Using behavioural models to upgrade User Interface design

(Source:Cordis)Indispensable to daily life, User Interfaces, through which we interact with computers, have to be accessible, understandable and attractive. COMPUTED drew on behavioural models from psychology to develop algorithms better suited to their design.

Modern computational techniques can improve human-computer interaction (HCI) using combinatorial optimisation. Here, a function is specified and numeric values are assigned to designs proposed by an algorithm. These values indicate how close each design comes to meeting the function required. This approach has changed several industries from logistics to telecommunications but hasn’t yet been widely adopted for HCI.