SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
International Workshop on the Interplay between Usability Evaluation
and Software Development (I-USED 2008)
(Pisa, Italy, September 24th, 2008)
In conjunction with the 2nd Conference on Human-Centred Software
Engineering (HCSE 2008)
Pisa, Italy, September 25-26, 2008.
Software development is highly challenging. Despite many significant
software development projects fail completely or produce software with
including (1) lack of usefulness, i.e. the system does not adequately
support the core
tasks of the user, (2) unsuitable designs of user interactions and
interfaces, (3) lack
of productivity gains or even reduced productivity despite heavy
investments in information.
Broadly speaking, two approaches have been taken to address these
limitations. The first
approach is to employ evaluation activities in a software development
project in order to
determine and improve the usability of the software, i.e. the
and satisfaction with which users achieve their goals. To help
software developersí work
with usability within this approach, more than 20 years of research in
Interaction (HCI) has created and compared techniques for evaluating
usability. The second
approach is based on the significant advances in techniques and
methodologies for user
interface design that have been achieved in the last decades. In
in user interface design have worked on improving the usefulness of
by focusing on a deeper understanding on how to extract and understand
Their results today constitute the areas of participatory design and
In addition, the Software Engineering (SE) community has recognized
that usability does
not only affect the design of user interfaces but the software system
development as a
whole. In particular, efforts are focused on explaining the
implications of usability
for requirements gathering, software architecture design, and the
However, the interplay between these two fields, and between the
activities they advocate
to be undertaken in software development, have been limited.
Integrating usability evaluation
at relevant points in software development (and in particular to the
user interface design)
with successful and to-the-point results has proved difficult. In
addition, research in
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Software Engineering (SE) has
been done mainly
independently of each other with no in substantial exchange of results
and sparse efforts to
combine the techniques of the two approaches. Larry Constantine, a
development researcher, and his colleagues express it this way:
ìIntegrating usability into
the software development process is not easy or obviousî (Juristo et
al. 2001, p. 21).
THEME AND GOALS
The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners from the HCI
and SE fields to determine the state-of-the-art in the interplay
between usability evaluation
and software development and to generate ideas for new and improved
relations between these
activities. The aim is to base the determination of the current state
on empirical studies.
Presentations of new ideas on how to improve the interplay between HCI
& SE to the design of
usable software systems should also be based on empirical studies.
Within this focus, topics
of discussion include, but are not limited to:
- Which artifacts of software development are useful as the basis for
- How do the specific artifacts obtained during software development
techniques that are relevant for the usability evaluation?
- In which forms are the results of usability evaluations supplied
back into software
development (including the UI design)?
- What are the characteristics of usability evaluation results that
are needed in software
- Do existing usability evaluation methods deliver the results that
are needed in user
- How can usability evaluation be integrated more directly in user
- How can usability evaluation methods be applied in emerging
techniques for user
- How can usability evaluation methods be integrated to novel
approaches for software
development (e.g., model-driven development, web development, agile
Participants are accepted on the basis of their submitted papers. We
aim at 15 with a maximum
of 20 participants. The intended audience is primarily software
engineering and human-computer
interaction researchers who are working with the theme. The workshop
should also be relevant for
practitioners who have experiences with and ideas for improving the
interplay between HCI and SE.
RELEVANCE TO THE FIELD
The main contribution is the determination of state-of-the-art and the
identification of areas
for improvement and further research. The HCI field includes a rich
variety of techniques for
either usability evaluation or user interface design. But there are
very few methodological
guidelines for the interplay between these key activities; and more
important, there are few
guidelines on how to properly integrate these two activities in a
software development process.
Submission Deadline: 20th July 2008
Acceptance Notification: 15th August 2008
Camera-ready Deadline: 1st September 2008
Workshop: 24th September 2008
Authors of papers must submit their papers by JULY 20. Papers should
be submitted in PDF-format
to the workshop reviewing system at (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iused2008
Participants will be notified before AUGUST 15 and subsequently the
papers will be made
available to the workshop participants. Papers must describe empirical
studies of the
interplay between usability evaluation and software development.
Two types of submissions are solicited: full papers with up to 6 pages
completed work, and position papers with 2 pages describing either
results that can be
concisely reported or work in progress. Submissions must be clearly
marked as one of
these two types.
Both types of papers should be formatted according to the ACM template
for proceedings available
at (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). All
papers will be peer reviewed
by members of the program committee with regard to the relevance and
originality of the work
and their ability to generate discussions among the participants of
The workshop proceedings will be published on-line as part of the CEUR
ACTIVITIED PLANNED AND OUTCOMES
Tentatively, the Workshop-programme (full day) is as follows:
- Introduction to workshop.
- A keynote speech by a recognized researcher in the field.
- Presentation of selected papers followed by limited discussion.
- The organization of the workshop participants around thematic groups.
- Reports from the groups and plenary discussion of main issues.
- Discussion of how to continue the work.
The outcome of the workshop is a collection of papers as well as a
presentation and discussion
of the validity and significance of these papers. We plan to contact
key HCI/SE journals
about their willingness to produce a special issue on the interplay
evaluation and software development based on the best papers from the
Silvia Abrahao, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
Jan Stage, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Kasper Hornbæk, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Natalia Juristo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
Effie L-C Law, ETH Zürich, Switzerland & University of Leicester, UK.
Scott Ambler, IBM Rational
Nigel Bevan, Professional Usability Services, UK
Cristina Cachero, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Tiziana Catarci, Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, Italy
Xavier Ferre, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Maria Francesca Costabile, Universita' di Bari, Italy
Morten Hertzum, Roskilde University, Denmark
Emilio Insfran, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Nuno Jardim Nunes, University of Madeira, Portugal
Maristella Matera, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Emilia Mendes, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Philippe Palanque, IRIT, France
Fabio Paternò, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Isidro Ramos, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Ahmed Seffah, Université Concordia, Montreal, Canada
Jean Vanderdonckt, Université catolique de Louvain, Belgium
The workshop is mainly sponsored by the European COST Action n°294
MAUSE (Towards the Maturation
of IT Usability Evaluation - www.cost294.org). Several members of this
COST action are members
of the workshop Program Committee and guarantee a large geographical
and topical coverage
of the workshop.
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