INUIT: The Interface Usability Instrument

As one of the building blocks of my PhD thesis, I have developed a novel instrument for measuring the usability of web interfaces, which is simply called Inuit—the Interface Usability Instrument1. This was necessary because a usability instrument that is suited for the automatic methods for Search Interaction Optimization I have developed in my PhD… Continue reading INUIT: The Interface Usability Instrument

S.O.S. Receives Best Paper Honarable Mention Award at CHI ’15

Our paper "S.O.S.: Does Your Search Engine Results Page (SERP) Need Help?"—co-authors are Dr. Andreas Both (Unister) and Prof. Martin Gaedke (TU Chemnitz)—has been awarded a Best Paper Honarable Mention Award by ACM SIGCHI, the Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction of the Association for Computing Machinery. According to Wikipedia, ACM SIGCHI is "the world's leading organization in… Continue reading S.O.S. Receives Best Paper Honarable Mention Award at CHI ’15

ICYMI: This is a motherfucking website and I wrote a motherfucking conference article about it

(Disclaimer: motherfuckingwebsite.com was not made by me!) The post in which I review motherfuckingwebsite.com and propose some changes to make it even more perfect (see here) is the most widely read post on my blog by far. To date, it has received 8,715 views, with the front page of my blog being in second place having… Continue reading ICYMI: This is a motherfucking website and I wrote a motherfucking conference article about it

What is ›Usability‹?

Earlier this year, I submitted a research paper about a concept called usability-based split testing1 to a web engineering conference (Speicher et al., 2014). My evaluation involved a questionnaire that asked for ratings of different usability aspects—such as informativeness, readability etc.—of web interfaces. So obviously, I use the word “usability” in that paper a lot;… Continue reading What is ›Usability‹?

Survey: Search Engines – Perception, Usage & Expectations

In the context of my PhD thesis in Human–Computer Interaction, I currently conduct a survey concerning the use of search engines. With the help of this survey I hope to better understand how you perceive and use search engines and which expectations you have towards them. In particular, I focus on the use of search… Continue reading Survey: Search Engines – Perception, Usage & Expectations

Umfrage: Suchmaschinen – Wahrnehmung, Nutzung & Erwartungen

Für meine Doktorarbeit in Human-Computer Interaction führe ich momentan eine Umfrage zur Nutzung von Suchmaschinen durch. Es geht mir in dieser Umfrage vor allem darum, herauszufinden, wie ihr Suchmaschinen wahrnehmt und welche Erwartungen ihr an sie habt. Besonderer Fokus liegt auch auf der Nutzung mit Smartphones, Tablets und anderen Geräten, wie z. B. einer Nintendo Wii… Continue reading Umfrage: Suchmaschinen – Wahrnehmung, Nutzung & Erwartungen

[offene Masterarbeit] Was that Page Pleasant to Use? Usability-Metriken in einer echten Suchmaschine

Es gibt viel zu viele schlechte Webseiten! Schon mal versucht, auf http://www.finanzen.sachsen.de die Tagessätze für Auslandsreisekosten zu finden? Falls nicht, einfach mal ausprobieren und viel Spaß dabei! Oder schon mal auf der Seite der Uni Würzburg versucht, herauszufinden, wie genau eine Bewerbung für den Bachelor in Wirtschaftswissenschaften abläuft? Nein? Ist auch eigentlich besser so, weil… Continue reading [offene Masterarbeit] Was that Page Pleasant to Use? Usability-Metriken in einer echten Suchmaschine

How to do Power Law Regression in R, or What Happened When One of my Posts Made it to the Front Page of Hacker News

Recently, my post about motherfuckingwebsite.com was featured on the front page of Y Combinator's Hacker News. I was watching football with some friends when my WordPress app told me twice that my blog's stats "are exploding". Back at home, I checked my stats and noticed that I had almost 6,000 unique visitors and over 7,000 views… Continue reading How to do Power Law Regression in R, or What Happened When One of my Posts Made it to the Front Page of Hacker News

motherfuckingwebsite.com Redesigned. My Other Poster Presented at #ICWE2014

(Disclaimer: motherfuckingwebsite.com was not made by me!) From my original post about redesigning motherfuckingwebsite.com (see here), I have created a poster along with a corresponding short paper, which have been presented at the 2014 International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE). The short paper will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer: Maximilian Speicher… Continue reading motherfuckingwebsite.com Redesigned. My Other Poster Presented at #ICWE2014