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The Role of Initial Experience in the Design of Inclusive User Interfaces

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The field of Inclusive Design focuses on creating products and services that are usable by as many people as possible, in other words, excluding the fewest users through better design for everyone. Many interfaces are conceived with the end user experience in mind, but a user’s initial experience with a piece of technology can have a disproportionate affect on their motivation and ability to learn. Our research investigates the motivational components and modelling of initial user experience and their implications on UI design illustrated through a recent case study.


Patrick Wollner is a PhD Student at the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre researching design processes and methodologies for the development of mobile touchscreen devices. His work focuses on bottlenecks in the operation of these devices with an emphasis on setup procedures. Patrick aims to refine cognitive modeling tools to evaluate UIs through adoptions to the methods that describe UIs to cognitive architectures. After validating the proposed framework modifications through comparative user testing, this method of implicit modeling will build the foundation of multiple evaluation techniques that aid the inclusive design process of mobile touchscreen interfaces. Patrick previously worked in the field of computer vision and holds a BA and MEng from the University of Cambridge in Engineering. He also works as a columnist for the Austrian daily newspaper Kurier reporting on emerging consumer technologies.

Tanya Goldhaber graduated from MIT in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Brain and Cognitive Science and Music. Her primary academic concentration was in controls, but through her study of psychology and experience doing UI design with British Telecom (BT), she eventually became most interested in engineering design. At MIT she pursued her interest in Cognitive Science through undergraduate research at the Kanwisher Lab studying the neural basis of conceptual representations. Tanya is the recipient of both a 2010 Marshall Scholarship and the Cambridge International Scholarship (CISS) and is currently a PhD student in the Engineering Design Centre studying intrinsically motivating factors of User Interface (UI) design. Outside of lab she is member of Pembroke College, a violinist with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, and competes with the Cambridge University Dancesport Team.

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