Usability Engineering

  • Kjeldskov, Jesper (Projektdeltager)
  • Skov, Mikael B. (Projektdeltager)
  • Stage, Jan (Projektdeltager)
  • Als, Benedikte Skibsted (Projektdeltager)
  • Høegh, Rune Thaarup Have (Projektdeltager)
  • Jensen, Janne Jul (Projektdeltager)



This research activity was started around 2000, and since then, it has been a major area of concern. It involves a variety of projects, some which have external funding with a specific duration.

Usability engineering deals with methods, techniques and work practices for evaluating and improving the usability of interactive systems. Our research activities in this area relate to four streams of work. The first stream is usability evaluation methods, where we have used existing methods to evaluate interactive systems, e.g. in the hospital area where we conducted four full-scale evaluations of healthcare systems and enquired into new methods for usability evaluation. The second stream of work is on training in usability evaluation, where we have conducted empirical studies of web-site usability testing carried out by a diverse group of people with no formal education in software development or usability testing. The third stream of work is specifically focusing on usability engineering with children, where we investigate how emerging technologies should be designed for children and how such technologies could support the special needs of children. The fourth stream of work is centred on design of usability laboratories. Over a five-year period, we have designed and developed our own usability laboratory, a modern top-level facility for conducting experimental research in usability engineering. Based on these experiences, we have advised ETI and another organization when they designed their own usability laboratory.

This research has resulted in a significant number of publications and a number of test reports (empirical documentation). Finally, the work on laboratory design has impacted external organizations.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/01/200001/01/2008


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