Projects

This page gives information on the cornerstone projects and activities of the centre. Many of the projects make use of the Risø Human Machine Interaction Laboratory (PDF Flyer)

Conferences and symposia:

Bridging the Gap between Field Studies and Design
Annelise Mark Pejtersen, Morten Hertzum, Peter Bøgh Andersen & Susanne Bødker (organisers)
Workshop held in connection with the NordiCHI2002 Conference, Aarhus University, IT-parken.

CHMI cornerstone projects and their current participants:

 

1
Ecological Systems
Research Manager:
Annelise Mark Pejtersen
Development of principles for support of information seeking and knowledge exploration of heterogeneous context information during cooperation.A system designed from ecological principles shows the action potential and the semantic structures derived from analysis of users carrying out their tasks. Ecological Systems are systems whose design is based on an analysis of the constraints from the work domain together with an analysis of the users’ cognitive abilities. Annelise Mark Pejtersen
Hanne Albrechtsen
Hans Andersen
Bryan Cleal
Raya Fidel
Morten Hertzum
Mogens Myrup Andreasen
Claus Thorp Hansen
2
Elastic Systems
Research Manager:
Peter Bøgh Andersen
Development of a new type of flexible interfaces that allow the user to adapt to changes in the work situation through the availability of smooth transitions in the sharing of control between the user and the system Reports and preprints (pdf-format). Peter Bøgh Andersen
Klaus Bærentsen
Berit Holmqvist
Morten Lind
Michael May
Peter S. Jensen
Leif Løvborg
Morten Nielsen
Johannes Petersen
Michael Mogensen
3
Common Information Spaces
Research Manager:
Susanne Bødker
Development of concepts and technical basis for co-ordination, mutual adaptation and integration of distributed activities taking into account that the structure of common information spaces must be flexible Susanne Bødker
Olav W. Bertelsen
Wendy Mackay
Michel Beaudouin-Lafon
Christina Nielsen
Jacob Buur
Kirsten Bagger
Ingrid van Rijn
Pernille Ingilsen
Jesper Pedersen
Thomas Binder
4
Theories and Methods
Research Managers:
Peter Bøgh Andersen
Susanne Bødker
Annelise Mark Pejtersen
Synthesis of theories, methods, models, and empirical findings from the three other projects into a common framework supporting analysis and design of complex human-machine systemsReports:2000:
Theories and methods 

2001:
Affordances in activity theory and cognitive systems engineering

Hanne Albrechtsen
Peter Bøgh Andersen
Hans H. Andersen
Olav Bertelsen
Klaus Bærentsen
Susanne Bødker
Bryan Cleal
Morten Hertzum
Morten Lind
Leif Løvborg
Wendy Mackay
Michael May
Michael Mogensen
Morten Nielsen
Annelise Mark Pejtersen
Johannes Petersen

 
CHMI associated projects and activities

Collaborative Information Retrieval October 1999 – September 2002Research Manager:
Annelise M Pejtersen
The goal of this study is to obtain a better understanding of social aspects of information retrieval in a variety of workplace settings. Information retrieval has been viewed as an individual activity, and tools to support it can benefit from a more complete understanding of why and how it is carried out. Part of our plan is to develop a conceptual framework to guide research, design, and organizational behavior in the area of Collaborative Information Retrieval (CIR).CIR is defined as any activity that collectively resolves an information problem taken by members of a work-team regardless of the nature of the actual retrieval of information. To accomplish this goal, the study will investigate the manifestations of CIR in work settings when it occurs, and teamwork situations in which CIR does not occur. For this investigation, the researchers will use a work-centered conceptual framework that has been used in similar studies of individual information behavior. In this study, the framework will be extended to include collaborative information behavior.More information…
COLLATEResearch Manager:
Annelise Mark Pejtersen
This project focuses on the creation of a collaborative web-based multimedia environment with advanced tools for content access to multimedia film information in three European archives. Studies of users’ current work context and work situation tasks and their needs for collaborative tools are an important research element in the development of the COLLATE collaboratory. Likewise, empirical evaluations of prototype tools in real life work environments are important elements in the development of innovative collaborative tools and methods that can be applied by the users to couple local resources in the archives with the global tools and opportunities offered by the COLLATE collaboratory. During spring 2001, a qualitative work domain analysis of the users’ needs for the COLLATE collaboratory for film research, mediation and preservation was carried out by the Risø group of CHMI. The qualitative work domain analysis has provided grounded evaluation criteria for the next phase of Risøs’ contribution to Collate : work-centred, participatory empirical evaluation of interface design, user acceptability and collaborative facilities of the COLLATE collaboratory.CHMI report: A web-based multimedia collaboratory. Empirical work studies in film archivesMore information…
CPN 2000 February 1999 – December 1999Research Manager:
Michel Beaudouin-Lafon
New Interaction Methods for Complex Graphical Tools.The purpose of this project is to develop and experiment with new interaction techniques for tools offering a complex graphical user interface. These techniques can be classified into three broad categories:

  • improving the representation of the objects to be manipulated;
  • improving the interaction between the user and the system with new direct manipulation techniques and better feedback;
  • improving the modelling of the user interface by creating a more object-oriented description of the interface and the interaction with concepts such as layers, styles, tools and constraints.

As a test bed for the experiments, the project will design and implement parts of a new user interface for Design/CPN

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COGITOResearch Manager:
Verner Andersen
COGITO aims to improve consumer-supplier relationships in e-commerce and Web information services.Three crucial aspects will be addressed:

  • user friendly conversational interaction;
  • personalised highly-precise search in product repositories;
  • and innovative content management.

Risø’s responsibility in Cogito is mainly related to elicitation of user requirements and system evaluation. For the first part, state of the art, a questionnaire survey, and focus group discussions have been performed, and based on these inputs the end-user requirements specification is being produced.

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Gris April 2000 – March 2002.Research Manager:
Morten Hertzum
The aim of this project is to investigate the information seeking behaviours of users querying, browsing, and retrieving structured documents. Our research goals are:
  • Predict user behaviours and information seeking strategies for structured document retrieval.
  • Develop prototype designs for searching and retrieving structured documents.
  • Evaluate these prototype designs with controlled user experiments and workplace analysis.
  • The outcome of the research will consist of principles and guidelines for effectively supporting end-users of information retrieval systems concerned with the representation and the retrieval of structured documents.

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    VINTHEC IIResearch Manager:
    Hans Andersen
    The main objective of VINTHEC II is to develop, assess and evaluate an objective measurement methodology, centred around eye point-of-gaze (EPOG), that can be used to assess flight deck crew co-ordination, in terms of both
    crews’ shared situation awareness (SA) and their interaction with automated flight deck systems.
    The exploitable product of this project would be standardised and validated, methodology for assessing crew co-ordination in operationally-relevant scenarios, which can benefit crew training (e.g. Line Oriented Flight Training, or LOFT), especially with respect to intercrew co-ordination (Crew Resource Management, or CRM) training.