For years research has been conducted in the field of text entry, and has led to some innovative designs for alphabetic text entry interfaces, but little attention has been paid to the way we enter numbers.
Number entry is a highly pervasive task, whether it be entering our PIN at an ATM, or dialing a phone number to entering in financial data or medical information. Sarah Wiseman investigates number entry interfaces, and looks at the important aspects to consider when designing them.
First, Sarah will cover the importance of getting number entry interfaces right, and will highlight examples of what happens when it goes wrong.
Then she will talk about the aims of her research and what conclusions can be drawn from it. This will include design recommendations on implementing number entry interfaces with a UCD approach, including ways in which designers can reduce the number entry error rate for users. She will explain the cognitive theory behind number entry, and how this compares to what we know about text entry.
|6:00 – 6:30||Pizza & refreshments, provided by our sponsors ebuyer and SimpleUsability|
|6:30 – 7:30||Sarah Wiseman will talk about designing number entry interfaces|
|7:30 – 8:00||Open discussion and networking|
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Sarah is just about to complete her PhD in Human Computer Interaction. She studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh before moving on the the University of York to study Human Centred Interactive Technologies. Her research concentrates on understanding more about number entry in terms of the cognitive processes involved, and what this might mean for the design and evaluation of interfaces.
She is also interested in exploring new methods of participant recruitment, including quantified self and citizen science approaches.
Her website is www.swiseman.co.uk.