Automatic acquisition of user models of interaction to evaluate the usability of virtual environments

Nader Hanna, Deborah Richards, Michael J. Jacobson

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Evaluation is an essential step in the research and development of software, particularly for new technologies such as Virtual Environments. One of the challenges to such evaluation is to collect data needed for analyzing the behavior of the users of the virtual environment. Conventional acquisition of evaluation data is time-consuming and prone to bias. In this paper, we present a taxonomy to assist identification and collection of appropriate variables for automatic data collection. We further show how these variables, such as navigation paths and characters met, can be used to capture the behavioral interaction of learners in a virtual ecosystem and to produce a user-model to evaluate the usability of the world under development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge management and acquisition for intelligent systems
Subtitle of host publication12th Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop, PKAW 2012, Kuching, Malaysia, September 5-6, 2012. Proceedings
EditorsDeborah Richards, Byeong Ho Kang
Place of PublicationBerlin ; New York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783642325410, 9783642325403
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventPacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (12th : 2012) - Kuching, Malaysia
Duration: 5 Sep 20126 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


WorkshopPacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (12th : 2012)
CityKuching, Malaysia


  • Automatic data acquisition
  • Usability evaluation
  • User-model data collection
  • Virtual environment

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