Can computers design interaction?

Antti Oulasvirta*

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Algorithms have revolutionized almost every field of manufacturing and engineering. Is interaction design the next? This talk gives an overview of what future holds for optimization methods in interaction design. I introduce the idea of using predictive models and simulations of end-user behavior in combinatorial optimization of user interfaces. I demonstrate it with an interactive layout optimizer and provide an overview of research results. I tell about the models we use, the limitations of this approach, how it fits the HCI engineering cycle, and how we validate and verify this approach. To conclude, I provoke a critical discussion on the potentials and pitfalls of this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEICS 2016 - 8th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343220
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 21 Jun 201624 Jun 2016
Conference number: 8


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleEICS


  • Behavioral modeling
  • Combinatorial optimization
  • Model-based design
  • User interface design


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