A Hierarchical Task Network-Based Approach to Generating Generic Tasks for Interface Usability Evaluation

Fan Li, Chunhsien Chen, Olga Sourina, Gangyan Xu, Su Han

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Abstract

Nowadays, increasing attention has been drawn to hybrid visualisation tools, such as the hybrid 3D-2D display. The novel visualization tools introduce several challenges in usability evaluation. One of the main challenges is how to design generic tasks to simulate complex tasks in real life. Task design is one of the most critical issues in lab-based experiments, as it will affect the generalization and effectiveness of experimental results. In this study, a novel framework for generating generic tasks for interface usability evaluation is proposed. Specifically, hierarchical task networks will be adopted for generic task generation. A case study is conducted in a hybrid interface of air traffic management. Following the proposed framework, the holding stack in air traffic management is simulated, and two generic tasks are designed accordingly. The feedback from participants confirmed the feasibility of generating generic tasks by using the hierarchical task networks-based approach. Generally, the proposed framework provides an alternative way to objectively evaluate the usability of hybrid visualisation tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMan-Machine-Environment System Engineering - Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on MMESE
EditorsShengzhao Long, Balbir S. Dhillon
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages435-442
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789819948819
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Man-Machine-Environment System Engineering, MMESE 2023 - Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Oct 202323 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
Volume1069 LNEE
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Man-Machine-Environment System Engineering, MMESE 2023
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period20/10/2323/10/23

Keywords

  • hybrid visualization
  • psychophysiological data
  • Usability evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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