CMSC 838G - Spring 2003
Advanced usability: People, paper and computer
In this class we will try to understand how people, paper and computers relate to each other. Looking at a recent comment published in The Economist (November 9-15th 2002):
It seems that the goal of a paperless office is still out of reach. Yet new technologies like the Tablet PC, the Anoto pen system and the emergence of large interactive surfaces such as the Stanford Interactive Mural might profoundly change the relationship between people, paper and computers.
class will not focus on how to supplant paper altogether, but instead on
how to design new interfaces, which narrow the gap between the digital and
the paper world.
This class will focus on conducting a research project. After an in-depth exploration of the current literature, each student (or small group of students) will conduct independent research projects. Projects might include designing and evaluating a new interaction technique, designing and running a user study comparing existing system, or performing an ethnographic study.