In Human-Computer interaction (HCI) research – as well as in many other research disciplines – new scientific knowledge and technological advances are often based on empirical research where new ideas and theories are explored through hypothesis testing and controlled experiments. However, critical voices within the HCI research community question the value and use of controlled experiments in HCI.
In this project we will contribute to this discussion by redoing – replicating – a series of »famous« user experiments from the HCI literature. We will focus on experiments that have studied the usability of non-standard drop‐down menus and how easy and fast users can navigate menu structures and select the containing menu items.
For this purpose, a first version of a »menu test suite« application has been developed. After further development and adaptations we can start replicating previous menu experiments. This includes carefully studying the descriptions of the previous experiments, then running the experiments with a group of computer users, and finally analyzing our results and comparing these with previously reported results.
Accordingly, in this project you will acquire skills and experience in designing, conducting, and evaluating user experiments.
Technologies & Tools: Java, Python, C++, or Objective-C (your choice!), SPSS (for statistical analysis)
Contact: Dr. David Ahlström