Usability in Context-Aware Applications

Anind K Dey

The adoption of context-aware applications has been slowed by the challenge of producing usable applications. Usability has multiple dimensions, but in this work, I look at the issues of control, feedback, privacy and information overload. In particular, I examine each and describe the significant role that context modeling and retrieval has in addressing these issues. In doing so, I highlight key research questions that need to be dealt with to support usability and, in the end, adoption, of context-aware applications.

Subjects: 6.3 User Interfaces; 1. Applications

Submitted: May 30, 2006

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