Research Cluster 6

Usability workbench: methods for user modeling and system evaluation

Goal of the research cluster is the development of an usability workbench - a modular and empirically supported inventory of methods for the formal description of user knowledge and for system evaluation. The work in this research cluster is supervised by Prof. Dr. Thüring.

Finished PhD Projects:

Currently supervised colleagues/scholarship holders and projects:

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Communication Environment and Communication Concept for Remote Airport Traffic Control Centres

Dipl.-Ing. Nora Wittbrodt

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring
2nd Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Jürgensohn

Aim of the PhD thesis conducted within the research and development project VICTOR (Virtual Control Tower Research Studies) is the development of a prototypical aerodrome air traffic controller (ATCO) workplace for the simultaneous control of several airports. The work focuses on the development of an interaction concept for the communication between the ATCO and other air traffic participants. Using empirical studies, the effects of the simultaneous control of several airports on the requirements and the work behaviour of the ATCO will be determined. Thereby, studies focus on questions regarding the attention splitting abilities of the ATCO and attention control processes induced by the system design. From the obtained results recommendations and guidelines for the design of the interaction concept will be derived. The project ends with a final evaluation of the developed prototype. The research is funded by German air traffic control service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and is conducted in cooperation with TTC The Tower Company, HFC Human-Factors-Consult GmbH, Technical University of Dresden and DLR German Aerospace Center.

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Poster at the 8th Berlin Workshop HMS {$ext.ml_links.fileSymbol} (211 KB)

"Best Poster Award" at the Hfes Europe Chapter Conference (15.-17.10.200 in Linköping, Sweden) to Nora Wittbrodt with the Poster "Aerodrome Air Traffic Controllers Performance Measurement: A Parameters Set"

User Experience in the course of Human-Machine-Interaction

Dipl. Designerin Marlene Vogel

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring
2ndSupervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller

The importance of User Experience (UX) in Product and Interface Design has rapidly increased within the last several years. It?s the relation between a product and the user that is focused in research and design and should be taken into account to lead to a higher user satisfaction and acceptance of new products and systems. But it is not just the momentary experiences that predicts an overall appraisal of the system. User experience evolves over time and  different influences, like memory and perception of hedonic as well as pragmatic qualities changes over time, depending on the phase of UX and result in overall evaluative judgments. This overall appraisal has a high relevance for future behavior and repeated usage.

Disconfirming Expectations in User Experience

Alice Gross, M.Sc.

1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring
2nd Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Manzey

The concept of user experience (UX) goes beyond pure usability and takes into account emotional aspects as well as timely aspects of user interaction with a product. Expectations about interaction play an important part in shaping UX. As expectations are not always fulfilled, unforeseeable performance of a product can lead to an emotional reaction in the user. Research on product design and consequent emotional reactions has shown a benefit for users when interacting with products that disconfirm initial expectations, resulting in an interaction that is more enjoyable, more interesting, and easy to remember. The aim of the dissertation proposal is to shed light on a possible transfer of the findings on unexpected design for tangible products to unexpected design for non-tangible, digital products. Accordingly, possible advantages and disadvantages when dealing with unexpected interactive products will be identified.



Supervised student theses

Finished theses

Der Einfluss wiederholter Darbietung eines Interfaces auf die wahrgenommene Gebrauchstauglichkeit des Systems (Bachelorarbeit)
Julian Huber
Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring, Dipl.-Des., M.Sc. Marlene Vogel | FSP 6

Der Effekt von ?Mere Exposure? auf die Beurteilung von Interfaces (Masterarbeit)
Nina Hallier
Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring, Dipl.-Des., M.Sc. Marlene Vogel | FSP 6

Nutzungspräferenz bei interaktiven Produkten. Der Einfluss von Ästhetik und Gebrauchstauglichkeit auf emotionales Erleben und Wahlverhalten. (Masterarbeit)
Andrea Stein
Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring, Dipl.-Psych. Michael Minge | FSP 6

Nutzererleben im zeitlichen Verlauf. Eine experimentelle Untersuchung zu interaktionsbedingten Veränderungen bei der Bewertung von technischen Produkten. (Masterarbeit)
Freddy Grahl
Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring, Dipl.-Psych. Michael Minge | FSP 6

Beyond usability - Ästhetische und Symbolische Aspekte des Nutzererlebens {$ext.ml_links.fileSymbol} (1023 KB)
cand.-psych. Iris Lemke
Dipl.-Psych. Sascha Mahlke, Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring | FSP 6

Objektive und wahrgenommene Benutzbarkeit
cand.-psych. Andreas Wand
Dipl.-Psych. Sascha Mahlke, Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring | FSP 6

Methoden zur Erhebung emotionaler Aspekte des Nutzererlebens {$ext.ml_links.fileSymbol} (1.9 MB)
cand.-psych. Michael Minge
Dipl.-Psych. Sascha Mahlke, Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring | FSP 6