kaeser, Pascal S; Regehr, Wade G

    2014-01-01

    Most neuronal communication relies upon the synchronous release of neurotransmitters, which occurs through synaptic vesicle exocytosis triggered by action potential invasion of a presynaptic bouton. However, neurotransmitters are also released asynchronously with a longer, variable delay following an action potential or spontaneously in the absence of action potentials. A compelling body of research has identified roles and mechanisms for synchronous release, but asynchronous release and spontaneous release are less well understood. In this review, we analyze how the mechanisms of the three release modes overlap and what molecular pathways underlie asynchronous and spontaneous release. We conclude that the modes of release have key fusion processes in common but may differ in the source of and necessity for Ca(2+) to trigger release and in the identity of the Ca(2+) sensor for release. PMID:24274737

  5. A Novel Multiuser Detector for Asynchronous CDMA System

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    LIANGXint; SHANGYong; LIANGQinglin; XIANGHaige

    2004-01-01

    The decorrelating and the MMSE (Minimum mean square error) multiuser detector for asynchronous CDMA (Code devision multiple access) system are ideally anticausal infinite memory-length detectors. Asa result~ in practice they have to be approximately implemented with finite-memory structure, and the process delay in detection is unavoidable. Based on the analysis of a new signal model for asynchronous system, a novel multiuser detector for asynchronous CDMA system is proposed in this paper~ which is termed as DF-IC-MMSE (Decision ,feedback interference cancellation-MMSE) detector. It's the detection statistics that makes the DF-IC-MMSE-detector basically different from other traditional ones. The DF-IC-MMSE detector can be ideally implemented with Causal finite memory-length structure, and cause no delay in symbol detection. Simulations show that the performance of DF-IC-MMSE detector is almost identical to that of the ideal MMSE detector.

  6. A Loosely Synchronizing Asynchronous Router for TDM-Scheduled NOCs

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    Kotleas, Ioannis; Humphreys, Dean; Sørensen, Rasmus Bo;

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an asynchronous router design for use in time-division-multiplexed (TDM) networks-on-chip. Unlike existing synchronous, mesochronous and asynchronous router designs with similar functionality, the router is able to silently skip over cycles/TDM-slots where no traffic is...... scheduled and hence avoid all switching activity in the idle links and router ports. In this way switching activity is reduced to the minimum possible amount. The fact that this relaxed synchronization is sufficient to implement TDM scheduling represents a contribution at the conceptual level. The idea can...... only be implemented using asynchronous circuit techniques. To this end, the paper explores the use of “click-element” templates. Click-element templates use only flipflops and conventional gates, and this greatly simplifies the design process when using conventional EDA tools and standard cell...

  7. Usability standards meet scenario-based design: challenges and opportunities.

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    Vincent, Christopher J; Blandford, Ann

    2015-02-01

    The focus of this paper is on the challenges and opportunities presented by developing scenarios of use for interactive medical devices. Scenarios are integral to the international standard for usability engineering of medical devices (IEC 62366:2007), and are also applied to the development of health software (draft standard IEC 82304-1). The 62366 standard lays out a process for mitigating risk during normal use (i.e. use as per the instructions, or accepted medical practice). However, this begs the question of whether "real use" (that which occurs in practice) matches "normal use". In this paper, we present an overview of the product lifecycle and how it impacts on the type of scenario that can be practically applied. We report on the development and testing of a set of scenarios intended to inform the design of infusion pumps based on "real use". The scenarios were validated by researchers and practitioners experienced in clinical practice, and their utility was assessed by developers and practitioners representing different stages of the product lifecycle. These evaluations highlighted previously unreported challenges and opportunities for the use of scenarios in this context. Challenges include: integrating scenario-based design with usability engineering practice; covering the breadth of uses of infusion devices; and managing contradictory evidence. Opportunities included scenario use beyond design to guide marketing, to inform purchasing and as resources for training staff. This study exemplifies one empirically grounded approach to communicating and negotiating the realities of practice. PMID:25460202

  8. The cultural evolution of human communication systems in different sized populations: usability trumps learnability.

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    Fay, Nicolas; Ellison, T Mark

    2013-01-01

    This study examines the intergenerational transfer of human communication systems. It tests if human communication systems evolve to be easy to learn or easy to use (or both), and how population size affects learnability and usability. Using an experimental-semiotic task, we find that human communication systems evolve to be easier to use (production efficiency and reproduction fidelity), but harder to learn (identification accuracy) for a second generation of naïve participants. Thus, usability trumps learnability. In addition, the communication systems that evolve in larger populations exhibit distinct advantages over those that evolve in smaller populations: the learnability loss (from the Initial signs) is more muted and the usability benefits are more pronounced. The usability benefits for human communication systems that evolve in a small and large population is explained through guided variation reducing sign complexity. The enhanced performance of the communication systems that evolve in larger populations is explained by the operation of a content bias acting on the larger pool of competing signs. The content bias selects for information-efficient iconic signs that aid learnability and enhance usability. PMID:23967243

  9. The cultural evolution of human communication systems in different sized populations: usability trumps learnability.

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    Nicolas Fay

    Full Text Available This study examines the intergenerational transfer of human communication systems. It tests if human communication systems evolve to be easy to learn or easy to use (or both, and how population size affects learnability and usability. Using an experimental-semiotic task, we find that human communication systems evolve to be easier to use (production efficiency and reproduction fidelity, but harder to learn (identification accuracy for a second generation of naïve participants. Thus, usability trumps learnability. In addition, the communication systems that evolve in larger populations exhibit distinct advantages over those that evolve in smaller populations: the learnability loss (from the Initial signs is more muted and the usability benefits are more pronounced. The usability benefits for human communication systems that evolve in a small and large population is explained through guided variation reducing sign complexity. The enhanced performance of the communication systems that evolve in larger populations is explained by the operation of a content bias acting on the larger pool of competing signs. The content bias selects for information-efficient iconic signs that aid learnability and enhance usability.

  10. Current Trends in High-Level Synthesis of Asynchronous Circuits

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    Sparsø, Jens

    2009-01-01

    .g. the Haste/TiDE tool from Handshake Solutions or the Balsa tool from the University of Manchester. The aims are to add highlevel synthesis capabilities to these tools and to extend the tools such that a wider range of (higher speed) micro-architectures can be generated. Another branch of research takes...... a conventional synchronous circuit as the starting point, and then adds some form of handshake-based flow-control. One approach keeps the global clock and implements discrete-time asynchronous operation. Another approach substitutes the clocked registers by asynchronous handshake-registers, thus...

  11. DESIGN METHODOLOGY OF SELF-EXCITED ASYNCHRONOUS GENERATOR

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    Berzan V.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper sets out the methodology of designing an asynchronous generator with capacitive self-excitation. It is known that its design is possible on the basis of serial synchronous motor with squirrel cage rotor. With this approach, the design reworked only the stator winding of electrical machines, making it cost-effectively implement the creation of the generator. Therefore, the methodology for the design, optimization calculations, the development scheme and the stator winding excitation system gain, not only of practical interest, and may also be useful for specialists in the field of electrical machines in the design of asynchronous generators.

  12. On the theoretical gap between synchronous and asynchronous MPC protocols

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    Beerliová-Trubíniová, Zuzana; Hirt, Martin; Nielsen, Jesper Buus

    2010-01-01

    Multiparty computation (MPC) protocols among n parties secure against t active faults are known to exist if and only if t < n/2, when the channels are synchronous, and t < n/3, when the channels are asynchronous, respectively.   In this work we analyze the gap between these bounds, and show that in...... the cryptographic setting (with setup), the sole reason for it is the distribution of inputs: given an oracle for input distribution, cryptographically-secure asynchronous MPC is possible with the very same condition as synchronous MPC, namely t < n/2. We do not know whether the gaps in other security...

  13. Asynchronous updating of threshold-coupled chaotic neurons

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    Manish Dev Shirmali; Sudeshna Sinha; Kazuyuki Aihara

    2008-06-01

    We study a network of chaotic model neurons incorporating threshold activated coupling. We obtain a wide range of spatiotemporal patterns under varying degrees of asynchronicity in the evolution of the neuronal components. For instance, we find that sequential updating of threshold-coupled chaotic neurons can yield dynamical switching of the individual neurons between two states. So varying the asynchronicity in the updating scheme can serve as a control mechanism to extract different responses, and this can have possible applications in computation and information processing.

  14. DPA on quasi delay insensitive asynchronous circuits : formalization and improvement

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    Bouesse, G F; Dumont, S; Germain, F

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to formally specify a flow devoted to the design of Differential Power Analysis (DPA) resistant QDI asynchronous circuits. The paper first proposes a formal modeling of the electrical signature of QDI asynchronous circuits. The DPA is then applied to the formal model in order to identify the source of leakage of this type of circuits. Finally, a complete design flow is specified to minimize the information leakage. The relevancy and efficiency of the approach is demonstrated using the design of an AES crypto-processor.

  15. Website engagibility: a step beyond usability.

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    Fitzpatrick, Ronan; Smith, Peter; O'Shea, Brendan

    2005-01-01

    There is a continuing need for quality eCommerce websites which satisfy their owner’s perspective of quality of design and visitor’s perspective of quality of use. More particularly there is a need for website owners to be able to specify what constitutes a website that will fully engage site visitors and consequently what needs to be designed into the website in order to insure return on investment. This paper argues that the term usability is inappropriate to quality websites and that websi...

  16. Correcting menu usability problems with sound

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    Brewster, S.A.; Crease, M.G.

    1999-01-01

    Future human-computer interfaces will use more than just graphical output to display information. In this paper we suggest that sound and graphics together can be used to improve interaction. We describe an experiment to improve the usability of standard graphical menus by the addition of sound. One common difficulty is slipping off a menu item by mistake when trying to select it. One of the causes of this is insufficient feedback. We designed and experimentally evaluated a new set of menus w...

  17. Usability and user experience : measurement model

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    Klotins, Eriks

    2011-01-01

    Software quality is one of success factors in software development. Usability and user experience (U&UX) as a part of software quality is becoming more and more important. Although, there has been successful attempts to formalize specific parts of U&UX there is still a need for a systematic framework of U&UX evaluation. This thesis is aimed to study the state of the art in U&UX evaluation in order to develop a single framework that comprises existing knowledge on the topic. Fu...

  18. The Influence of Asynchronous Video Communication on Learner Social Presence: A Narrative Analysis of Four Cases

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    Borup, Jered; West, Richard E.; Graham, Charles R.

