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"Assistive Augmentation" and "Designing work-products for non-designer"

Software Ergonomics

30.06.2016 18.30 - 30.06.2016 20.00
Sonneggstrasse 3 - 8092 Zürich

Jochen Huber, Senior User Experience Researcher at Synaptics

Andreas Schrafl, Senior User Experience Consultant at UBS AG

Assistive Augmentation, Jochen Huber

Our senses are the dominant channel for perceiving the world around us, some more central than the others, such as the sense of vision. Whether they have impairments or not, people often find themselves at the edge of sensorial capability and seek assistive or enhancing devices. We wish to put sensorial ability and disability on a continuum of usability for certain technology, rather than treat one or the other extreme as the focus. Central to this line of thinking is the design and development of assistive technology, user interfaces and interactions that seamlessly integrate with a user's mind, body and behavior, providing an enhanced perception. We call this "Assistive Augmentation".

Along these lines, this talk will sketch exemplary projects such as FingerReader, a finger-worn device that assists blind users with reading printed text on the go. The FingerReader is implemented in a small finger-worn form factor, that enables a more manageable eyes-free operation with trivial setup. It leverages on a local-sequential text scanning that enables reading single lines, blocks of text or skimming the text with complementary, multimodal feedback. The talk will provide insights from our 2-year long research and development process. Specifically, findings from user studies both in the lab and in the wild will be highlighted. The talk will conclude with an outlook upon future work on the FingerReader and beyond.

The talk will be given in german / der Vortrag wird in deutsch gehalten. 


Designing work-products for non-designers, Andreas Schrafl

Working as a user experience designer means learning from the user, with the user. To do so we have to analyze the target group, design an experience and test it with the target group. This process is known to everybody as User Centered Design and is well documented in the ISO standard 9241-210:2010 - Human-centered design for interactive systems.

During our work we become experts in these interactions and learn how to design for our users. But who are the users of our design artifacts? We often create our work-products with little or no knowledge about who will consume them. This while we advocate to our customers that they should "know their users" and "design for their users" we rarely take the time to learn about the consumers of our work-products. We often document our design decisions for designers instead of developers, project managers, business analysts and managers.

In this talk I will show lessons learned designing my own work-products for their consumers.


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Jochen Huber is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Synaptics, based in Zug (CH). Previously, he was an SUTD-MIT postdoctoral fellow in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab and the Augmented Human Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and degrees in both Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) and Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.), all from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

Before joining MIT and SUTD, Jochen was head of the Tangible Interaction group at the Telecooperation Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (2012-2013). At the same time, he held regular positions as an adjunct lecturer in Interaction Design at the Institute for Media Design, University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany, since 2009. He was a visiting scholar at FXPAL (2011) and a research assistant at the European Media Lab (2006-2008).

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Andreas Schrafl is a Senior User Experience Consultant at UBS AG and leads the Swiss User Experience team. His role includes work on various projects from client facing mobile services over internal (banking) software to hardware design. Additionally he leads the Swiss UX team and is advocate for User Centered Design.

Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of JetNet Services GmbH - a IT consultancy firm he started at the age of 14. Additionally he held various positions as web developer, system administrator, usability expert and researcher during his career.

He studied cognitive psychology, computer science and computer linguistics at the University of Zürich and completed his studies with a MSc in Psychology.

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