PhD Progress Review

My progress review covering the progress of my PhD so far with questions and answers from 26:30. This presentation is the successor to my confirmation presentation. Presented 5 December 2016, at Monash University's Faculty of Information Technology.

05 December 2016
A cross-discipline investigation—The Memory Machine has explored how we can support the memory of people engaging with interfaces in human-computer interaction (HCI) to meaningfully assist interaction. The Memory Menu, the primary experiment conducted looked at how interactors would respond to a large menu which highlights adaptively based on usage. The Memory Menu experiment was conducted to gauge how an ordinary interactive visual design led by the notion of supporting memory would work to benefit or not benefit interactors. Results indicated a polarised audience, equally in favour for and against the intervention with inconclusive quantitative results. Further investigations were conducted with visual design practitioners of various disciplines (art, marketing, cognitive science, graphic design, user experience) to understand how they work through design problems and intentionally and unintentionally support the memory of interactors to lower cognitive load. All approaches, to varying extents, aimed to understand and engage with the target audiences, understand the situation of a design artefact, and acknowledge the effects of cultural expectations and experiences on audience engagement. The significance of the research rests in developing a concrete concept of supporting memory in HCI shaped by the sensitivities of a broader visual design community and user data.