Adaptive Interfaces / Telecare Companion

The project examines the possibility of using individual’s Cognitive Style Analysis (CSA) in designing Human Computer Interfaces for performance. The main thesis here is that people when confronted with interfaces matching their Cognitive Style, (CS), they would perform their tasks better. We introduce a new ‘Performance Measure’ defined as Score/Time. We reexamine CSA and introduce Audio in the CSA for completeness, We examine how multimedia interface design based on performance is influenced by CS. We apply this to Telecare for the elderly.

Project Objectives

To build and evaluate an adaptive system to enable elderly or disadvantaged users access information and communicate over a community network.

Providing communication:

  • Emergency calls to helpers
  • Remote consultation with doctors
  • Video phone to family and friends
  • E-mail

Providing information:

  • personal information
  • special needs of the individual
  • general interests
  • internet access

Issues involved in the project

Cognitive Styles of people:

  • Measuring and enhancing CS analysis when confronted with multimedia
  • The use of Audio input to CS
  • Design of experiments
  • Statistics of experiments
  • Introduce Performance measure
  • Design HCI for performance

Developing simple interfaces

  • screen design
  • multimedia output
  • choice of input devices
  • voice commands

Adaptive features

  • apply the principles of the tutoring system to an unbounded knowledge domain
  • tutorial systems have a defined body of information, and users have the easily measurable goal of learning the information, however with general interest browsing of the Internet the goals of the user are harder to determine
  • identifying what parts of the system should be adaptive
  • identifying what information is required for the system to evaluate the user
  • devising strategies of extracting information about the user by monitoring their use of the system