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Developing adaptive mobile support for crisis response in synthetic task environments

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Author: Brake, G.M. te · Smets, N.J.J.M.
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Aykin, N., Usability and Internationalization, Part II, HCII 2007 2nd International Conference on Usability and Internationalization, UI-HCII 2007, 22 July 2007 through 27 July 2007, Beijing, LNCS 4560, 510 - 519
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Identifier: 19113
Keywords: Command and control · Adaptive support systems · Crisis response operations · Synthetic task environments · Adaptive systems · Conformal mapping · Mobile agents · Response time (computer systems) · Adaptive support systems · Crisis response operations · Synthetic task environments · Synthetic tasks · Decision support systems · adaptive interfaces · crisis management · mobile communications


This paper presents an experimental platform for the development and evaluation of mobile decision support for crisis response operations. Using a game-engine, synthetic task environments can be created in which coordination support and the usability of adaptive user interfaces for first responders can be examined in a highly controlled manner. Results of the first experiment in which the platform was used to examine the influences of map size and spatial ability on task performance and situational awareness are presented, and ongoing work is described. Keywords: crisis response operations, synthetic task environments, adaptive support systems.