    2013-01-01

    Online courses are increasingly using asynchronous video communication. However, little is known about how asynchronous video communication influences students' communication patterns. This study presents four narratives of students with varying characteristics who engaged in asynchronous video communication. The extrovert valued the efficiency of…

  19. Accessibility and Usability of Web-Based Library Databases for Non-Visual Users.

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    Byerley, Suzanne L.; Chambers, Mary Beth

    2002-01-01

    Examined the accessibility of two Web-based abstracting and indexing services by blind users using screen-reading programs based on guidelines from the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by the WWW Consortium. Suggests Web developers need to conduct usability testing and librarians need to be aware of accessibility…

  20. The Accessibility and Usability of College Websites: Is Your Website Presenting Barriers to Potential Students?

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    Erickson, William; Trerise, Sharon; Lee, Camille; VanLooy, Sara; Knowlton, Samuel; Bruyère, Susanne

    2013-01-01

    Thirty community college websites were evaluated for compliance with federal web accessibility standards found in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d). Two typical sites were tested for usability by individuals with visual impairments, individuals with reading-related learning disabilities (LD), and a control group of…

  1. Non-Universal Usability? A Survey of How Usability Is Understood by Chinese and Danish Users

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    Frandsen-Thorlacius, Olaf; Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren; Hertzum, Morten; Clemmensen, Torkil

    , who differ in how they understand and prioritize different aspects of usability. Chinese users appear to be more concerned with visual appearance, satisfaction, and fun than Danish users; Danish users prioritize effectiveness, efficiency, and lack of frustration higher than Chinese users. The results...

  2. Influence of Parameters on Usability Attributes in Software Projects

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    Kshama Paithankar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available To attain certain level of usability, a variety of criteria may be used related to a software project. These criteria are involved with intent of driving various factors associated with software development. These criteria are termed as project parameters. It has been observed that these parameters may influence different attributes associated with software projects thereby indulge with the same instinct for usability attributes also. However, the involvement of these parameters may be mounded in such a way that may lead to characterize the projects more specifically in usability perspective. For the same reason, it is needed to provide measures for characterizing projects. Therefore, an empirical method is proposed for estimation of influence of project parameters on associated usability attributes in a software project in this paper. It will provide quantitative measures related to software projects which in turn will be useful for ranking usability attributes. Usability measurement may also be performed subsequently.

  3. Crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development

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    2016-01-01

    This paper distills core lessons about how researchers (scientists, engineers, planners, etc.) interested in promoting sustainable development can increase the likelihood of producing usable knowledge. We draw the lessons from both practical experience in diverse contexts around the world and from scholarly advances in understanding the relationships between science and society. Many of these lessons will be familiar to those with experience in crafting knowledge to support action for sustainable development. However, few are included in the formal training of researchers. As a result, when scientists and engineers first venture out of the laboratory or library with the goal of linking their knowledge with action, the outcome has often been ineffectiveness and disillusionment. We therefore articulate here a core set of lessons that we believe should become part of the basic training for researchers interested in crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development. These lessons entail at least four things researchers should know, and four things they should do. The knowing lessons involve understanding the coproduction relationships through which knowledge making and decision making shape one another in social–environmental systems. We highlight the lessons that emerge from examining those coproduction relationships through the ICAP lens, viewing them from the perspectives of Innovation systems, Complex systems, Adaptive systems, and Political systems. The doing lessons involve improving the capacity of the research community to put its understanding of coproduction into practice. We highlight steps through which researchers can help build capacities for stakeholder collaboration, social learning, knowledge governance, and researcher training. PMID:27091979

  4. Crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development.

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    Clark, William C; van Kerkhoff, Lorrae; Lebel, Louis; Gallopin, Gilberto C

    2016-04-26

    This paper distills core lessons about how researchers (scientists, engineers, planners, etc.) interested in promoting sustainable development can increase the likelihood of producing usable knowledge. We draw the lessons from both practical experience in diverse contexts around the world and from scholarly advances in understanding the relationships between science and society. Many of these lessons will be familiar to those with experience in crafting knowledge to support action for sustainable development. However, few are included in the formal training of researchers. As a result, when scientists and engineers first venture out of the laboratory or library with the goal of linking their knowledge with action, the outcome has often been ineffectiveness and disillusionment. We therefore articulate here a core set of lessons that we believe should become part of the basic training for researchers interested in crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development. These lessons entail at least four things researchers should know, and four things they should do. The knowing lessons involve understanding the coproduction relationships through which knowledge making and decision making shape one another in social-environmental systems. We highlight the lessons that emerge from examining those coproduction relationships through the ICAP lens, viewing them from the perspectives of Innovation systems, Complex systems, Adaptive systems, and Political systems. The doing lessons involve improving the capacity of the research community to put its understanding of coproduction into practice. We highlight steps through which researchers can help build capacities for stakeholder collaboration, social learning, knowledge governance, and researcher training. PMID:27091979

  5. Assessing User Trust to Improve Web Usability

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    Punam Bedi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The technological advancement has significantly influenced the style of human-computer interaction, especially for World Wide Web. The users can now afford to choose amongst multiple websites offering similar services. The website which provides a usable interface along with requisite services, scores over its competitors. User interaction with a website is driven by two major factors- the performance factors associated with the site and the emotional factors associated with human being. Amongst the emotional factors, trust is a dominant driving factor of web usage. The more a user trusts a website, more shall be the usage and vice-versa. Trust has almost always been specified qualitatively. This study presents a distinct method of measuring user trust on a website, by considering the features of that website. Four distinct states of a feature are considered in the study. Each of these states has a different impact on user trust formation. The method proposed considers the features, their states and their contribution towards trust formation to compute the user trust on a website. Such a measure can be effectively employed to determine the trust level of a website as perceived by its users. Comparison of different websites with respect to their trust levels can therefore, provide the designer an insight into the weak features of that site. Identifying and correcting these, can help in retaining the users and hence increase the usability of that site.

  6. Usability of Generic Software in e-Research Infrastructures

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    2011-01-01

    In e-Research Infrastructures (eRIs), software is used in diverse application contexts. To support this software is often implemented generically. The usability of software is strongly context dependent. Therefore, the use of generic software in different application contexts results in varying degress of usability depending on the concrete usage scenario. This paper focuses on the challenges of implementing usability-oriented generic software. First, we provide an introduction to...

  7. Can eye tracking boost usability evaluation of computer games?

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    Johansen, Sune Alstrup; Noergaard, Mie; Soerensen, Janus Rau

    2008-01-01

    data on players' attention during a game. This position paper discusses how eye tracking may address three core challenges faced by computer game producer IO Interactive in their on-going work to ensure games that are fun, usable, and challenging. These challenges are: (1) Persuading game designers...... about the relevance of usability results, (2) involving game designers in usability work, and (3) identifying methods that provide new data about user behaviour and experience....

  8. Business-Intelligence-Systeme im Spannungsfeld zwischen Usability und Sicherheit

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    Hinck, Thorsten

    2010-01-01

    Business-Intelligence-Systeme stehen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Usability und Sicherheit. Die Gefahren und Sicherheitsmaßnahmen für Informationssysteme werden ermittelt und ökonomisch in Bezug zur Gebrauchstauglichkeit gesetzt. Es entsteht ein Sicherheitsprofil für Business-Intelligence-Systeme. Business-Intelligence-Systems are in tension between Usability and IT-Security. Risks and safety measures of informationsystems are defined and set in (economic) regard to Usability. A security prof...

  9. Website Usability and Cultural Dimensions in Malaysian and Australian Universities

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    Zanariah Jano; Shuhaida Md. Noor; Rabiah Ahmad; Mohd Shamsuri Md Saad; Rosli Saadan; Mohamad Bokhari; Aida Nasirah Abdullah

    2015-01-01

    The extent to which web sites in Malaysian and Australian universities comply with usability guidelines of theU.S Department of Health and Human Services was analysed. In order to discover the reasons some websitescomply with more guidelines on certain features than others, cultural dimensions in relation to usability of eachcountry were also analysed. Content analysis was employed to measure the usability compliance. Twenty-nineguidelines were selected and twenty university web sites from ea...

  10. Asynchronous Assessment in a Large Lecture Marketing Course

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    Downey, W. Scott; Schetzsle, Stacey

    2012-01-01

    Asynchronous assessment, which includes quizzes or exams online or outside class, offers marketing educators an opportunity to make more efficient use of class time and to enhance students' learning experiences by giving them more flexibility and choice in their assessment environment. In this paper, we examine the performance difference between…

  11. Structure-Based Deadlock Checking of Asynchronous Circuits

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    Hong-Guang Ren; Zhi-Ying Wang; Doug Edwards

    2011-01-01

    It is important to verify the absence of deadlocks in asynchronous circuits.Much previous work relies on a reachability analysis of the circuits' states,with the use of binary decision diagrams (BDDs) or Petri nets to model the behaviors of circuits.This paper presents an alternative approach focusing on the structural properties of well-formed asynchronous circuits that will never suffer deadlocks.A class of data-driven asynchronous pipelines is targeted in this paper,which can be viewed as a network of basic components connected by handshake channels.The sufficient and necessary conditions for a component network consisting of Steer,Merge,Fork and Join are given.The slack elasticity of the channels is analyzed in order to introduce pipelining.As an application,a deadlock checking method is implemented in a syntax-directed asynchronous design tool - Teak.The proposed method shows a great runtime advantage when compared against previous Petri net based verification tools.

  12. APPLICATION OF ASYNCHRONOUS GENERATOR FOR INDUCTION MOTOR’S FEEDING

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    Bogdan A. V.; Ilchenko Y. A.; Sobol A. N.; Erokhov M. V.

    2014-01-01

    In the article, the following items are represented: mathematical formulation of system including: asynchronous generator with cage rotor, condenser’s for excitation, induction load. Electromagnetic and electromechanical processes of induction motor’s connecting and feeding are described. Equations of voltage stability, equations of current, equations of rotor are used for describing of electricity circuits of generator

  13. Analysis of the Relevance of Posts in Asynchronous Discussions

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    Azevedo, Breno T.; Reategui, Eliseo; Behar, Patrícia A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents ForumMiner, a tool for the automatic analysis of students' posts in asynchronous discussions. ForumMiner uses a text mining system to extract graphs from texts that are given to students as a basis for their discussion. These graphs contain the most relevant terms found in the texts, as well as the relationships between them.…

  14. GPU-Based Asynchronous Global Optimization with Particle Swarm

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    The recent upsurge in research into general-purpose applications for graphics processing units (GPUs) has made low cost high-performance computing increasingly more accessible. Many global optimization algorithms that have previously benefited from parallel computation are now poised to take advantage of general-purpose GPU computing as well. In this paper, a global parallel asynchronous particle swarm optimization (PSO) approach is employed to solve three relatively complex, realistic parameter estimation problems in which each processor performs significant computation. Although PSO is readily parallelizable, memory bandwidth limitations with GPUs must be addressed, which is accomplished by minimizing communication among individual population members though asynchronous operations. The effect of asynchronous PSO on robustness and efficiency is assessed as a function of problem and population size. Experiments were performed with different population sizes on NVIDIA GPUs and on single-core CPUs. Results for successful trials exhibit marked speedup increases with the population size, indicating that more particles may be used to improve algorithm robustness while maintaining nearly constant time. This work also suggests that asynchronous operations on the GPU may be viable in stochastic population-based algorithms to increase efficiency without sacrificing the quality of the solutions.

