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Computational User Interface Design

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Project "COMPUTED" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OTAKAARI 1
city: ESPOO
postcode: 2150

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙790 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙790 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR FI (ESPOO) coordinator 1˙499˙790.00


 Project objective

PROBLEM: Despite extensive research on human-computer interaction (HCI), no method exists that guarantees the optimal or even a provably good user interface (UI) design. The prevailing approach relies on heuristics and iteration, which can be costly and even ineffective, because UI design often involves combinatorially hard problems with immense design spaces, multiple objectives and constraints, and complex user behavior.

OBJECTIVES: COMPUTED establishes the foundations for optimizing UI designs. A design can be automatically optimized to given objectives and constraints by using combinatorial optimization methods that deploy predictive models of user behavior as objective functions. Although previous work has shown some improvements to usability, the scope has been restricted to keyboards and widgets. COMPUTED researches methods that can vastly expand the scope of optimizable problems. First, algorithmic support is developed for acquiring objective functions that cover the main human factors in a given HCI task. Second, formal analysis of decision problems in UI design allows combating a broader range of design tasks with efficient and appropriate optimization methods. Third, a novel interactive UI optimization paradigm for UI designers promotes fast convergence to good results even in the face of uncertainty and incomplete knowledge.

IMPACT: Combinatorial UI optimization offers a strong complement to the prevailing design approaches. Because the structured search process has a high chance of finding good solutions, optimization could improve the quality of interfaces used in everyday life. Optimization can also increase cost-efficiency, because reference to optimality can eliminate fruitless iteration. Moreover, because no preknowledge of UI design is required, even novices will be able to design great UIs. Even in “messy,” less well-defined problems, it may support designers by allowing them to delegate the solving of well-known sub-problems.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Antti Kangasrääsiö, Jussi P. P. Jokinen, Antti Oulasvirta, Andrew Howes, Samuel Kaski
Parameter Inference for Computational Cognitive Models with Approximate Bayesian Computation
published pages: , ISSN: 0364-0213, DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12738
Cognitive Science 43/6 2019-11-28
2019 Maria L. Montoya Freire, Dominic Potts, Niraj Ramesh Dayama, Antti Oulasvirta, Mario Di Francesco
Foraging-based optimization of pervasive displays
published pages: 45-58, ISSN: 1574-1192, DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2019.02.008
Pervasive and Mobile Computing 55 2019-11-28
2018 Todi, Kashyap; Jokinen, Jussi; Luyten, Kris; Oulasvirta, Antti
Familiarisation: Restructuring Layouts with Visual Learning Models
published pages: 547-558, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018) 2019-09-30
2017 B. Finley, E. Boz, K. Kilkki, J. Manner, A. Oulasvirta, H. Hämmäinen
Does network quality matter? A field study of mobile user satisfaction
published pages: 80-99, ISSN: 1574-1192, DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2016.08.014
Pervasive and Mobile Computing 39 2019-09-30
2017 Luana Micallef, Gregorio Palmas, Antti Oulasvirta, Tino Weinkauf
Towards Perceptual Optimization of the Visual Design of Scatterplots
published pages: 1588-1599, ISSN: 1077-2626, DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2017.2674978
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 23/6 2019-09-30
2018 Sayan Sarcar, Jussi P.P. Jokinen, Antti Oulasvirta, Zhenxin Wang, Chaklam Silpasuwanchai, Xiangshi Ren
Ability-Based Optimization of Touchscreen Interactions
published pages: 15-26, ISSN: 1536-1268, DOI: 10.1109/MPRV.2018.011591058
IEEE Pervasive Computing 17/1 2019-09-30
2015 Myroslav Bachynskyi, Gregorio Palmas, Antti Oulasvirta, Tino Weinkauf
Informing the Design of Novel Input Methods with Muscle Coactivation Clustering
published pages: 1-25, ISSN: 1073-0516, DOI: 10.1145/2687921
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 21/6 2019-09-30
2017 Jörg Müller, Antti Oulasvirta, Roderick Murray-Smith
Control Theoretic Models of Pointing
published pages: 1-36, ISSN: 1073-0516, DOI: 10.1145/3121431
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 24/4 2019-09-30
2017 Antti Oulasvirta, Anna Feit, Perttu Lähteenlahti, Andreas Karrenbauer
Computational Support for Functionality Selection in Interaction Design
published pages: 1-30, ISSN: 1073-0516, DOI: 10.1145/3131608
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 24/5 2019-09-30
2017 Antti Oulasvirta
User Interface Design with Combinatorial Optimization
published pages: 40-47, ISSN: 0018-9162, DOI: 10.1109/MC.2017.6
Computer 50/1 2019-09-30
2016 Kumaripaba Athukorala, Dorota Głowacka, Giulio Jacucci, Antti Oulasvirta, Jilles Vreeken
Is exploratory search different? A comparison of information search behavior for exploratory and lookup tasks
published pages: 2635-2651, ISSN: 2330-1635, DOI: 10.1002/asi.23617
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 67/11 2019-09-30
2015 Sridhar, Srinath; Mueller, Franziska; Oulasvirta, Antti; Theobalt, Christian.
Fast and Robust Hand Tracking Using Detection-Guided Optimization
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition CVPR 2015 2019-09-30

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