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Using your fingers to think: enabling subjective routing with a rubber band metaphor


Bennett, A and D'Orazio, M and Lueg, C, Using your fingers to think: enabling subjective routing with a rubber band metaphor, International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, 25, (2) pp. 397-413. ISSN 0218-1940 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1142/S0218194015400148


There is a class of complex problems where solutions must satisfy multiple subjective criteria, while meeting specific quantifiable constraints. Route planning for leisurely travel is an example of a problem in this class. Constraints including total available time, transit times, and one's budget and subjective interests determine whether a potential solution is acceptable to a prospective traveler.

In this paper we present a route planning (routing) interface that metaphorically leverages various elastic properties of a rubber band to allow for playful interaction with the relevant constraints. Each of these properties attenuation, tension, and color were integrated into an experimental system and then investigated in a series of task-based evaluations.

Our research shows this playful interaction enables potential travelers to explore the solution space in order to find a route that meets, not only the easily quantifiable constraints, but also their own subjective preferences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interaction, exploration, constraints, elasticity, visualization, tourism, metaphor, tangible, tangible interaction
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bennett, A (Mr Andrew Bennett)
UTAS Author:D'Orazio, M (Mr Matthew D'Orazio)
UTAS Author:Lueg, C (Professor Christopher Lueg)
ID Code:98251
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2015-02-08
Last Modified:2018-02-04

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