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Usability

May 2000

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General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

General Usability: People, Background and Organizations

Nielsen Norman Group: Strategic Human-Centered Design
http://www.nngroup.com
http://www.useit.com
http://www.jnd.org
Consulting company of Jakob Nielsen and Donald Norman
Jakob Nielsen's home site
Don Norman Home site
Cultural Dilemma of Usability Engineering
http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~YZ2M-KRS/article/970426hci1.html
Comment on cultural differences impacting Nielsen's taxonomy of usabilty, usefullness, utility.
ACM SIGCHI
http://www.acm.org/sigchi
http://www.acm.org/sigchi/hci-sites
ACM's Human Computer Interaction professional interest group. Good starting place with journal and rich set of links
British HCI Group
http://www.bcs-hci.org.uk
US DoD CSERIAC Crew System Ergonomics Information Analysis Center
http://iac.dtic.mil/cseriac
Good source of ergonomics and vehicle/crew station simulation.
Ergonomics Society home page
http://www.ergonomics.org.uk
EUSC - European Usability Support Centres
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/husat/eusc
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/husat/eusc/contents_resources.html
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/husat/eusc/r_usability_standards.html
Gary Perlman
http://www.acm.org/~perlman
http://www.acm.org/~perlman/uidesign.html
General Usability researcher, good set of reference links and good tutorial "Task-Centered User Interface Design (Lewis & Rieman)"
Geogia Tech GVU: Graphics, Visualization & Usability Center
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu
HFES: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
http://hfes.org
HFES CSTG Computer Science Tech Group
http://cstg.watson.ibm.com/indexbody.html
International Journal of Human Computer Studies
http://www.academicpress.com/ijhcs
http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~shamus/specialissue.html
IJHCS special issue in production: "User Centered Design and Implementation of Virtual Environments"
Napier HCI Group
http://www.dcs.napier.ac.uk/hci/projects.html
NSF Course 98: Human Computer Interface Design
http://www-engr.sjsu.edu/~knapp/hci.html
Oregon Graduate Institute Center for Human-Computer Communication
http://www.cse.ogi.edu/CHCC
Paderborn University C-LAB Usability Homepage
http://www.c-lab.de/usability
TAP Training Workshop on Usability and User Requirements
http://www.nectar.org/reposit/update/stories/1997111701/contents.htm
U. Vienna CURE - Center for Usability Research & Engineering
http://www.cure-vienna.org
Usability First
http://www.usabilityfirst.com
Usability Professionals' Association
http://www.upassoc.org/index.html
Usable Web
http://usableweb.com
Vienna User Interface Group
http://www.ani.univie.ac.at/ani/research/MCK.html
Virginia Tech Center Human-Computer Interaction
http://vtopus.cs.vt.edu/~chci
Virginia Tech Usability Methods & Tools
http://miso.cs.vt.edu/%7Eusab

Events Past and Future

Top General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

ACM UIST 94 includes paper: "A survey of design issues in spatial input"
http://www.acm.org/pubs/contents/proceedings/uist/192426
Dec 1998 Workshop Design and Usability for Collaborative Virtual Environments
http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/research/technologies/evaluation/workshop/workshop.html
CVE98 Luncheon: Design and Usability for Collaborative Virtual Environments
http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/research/technologies/evaluation/workshop/face-to-face CVE98 Usability for VE Lunch Notes
http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/research/technologies/evaluation/workshop/summary.html
HICS '98 - Choi, etc
http://www.computer.org/proceedings/hics/8341/8341toc.htm
I. Choi and R. Bargar: Human-Machine Performance Configuration for Multidimensional and Multi-Modal Interaction in Virtual Environments
Feb21-23 1999 US NSF HCI Program Grantees Workshop '99
http://nsf-workshop.engr.ucf.edu
May 19-21 1999 TWLT 15 - Interactions in Virtual Worlds
http://parlevink.cs.utwente.nl/Conferences/twlt15.html
VRST99 Systematic Design for VR Tutorial (Canceled)
http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/people/Jolanda.Tromp/TUTVR99-jola.htm
UCDIVE: Sept99 York Workshop on User Centered Design and Implementation of Virtual Environments
http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~shamus/ve-call.html
April 13-14, 2000: Workshop on Guiding Users through Interactive Experiences
http://www.uni-paderborn.de/cs/ag-domik/workshop
29, 30 June 2000 University of Surrey: Workshop on Computational Semiotics for New Media
http://www-scm.tees.ac.uk/users/p.c.fencott/newMedia/call.htm
23-28 July 2000 SIGGRAPH: 3D User Interface Design: Fundamental Techniques,Theory, and Practice
http://www.siggraph.org/s2000/conference/courses/crs36.html
July 30-August 4, 2000 IES & HFES combined conferences
http://iea2000.hfes.org
August 30-31st, 2000 IGC 2000 International Workshop on Interactive Graphical Communication
http://www.dcs.qmw.ac.uk/~ph/IGC2000
November 16-17, 2000 ACM Conf on Universal Usability
http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigchi/cuu

Usability and VR Organizations, etc.