  15. Cyber Asynchronous versus Blended Cyber Approach in Distance English Learning

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    Ge, Zi-Gang

    2012-01-01

    This study aims to compare the single cyber asynchronous learning approach with the blended cyber learning approach in distance English education. Two classes of 70 students participated in this study, which lasted one semester of about four months, with one class using the blended approach for their English study and the other only using the…

  16. Psychological Type and Asynchronous Written Dialogue in Adult Learning

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    Lin, Lin; Cranton, Patricia; Bridglall, Beatrice

    2005-01-01

    This study explores how adults learn from asynchronous written dialogue through the lens of psychological type preferences. We asked participants to discover their dominant and auxiliary psychological preferences using the Personal Empowerment through Type inventory. Participants then completed an open-ended survey in which they described their…

  17. Asynchronous Linking in a Service –Oriented Architecture.

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    Vivek, Sanjay; Tso, Kenneth; Thompson, Mark; De Roure, David

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, we identify research issues in the development of system infrastructure support for asynchronous linkservices in a service-oriented architecture. We explore the suitability and applicability of using MQSeries Everyplace to provide a messaging backbone for linkservices that increases reliability, fault tolerance, and scalability. We identify and discuss some important problems and research issues related to this approach.

  18. Asynchronous Multi-Party Computation with Quadratic Communication

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    Hirt, Martin; Nielsen, Jesper Buus; Przydatek, Bartosz

    2008-01-01

    We present an efficient protocol for secure multi-party computation in the asynchronous model with optimal resilience. For n parties, up to t < n/3 of them being corrupted, and security parameter κ, a circuit with c gates can be securely computed with communication complexity O(cn^2k) bits, which...

  19. Asynchronous rotation scan for synthetic aperture interferometric radiometer

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    WU Ji; ZHANG Cheng; LIU Hao; SUN WeiYing

    2009-01-01

    Synthetic aperture interferometric technique has wide applications in optics, radio astronomy and mi-crowave remote sensing areas. With the increasing demands of high resolution imaging observation, a new time-sharing sampling scheme of asynchronous rotation scan is proposed to meet the technical challenge of achieving a large equivalent aperture and overcome the operating barriers of space borne application. This configuration is basically composed by two asynchronously and concentrically ro-tating antenna groups, whose revolving radii and speeds are different. The synthetic aperture system with asynchronous rotation scanning scheme can effectively solve the trade-off problem of system complexity, and greatly simplify the system hardware at the cost of sacrificing a certain time resolution. The basic rules and design methods of asynchronous rotation scan are investigated The Gridding method is introduced to inverse the spiral sampling data for image reconstruction. The potential ap-plications of geostationary orbit (GEO) earth observation and solar polar orbit (SPO) plasma cloud observation are explored with numerical simulations to validate the significance and feasibility of this new imaging configuration.

  20. Asynchronous rotation scan for synthetic aperture interferometric radiometer

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    Synthetic aperture interferometric technique has wide applications in optics,radio astronomy and mi-crowave remote sensing areas.With the increasing demands of high resolution imaging observation,a new time-sharing sampling scheme of asynchronous rotation scan is proposed to meet the technical challenge of achieving a large equivalent aperture and overcome the operating barriers of space borne application.This configuration is basically composed by two asynchronously and concentrically ro-tating antenna groups,whose revolving radii and speeds are different.The synthetic aperture system with asynchronous rotation scanning scheme can effectively solve the trade-off problem of system complexity,and greatly simplify the system hardware at the cost of sacrificing a certain time resolution.The basic rules and design methods of asynchronous rotation scan are investigated The Gridding method is introduced to inverse the spiral sampling data for image reconstruction.The potential ap-plications of geostationary orbit(GEO)earth observation and solar polar orbit(SPO)plasma cloud observation are explored with numerical simulations to validate the significance and feasibility of this new imaging configuration.

  1. Seeing Double at Memorial University: Two WorldCat Local Usability Studies

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Obtaining user feedback is valuable yet often overlooked, so when Memorial University Libraries launched OCLC’s WorldCat Local discovery tool for Fall 2010, usability testing was a logical next step. Two branches, each with distinct user groups, the Ferriss Hodgett Library in Corner Brook, and the Health Sciences Library in St. John’s, conducted unique usability studies to gain evidence into how WorldCat Local performed common research tasks. The Health Sciences Library was inspired by the information seeking habits of Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy. This demographic’s heavy reliance on journal literature, and known item searching made these users an interesting test group. The Ferriss Hodgett Library, serving an undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences population, was interested in the information seeking behavior of new students with little to no experience using library resources. At the local level, evidence obtained as a result of this usability testing will provide guidance into future use of WCL at Memorial University Libraries. On a broader scale, the usability findings are relevant to any library considering the shift to a new discovery tool.

  2. Establishing best practices to improve usability of web interfaces providing atmospheric data

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    Oakley, N.; Daudert, B.

    2014-12-01

    Accessing scientific data through an online portal can be a frustrating task. The concept of making web interfaces easy to use known as "usability" has been thoroughly researched in the field of e-commerce but has not been explicitly addressed in the atmospheric sciences. As more observation stations are installed, satellite missions flown, models run, and field campaigns performed, large amounts of data are produced. Portals on the Internet have become the favored mechanisms to share this information and are ever increasing in number. Portals are often created without being tested for usability with the target audience though the expenses of testing are low and the returns high. To remain competitive and relevant in the provision of atmospheric data, it is imperative that developers understand design elements of a successful portal to make their product stand out among others. This presentation informs the audience of the benefits and basic principles of usability for web pages presenting atmospheric data. We will also share some of the best practices and recommendations we have formulated from the results of usability testing performed on two data provision web sites hosted by the Western Regional Climate Center.

  3. Usability evaluation of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Library web site

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    Ebenezer, Catherine

    2002-01-01

    A usability evaluation was carried out of the recently-launched South London and Maudsley NHS Trust library web site using a variety of standard methodologies: content and design evaluation of selected comparable sites, focus groups, a questionnaire survey of library and web development staff, heuristic evaluation, observation testing, card sorting/cluster analysis, and label intuitiveness/category membership testing. All test participants were staff of or providers of services to the trust. ...

  4. Effectiveness of Usability Attributes in Domains of Virtual Environment

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    Kirti Muley

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, Virtual Environment (VE has gained immense attention of researchers. VE has its applications in all most all domains of software development. At the same time, it is worth to incorporate software usability attributes to develop an effective VE based application. A wide range of usability attributes may be used for different application areas and for environment. Hence, importance of usability attribute also varies from domain to domain or from application to application. In this paper, we attempt to identify the effectiveness of usability attributes specifically, in domains of VE. Algorithm BayesPost is proposed to evaluate the effectiveness of usability attributes of interest in various domains of VE. For execution of the algorithm, we have selected five domains such as Simulation, Educational Websites, Banking Sector, Medical and Entertainment covering 19 usability attributes. On the basis of this study, it may be stated that the probability of existence of usability attribute Interactivity is higher in the domains associated with learning. In contrast, usability attribute Readability possesses lower probability of existence in domains where visual effects are dominant as compared to textual data. It is also observed that probability of existence of usability attribute Active Distraction is subdominant in all domains except medical domain

  5. Assessment of Usability Benchmarks: Combining Standardized Scales with Specific Questions

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    Stephanie Bettina Linek

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The usability of Web sites and online services is of rising importance. When creating a completely new Web site, qualitative data are adequate for identifying the most usability problems. However, changes of an existing Web site should be evaluated by a quantitative benchmarking process. The proposed paper describes the creation of a questionnaire that allows a quantitative usability benchmarking, i.e. a direct comparison of the different versions of a Web site and an orientation on general standards of usability. The questionnaire is also open for qualitative data. The methodology will be explained by the digital library services of the ZBW.

  6. Usability and Applicability of Microfluidic Cell Culture Systems

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    Hemmingsen, Mette

    devices still lack general implementation into biological research laboratories. In this project, the usability and applicability of microfluidic cell culture systems have been investigated. The tested systems display good properties regarding optics and compatibility with standard laboratory equipment...... possibilities for, for example, precise control of the chemical environment, 3D cultures, controlled co-culture of different cell types or automated, individual control of up to 96 cell culture chambers in one integrated system. Despite the great new opportunities to perform novel experimental designs, these...... shown to be needed. This is possibly one of the reasons for the lack of implementation of microfluidic cell culture systems into biological research laboratories. Procedures to perform long-term microfluidic perfusion cell culture experiments have been established. Furthermore, successful application of...

  7. Creating Usable Pin Array Tactons for Non-Visual Information

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    Pietrzak, Thomas; Stephen, Brewster A; Martin, Benoît; Pecci, Isabelle; 10.1109/TOH.2009.6

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    Spatial information can be difficult to present to a visually impaired computer user. In this paper we examine a new kind of tactile cueing for non-visual interaction as a potential solution, building on earlier work on vibrotactile Tactons. However, unlike vibrotactile Tactons, we use a pin array to stimulate the finger tip. Here, we describe how to design static and dynamic Tactons by defining their basic components. We then present user tests examining how easy it is to distinguish between different forms of pin array Tactons demonstrating accurate Tacton sets to represent directions. These experiments demonstrate usable patterns for static, wave and blinking pin array Tacton sets for guiding a user in one of eight directions. A study is then described that shows the benefits of structuring Tactons to convey information through multiple parameters of the signal. By using multiple independent parameters for a Tacton, this study demonstrates participants perceive more information through a single Tacton. Two...

