How are HCI researchers designing everyday or office-based devices and applications to be “attention aware” and not to interrupt or distract their human users at the wrong moment? What theoretical knowledge about human attention and perception is being used? What technical innovations are being exploited or invented to make everyday or office-based devices and applications more “attention aware”? What evidence is there for success in making applications “attention aware”?
Suggestion: structure the body of your answer around the questions posed above. However don’t use point form to structure the paper.
Q2 Find two distinctly different food/drink vending machines or transport ticket purchasing machines and explore the conceptual model motivating their design. First, find and report on research on conceptual models in the peer-reviewed literature that might help you in the next steps. Second, analyse the conceptual model underlying each of the two machines you have chosen. Third, for each of the two machines, observe 4-6 instances of a consenting person purchasing an item (should be different people for each instance). Fourth, assess whether each user can work effectively with the machine, given the machine’s conceptual model, and draw conclusions about whether the conceptual model is effective for users.
Suggestion: a structure is suggested by the steps in the question above. Why and how are users’ mental models “buggy”?
Suggestion: a question like this involves defining your terms, followed by some digging into the literature for (1) theoretical background and (2) great examples.
Q4 Re-do the mental models practical, but in a much more systematic and informative way. First, identify what a “mental model” is and provide some evidence from the literature in how the “mental model” concept has been used in HCI. Second, find 6-10 consenting people, and ask them to sketch (or otherwise express) their mental model of their personal and UQ-related computing environment (the devices, applications, and services). Third, ask them to explain their mental model to you. Fourth, looking across all your participants, identify the areas of similarity and areas of difference in how the different people understand the same (in principle) devices, applications, and services. Fifth, offer some speculations for why the mental models are similar where they are, and different where they are