Ubiquitous Computing: Design, Implementation and Usability

Ubiquitous Computing: Design, Implementation and Usability

Yin-Leng Theng (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Henry B. L. Duh (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
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Release Date: May, 2008|Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 396
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-693-8
ISBN13: 9781599046938|ISBN10: 1599046938|EISBN13: 9781599046952
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Interactive systems in the mobile, ubiquitous, and virtual environments are at a stage of development where designers and developers are keen to find out more about design, use and usability of these systems.

Ubiquitous Computing: Design, Implementation and Usability highlights the emergent usability theories, techniques, tools and best practices in these environments. This book shows that usable and useful systems are able to be achieved in ways that will improve usability to enhance user experiences. Research on the usability issues for young children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly is presented, with different techniques for the mobile, ubiquitous, and virtual environments.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Broadcast and telecommunications services
  • Challenges for design and evaluation of ubiquitous computing
  • Context-sensitive mobile services
  • Design and implementation of interactive tables
  • Future trends in ubiquitous computing
  • Historical development of ubiquitous computing
  • Low-power mobile ad hoc networks
  • Mobile Computing
  • Personal digital assistants for geography fieldwork
  • Pervasive interactive multimedia systems
  • Security integration in architecture design
  • Software engineering for ubiquitous computing systems
  • Ubiquitous computing at home
  • Wireless Technologies
Reviews and Testimonials

"The book is written for academics, practitioners and undergraduate/postgraduate students and organized around six sections into chapters with the major themes."

– Yin-Leng Theng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

IGI, the publisher of Ubiquitous Computing: Design, Implementation, and Usability has done us the invaluable service of collecting excellent examples of the multifaced aspects of successful design in these pioneering technologies, and has given us the benefit of practical experience as well as heuristic in adapting the possible technologies of ubiquitous computing to the human needs of visual design, human factors, technological issues, and usability concerns in meeting human needs in the cities designed environments of the twenty-first century.

– Ira Laefsky, Independent consultant and HCI Researcher, USA
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Dr. Yin-Leng Theng is an associate professor in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She completed her PhD in 1997 on addressing the “lost in hyperspace” problem in hypertext, and proposed a framework to understand design and usability issues. She then joined Middlesex University (London) as a Lecturer from 1998 to 2001. Presently, she teaches on the Information Studies Masters Programme: Digital Libraries and Human-Computer Interaction. Her research interests in Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Libraries had led to the award of two research grants from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council in the United Kingdom during her four years of teaching at Middlesex University (London). Recently, she received a three-year university research grant to design and develop a suite of usability engineering tools for digital libraries on mobile environments and the Web.
Henry B. L. Duh is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of System and Engineering Management at Nanyang Technological University. He has received degrees in psychology, design and engineering respectively. After completing his PhD from University of Washington, he went to NASA-Johnson Space Center as a Post-Doctoral fellow involving in virtual reality training project. Dr. Duh's interests are in human-computer interaction, virtual interface design, interface usability testing and information navigation behavior. His current research focuses on exploring human factors issues on virtual/augmented reality, usability engineering and interaction design. He has served as the paper reviewer for prestigious conferences in human-computer interaction and design since 2001 such as ACM Computer-Human Interaction conference (ACM CHI), ACM User Interface Software and Technology (ACM UIST), ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference (ACM CSCW), ACM Designing Interactive Systems (ACM DIS). He is the co-author of two books: “Design for User Experience: Methods and Evaluation”, and “Usability engineering: applications and practices”. Dr. Duh teaches “Interaction Design” in the Master of Human Factors Engineering at Nanyang Technological University.
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