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November 2012

Final MyUI project summary at month 33.


MyUI uses a design patterns based approach to generate individualised, self-adaptive user interfaces. In this way, it aims at enhancing the accessibility of commonly used ICT applications.

Within the last period, the focus has been put on finalizing and validating the essential and innovative solutions of the project such as the design patterns approach, the generation of adaptive user interfaces and providing support for developers of adaptive applications.

This period is characterised by the finalisation of all RTD activities including the user interface adaptation engine, the development toolkit, the demonstrators, the games and the final validation. To better meet these requirements, a 3-month project extension has been requested as part of the official request for amendment of the DoW in July 2012. It also covered a partner change for internal administrative reasons only – for the practical doing in the project, nothing has been changed as persons working on the project stayed the same. The work plan in the DoW amendment has been adapted accordingly.

The re-implemented adaptation engine has improved the overall MVC-compliance of the MyUI system by a clear separation of application logic and user interface generation. Direct user access to the user interface profile from the MyUI system where user interface variables, e.g. font size and display mode, can be changed manually to further individualise the user interface. In contrary to the previous version, the final version of the user interface profile access menu is self-adaptive to better support a broader variety of end users with different capabilities.

The final development toolkit demonstrates the main MyUI concepts and approaches for the development of adaptive user interfaces and allows the creation of applications with adaptive user interfaces to work with the MyUI framework. It has been adapted to work with the rewritten code which now complies with MVC convention. In order to support the easy generation of MVC compliant application code in the development toolkit, the MyUI framework has been restructured. Appropriate documentation on how to use the toolkit has been produced.

Demonstrators are available and will be presented on future conferences. Demonstrators illustrate the achievements and benefits from the end users' point of view by showing selfadaptive user interfaces which adapt to individual needs during the interaction. Moreover, the demonstrator implementation of the development toolkit illustrates the effectivity and efficiency gains for developers and designers of accessible ICT products and services.

The final validation results indicate high levels of acceptance from both target user groups: end users and industrial users. Moreover, they point to issues for future research and development activities. Examples include the combination of self-adaptive and user-configured user interfaces, the calibration of the currently used context detection sensors and the inclusion of additional hardware and software sensors for reliable context detection.

Dissemination: Several MyUI related papers have been submitted to relevant conferences. Papers have been accepted, e.g. for EICS2012 and SMART2012. Another paper has been submitted to CHI 2013.

Additionally, a leaflet for MyUI stakeholders has been prepared and published on the project website (www.myui.eu). It provides an overview on key questions and central MyUI concepts in a commonly understandable way for MyUI stakeholders such as industrial users, decision makers and end users. The news section has been continuously updated allowing interested parties to follow major MyUI activities and the project progress.

The eight treasures and their contribution to the state-of-the art in international research are described in the final report. A comparison with other existing approaches (especially GUIDE and plastic user interfaces) as well as a discussion on strengths and limitations is also included.

In addition, a structured questionnaire for exploring the differences and commonalities of both projects has been prepared and shared with GUIDE. The results of this comparison are summarized in the final report.

Exchange of information, lesson learned and procedures has taken place between the VUMS cluster projects GUIDE and MyUI in UK focusing on end user validation studies. Joint publications to contrast the achievements and findings are currently explored.

Finally, VUMS standardisation has been advanced. Major activities have been carried out in the context of ISO and W3C and have prepared the grounds for future standards which build on results from VUMS. The final standardization report produced under the coordination of MyUI provides a summary of all standardization activities. MyUI has presented its current progress and newest achievements, especially on user modelling approaches and interoperability issues, at the ICCHP 2012 on 10 July 2012 in Linz, Austria within the VUMS Workshop "Virtual User Models for Designing and Using of Inclusive Products".


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