Computational Layout Perception using Gestalt Laws

Janin Koch, Antti Oulasvirta

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We present preliminary results on computational perception of interactive layouts. Our goal is to algorithmically estimate how users perceive a layout. Potential applications range from automated usability evaluation to computer-generated and adaptive interfaces. Layout perception is challenging, however, because of diverse features, combinatorial complexity, and absence of approaches. We have explored Gestalt laws as parsing heuristics. Our approach finds a parametrization that optimally resolves conflicts among competing interpretations of a layout. The output is a hierarchical grouping of main elements. The results are promising: an implementation of just four Gestalt laws enables hierarchical grouping that presents promising results in 90% of our (realistic) test cases.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
Conference number: 34


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleACM CHI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address


  • Computational perception
  • User interface layouts


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