Towards a user-centric and multidisciplinary framework for designing context-aware applications

N.A. Bradley, M.D. Dunlop, J. Indulska (Editor), D. de Roure (Editor)

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Research into context-aware computing has not sufficiently addressed human and social aspects of design. Existing design frameworks are predominantly software orientated, make little use of cross-disciplinary work, and do not provide an easily transferable structure for cross-application of design principles. To address these problems, this paper proposes a multidisciplinary and user-centred design framework, and two models of context, which derive from conceptualisations within Psychology, Linguistics, and Computer Science. In a study, our framework was found to significantly improve the performance of postgraduate students at identifying the context of the user and application, and the usability issues that arise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2004)
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783540229551
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2004


  • context-aware computing
  • user centred design
  • usability


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