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Evaluation of challenges in human subject studies "in-the-wild" using subjects' personal smartphones

Presented at Zurich (Switzerland), 8-12 September 2013
PublisherNew York : ACM Association for Computing Machinery
Publication date2013

The experimental setting of Human Mobile Computer Interaction (HCI) studies is moving from the controlled laboratory to the user's daily-life environments, while employing the users' own smartphones. These studies are challenging for both new and expert researchers in human subject studies in the HCI field. Within the last three years, we conducted three different smartphone-based user studies. From these studies, we have derived key challenges that we successfully overcame during their execution. In this paper, we present the outcomes and explain the adopted solutions for the challenges identified in the design, development and execution, and data analysis phases during the user studies. Our goal is to give newcomers and junior researchers a practical view on our conducted studies, and help practitioners to reflect on their own studies and possibly apply the proposed solutions.

  • Users study
  • Real environment
  • Personal devices instrumentation
  • Solutions and guidelines
Citation (ISO format)
GUSTARINI, Mattia, ICKIN, Sélim, WAC, Katarzyna. Evaluation of challenges in human subject studies ‘in-the-wild’ using subjects” personal smartphones. In: Proceedings of the 2013 ACM conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing adjunct publication - UbiComp′13 Adjunct. Zurich (Switzerland). New York : ACM Association for Computing Machinery, 2013. p. 1447–1456. doi: 10.1145/2494091.2496041
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