  8. Usability Test for a Digital Archival System in Taiwan: A Case of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS Information System 數位典藏資訊網易用性評估:以人文社會科學相關領域中綱計畫成果資訊網為例

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    林巧敏、范維媛 Chiao-Min Lin, Wei-Yuan Fan

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    Full Text Available With the advent of the Internet there is now growing expectation of end users to be able have more immediate and functional access to digital archive system. Digitization system affords an opportunity to make collections much more broadly available and save users’ time, but the content and the design of system interface are a vital influence on system satisfaction of end users. The paper focuses on a case study of usability testing done on the Information System for Humanity and Social Science Projects (HSS, a digital archive of research reports, conference papers, books, photographs, audio-visual materials from HSS of The Ministry of Education. Task-based usability testing and questionnaires were taken to capture users’ access behavior and analyze the user’s opinions. According to the result, the color of function zones, the browse of material categories, the download of search results and the integrated search function need to improve. This paper details a survey on the procedure of usability testing and obtains users’ perspectives of the system. As the result, conclusions and suggestions will be proposed for improving the system interface design. pp. 49-68隨著資訊網路技術之進步,終端使用者對於數位典藏系統之檢索功能與服務期許與日俱增,數位典藏系統有助於資訊廣泛傳播並節省使用者時間,但系統內容與介面設計之良莠,深深影響使用者對於系統的滿意程度。本研究以「人文社會科學相關領域中綱計畫成果資訊網」為例,進行系統易用性評估,該系統收錄教育部推動人文社會科學領域中綱計畫所有產出之研究報告、會議論文、圖書、照片與活動影音記錄等。研究進行任務取向之系統評估,藉由使用者操作系統之實測觀察過程,分析使用者檢索歷程與操作問題,再輔以問卷方式,探知使用者對於操作系統之滿意度。分析結果發現首頁版面

  9. The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal: Usability Evaluation of a Unique Evidence-Based Health Information Website

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    Dobbins, Maureen; Haynes, R. Brian; Iorio, Alfonso; Lavis, John N; Raina, Parminder

    2016-01-01

    Background Increasingly, older adults and their informal caregivers are using the Internet to search for health-related information. There is a proliferation of health information online, but the quality of this information varies, often based on exaggerated or dramatic findings, and not easily comprehended by consumers. The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (Portal) was developed to provide Internet users with high-quality evidence about aging and address some of these current limitations of health information posted online. The Portal includes content for health professionals coming from three best-in-class resources (MacPLUS, Health Evidence, and Health Systems Evidence) and four types of content specifically prepared for the general public (Evidence Summaries, Web Resource Ratings, Blog Posts, and Twitter messages). Objective Our objectives were to share the findings of the usability evaluation of the Portal with particular focus on the content features for the general public and to inform designers of health information websites and online resources for older adults about key usability themes. Methods Data analysis included task performance during usability testing and qualitative content analyses of both the usability sessions and interviews to identify core themes. Results A total of 37 participants took part in 33 usability testing sessions and 21 focused interviews. Qualitative analysis revealed common themes regarding the Portal’s strengths and challenges to usability. The strengths of the website were related to credibility, applicability, browsing function, design, and accessibility. The usability challenges included reluctance to register, process of registering, searching, terminology, and technical features. Conclusions The study reinforced the importance of including end users during the development of this unique, dynamic, evidence-based health information website. The feedback was applied to iteratively improve website usability. Our findings can be

  10. The concept of "stability" in asynchronous distributed decision-making systems.

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    Lee, T S; Ghosh, S

    2000-01-01

    Asynchronous distributed decision-making (ADDM) systems constitute a special class of distributed problems and are characterized as large, complex systems wherein the principal elements are the geographically dispersed entities that communicate among themselves, asynchronously, through message passing and are permitted autonomy in local decision making. Such systems generally offer significant advantages over the traditional, centralized algorithms in the form of concurrency, scalability, high throughput, efficiency, low vulnerability to catastrophic failures, and robustness. A fundamental property of ADDM systems is stability that refers to their behavior under representative perturbations to their operating environments, given that such systems are intended to be real, complex, and to some extent, mission-critical, and are subject to unexpected changes in their operating conditions. This paper introduces the concept of stability in ADDM systems and proposes an intuitive yet practical and usable definition that is inspired by those used in control systems and physics. An ADDM system is defined as a stable system if it returns to a steady state in finite time, following perturbation, provided that it is initiated in a steady state. Equilibrium or steady state is defined through placing bounds on the measured error in the system. Where the final steady state is equivalent to the initial one, a system is referred to as strongly stable. If the final steady state is potentially worse then the initial one, a system is deemed marginally stable. When a system fails to return to steady state following the perturbation, it is unstable. The perturbations are classified as either changes in the input pattern or changes in one or more environmental characteristics of the system, such as hardware failures. For a given ADDM system, the definitions are based on the performance indices that must be judiciously identified by the system architect and are likely to be unique. To

  11. The Interplay between Usability and Aesthetics: More Evidence for the “What Is Usable Is Beautiful” Notion

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available With respect to inconsistent findings on the interplay between usability and aesthetics, the current paper aimed to further examine the effect of these variables on perceived qualities of a mobile phone prototype. An experiment with four versions of the prototype varying on two factors, (1 usability (high versus low and (2 aesthetics (high versus low, was conducted with perceived usability and perceived beauty, as well as hedonic experience and the system’s appeal as dependent variables. Participants of the experiment (N=88 were instructed to complete four typical tasks with the prototype before assessing its quality. Results showed that the mobile phone’s aesthetics does not affect its perceived usability, either directly or indirectly. Instead, results revealed an effect of usability on perceived beauty, which supports the “what is usable is beautiful” notion instead of “what is beautiful is usable.” Furthermore, effects of aesthetics and of usability on hedonic experience in terms of endowing identity and appeal were found, indicating that both instrumental (usability and noninstrumental (beauty qualities contribute to a positive user experience.

  12. Usability Evaluation for Business Intelligence Applications: A User Support Perspective

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Business Intelligence (BI applications provide business information to drive decision support. Usability is one of the factors determining the optimal use and eventual benefit derived from BI applications. The documented need for more BI usability research together with the practical necessity for BI evaluation guidelines in the mining industry provides the rationale for this study. The purpose of the study was to investigate the usability evaluation of BI applications in the context of a coal mining organization. The research is guided by the question: How can existing usability criteria be customized to evaluate the usability of BI applications. The research design included user observation, heuristic evaluation and a survey. Based on observations made during user support on a BI application used at a coal mining organization a log of usability issues was compiled. The usability issues extracted from this log was compared and contrasted with general usability criteria from literature to synthesize an initial set of BI usability evaluation criteria. These criteria were used as the basis for a heuristic evaluation of the BI application used at the coal mining organization. The same BI application was also evaluated using the Software Usability Measurement Inventory (SUMI standardized questionnaire. The results from the two evaluations were triangulated and then compared with the BI user issues again to contextualize the findings and synthesize a validated and refined set of criteria. The main contribution of the study is the usability evaluation criteria for BI applications presented as guidelines. These guidelines deviate from existing evaluation guidelines in the emphasis on information architecture, learnability and operability.

  13. Methods and Tools for Ethical Usability

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    Kavathatzopoulos, Iordanis; Kostrzewa, Agata; Laaksoharju, Mikael

    The objectives of the tutorial are to provide knowledge of basic ethical, psychological and organizational theories that are relevant to consider ethical aspects during design and use of IT systems; knowledge and skills about handling and solving ethical problems in connection with design and use of IT-systems; and skills in using questionnaires, surveys, interviews and the like in connection with software development and IT-use. It contains lectures, workshop and exercises; use of special tools to identify and consider IT ethical issues during planning, construction, installation and use of IT systems; and group exercises where the participants train their ethical skills on IT ethical conflicts and problems. Intended participants are system developers, purchasers, usability experts, academics, HCI teachers.

  14. Usability Factors in Information Systems Development

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    Full Text Available Computers have become a commonplace technology for today’s man. Computer users demand more reliable and durable interfaces from information processing applications developers. Information systems (ISs research and development, over the years, has been steady so well that the arena has now grown into various subfields such as Cognitive Information Systems (CISs, Web Information Systems(WISs, Geographical Information Systems(GISs, Enterprise Information Systems (EISs, and so forth. Of late, ergonomics specialization too has begun to percolate into the field making it more cross-fertilizing with concerns for successful deployment, a win-win model of development and look-and-feel factor in terms of durable usage and usability. The paper presents a novel taxonomy of computer ergonomics.

  15. On the Usability of Spoken Dialogue Systems

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     This work is centred on the methods and problems associated with defining and measuring the usability of Spoken Dialogue Systems (SDS). The starting point is the fact that speech based interfaces has several times during the last 20 years fallen short of the high expectations and predictions held...... OVID home banking spoken dialogue system. It comprises more than 700 transcribed dialogues by 310 users. A number of objective (performance) measures are derived from the corpus. The system’s learnability is analysed through the turn-taking strategies and it is shown that users are capable of taking...... the initiative at predicted points in the dialogue. It is demonstrated that more experienced users achieve a higher task completion rate and reduced duration of the dialogue due to user habituation. Subjective (user attitude) measures are analysed and shown to be reliable and valid. Factor analysis is...

  16. Augmenting Usability: Cultural Elicitation in HCI

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    Camara, Souleymane Boundaouda; Oyugi, Cecilia; Abdelnour-Nocera, José; Smith, Andy

    This paper offers context and culture elicitation in an inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary setting of ICT design. Localised usability evaluation (LUE) is augmented with a socio-technical evaluation tool (STEM) as a methodological approach to expose and address issues in a collaborative ICT design within the Village e-Science for Life (VeSeL) project in rural Kenya. The paper argues that designers need to locally identify context and culture in situ and further explicate their implications through the design process and at the global level. Stakeholders' context, culture, decisions, agendas, expectations, disciplines and requirements need to be locally identified and globally evaluated to ensure a fit for purpose solution.

  17. Online Biodiversity Resources - Principles for Usability

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Online biodiversity portals and databases enabling access to large volumes of biological information represent a potentially extensive set of resources for a variety of user groups. However, in order for these resources to live up to their promise they need to be both useful and easy to use. We discuss a number of principles for designing systems for usability, examine how these have been applied to the development of online biodiversity resources and compare this with a portal project developed by the Astrophysics community. We highlight a lack of user involvement and formalised requirements analysis by biodiversity projects resulting in a poor understanding of both the users and their tasks. We suggest a change in the way large biodiversity portal projects are structured, that is by providing infrastructure and supporting user groups developing individual interfaces.

  18. Asynchronous anti-noise hyper chaotic secure communication system based on dynamic delay and state variables switching

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    This Letter designs an asynchronous hyper chaotic secure communication system, which possesses high stability against noise, using dynamic delay and state variables switching to ensure the high security. The relationship between the bit error ratio (BER) and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is analyzed by simulation tests, the results show that the BER can be ensured to reach zero by proportionally adjusting the amplitudes of the state variables and the noise figure. The modules of the transmitter and receiver are implemented, and numerical simulations demonstrate the effectiveness of the system. -- Highlights: → Asynchronous anti-noise hyper chaotic secure communication system. → Dynamic delay and state switching to ensure the high security. → BER can reach zero by adjusting the amplitudes of state variables and noise figure.

  19. Integrating usability engineering methods into existing software development processes via evidence-based usability engineering

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    2004-01-01

    In this paper we give an overview of existing approaches for capturing HCD (Human-Centred Design) process and design knowledge. We present an alternative approach that aims at fostering the integration of UE (Usability Engineering) activities and artifacts into existing software development processes. The approach is based on six claims that are derived from an analysis of existing UE process models and requirements of software developers. Our approach is embeddable in existing process improv...

  20. Virtual Environment Usability Assessment Methods Based on a Framework of Usability Characteristics

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    Swartz, Kent Olen

    2003-01-01

    Developing economical yet effective methods of incorporating usability engineering as an integral part of software engineering is a primary focus of human-computer interaction (HCI) research. However, much HCI research has focused primarily on inspecting and evaluating applications supporting command-line or graphical user interface (GUI) interaction styles. With the dramatic increase in virtual environment (VE) research in recent years, the HCI community is beginning to place an added ...

