New publication: 2nd Workshop on Designing with Older Adults: Towards a Complete Methodology



Nicol, E., Dunlop M., Komninos A., McGee-Lennon M., Baillie L., Eslambolchilar P., et al. (2015).  2nd Workshop on Designing with Older Adults: Towards a Complete Methodology. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct. 908–911New York, NY, USA, ACM. DOI:10.1145/2786567.2795395
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New publication: Re-imagining Commonly Used Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults

Many countries have an increasingly ageing population. In recent years, mobile technologies have had a massive impact on social and working lives. As the size of the older user population rises, many people will want to continue professional, social and lifestyle usage of mobiles into 70s and beyond. Mobile technologies can lead to increased community involvement and personal independence. While mobile technologies can provide many opportunities, the ageing process can interfere with their use. This workshop brings together researchers who are re-imagining common mobile interfaces so that they are more suited to use by older adults.

Nicol, E., Dunlop M., Komninos A., McGee-Lennon M., Baillie L., Edwards A., et al. (2014).  Re-imagining Commonly Used Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services (MobileHCI'14). 585–588New York, NY, USA, ACM. DOI:10.1145/2628363.2634261
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New publication: Investigating Mobile Text Entry for Older Adults

Text entry remains key to many tasks on touchscreen smartphones and is an important factor in the usability of such devices. The known problems of text entry can be particularly acute for older adults due to physical and cognitive issues associated with ageing. In a study of mobile text entry we employed a variety of participatory design techniques in order to develop novel keyboard layouts to address the requirements of this group of users. We report on the early findings and the methodological implications for further research in this area. Based on our results we argue that making the effort to involve older adults in the design process has benefits that could not otherwise be achieved.

Nicol, E., Komninos A., & Dunlop M. D. (2014).  Investigating Mobile Text Entry for Older Adults. Workshop on Reimagining Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults, in conjunction with ACM MobileHCI'14. Toronto, Canada.

New publication: Sensing Airports’ Traffic by Mining Location Sharing Social Services

Location sharing social services are popular among mobile users resulting in a huge social dataset available for researchers to explore. In this paper we consider location sharing social services’ APIs endpoints as “social sensors” that provide data revealing real world interactions, although in some cases, the number of recorded social data can be several orders of magnitude lower compared to the number of real world interactions. In the presented work we focus on check-ins at airports performing two experiments: one analyzing check-in data collected exclusively from Foursquare and another collecting additionally check-in data from Facebook. We compare the two popular location sharing social platforms’ check-ins and we show that for the case of Foursquare these data can be indicative of the passengers’ traffic, while their number is hundreds of times lower than the number of actual traffic observations.

Garofalakis, J., Georgoulas I., Komninos A., Ntentopoulos P., & Plessas A. (2015).  Sensing Airports’ Traffic by Mining Location Sharing Social Services. Current Trends in Web Engineering: 15th International Conference, ICWE 2015 Workshops, NLPIT, PEWET, SoWEMine, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 23-26, 2015. Revised Selected Papers. 9396, 131-140., Springer. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-24800-4
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