Guest editors, Phil Kortum (Rice University) and Barbara Chaparro (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), welcome submissions to a Human Factors special issue titled “The Science Behind Usability and User Experience.
The field of usability helps us understand if people will be able to successfully complete a task without error, in a reasonable amount of time, and to their satisfaction. In simple everyday tasks, failures in usability can seem more like minor inconveniences, unworthy of serious scientific study. However, in today’s increasingly complicated and interconnected technologically driven world, usability failures can have real and serious consequences. Recall the butterfly ballot in Florida in the 2000 presidential race, where voters were unable to use the punch card voting system correctly, likely changing the outcome of the presidential election. In the most significant cases, lives are at stake, as evidenced by the 260 patients at Cedars-Sinai hospital who were exposed to 10 times the safe level of radiation during routine brain scans because of the complexity of the device and its operation.
Submissions are due by June 15, 2019.
For more information on how to submit your papers, please click here.