  1. Web Usability Policies/Standards/Guidelines Do Not Influence Practices at ARL Academic Libraries. A Review of: Chen, Yu‐Hui, Carol Anne Germain and Huahai Yang. “An Exploration into the Practices of Library Web Usability in ARL Academic Libraries.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 60.5 (2009: 953‐68.

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    Full Text Available Objective – To survey the current status of Web usability Policies/Standards/Guidelines (PSGs found in academic libraries of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL. Researchers sought to investigate whether PSGs are in place, the levels of difficulty surrounding implementation, the impact of PSGs on design, testing, and resource allocation, and the relationship between ARL ranking and usability practice or PSGs.Design – Survey.Setting – North America.Subjects – Academic libraries of the ARL.Methods – An 18‐question survey consisting of multiple choice, Likert scale, and open‐ended questions was sent to all 113 ARL libraries in November 2007. Survey recipients were selected as the person in charge of Web site usability by visiting library Web sites and phone inquiry. The survey was concluded in January 2008 with a response rate of 74% (84 institutions. The researchers used t‐test to detect any difference in ARL library ranking between libraries with and without PSGs. Pair‐wise t‐tests were conducted to identify gaps in difficulty implementing PSGs. In addition, they used Pearson’s Correlation to investigate any significant correlations between variables such as ARL rank and resource allocation.Main Results – Of the 84 respondents, 34 (40% have general library Web PSGs and 25 (30% have specific usability PSGs; 41 (49% have at least one type of in‐library PSG. Of the 43 (51% libraries that do not have PSGs, 30 (36% are at universities with institutional Web usability PSGs; 26 (87% follow those guidelines. There was no statistically significant relationship between ARL ranking and PSG status (see Table 1. The authors asked about difficulty in implementing PSGs. Of the 32 libraries responding to a question about general library Web PSGs, most had slight or moderate difficulty. Twenty‐three libraries with specific usability PSGs identified difficulty levels; some had no difficulty, but a majority had moderate difficulty

  2. Evaluating Usability in a Distance Digital Systems Laboratory Class

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    Kostaras, N.; Xenos, M.; Skodras, A. N.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the usability evaluation of a digital systems laboratory class offered to distance-learning students. It details the way in which students can participate remotely in such a laboratory, the methodology employed in the usability assessment of the laboratory infrastructure (hardware and software), and also outlines the main…

  3. Feedback from Usability Evaluation to User Interface Design

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    Nielsen, C. M.; Overgaard, M.; Pedersen, M. B.;

    2005-01-01

    This paper reports from an exploratory study of means for providing feedback from a usability evaluation to the user interface designers. In this study, we conducted a usability evaluation of a mobile system that is used by craftsmen to register use of time and materials. The results of this...

  4. Users Views about the Usability of Digital Libraries

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    Koohang, Alex; Ondracek, James

    2005-01-01

    This study examined users' views about the usability of digital libraries' current and perceived importance. Age, gender, prior experience with the Internet, college status, and digital library proficiency are the independent variables. Users' current views about the usability of digital libraries and users perceived importance of digital library…

  5. Training Software Developers and Designers to Conduct Usability Evaluations

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    Skov, Mikael Brasholt; Stage, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Many efforts to improve the interplay between usability evaluation and software development rely either on better methods for conducting usability evaluations or on better formats for presenting evaluation results in ways that are useful for software designers and developers. Both of these approaches depend on a complete division of work between…

  6. 36 CFR 1193.21 - Accessibility, usability, and compatibility.

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    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Accessibility, usability, and... BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES General Requirements § 1193.21 Accessibility, usability, and compatibility. Where readily achievable, telecommunications equipment and...

  7. A Usability Evaluation of Academic Virtual Reference Services

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    Chow, Anthony S.; Croxton, Rebecca A.

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the usability of five virtual reference services--instant messenger chat, e-mail, telephone, text messaging, and Skype videoconferencing--by having 31 undergraduate and graduate students evaluate the usability of the virtual reference services of two different universities. The study's results suggest that user preference and…

  8. Information users and usability in the digital age

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    Chowdhury, G G

    2013-01-01

    Gives an overview of the necessary issues relating to information users and the usability of information services in the digital world, including user-centred design, and the characteristics and behaviour of information users. This book helps readers understand why information users and the usability of information services are important.

  9. Usability Dimensions for Mobile Applications-A Review

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    Rosnita Baharuddin

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Usability has been increasingly recognized as a significant quality dimension to determine the success of mobile applications. Due to its importance, a number of usability guidelines have been proposed to direct the design of usable applications. The guidelines are intended particularly for desktop and web-based applications. Mobile applications on the other hand are different in many ways from those applications due to the mobility nature of mobile devices. To date, the usability guidelines for mobile applications are very limited. They in fact are isolated, which makes usability evaluation for mobile devices more difficult. This study aims to address this issue by proposing a set of usability dimensions that should be considered for designing and evaluating mobile applications. The dimensions are illustrated as a model that considers four contextual factors: user, environment, technology and task/activity. The model was proposed based on the reviews of previous related studies, which were analyzed by using content analysis approach. Twenty-five dimensions were found from the analysis. The dimensions however were synthesized and prioritized based on their importance towards designing usable mobile applications. As a result, ten most important dimensions were outlined in the model. The model can be used by practitioners and researchers as a guideline to design usable mobile applications and further research can be conducted in the near future.

  10. Usability Study of a Library's Mobile Website: An Example from Portland State University

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    Pendell, Kimberly D.; Bowman, Michael S.

    2012-01-01

    To discover how a newly developed library mobile website performed across a variety of devices, the authors used a hybrid field and laboratory methodology to conduct a usability test of the website. Twelve student participants were recruited and selected according to phone type. Results revealed a wide array of errors attributed to site design, wireless network connections, as well as phone hardware and software. This study provides an example methodology for testing library mobile websites, ...

  11. Usability and Acceptability of Balance Exergames in Older Adults

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    Nawaz, Ather; Skjæret, Nina; Lægdheim Helbostad, Jorunn;

    2015-01-01

    Serious games (exergames) have the potential to be effective for postural balance and increasing muscle strength. Several games have been developed to increase physical fitness and balance among older adults. However, it is unclear to which degree usability and acceptability of exergames for older...... adults have been evaluated. The aim of this study was to summarize usability evaluation and acceptability of studies in older adults. We conducted a scoping review on studies focusing on usability of exergames for older adults. The result shows that older adults consider usability and acceptability of...... exercise video games good. The review shows that longitudinal studies mainly use off-the-shelf exergame and evaluated game effectiveness and acceptability, whereas cross-sectional studies focus on interactional experience. Studies varied in their approaches to measure usability and acceptability of...

  12. Usability Evaluation Approach for VLS: A Conceptual Framework

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    Kelvin Kabeti Omieno

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available E-learning software systems have been proposed by many researchers and academics as alternative platform for pedagogy other than traditional face-to-face. One of such information systems (IS is Virtual learning Systems (VLS. VLS are becoming an increasingly common form of education due to the need for a platform that provides ability to connect people with required sets of skills, regardless of their location in the world.  However, user satisfaction has always been a major factor in the success of software, regardless of whether the software is closed proprietary or open source software (OSS. Although user-centred designs are gaining recognition among virtual learning systems (VLS community, many design scenarios still do not incorporate usability as one of their primary goals. Accordingly, many individuals believe that if VLS was more usable, its popularity would increase tremendously. Although there are strong usability models for IS, there is still potential to improve the usability of VLS.  The usability assessment of VLS projects is an area where relatively little research has been conducted, and, accordingly, the main contribution of this work is a methodology that evaluates the usability maturity of a VLS project. Consequently, the study presents a usability maturity model that is aimed at usability-related issues for virtual learning system projects. The model to be developed is a response to a need for measuring the extent to which virtual learning systems software projects support usability. Specifically, it is intended for assessing and improving the usability aspect in VLS software development. The deductions from the research findings will be especially useful to e-learning practitioners, ICT and Education professionals and policy makers and researchers in Virtual Learning Environments.

  13. A proposal for a repertory-grid study of differences in Chinese, Danish, and Indian conceptions of usability: Cultural usability?

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    Hertzum, Morten

    2006-01-01

    This is an unrefined proposal for a study that could form part of the exploratory phase of the Cultural Usability project. The proposed study compares three cultures (Chinese, Danish, and Indian) and two stakeholder groups (users and developers) with respect to their conceptions of usability....

  14. Naive (commonsense) geography and geobrowser usability after ten years of Google Earth

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    Hamerlinck, J. D.

    2016-04-01

    In 1995, the concept of ‘naive geography’ was formally introduced as an area of cognitive geographic information science representing ‘the body of knowledge that people have about the surrounding geographic world’ and reflecting ‘the way people think and reason about geographic space and time, both consciously and subconsciously’. The need to incorporate such commonsense knowledge and reasoning into design of geospatial technologies was identified but faced challenges in formalizing these relationships and processes in software implementation. Ten years later, the Google Earth geobrowser was released, marking the beginning of a new era of open access to, and application of, geographic data and information in society. Fast-forward to today, and the opportunity presents itself to take stock of twenty years of naive geography and a decade of the ubiquitous virtual globe. This paper introduces an ongoing research effort to explore the integration of naive (or commonsense) geography concepts in the Google Earth geobrowser virtual globe and their possible impact on Google Earth's usability, utility, and usefulness. A multi-phase methodology is described, combining usability reviews and usability testing with use-case scenarios involving the U.S.-Canadian Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative. Initial progress on a usability review combining cognitive walkthroughs and heuristics evaluation is presented.

  15. Web usability evaluation with screen reader users: implementation of the partial concurrent thinking aloud technique.

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    Federici, Stefano; Stefano, Federici; Borsci, Simone; Stamerra, Gianluca

    2010-08-01

    A verbal protocol technique, adopted for a web usability evaluation, requires that the users are able to perform a double task: surfing and talking. Nevertheless, when blind users surf by using a screen reader and talk about the way they interact with the computer, the evaluation is influenced by a structural interference: users are forced to think aloud and listen to the screen reader at the same time. The aim of this study is to build up a verbal protocol technique for samples of visual impaired users in order to overcome the limits of concurrent and retrospective protocols. The technique we improved, called partial concurrent thinking aloud (PCTA), integrates a modified set of concurrent verbalization and retrospective analysis. One group of 6 blind users and another group of 6 sighted users evaluated the usability of a website using PCTA. By estimating the number of necessary users by the means of an asymptotic test, it was found out that the two groups had an equivalent ability of identifying usability problems, both over 80%. The result suggests that PCTA, while respecting the properties of classic verbal protocols, also allows to overcome the structural interference and the limits of concurrent and retrospective protocols when used with screen reader users. In this way, PCTA reduces the efficiency difference of usability evaluation between blind and sighted users. PMID:19916036

  16. Asynchronous Cooperative e-Learning System and Its Evaluation

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    Eto, Kazuhiro; Miyoshi, Takumi

    Much attention has been attracted to collaborative learning on an e-learning system. However, it is difficult to implement the collaborative environment to an asynchronous e-learning system since collaboration would be realized only when learners join the system at the same time. On the other hand, cooperative learning has been proposed. In this method, learners can study on their own pace without making mutual agreement but with receiving cognitive information from others. In this paper, the authors have developed the asynchronous cooperative e-learning system that provides learners' attendance and studying progress as the cognitive information. The subjective evaluation experiments show that our system is slightly inferior to the synchronous collaborative e-learning system, but it can motivate the learners more than the conventional system.

