Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction and Web Accessibility Evaluation

Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction and Web Accessibility Evaluation

April 26 2017 · Ada Lovelace Conference Room. Faculty of Informatics. University of the Basque Country. Manuel Lardizabal 1, 20018 Donostia



9:15     Presentation. Dr. Julio Abascal. Head of the ADIAN research group.

9:30     Formulating and testing hypotheses about human-computer interaction on the Web. Dr. Markel Vigo. Bio-Health Informatics Group & Interaction Analysis and Modelling Lab. School of Computer Science. University of Manchester

Naturalistic usability evaluation maximises the external validity of usability tests. It makes the findings generalisable across the majority of users and settings. However, compared to traditional usability testing, which is typically task driven and controlled, naturalistic evaluations require sophisticated approaches to run user studies and collect data. We will discuss two different approaches (and their respective tooling) to formulate and test hypotheses about user behaviour: real-time detection vs. post-hoc testing.

10:15   Eye tracking scanpath analysis on web pages. Dr. Yeliz Yesilada.  Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus (METU NCC) in the Computer Engineering programme. Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester .

Eye tracking has been used in improving the design and usability of web pages, and in the research of understanding how users navigate them. However, there is limited research in eye tracking data analysis, especially in eye movement sequences (i.e., scanpaths). Our latest work looks into how scanpaths can be clustered to identify a path that is trending among a group of users. In this talk, I will present our research that can help you better analyse user behaviour and experience, the overall validity of our approach, some important applications of our research and future directions.

11:00   Coffee break

11:30   Understanding Behaviour using Smart Phones. Dr. Simon Harper. School of Computer Science. The University of Manchester.

Commercial Smart Phones - and the array of sensors included with them - make unobtrusive sensing a very real possibility. By sensing a user in the wild, longitudinally, and in anecologically valid way, we can infer behaviour from a set of predefined proxy indicators. Here I'll discuss our work in using mobile phones to track Parkinson's disease progression, forunderstanding building wellbeing and energy consumption, and for understanding the health of Bee hives. I'll also explain where we will go in the future, and how our methods can helpyour work.

12:15 Conclusions and final remarks

Attendance is free until completing the capacity of the conference room.

Lecture of the PhD "Contributions to Web Accessibility: Device-tailored Evaluation, User-tailored Interface Generation and the Interplay with User Experience" by Amaia Aizpurua

April 25 2017 · Ada Lovelace conference room


Amaia Aizpurua presented her doctoral thesis entitled "Contributions to Web Accessibility: Device-tailored Evaluation, User-tailored Interface Generation and the Interplay with User Experience", supervised by Dr. Myriam Arrue (Egokituz, UPV / EHU) and Dr. Markel Vigo (Bio-Health Informatics Group & Interaction Analysis And Modeling Lab. U. of Manchester). The thesis received the provisional qualification of Outstanding (pending the outcome of the vote for "cum Lude"). The PhD committee consisted of Drs. J. Abascal (UPV / EHU), S. Harper (U. Manchester), Y. Yesilada (Middle East Technical U.), C. Manresa (U. de les Illes Balears) and A. Diaz de Ilarraza (UPV / EHU).

Diffusion of the Cultural heritage through the web. A practical course

March 29 2017 · Informatika Fakultatea (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea). Manuel Lardizabal 1, 20018 Donostia.


Lecturer: Professor Gerrit van deer Veer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Open University Netherlands [

Title: "Diffusion of cultural heritage through the web. A practical course "

Language: English, with simultaneous English-Spanish translation of lectures.

Dates: March 29-31, 2017

Schedule: 15:30 to 19:30

Place: Faculty of Informatics (UPV / EHU)

Materials: A week before the curse the a ttendees will receive information on how to prepare it, including a short intro and a request: they should find some instance of cultural heritage in their own family or culture or environment and bring details and possible pictures ordescriptions to the course on the first day.

Registaration: Attendance is free, but the capacity of the laboratory is limited. Registration will be accepted until the capacity is completed. To register you must send a message with the personal data to Julio Abascal:

Collaboration with Orixe BHI and Samaniego within pilot project JolasmATIKA

December 22 2016 ·


Several member of the research group take part within JolasmATIKA pilot project, with the aim of transmitting certain computing concepts to students in non-universitary centers. It will be made by using games and by means of students of different grades. For more information see the video (in Basque language):

Organization of the special session "Data Mining and Physiological Signal Processing"

October 19 2016 · La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia, Spain)


T4-W-S2 Data mining and physiological signals processing (J. Abascal, J. Muguerza)

  • Martínez R., Abascal J., Arruti A., Irigoyen E., Martín J.I., Muguerza J. A Stress Classification System based on Arousal Analysis of the Nervous System.
  • Martínez-Cagigal V., Núñez P., Hornero R. Spectral Regression Kernel Discriminant Analysis for P300 Speller Based Brain-Computer Interfaces.
  • Aguado A., Rodriguez I., Lazkano E., Sierra B. Supervised+Unsupervised Classification for Human Pose Estimation with RGB-D images: a first step towards a rehabilitation system.
  • Velasco-Álvarez F., Rodríguez-Fernández A., Ron-Angevin R. Switch mode to control a wheelchair through EEG signals.
  • Plácido Da Silva H. The Biosignal C.A.O.S.: Reflections on the Usability of Physiological Sensing for Human-Computer Interaction Practitioners and Researchers.

Raquel MartínezVíctor Martínez-CagigalRicardo Ron-AngevinHugo Plácido Da Silva

Thirty anniversary of the Egokituz Laboratory

Thirty anniversary of the Egokituz Laboratory

December 16 2015 · Carlos Santamaria Zentroa


09:30-10:00: Introduction to the event

10:00-10:30: Egokituz today

10:30-11:00: Coffee

11:00-12:30: Panel: users and users’ associations

12:30-13:00: Egokituz’ first steps

13:00-13:45: “Communication Ballad”. Bazen Behin Clown Company. Starring: Mentxu Arrieta

14:00-15:00: Lunch

15:00-16:00: Panel: industries and research centres

16:00-16:30: Egokituz in the future

16:30-17:00: Coffee

17:00-18:00: Panel: Egokituz past members

18:00-19:15: "Past present and future advancements in digital accessibility" Chieko Asakawa (IBM Tokio, U. Carnegie Mellon USA)

19:15-19:30: Closing

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"Accessibility Award" in INTERACT'2015

"Accessibility Award" in  INTERACT'2015

September 16 2015 ·


Abstract. User behaviour analysis requires defining experimental sessions with numerous participants. In this context, the specification of experiments is a demanding task, as several issues have to be considered such as the type of experiment, the type and number of tasks, the definition of questionnaires and the user interaction data to be gathered. The analysis of collected data is also complex and often requires repeatedly examining recorded interaction videos. In order to deal with these tasks, we present a platform called RemoTest which assists researchers to specify and conduct experimental sessions as well as to gather and analyse the interaction data. This platform has been applied to define different formal user studies on the web and has assisted researchers in detecting the main interaction characteristics of different user profiles and settings.

Accessibility award