Top General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

CRG Design and Usability for Collaborative Virtual Environments
http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/research/technologies/evaluation
Synergy Synthetic Environment Research Group : Advancing VE Technology Through the Consideration of Human Factors Issues
http://ie.engr.ucf.edu/vr_research/synergy:
http://ie.engr.ucf.edu/vr_research/synergy/result.htm
Virtual Construction Simulation Research Group
http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/Civeng/conman/vcsrg.html
U.College London Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/research/vr
US DoD Dismounted Warrior Network (DWN)
http://www.stricom.army.mil/PRODUCTS/DWN
EPSRC IT&CS Programme:  Human Factors of Virtual Reality
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/Documents/Support_For_Researchers/Calls_For_Proposals/ITCS/hfvr.htm
HFES VETG
http://www.coe.neu.edu/~mourant/vetg.html
International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia
http://www.vsmm.org/2/default.cfm?CFID=3633&CFTOKEN=72153343
3DUI mail list home
http://www.mic.atr.co.jp/~poup/3dui.htm

*Some* Usability and VR people

Top General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

Anthony Steed
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/A.Steed
Chris Johnson
http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/papers/iee.html
Several VR papers incl 1998 "Why `Traditional' HCI Techniques Fail to Support DesktopVR" and 1999 "Taking Fun Seriously: Using Cognitive Models to Reason about Interaction with Computer Games"
Clive Fencott
http://www-scm.tees.ac.uk/users/p.c.fencott/vsmm99
paper "Creativity and Content in Virtual Environments"
poster "Towards a Design Methodology for VE" at Sept99 York workshop.
Doug A. Bowman
http://vtopus.cs.vt.edu/%7Ebowman
Researching interaction techniques. Thesis: "Interaction Techniques for Common Tasks in Immersive Virtual Environments: Design, Evaluation, and Application"
Joe Gabbard/Debbie Hix
http://csgrad.cs.vt.edu/%7Ejgabbard/ve/framework
http://csgrad.cs.vt.edu/%7Ejgabbard/ve/methods
Framework for Usability in Virtual Environments - large taxonomy and framework for application of usability to VE.
Jolanda Tromp
http://www.crg.cs.nott.ac.uk/people/Jolanda.Tromp
Jounghyun Gerard Kim
http://www.postech.ac.kr/%7Egkim
Software engineering of VR plus usability.
Kay M Stanney
http://ie.engr.ucf.edu/vr_research/home
Automated tool for usability engineering/design, Exposure time & cybersickness, Theoretical models of wayfinding, Sense of presence, Presence article on Human Factors in VE
Kulwinder Kaur
http://web.cs.city.ac.uk/~dj524/kully.html
Thesis and other writings are an excellent collection of information of usability in VE. Thesis lays out design methodology for VE and provides prototype web-based tool for guidance.
Peter Cochrane
http://www.labs.bt.com/people/cochrane
Rob Jacob
http://conbrio.eecs.tufts.edu/~jacob
Ronald R. Mourant
http://www.coe.neu.edu/~mourant
Roy Ruddle, School of Psychology
http://www.cf.ac.uk/psych/ruddle
Rudy Darken
http://www.interact.nps.navy.mil/darken/publications.html
Michael Heim
http://www.mheim.com
http://www.mheim.com/cyberforum/html/log7.html
The Philosophy of Virtual Reality and the 3-D Internet
Chat Log from CyberForum@ArtCenter

*Some* Usability and VR Projects

Top General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

COVEN  European ACTS Project AC040
http://coven.lancs.ac.uk
Main site has some deliverables and links to publications and particpant pages with more links
I3: European Network for Intelligent Information Interfaces
http://www.i3net.org
http://www.i3net.org/i3projects
http://klee.cootech.disco.unimib.it/~campiello
http://arti.vub.ac.be/~comris
http://www.conexus.org
http://www.nada.kth.se/erena
See the project web sites for info on VE usability in Campiello, COMRIS, co-Nexus and eRENA.

US DoD ICT in the News

CNN.com - Technology - Army wants to harness power of the Matrix - May 2, 2000
http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/computing/05/02/army.matrix.idg/index.html
Realizing the StarTrek (tm) Holodeck?? Perhaps they mean image based rendering with agent driven avatars - not force field generators.

Game Design

Top General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

Chris Johnson
http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson
http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/papers/um99/games.htm
http://www.dcs.glasgow.ac.uk/~johnson/papers/ics/fun_and_games.html
http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/papers/safecomp_vr/safety_vr.html
http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/papers/virtual_eval/paper.html
http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~johnson/papers/iee.html
HCI researcher with papers on Cognitive Modeling and Game Design, evaluations of Desktop VR for Learning and Safety-Critical Applications, Why traditional HCI methods fail with DesktopVR
Gamasutra
http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20000301/carson_01.htm
http://www.gamasutra.com/features/designers_notebook/19991229.htm
Game developer site with good articles on "Environmental Storytelling" and "Interactive Storytelling".

Corporate Usability

Top General Usability Events Organizations People Projects Game Design Corporate

Microsoft Usability: Home Page
http://www.microsoft.com/usability
Microsoft: Adaptive Systems and Interaction - Home
http://www.research.microsoft.com/adapt
Microsoft Research: Mary Czerwinski
http://www.research.microsoft.com/users/marycz/home.htm
Member Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group
MUSE Technologies - Leading the new age of perceptual computing
http://www.musetech.com/index.html

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