  17. Guide to Evaluating Usability, Accessibility and Communicability in Web Applications with User Intervention

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    Asnier Góngora R.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The article is associated with the creation of a usability lab where various types of tests performed using static and dynamic tools for evaluating the characteristics of usability, accessibility and Communicability by indicators in the software testing process with the user's presence. It also addresses the current situation in Cuba on the issue of evidence of these characteristics and the impact it could bring to the development teams. In addition, an analysis of the result of applying a tool (check list to multiple Web applications on tests conducted at the National Center for Software Quality Cuba (CALISOFT. We also present a set of best practices that support the development of web applications to suit the user.

  18. Modifying Dialogical Strategy in Asynchronous Critical Discussions for Cross-Strait Chinese Learners

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    Jean Yiching Chiu

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this global era, critical thinking has become crucial for educators and learners. The purpose of this research was to explore how modifying a dialogical strategy in asynchronous online discussion forums impacted Chinese learners’ critical thinking. Due to the Chinese cultural impact of social harmony, the majority of learners tend to maintain silent and avoid critical discussions in instructional settings. The author deployed an affectively supportive model in a modified dialogical strategy to structure Chinese EFL learners’ asynchronous critical postings by probing and questioning while requiring labeling of each cross-referencing posting as Agree/Disagree/Challenge/New Perspective. The participants were two cohorts of similar cultural background but under different political systems in China and Taiwan, here engaged together in cultural interactions. This study employed two research methods: standardized critical thinking tests, and focus groups. Findings reveal that learners in both cohorts indicated some improvement in their critical thinking skills. Nevertheless, there remain affective and cultural issues. Future studies are thus recommended to further investigate the potential of an adaptive model to engage critical discussions with English native speakers and optimize critical thinking for Chinese learners in an EFL environment.

  19. A STUDY ON ASYNCHRONOUS SERIAL COMMUNICATON BETWEEN COMPONENTS IN AUTOMOBILES

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    ŞAHİN, Yaşar Güneri

    2010-01-01

    ABSTRACTIn connection with the developments in the automobile sector, the number of in-automobile components, the amount of cable used for providing in-automobile communication between these components and costs are increased gradually. In this study, a method is presented in which asynchronous serial connection is used for decreasing the initial and maintenance costs by means of decreasing the amount of cables used in middle and lower class automobiles. The electronic circuits required to es...

  20. Diversity Multiplexing Tradeoff of Asynchronous Cooperative Relay Networks

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    Krishnakumar, R N; Kumar, P Vijay

    2008-01-01

    The assumption of nodes in a cooperative communication relay network operating in synchronous fashion is often unrealistic. In the present paper, we consider two different models of asynchronous operation in cooperative-diversity networks experiencing slow fading and examine the corresponding diversity-multiplexing tradeoffs (DMT). For both models, we propose protocols and distributed space-time codes that asymptotically achieve the transmit diversity bound for all multiplexing gains and for any number of relays.

  1. Indoor Positioning for Smartphones Using Asynchronous Ultrasound Trilateration

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    James D. Carswell; Viacheslav Filonenko; Charlie Cullen

    2013-01-01

    Modern smartphones are a great platform for Location Based Services (LBS). While outdoor LBS for smartphones has proven to be very successful, indoor LBS for smartphones has not yet fully developed due to the lack of an accurate positioning technology. In this paper we present an accurate indoor positioning approach for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones that uses the innate ability of mobile phones to produce ultrasound, combined with Time-Difference-of-Arrival (TDOA) asynchronous t...

  2. Research on DSP-based Asynchronous Motor Control Technology

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    Jun Yao; Xiangxin Qiao; Xin Wang

    2013-01-01

    The Motor in a variety of electrical transmission and position servo system occupies an extremely important position. After the DSP technology being applied to the motor control, the unification of the hardware and the flexibility of the software can be combined. Take the brushless DC motor for example, studied the mathematical model and the structure of the motor control system, also obtained the design scheme of the DSP-based asynchronous motor control system. With TI's 32 bit fixed point D...

  3. Applications of Maximum Likelihood Algorithm in Asynchronous CDMA Systems

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    Xiao, P; Strom, E

    2002-01-01

    We treat the problems of propagation delay and channel estimation as well as data detection of orthogonally modulated signals in an asynchronous DS-CDMA system over fading channels using the maximum likelihood (ML) approach. The overwhelming computational complexity of the ML algorithm makes it unfeasible for implementation. The emphasis of this paper is to reduce its complexity by some approximation methods. The derived approximative ML schemes are compared with conventional algorithms as we...

  4. Asynchronous Discourse Analysis in the Quality of Expected Learning

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    Schalk-Quintanar, Ana-Elena; Marcelo-García, Carlos

    2010-01-01

    Universities are gradually implementing virtual learning processes. However, research still remains limited in examining the internal processes that occur in learning in virtual environments. This article presents an investigation that seeks to describe the relationship between the quality of interaction in asynchronous discussion forums in training experiences in e-learning, and the quality of learning offered and achieved. The main objective was to determine how interactions in online envir...

  5. On the convergence time of asynchronous distributed quantized averaging algorithms

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    ZHU, MINGHUI; Martinez, Sonia

    2010-01-01

    We come up with a class of distributed quantized averaging algorithms on asynchronous communication networks with fixed, switching and random topologies. The implementation of these algorithms is subject to the realistic constraint that the communication rate, the memory capacities of agents and the computation precision are finite. The focus of this paper is on the study of the convergence time of the proposed quantized averaging algorithms. By appealing to random walks on graphs, we derive ...

  6. Abstractions for asynchronous distributed computing with malicious players

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    Vukolic, Marko; Guerraoui, Rachid

    2009-01-01

    In modern distributed systems, failures are the norm rather than the exception. In many cases, these failures are not benign. Settings such as the Internet might incur malicious (also called Byzantine or arbitrary) behavior and asynchrony. As a result, and perhaps not surprisingly, research on asynchronous Byzantine fault-tolerant (BFT) distributed systems is flourishing. Tolerating arbitrary behavior and asynchrony calls for very sophisticated algorithms. This is in particular the case with ...

  7. A novel asynchronous access method with binary interfaces

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    Torres-Solis Jorge; Silva Jorge; Chau Tom; Mihailidis Alex

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Traditionally synchronous access strategies require users to comply with one or more time constraints in order to communicate intent with a binary human-machine interface (e.g., mechanical, gestural or neural switches). Asynchronous access methods are preferable, but have not been used with binary interfaces in the control of devices that require more than two commands to be successfully operated. Methods We present the mathematical development and evaluation of a novel as...

  8. Design and Implementation of an Asynchronous Pipelined FFT Processor

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    Claesson, Jonas

    2003-01-01

    FFT processors are today one of the most important blocks in communication equipment. They are used in everything from broadband to 3G and digital TV to Radio LANs. This master's thesis project will deal with pipelined hardware solutions for FFT processors with long FFT transforms, 1K to 8K points. These processors could be used for instance in OFDM communication systems. The final implementation of the FFT processor uses a GALS (Globally Asynchronous Locally Synchronous) architecture, that ...

  9. Teleoperation system using Asynchronous transfer mode, ATM network

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    This paper examines the application of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) in a distributed industrial environment such as in teleoperation, which performs real time control manipulation from a remote location. In our study, two models of teleoperation are proposed; the first model is a point to point connection and the second model is through an ATM network. The performance results are analysed as to determine whether the two models can support the teleoperation traffics via simulation using commercial software design tool. (Author)

  10. Non-Detection of Nova Shells Around Asynchronous Polars

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    Pagnotta, Ashley

    2016-01-01

    Asynchronous polars (APs) are accreting white dwarfs (WDs) that have different WD and orbital angular velocities, unlike the rest of the known polars, which rotate synchronously (i.e., their WD and orbital angular velocities are the same). Past nova eruptions are the predicted cause of the asynchronicity, in part due to the fact that one of the APs, V1500 Cyg, was observed to undergo a nova eruption in 1975. We used the Southern African Large Telescope 10m class telescope and the MDM 2.4m Hiltner telescope to search for nova shells around three of the remaining four APs (V1432 Aql, BY Cam, and CD Ind) as well as one Intermediate Polar with a high asynchronicity (EX Hya). We found no evidence of nova shells in any of our images. We therefore cannot say that any of the systems besides V1500 Cyg had nova eruptions, but because not all post-nova systems have detectable shells, we also cannot exclude the possibility of a nova eruption occurring in any of these systems and knocking the rotation out of sync.

  11. Asynchronous Stoichiometric Response in Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries

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    Paxton, William A. [State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States); Akdogan, E. Koray [State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States); Savkliyidiz, Ilyas [State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States); Choksi, Ankur U. [State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States); Silver, Scott X. [State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States); Tsakalokos, Thomas [State Univ. of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ (United States); Zhong, Zhong [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

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    The operando energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction (EDXRD) was carried out on a newly formed 8 Ah lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery with the goal of elucidating the origin of asynchronous phase transformation commonly seen with in situ x-ray diffraction studies. The high-energy photons at the NSLS X17B1 beamline allow for penetration into a fully assembled battery and therefore negate any need for a specially designed in situ cell which often uses modified current collectors to minimize x-ray attenuation. Spatially-and-temporally resolved phase-mapping was conducted with a semiquantitative reference intensity ratio (RIR) analysis to estimate the relative abundance of the delithiated phase. The data show an asynchronous response in the stoichiometry versus the electrochemical profile and suggest limited diffusion in the electrode toward the end of discharge. These results confirm that the asynchronous electrode response is not just limited to specially designed cells but occurs in fully assembled cells alike. We attribute this behavior to be a consequence of performing a local measurement over a wide-area heterogeneous reaction.

