An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams

Isabel L. Nunes, Raquel Lucas, Mário Simões-Marques, Nuno Correia

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

THEMIS-AR is an augmented reality (AR) app designed for mobile devices that was developed to assist first responders on disaster relief operations, which a very demanding context for users, regarding both the physical and the cognitive and emotional demands. In fact, the specificity of the usage environment imposes special care in addressing the interaction of the users with the system, regarding both the mobile devices technical characteristics and the workload. The paper provides a brief description of the THEMIS-AR architecture and features, focusing on the assessment of a concept demonstrator developed based on the UCD cycle (i.e., context of use characterization, requirements definition, solution implementation, and testing and validation). The usability testing setup and script adopted while performing field tests are described and the results obtained, namely regarding the application of the User Experience Questionnaire to benchmark the app evaluation in comparison with a set of previous evaluations made with this methodology. These results were compared with the user perceptions collected using a final questionnaire namely based on the System Usability Scale. The main findings resulting from this initial set of users are summarized and presented the way ahead for this component of the THEMIS project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control
EditorsYushi Fujita, Sebastiano Bagnara, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sara Albolino, Thomas Alexander
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages195-204
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319960760
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume822
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

Conference20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period26/08/1830/08/18

Fingerprint

Augmented reality
Application programs
Mobile devices
Testing
Disasters

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Emergency teams
  • SUS
  • THEMIS
  • UEQ
  • User centered design

Cite this

Nunes, I. L., Lucas, R., Simões-Marques, M., & Correia, N. (2019). An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams. In Y. Fujita, S. Bagnara, R. Tartaglia, S. Albolino, & T. Alexander (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control (pp. 195-204). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 822). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_21
Nunes, Isabel L. ; Lucas, Raquel ; Simões-Marques, Mário ; Correia, Nuno. / An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control. editor / Yushi Fujita ; Sebastiano Bagnara ; Riccardo Tartaglia ; Sara Albolino ; Thomas Alexander. Springer Verlag, 2019. pp. 195-204 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing).
@inproceedings{2e9bd1c2616246ec91bd7c5871356a86,
title = "An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams",
abstract = "THEMIS-AR is an augmented reality (AR) app designed for mobile devices that was developed to assist first responders on disaster relief operations, which a very demanding context for users, regarding both the physical and the cognitive and emotional demands. In fact, the specificity of the usage environment imposes special care in addressing the interaction of the users with the system, regarding both the mobile devices technical characteristics and the workload. The paper provides a brief description of the THEMIS-AR architecture and features, focusing on the assessment of a concept demonstrator developed based on the UCD cycle (i.e., context of use characterization, requirements definition, solution implementation, and testing and validation). The usability testing setup and script adopted while performing field tests are described and the results obtained, namely regarding the application of the User Experience Questionnaire to benchmark the app evaluation in comparison with a set of previous evaluations made with this methodology. These results were compared with the user perceptions collected using a final questionnaire namely based on the System Usability Scale. The main findings resulting from this initial set of users are summarized and presented the way ahead for this component of the THEMIS project.",
keywords = "Augmented reality, Emergency teams, SUS, THEMIS, UEQ, User centered design",
author = "Nunes, {Isabel L.} and Raquel Lucas and M{\'a}rio Sim{\~o}es-Marques and Nuno Correia",
note = "info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876/147351/PT# The work was funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Defense and by the Portuguese Navy and by project UID/EMS/00667/2013.",
year = "2019",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_21",
language = "English",
isbn = "9783319960760",
series = "Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing",
publisher = "Springer Verlag",
pages = "195--204",
editor = "Yushi Fujita and Sebastiano Bagnara and Riccardo Tartaglia and Sara Albolino and Thomas Alexander",
booktitle = "Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control",

}

Nunes, IL, Lucas, R, Simões-Marques, M & Correia, N 2019, An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams. in Y Fujita, S Bagnara, R Tartaglia, S Albolino & T Alexander (eds), Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 822, Springer Verlag, pp. 195-204, 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018, Florence, Italy, 26/08/18. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_21

An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams. / Nunes, Isabel L.; Lucas, Raquel; Simões-Marques, Mário; Correia, Nuno.

Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control. ed. / Yushi Fujita; Sebastiano Bagnara; Riccardo Tartaglia; Sara Albolino; Thomas Alexander. Springer Verlag, 2019. p. 195-204 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 822).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

TY - GEN

T1 - An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams

AU - Nunes, Isabel L.

AU - Lucas, Raquel

AU - Simões-Marques, Mário

AU - Correia, Nuno

N1 - info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876/147351/PT# The work was funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Defense and by the Portuguese Navy and by project UID/EMS/00667/2013.

PY - 2019/1/1

Y1 - 2019/1/1

N2 - THEMIS-AR is an augmented reality (AR) app designed for mobile devices that was developed to assist first responders on disaster relief operations, which a very demanding context for users, regarding both the physical and the cognitive and emotional demands. In fact, the specificity of the usage environment imposes special care in addressing the interaction of the users with the system, regarding both the mobile devices technical characteristics and the workload. The paper provides a brief description of the THEMIS-AR architecture and features, focusing on the assessment of a concept demonstrator developed based on the UCD cycle (i.e., context of use characterization, requirements definition, solution implementation, and testing and validation). The usability testing setup and script adopted while performing field tests are described and the results obtained, namely regarding the application of the User Experience Questionnaire to benchmark the app evaluation in comparison with a set of previous evaluations made with this methodology. These results were compared with the user perceptions collected using a final questionnaire namely based on the System Usability Scale. The main findings resulting from this initial set of users are summarized and presented the way ahead for this component of the THEMIS project.

AB - THEMIS-AR is an augmented reality (AR) app designed for mobile devices that was developed to assist first responders on disaster relief operations, which a very demanding context for users, regarding both the physical and the cognitive and emotional demands. In fact, the specificity of the usage environment imposes special care in addressing the interaction of the users with the system, regarding both the mobile devices technical characteristics and the workload. The paper provides a brief description of the THEMIS-AR architecture and features, focusing on the assessment of a concept demonstrator developed based on the UCD cycle (i.e., context of use characterization, requirements definition, solution implementation, and testing and validation). The usability testing setup and script adopted while performing field tests are described and the results obtained, namely regarding the application of the User Experience Questionnaire to benchmark the app evaluation in comparison with a set of previous evaluations made with this methodology. These results were compared with the user perceptions collected using a final questionnaire namely based on the System Usability Scale. The main findings resulting from this initial set of users are summarized and presented the way ahead for this component of the THEMIS project.

KW - Augmented reality

KW - Emergency teams

KW - SUS

KW - THEMIS

KW - UEQ

KW - User centered design

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85052138812&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_21

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_21

M3 - Conference contribution

SN - 9783319960760

T3 - Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

SP - 195

EP - 204

BT - Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control

A2 - Fujita, Yushi

A2 - Bagnara, Sebastiano

A2 - Tartaglia, Riccardo

A2 - Albolino, Sara

A2 - Alexander, Thomas

PB - Springer Verlag

ER -

Nunes IL, Lucas R, Simões-Marques M, Correia N. An augmented reality application to support deployed emergency teams. In Fujita Y, Bagnara S, Tartaglia R, Albolino S, Alexander T, editors, Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume V: Human Simulation and Virtual Environments, Work With Computing Systems WWCS, Process Control. Springer Verlag. 2019. p. 195-204. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_21