Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

Engineering Human-Computer Interaction
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Model-Based Self-Explanatory UIs for free, but are they valuable?

In Proceedings of the 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT'13), 2-6 September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. pages 144-161. 2013.

Alfonso García Frey, Gaëlle Calvary, Sophie Dupuy-Chessa, Nadine Mandran


Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) has been extensively used for generating User Interfaces (UIs) from models. As long as these models are kept alive at runtime, the UIs are capable of adapting to variations of the context of use. This paper investigates a potentially powerful side effect: the possibility of enriching the UIs with explanations directly generated from these models. This paper first describes a software infrastructure that supports this generation of explanations. It then reports on a user study that evaluates the added value of such model based self-explanations.