We are developing a novel theoretical framework based on co-adaptive instruments that treat interaction between people and computers as a first-class object. The goal is to significantly empower users, providing a simpler, yet more powerful style of interaction with a coherent interface for controlling a variety of interactive devices, from interactive paper to smart phones to wall-sized displays.
The Ph.D. candidate will begin with a review of the related literature and conduct empirical studies of users, especially those who have difficulty using current mobile devices. Using participatory design techniques, the student will explore a variety of alternative co-adaptive instruments that enable users to interact successfully on mobile and other devices. After conducting field and laboratory experiments to test these co-adaptive instruments, the student will design and implement a toolkit that supports creation of mobile co-adaptive instruments.