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The following tools have been produced by our group on various research projects. Please feel free to try them out and you are welcome to send us comments by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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Location-sensitive mobile games

Our group has designed and developed a number of location-sensitive mobile games

MuseumScrabble is a location-sensitive mobile game, designed and developed for a museum in Greece. The game is aimed for visiting pupils. Teams of players use PDAs to scan and link exhibits in the rooms of the museum. The game is loosely based on the adaption of the Scrabble board game in a location-based form. For more information, check the minisite.

Invisible CIty: Rebels Vs Spies is an adaption of the Mafia party game in a form to be played in a city center using Android mobile devices. A more detailed description and an overview of the rules can be found at www.invisiblecity.gr.

Pompeii design activity is a game design scenario that  has been developed as a practical design session for location-sensitive game designers. The premise is  to design a game for visitors of the Pompeii archaeological site.

Benaki MuseumScrabble is a location sensitive mobile game for Android and iPhone. It is being developed for the biggest private museum in Greece, the Benaki Museum.

StoryPlay is platform and a set of tools for developing and reproducing location-sensitive narratives. StoryPlay is currently under development.

 
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Synergo

The Synergo software The SYNERGO Collaborative Mapping Environment is an experimental software prototype developed by the University of Patras HCI group that can be used to support collaborative problem solving and collaborative activity analysis and research.

 

 
ActivityLens
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(Updated version of ColAT)

The ActivityLens environment has been developed by the Human - Computer Interaction Research Group (HCI Group) of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, of the University of Patras in order to support ethnographic research and to facilitate analysis of data that are produced from usability evaluation studies.

 
AutoCardSorter

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[Video Demo on YouTube]

The Automated Card Sorting tool (AutoCardSorter) is an automated tool that supports the design and evaluation of the information architecture of information-rich applications, like most Web sites.  AutoCardSorter is inspired by the Card Sorting user method and employs semantic similarity measures (e.g. Latent Semantic Analysis - LSA)) to calculate the semantic similarity of different Web pages and clustering algorithms (e.g. Hierarchical Clustering Algorithms)  to cluster accordingly the information space.  The tool also implements statistically-based heuristics (e.g. Elbow Criterion) to support the user in determining the number of categories.

 
ISETool

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[Video Demo on YouTube]

The InfoScent Evaluator (ISEtool) is a semi-automated tool developed by the HCI Group of the University of Patras. The aim of the tool is to facilitate the identification of navigability and findability impasses in the user's interaction with a Web site. ISETool evaluates the semantic appropriateness of the hyperlinksʼ descriptions presented in a Web site based upon Information Foraging Theory, and using semantic similarity measures (e.g. Latent Semantic Analysis - LSA) to exploit computationally the theoretical model. 

 
Esalp

ESALP is a web-based application that is meant to be used as a tool to disseminate and teach Web accessibility guidelines and good design practices. The tool adopts an example-based learning approach. First, it exposes people to the accessibility impasses that arise when certain, established guidelines are violated, and then provides concise advice on how to avoid or resolve them. The tool is addressed to Web practitioners as well as students and professors in departments with web design courses. The current version of the tool presents examples of violations for all the WCAG v1.0 accessibility guidelines. These examples were derived from an in-depth, Web accessibility evaluation study of 50 Greek websites.

 
TATool

A task analysis tool, currently version 1.01. It supports building and visualizing of the task model in hierarchical form. It generates an XML form of the model and an RTF report.  
 
CMTool
The effort required to construct a task model and to maintain various instances of it is one of the main reasons discouraging the wider adoption of task modeling (Kieras, 1996). This finding inspired us to develop appropriate tool, the Cognitive Modeling Tool (CMT).
 



Computer-supported collaborative learning has been an active area of research since the beginning for the HCI group more>>



Web usability team of the HCI Group has been active in studying human-web interaction and ways to support the design of accessible, findable, usable and aesthetically appealing web sites. more>>


Mobile Technology Unit of the HCI Group has been studying design and evaluation of mobile applicationss more>>

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