Habito News is a research tool that we use to investigate how to make a smartphone change its user interface to better suit the individual user.
We are particularly interested in how people read the news on smartphones and user interfaces for news apps.
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The research work behind Habito News involves monitoring user’s news reading behaviour, recognising patterns of such behaviour in order to building user models, and finally developing an automated adaptive user interface that would personalise news reading experience on mobile devices.
An overview of the research questions:
1. How do people vary in accessing and reading the news on smartphones? What are the stereotypical news readers profiles?
2. How can smartphones news apps detect and learn individual user’s patterns of interactions?
3. How can smartphone news apps exploit a news reader profile to adapt its interface and interaction?
4. How different users would benefit from different forms of a smartphone news app?
Marios Constantinides (2015)
Apps with habits: Adaptive Interfaces for News Apps
M. Constantinides, J. Dowell, D. Johnson, S. Malacria (2015)
Exploring Mobile News Reading Interactions for News App Personalisation
M. Constantinides, J. Dowell (2016)
User Interface Personalisation in News Apps
Take home message:
Marios's research interests revolve around Human-Computer Interaction and Machine Learning. In particular, his research focuses in the areas of adaptive user interfaces, user modeling and personalisation. He is interested in understanding users interaction behaviour, creating personalised and adaptive user interfaces, especially in the mobile environment.
John's research investigates advanced forms of user interface with a focus on adaptive interfaces and agent interfaces, media multi-tasking interfaces, and visualisations for reasoning and decision-making. The work has application to smartphone apps, smart meeting rooms, collaborative learning environments, and dynamic systems control. Funding has been provided by the research councils, european union, industry and central government agencies.
Habito News is a research tool developed with the aim of improving peoples' news reading interactions. By downloading and using it, I agree to participate in a study that investigates mobile news reading behaviour, aiming to provide a more personalised news service. I understand that my participation is entirely voluntary.
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