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August 2011 – Summary of months 12-18 of the project

MyUI follows a design patterns based approach to generate individualised, self-adaptive user interfaces and thereby aims to enhance accessibility of commonly used ICT applications. In order to concentrate even more on these essential and innovative aspects of the project, several refocusing measures have been taken. First associated activities have been started and this comprises the core of the progress made in past six months. These activities are described in more detail in the following paragraphs:

The original virtual environment for industrial users has been refocused on providing support in the creation, customisation, preview and exploration of self-adaptive MyUI applications. An initial concept of the so-called adaptive user interfaces development toolkit has been specified describing the functionalities of the development toolkit in detail. Basic conditions for the implementation of the development toolkit have also been defined.

The MyUI approach will finally be verified in two different ways covering (1) the end-user perspective and (2) the industrial user perspective. Concerning the first point, it was decided to test the usability, accessibility and hence the overall acceptance of self-adaptive applications within end-user tests by means of a sample application for a social communication service. Central to these tests will be the use of the developed self-adaptive email application, displayed on an interactive TV, by the end-users (older people, stroke survivors). Regarding the second point, tests with industrial users (developers, designers) will be performed in order to collect their feedback on the adaptive user interfaces development toolkit. For that purpose, another social communication service, the instant messaging application, will serve as base to let the industrial test users develop and design appropriate self-adaptive user interface features.

An initial set of appropriate use cases is currently prepared considering the functionalities provided by the MyUI development toolkit. Based on the feedback gathered from the industrial users, information on the suitability of the MyUI approach for the industrial development context can be evaluated.

In order to reach this goal, the implementation of a second reference application, the instant messaging application, has been started. Hence, the MyUI middleware, which was used for the early demonstrator, has been refined to support the addition of more applications to the MyUI system.

The concept for self-adaptive multimodal user interfaces has been refined. First, the set of design patterns has been complemented by transition design patterns controlling the way on how the user interface will change (e.g. by explicit user confirmation). Second, the abstract application interaction model has been specified enabling to describe a MyUI application by states, transitions, triggered functions and interaction situations. This model is also used within the MyUI adaptive user interfaces development toolkit to support developers with a graphical representation for creating MyUI applications. The end-user study schedule has been refined and a validation plan for collecting feedback from industrial users has been prepared.

The website has been revised and accessibility issues were fixed (

MyUI intensified its work for the VUMS cluster. A joint VUMS cluster deliverable on the cluster standardization activities is coordinated by MyUI and will be submitted in parallel to this periodic report. With the report a White Paper on the common position of the VUMS cluster on user modelling standardization will be produced that can be disseminated to standardization bodies and experts.

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