A System for Generating Device-Specific Action Sequences

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Title: A System for Generating Device-Specific Action Sequences
Author: Simpson, Clarence Adriano
Advisors: Robert St. Amant, Committee Chair
Christopher G. Healey, Committee Member
James Lester, Committee Member
Abstract: As computing devices become more varied and complex, it has been shown that it is useful, perhaps even essential, to begin describing elements of human-computer interaction in more abstract terms. Much of the literature has focused on specific cases of interaction involving certain input devices, tasks, and operating system environments. However, it has thus far been taken for granted that the mapping between the controls on an input device and the low-level tasks being executed with the device are an optimal mapping. We present a system for generating this optimal mapping by classifying input devices and low-level tasks based on the proposed taxonomies, then using a knowledge base to determine the efficiency of using certain classes of input device controls to perform certain classes of tasks. We also present some preliminary work in the use of user modeling to account for cognitive and psychological factors such as user control preference and the relation between action sequence complexity and human memory.
Date: 2003-11-21
Degree: MS
Discipline: Computer Science
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/2704

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