Title page for ETD etd-08242004-120131

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hanumansetty, Reena Gowri
Author's Email Address rhanuman@vt.edu
URN etd-08242004-120131
Title Model based approach for context aware and adaptive user interface generation
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gracanin, Denis Committee Chair
Bohner, Shawn A. Committee Member
Eltoweissy, Mohamed Y. Committee Member
  • Context awareness
  • XML based user interface languages
  • Adaptive user interfaces
  • Concurrent task trees
Date of Defense 2004-07-20
Availability unrestricted
User interface design and development for ubiquitous software applications is challenged by the presence of varying contexts. Context comprises of user's computing platform, the environment in which the user is interacting with the application and user characteristics which comprise of user's behavior during interaction and user preferences for interface display and interaction. We present a framework for adaptive user interface generation where adaptation occurs when context changes. This framework introduces three new concepts. First, formalization for representing context is introduced. Our design of context specification is unique since it reflects the association of context with level and nature of user interface adaptation. Secondly, user interface generation life cycle is studied and we define a context model on top of task model to introduce the contextual conditions into user interface generation process. Using the context model, user interface designer can specify contextual requirements and its effect on the user interface. Third, context aware adaptation of user interfaces is achieved by mapping context specifications to various levels of user interface generation life cycle. We designed a specification language called rule specification using which the user interface designer can specify the mapping. With the new design of context representation, context model, and rule specification, we demonstrate how changes in contexts adapts task model which in turn adapts the user interface.

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