Faculty of Information Technology

Visiting lectures on Computational models and intelligent algorithms for optimizing human-technology interaction 29.9.

last modified Sep 11, 2017 02:44 PM
When Sep 29, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where Ag D211
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Professor Antti Oulasvirta (Aalto) and Postdoctoral Researcher (AoF, Aalto) Jussi Jokinen will give visiting lectures on September 29 at 12:15-14:15 in Ag D211. We will continue with in-depth discussions after the presentations.

They will talk about computational models and intelligent algorithms for optimizing human-technology interaction. Please find below their abstracts and brief bios.


Antti Oulasvirta

Can Machines Design? Optimizing User Interfaces for Human Performance

Algorithms have revolutionized almost every field of manufacturing and engineering. Is interaction design the next? This talk gives an overview of what future holds for algorithmic methods in interaction design. I introduce the idea of using predictive models and simulations of end-user behavior in combinatorial optimization of user interfaces. I demonstrate it with an interactive layout optimizer, provide an overview of research results, and provoke a critical discussion on the potentials and pitfalls of this approach.

Antti Oulasvirta is a cognitive scientist researching human-computer interaction. He is Associate Professor at Aalto University where he leads the User Interfaces group, and Adjunt Professor (cognitive science) at University of Jyväskylä. Before joining Aalto, he was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and a postdoc at UC Berkeley. Dr. Oulasvirta has been awarded eight Best Paper Awards and Honorable Mentions at the CHI conference (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems).


Jussi Jokinen

Computational Models of Vision and Learning in User Interface Design 

Generative models of human cognition and behaviour are a major potential benefit for the design of usable and satisfactory computer interfaces. In my talk, I present computational psychology as an approach for understanding human-computer interaction. With a focus on models of vision and learning, I present a number of recent attempts at using generative models to aid user interface design in various task contexts. This work is framed in cognitively bounded rationality, which assumes that users adapt rationally to constraints of their cognitive architecture and the current task. Further, I discuss how computational user models can be used to approach the problem of designing for individual differences, such as poor vision, or trouble with memory.

Jussi Jokinen is a Postdoctoral Researcher in User Interfaces Laboratory, Aalto University and Academy of Finland. His PhD is in cognitive science from University of Jyväskylä, where his dissertation considered psychology of emotion in human-computer interaction, especially from the perspective of appraisal theory. Since fall 2015, he has been in prof. Antti Oulasvirta's User Interfaces Laboratory, Aalto University. There he has worked on studying the effect of age on the use of technology, his work mainly consisting of experiments and cognitive modelling.

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