Joanna McGrenere

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Recent Research Projects

Making it personal: tools and techniques for fostering effective user interaction with feature-rich software

2017/18-2019/20 • $489,650 • PI,CO
Most feature-rich software applications that are designed to support productivity and creativity tasks -- such as spreadsheets, photo editors, and 3D modelling -- follow a "one-size-fits-all" model, offering the same user interface and functionality to all users, regardless of an increasing...

NSERC CREATE in Designing for People (DFP): Cross disciplinary Program in Interactive Computational Technology

2019/20 • $300,000 • PI,CO
human computer interaction (HCI),industry-research experience,interdisciplinary training,interface prototyping,mentored hands-on project,physical-digital systems,qualitative and quatitative methods,user centered design,user experience (UX) design,user studies and human ethics

Highly personalized user interfaces

2017/18-2019/20 • $150,000 • PI
This proposal addresses the problem that everyday interactive software tools, such as word processors and web browsers, are one-size-fits-all, often designed for a mythical average user. Smartphones and tablets are similarly one-size-fits-all. They are unable to accommodate a range of user needs...

The Design of Information Computing Technology for Older Adults

2012/13-2016/17 • $210,000 • PI
My long-term objective is to help establish the field of elder-computer interaction: putting older users (65+) at the center of interactive technology design, rather than being an afterthought, which is most often the case now. The research program is to design interactive information and...

The Design of Information Computing Technology for Older Adults

2012/13-2014/15 • $120,000 • PI
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Design and evaluation of adaptive and adaptable information technology

2010/11-2011/12 • $60,000 • PI
Information technology is complex and the people who use the technology are themselves complex. Almost by definition, therefore, the fit between the technology and its users is complex. Technology today includes a plethora of applications, each includes a multitude of features and each interacts...

HALO: Transparent guidance of networked interactions through a haptic-affect loop

2010/11 • $166,500 • PI,CO
Pervasive access to networked information can bring connectedness, efficiency and enjoyment into our lives while we listen to podcasts, skype with collaborators and check messages. Too often, however, people experience digitally enabled interactions with other people, technology and data as an...

Developing innovative and usable smart phone technologies for older adults

2010/11 • $24,265 • PI,CO
There is a growing need for smart phones that are designed specifically for older adults (ages 50+). While some mobile phones designed for older adults do exist, these phones generally only support a few basic features centred around voice calling, and may not have enough features for many older...