  12. Divorce and asynchronous arrival in common terns, Sterna hirundo.

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    GonzáLez-SolíS; Becker; Wendeln

    1999-11-01

    We investigated which of three hypotheses (better option, incompatibility or asynchronous arrival) best explains divorce in the common tern. One partner did not return the next year in 18.5% of 150 pairs. Among the 106 pairs in which both mates returned, the divorce rate was 18.9%. We found no significant differences in: breeding performance or condition in relation to the probability of divorce; quality of previous mates and new mates, mean age in relation to pair bond status; breeding success before and after divorce nor did this differ from breeding success of reunited pairs. Hence the better option and incompatibility hypotheses were not supported. However, divorce was more likely in pairs in which mates arrived asynchronously on the breeding grounds, supporting the asynchronous arrival hypothesis. Median arrival asynchrony for divorced pairs was 7.5 days and for reunited pairs 2 days; mates arriving more than 16 days apart always split up. About 20% of divorced birds lost breeding status in the year of divorce, probably as a consequence of their late arrival. Our results suggest that terns search for a new mate as soon as they arrive on the breeding grounds and that mates remain faithful to each other to avoid the costs of searching for a new partner. Thus, synchrony in arrival facilitates pair bond maintenance rather than asynchrony promoting divorce, since divorce appears to be a side-effect of asynchrony and not an active decision. Copyright 1999 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. PMID:10564616

  13. Data Collection for Mobile Group Consumption: An Asynchronous Distributed Approach.

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    Zhu, Weiping; Chen, Weiran; Hu, Zhejie; Li, Zuoyou; Liang, Yue; Chen, Jiaojiao

    2016-01-01

    Mobile group consumption refers to consumption by a group of people, such as a couple, a family, colleagues and friends, based on mobile communications. It differs from consumption only involving individuals, because of the complex relations among group members. Existing data collection systems for mobile group consumption are centralized, which has the disadvantages of being a performance bottleneck, having single-point failure and increasing business and security risks. Moreover, these data collection systems are based on a synchronized clock, which is often unrealistic because of hardware constraints, privacy concerns or synchronization cost. In this paper, we propose the first asynchronous distributed approach to collecting data generated by mobile group consumption. We formally built a system model thereof based on asynchronous distributed communication. We then designed a simulation system for the model for which we propose a three-layer solution framework. After that, we describe how to detect the causality relation of two/three gathering events that happened in the system based on the collected data. Various definitions of causality relations based on asynchronous distributed communication are supported. Extensive simulation results show that the proposed approach is effective for data collection relating to mobile group consumption. PMID:27058544

  14. Asynchronous signal-dependent non-uniform sampler

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    Can-Cimino, Azime; Chaparro, Luis F.; Sejdić, Ervin

    2014-05-01

    Analog sparse signals resulting from biomedical and sensing network applications are typically non-stationary with frequency-varying spectra. By ignoring that the maximum frequency of their spectra is changing, uniform sampling of sparse signals collects unnecessary samples in quiescent segments of the signal. A more appropriate sampling approach would be signal-dependent. Moreover, in many of these applications power consumption and analog processing are issues of great importance that need to be considered. In this paper we present a signal dependent non-uniform sampler that uses a Modified Asynchronous Sigma Delta Modulator which consumes low-power and can be processed using analog procedures. Using Prolate Spheroidal Wave Functions (PSWF) interpolation of the original signal is performed, thus giving an asynchronous analog to digital and digital to analog conversion. Stable solutions are obtained by using modulated PSWFs functions. The advantage of the adapted asynchronous sampler is that range of frequencies of the sparse signal is taken into account avoiding aliasing. Moreover, it requires saving only the zero-crossing times of the non-uniform samples, or their differences, and the reconstruction can be done using their quantized values and a PSWF-based interpolation. The range of frequencies analyzed can be changed and the sampler can be implemented as a bank of filters for unknown range of frequencies. The performance of the proposed algorithm is illustrated with an electroencephalogram (EEG) signal.

  15. A novel asynchronous access method with binary interfaces

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    Torres-Solis Jorge

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Traditionally synchronous access strategies require users to comply with one or more time constraints in order to communicate intent with a binary human-machine interface (e.g., mechanical, gestural or neural switches. Asynchronous access methods are preferable, but have not been used with binary interfaces in the control of devices that require more than two commands to be successfully operated. Methods We present the mathematical development and evaluation of a novel asynchronous access method that may be used to translate sporadic activations of binary interfaces into distinct outcomes for the control of devices requiring an arbitrary number of commands to be controlled. With this method, users are required to activate their interfaces only when the device under control behaves erroneously. Then, a recursive algorithm, incorporating contextual assumptions relevant to all possible outcomes, is used to obtain an informed estimate of user intention. We evaluate this method by simulating a control task requiring a series of target commands to be tracked by a model user. Results When compared to a random selection, the proposed asynchronous access method offers a significant reduction in the number of interface activations required from the user. Conclusion This novel access method offers a variety of advantages over traditionally synchronous access strategies and may be adapted to a wide variety of contexts, with primary relevance to applications involving direct object manipulation.

  16. Non-detection of nova shells around asynchronous polars

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    Pagnotta, Ashley; Zurek, David

    2016-05-01

    Asynchronous polars (APs) are accreting white dwarfs (WDs) that have different WD and orbital angular velocities, unlike the rest of the known polars, which rotate synchronously (i.e. their WD and orbital angular velocities are the same). Past nova eruptions are the predicted cause of the asynchronicity, in part due to the fact that one of the APs, V1500 Cyg, was observed to undergo a nova eruption in 1975. We used the Southern African Large Telescope 10 m class telescope and the MDM 2.4 m Hiltner telescope to search for nova shells around three of the remaining four APs (V1432 Aql, BY Cam, and CD Ind) as well as one Intermediate Polar with a high asynchronicity (EX Hya). We found no evidence of nova shells in any of our images. We therefore cannot say that any of the systems besides V1500 Cyg had nova eruptions, but because not all post-nova systems have detectable shells, we also cannot exclude the possibility of a nova eruption occurring in any of these systems and knocking the rotation out of sync.

  17. An asynchronous and parallel time-marching method: Application to three-dimensional MHD simulation of solar wind

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    2009-01-01

    An asynchronous and parallel time-marching method for three-dimensional (3D) time-dependent magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation is used for large-scale solar wind simulation. It uses different local time steps in the corona and the heliosphere according to the local Courant-Friedrichs-Levy (CFL) conditions. The solar wind background with observed solar photospheric magnetic field as input is first presented. The simulation time for the background solar wind by using the asynchronous method is <1/6 of that by using the normal synchronous time-marching method with the same computation precision. Then, we choose the coronal mass ejection (CME) event of 13 November, 2003 as a test case. The time-dependent variations of the pressure and the velocity configured from a CME model at the inner boundary are applied to generate transient structures in order to study the dynamical interaction of a CME with the background solar wind flow between 1 and 230 Rs. This time-marching method is very effective in terms of computation time for large-scale 3D time-dependent numerical MHD problem. In this validation study, we find that this 3D MHD model, with the asynchronous and parallel time-marching method, provides a relatively satisfactory comparison with the ACE spacecraft obser- vations at L1 point.

  18. Control or non-control state: that is the question! An asynchronous visual P300-based BCI approach

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    Pinegger, Andreas; Faller, Josef; Halder, Sebastian; Wriessnegger, Selina C.; Müller-Putz, Gernot R.

    2015-02-01

    Objective. Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) based on event-related potentials (ERP) were proven to be a reliable synchronous communication method. For everyday life situations, however, this synchronous mode is impractical because the system will deliver a selection even if the user is not paying attention to the stimulation. So far, research into attention-aware visual ERP-BCIs (i.e., asynchronous ERP-BCIs) has led to variable success. In this study, we investigate new approaches for detection of user engagement. Approach. Classifier output and frequency-domain features of electroencephalogram signals as well as the hybridization of them were used to detect the user's state. We tested their capabilities for state detection in different control scenarios on offline data from 21 healthy volunteers. Main results. The hybridization of classifier output and frequency-domain features outperformed the results of the single methods, and allowed building an asynchronous P300-based BCI with an average correct state detection accuracy of more than 95%. Significance. Our results show that all introduced approaches for state detection in an asynchronous P300-based BCI can effectively avoid involuntary selections, and that the hybrid method is the most effective approach.

  19. On the Concepts of Usability and Reusability of Learning Objects

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    Miguel-Angel Sicilia

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available “Reusable learning objects” oriented towards increasing their potential reusability are required to satisfy concerns about their granularity and their independence of concrete contexts of use. Such requirements also entail that the definition of learning object “usability,” and the techniques required to carry out their “usability evaluation” must be substantially different from those commonly used to characterize and evaluate the usability of conventional educational applications. In this article, a specific characterization of the concept of learning object usability is discussed, which places emphasis on “reusability,” the key property of learning objects residing in repositories. The concept of learning object reusability is described as the possibility and adequacy for the object to be usable in prospective educational settings, so that usability and reusability are considered two interrelated – and in many cases conflicting – properties of learning objects. Following the proposed characterization of two characteristics or properties of learning objects, a method to evaluate usability of specific learning objects will be presented.

  20. Usability of Limestone Aggregate Extracted in Göller Region as Highway Materials

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    Altan Yılmaz; Mehmet Saltan; Alev Akıllı

    2012-01-01

    In this research some aggregate samples obtaining from Göller region was examined to investigate the usability of limestone as highway materials. For this reason, three quarries including Gümüşgün quarry at the north part of Isparta, Çine at the south part of Burdur and Dağbeli at the north part of Antalya city are visited and the relevant samples are collected. Sieve test, lose density test, specific gravity and water absorption test, freezethaw test, micro-Deval test and aggregate impact va...

  1. Decision Based Development of Productline: A Quintessence Usability Approach

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    R. V.S. Balan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: A well designed user interface is comprehensible and controllable, helping users to complete their work successfully and efficiently and to feel competent and satisfied. To improve the usability of a software system, usability patterns can be applied. However, there are short comes shows that the software architecture of a system restricts certain usability patterns from being modified after implementation. Several of these usability patterns are “architecture sensitive”, such modifications are costly to implement due through their structural impact on the system. So we practice the pattern oriented usability design with considering the dependencies between the design decisions relevant to the product line business objects which has its impact on the usability criterion. Dependencies between the rationale decisions for the architecture sensitive usability patterns can be maintained for future reference. Approach: While going for the usability patterns, the decisions behind the pattern selection should be specified. We address the issues by analyzing the quality based models that determines the design rationale and their dependencies. We use QDK methodology to preserve the specifications of decisions and all their inter dependencies along with the knowledge rule. Results: Preserving the specifications of decisions and all their inter dependencies with knowledge rules will support the evolution and maintenance of such productline systems. Explicit evaluation of usability during architectural design prevents part of the high costs incurred by adaptive maintenance activities once the system has been implemented. Conclusion: Capturing knowledge by this means provides the basis for justification, learning and re-uses of the knowledge rules for further design decisions.

  2. Assessment of The Cracking Properties of Stainless Steel Alloys and their Usability for Laser Welding in Production

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    Juhl, Thomas Winther

    2001-01-01

    Methods to assess stainless steel alloys’ cracking properties and usability for laser welding has been studied. Also tests to assess alloys’ susceptibility to hot cracking has been conducted. Among these is the so-called Weeter test which assesses the alloy by executing a number of spot welds to ...

