Accession Number : ADA305244

Title :   Theories, Methods, and Tools for the Design of User-Centered Computer Systems.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. for period ending Jul 86,

Corporate Author : COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER

Personal Author(s) : Fischer, Gerhard ; Kintsch, Walter ; Fersti, Evelyn ; Foltz, Peter ; Henninger, Scott

PDF Url : ADA305244

Report Date : OCT 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : The goal of this research at the general level is to develop theories, methods, and tools for the design of user-centered computer systems, and at the specific level to design, implement, and evaluate a customizable Personalized Intelligent Retrieval system. Our research is based on the basic hypothesis that the following duality exists: (1) user-centered system design cannot be done and understood without trying to test existing ones, extending existing ones, and designing new ones, and (2) user-centered system design cannot be understood by just doing it. The system building efforts must be based on a deep understanding of the theoretical and methodological issues behind them, derived primarily from cognitive science, and, as far as evaluation is concerned, from human factors/cognitive ergonomics.

Descriptors :   *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, *INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, *USER NEEDS, *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, COMPUTERS, COGNITION, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, HYPOTHESES, ERGONOMICS.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE