2008 Poster Sessions : Designing Interface Alternatives with Parallel Exploration and Runtime Tuning

Student Name : Bjoern Hartmann
Advisor : Scott Klemmer
Research Areas: Graphics/HCI
Professional designers routinely build multiple prototypes, as surveying alternatives provides them with a more complete understanding of a design space and enables comparison of what-if scenarios to improve decision making. Accepting enlightened trial and error as the core activity of design raises the research question, how might novel software environments and interaction techniques support designers in enumerating and selecting among design options? Historically, design tools have focused on the design of single artifacts. Our research introduces novel techniques to explore and manage sets of alternatives of interaction designs.

Björn Hartmann is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction at Stanford University. His research focuses on design prototyping, physical computing, and user interface software tools. He received a BA in Communication, a BSE in Digital Media Design, and an MSE in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the UIST 2006 and CHI 2007 Best Paper Awards.