  3. ON THE ISSUE OF VECTOR CONTROL OF THE ASYNCHRONOUS MOTORS

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    B. I. Firago

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers the issue of one of the widespread types of vector control realization for the asynchronous motors with a short-circuited rotor. Of all more than 20 vector control types known presently, the following are applied most frequently: direct vector control with velocity pickup (VP, direct vector control without VP, indirect vector control with VP and indirect vector control without VP. Despite the fact that the asynchronous-motor indirect vector control without VP is the easiest and most spread, the absence of VP does not allow controlling the motor electromagnetic torque at zero velocity. This is the reason why for electric motor drives of such requirements they utilize the vector control with a velocity transducer. The systems of widest dissemination became the direct and indirect vector control systems with X-axis alignment of the synchronously rotating x–y-coordinate frame along the rotor flux-linkage vector inasmuch as this provides the simplest correlations for controlling variables. Although these two types of vector control are well presented in literature, a number of issues concerning their realization and practical application require further elaboration. These include: the block schemes adequate representation as consisted with the modern realization of vector control and clarification of the analytical expressions for evaluating the regulator parameters.The authors present a technique for evaluating the dynamics of an asynchronous electric motor drive with direct vector control and x-axis alignment along the vector of rotor flux linkage. The article offers a generalized structure of this vector control type with detailed description of its principal blocks: controlling system, frequency converter, and the asynchronous motor.The paper presents a direct vector control simulating model developed in the MatLab environment on the grounds of this structure. The authors illustrate the described technique with the results

  4. Impact of thermoelectric cooling modules on the efficiency of a single-phase asynchronous machine

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    Gouws, Rupert; Van Jaarsveldt, Heino

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the authors present the impact of thermoelectric cooling modules (TECMs) on the efficiency of a single-phase asynchronous machine. TECMs are used to lower the stator winding temperature and core temperature of the single-phase asynchronous machine. A similar effect might be possible by operating the asynchronous machine in a controlled lower temperature environment or by using other means of improved controlled cooling. An overview on the materials an...

  5. What do thinking-aloud participants say? A comparison of moderated and unmoderated usability sessions

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    Hertzum, Morten; Borlund, Pia; Kristoffersen, Kristina Bonde

    2015-01-01

    rich verbalizations and test reactivity. Action descriptions and system observations – two verbalization categories consistent with both relaxed and classic thinking aloud – were frequent but mainly of low relevance. Across all verbalizations, the positive or negative verbalizations were more often......The value of thinking aloud in usability tests depends on the content of the users’ verbalizations. We investigated moderated and unmoderated users’ verbalizations during relaxed thinking aloud (i.e., verbalization at levels 1 through 3). Verbalizations of user experience were frequent and mostly...... relevant to the identification of usability issues. Explanations and redesign proposals were also mostly relevant, but infrequent. The relevance of verbalizations of user experience, explanations, and redesign proposals showed the value of relaxed thinking aloud but did not clarify the tradeoff between...

  6. A study in usability: redesigning a health sciences library's mobile site.

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    Rosario, Jovy-Anne; Ascher, Marie T; Cunningham, Diana J

    2012-01-01

    A mobile site redesign was conducted at a medium-sized academic health sciences library with the goal of creating a site that meets the mobile information needs of its users. The redesign phases included (1) needs assessment, (2) usability testing, and (3) site design. The survey results showed that Apple devices were the most prevalent; the most desirable activities performed on a mobile site were searching for articles, accessing full-text articles and e-books, searching databases, and searching the catalog. These activities guided the development of the usability testing tasks and the redesign. All phases were completed within six months, and the total project cost was $50 for incentive purchases. PMID:22289091

  7. Pharmacists’ Perception of Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Distance Learning for Continuing Education Programs

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    Buxton, Eric C.

    2014-01-01

    Objective. To evaluate and compare pharmacists’ satisfaction with the content and learning environment of a continuing education program series offered as either synchronous or asynchronous webinars.

  8. Web Service Testing and Usability for Mobile Learning

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    Chang, Victor

    2006-01-01

    Based on the summary of recent renowned publications, Mobile Learning (ML) has become an emerging technology, as well as a new technique that can enhance the quality of learning. Due to the increasing importance of ML, the investigation of such impacts on the e-Science community is amongst the hot topics, which also relate to part of these research areas: Grid Infrastructure, Wireless Communication, Virtual Research Organization and Semantic Web. The above examples contribute to the demonstra...

  9. The Cultural Evolution of Human Communication Systems in Different Sized Populations: Usability Trumps Learnability

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    Nicolas Fay; T Mark Ellison

    2013-01-01

    This study examines the intergenerational transfer of human communication systems. It tests if human communication systems evolve to be easy to learn or easy to use (or both), and how population size affects learnability and usability. Using an experimental-semiotic task, we find that human communication systems evolve to be easier to use (production efficiency and reproduction fidelity), but harder to learn (identification accuracy) for a second generation of naïve participants. Thus, usabil...

  10. Usability Briefing - a process model for healthcare facilities

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    Fronczek-Munter, Aneta

    2014-01-01

    Background: In complex buildings with many types of users it can be difficult to satisfy the numerous, often contradictory requirements. Research in usability mostly focuses on evaluating products or facilities with users, after they were built. This paper is part of a PhD project “Usability...... purpose is to develop a process model for applying it on complex building projects. Usability briefing is a process in which users are actively involved, not only in evaluations and data gathering, but also in a continuous briefing process with focus on usability. Approach: The model is inductively...... briefing, combining the four interrelated activities of 1) briefing, 2) user involvement, 3) evaluations and 4) design. The model provides a visual overview of the four activities in all the building design phases. The approach combines continuous user presence, cocreation, design and evaluation with...

  11. Usability Study of Personalized Learning in Mobile Learning Environment

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    Moumita Majumder

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available In an effort to find out the best suitable application of mobile learning, several research works are undertaken till date. A review of related papers unveiled that mobile devices act better as a supporting media in teaching and learning scenario. The present worker has developed context specific learning modules i.e. personalized learning contents using an ontology based web service architecture and an experimantal exploration has been done with the target audience to justify the usability of such content in a real time environment. To ensure that the developed contents are acceptable and usable, usability aspects are carefully embedded during the analysis, design and development of the contents. In this paper, the steps to fulfill the usability aspects of the prepared contents are described, an architecture of the dissemination system has been designed and results of the study are presented.

  12. Usability Analysis of Geographic Information System Software: A Case Study

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    Mehedi Masud

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available A Geographical Information System (GIS is a computer system capable of creating, capturing and storing, analyzing, managing, and displaying geographically referenced information. A GIS tool offers interactive user interfaces to submit queries, analyze and edit data. The usability criterion of a GIS tool is an important factor for analyzing geographical information. This paper presents a methodology for evaluating the usability of a GIS tool and proposes some guidelines to find out the severity ratings of problems in a GIS tool. The paper also demonstrates how to scrutinize the usability to discover potential problems using a prototype user interface. Based on the study, experience, and observation, this paper also proposes a number of general usability evaluation guidelines for GIS tools.

  13. Assessing the Usability of MAX 2008 Encounter Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Assessing the Usability of MAX 2008 Encounter Data for Comprehensive Managed Care As growing numbers of Medicaid enrollees receive comprehensive health benefits...

  14. Availability and Usability of BHO Encounter Data in MAX 2009

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Availability and Usability of Behavioral Health Organization Encounter Data in MAX 2009, published in Volume 4, Issue 2 of Medicare and Medicaid Research Review,...

  15. Logistics cost management models and their usability for purchasing

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    Ellström, Daniel; Rehme, Jakob; Björklund, Maria; Aronsson, Håkan

    2011-01-01

    This paper deepens the understanding regarding the practical usability of CM models for purchasing decisions, and provides a framework for determining a desired complexity of cost management in different purchasing environments.

  16. Meta-Analysis of Correlations Among Usability Measures

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    Hornbæk, Kasper Anders Søren; Effie Lai Chong, Law

    2007-01-01

    Understanding the relation between usability measures seems crucial to deepen our conception of usability and to select the right measures for usability studies. We present a meta-analysis of correlations among usability measures calculated from the raw data of 73 studies. Correlations...... are generally low: effectiveness measures (e.g., errors) and efficiency measures (e.g., time) has a correlation of .247 ± .059 (Pearson's product-moment correlation with 95% confidence interval), efficiency and satisfaction (e.g., preference) one of .196 ± .064, and effectiveness and satisfaction one of .164...... ± .062. Changes in task complexity do not influence these correlations, but use of more complex measures attenuates them. Standard questionnaires for measuring satisfaction appear more reliable than homegrown ones. Measures of users' perceptions of phenomena are generally not correlated with objective...

  17. Usability in ERP (Single and Multiple Document Interface) Application Environments

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    Sadiq, Mazhar; Pirhonen, Antti

    2014-01-01

    The usability of complex information systems, like enterprise resource planning (ERP), is the next frontier, as the trend becomes more and more adopted in the industrial working environment. In complex information systems, the traditional usability criteria of learnability, effectiveness and efficiency have never lost their importance, even though the focus of research appears to have shifted for the consumer product. This study based on 110 responses attempt to highlight the usab...

  18. Evaluating Usability of E-Learning Systems in Universities

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    Nicholas Kipkurui Kiget; Professor G. Wanyembi; Anselemo Ikoha Peters

    2014-01-01

    The use of e-learning systems has increased significantly in the recent times. E-learning systems are supplementing teaching and learning in universities globally. Kenyan universities have adopted e-learning technologies as means for delivering course content. However despite adoption of these systems, there are considerable challenges facing the usability of the systems. Lecturers and students have different perceptions in regard to the usability of e-learning systems. The aim of this study ...

  19. Big Data as Innovative Approach for Usability Evaluations of Buildings

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    Olsson, Nils; Bull-Berg, Heidi; Junghans, Antje

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate how Big Data can add a new dimension to usability evaluations of buildings. Background: There is a tremendous growth in the volume of available data, creating the “Big Data” trend. Industries such as IT, retail and transportation can present a number of examples of successful applications of Big Data. Usability has traditionally been analysed by qualitative research methods, and Big Data gives an opportunity to add quantitative data in s...

  20. Analytical Evaluation of Groupware Usability in Concerted Work Scenarios

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    António Ferreira; Pedro Antunes

    2005-01-01

    This paper addresses the usability evaluation of groupware tools supporting teams working in an intensive concerted effort towards a shared goal. Considering the evaluation of this technology in such scenario is a complex and costly endeavor, we propose a discount analytical evaluation approach. Our approach uses available models of human performance to estimate groupware usability. The paper illustrates the use of the Keystroke-Level Model for analyzing a concerted work scenario and shows ho...