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Making Systems Sensitive to the User’s Changing Resource Limitations

By Anthony Jameson, Ralph Schäfer, Thomas Weis, André Berthold, and Thomas Weyrath (1999)

Knowledge-Based Systems, 12, 413–425.


Situationally determined limitations in users’ “resources” (e.g., time and working memory) constitute an increasingly important challenge to adaptive interfaces—one which does not yield easily to straightforward solutions. This article gives an overview of a research program that emphasizes empirically based understanding of this problem and the use of an explicit model of the relevant causal relationships. After introducing the challenge and comparing several possible approaches to it, we summarize related work on adaptive systems and the empirical research that forms the basis of the READY prototype. The structure and workings of this prototype are discussed and illustrated with examples. We conclude by summarizing how the results obtained so far can form the basis for practically applied systems.


This paper is a substantially expanded version of the paper published in the proceedings of IUI99.



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BibTeX entry

  year = {1999},
  author = {{Jameson}, Anthony and
            {Sch\”{a}fer}, Ralph and
            {Weis}, Thomas and
            {Berthold}, Andr\’{e} and
            {Weyrath}, Thomas},
  title = {Making Systems Sensitive to the User’s Changing Resource Limitations},
  journal = {Knowledge-Based Systems},
  volume = {12},
  pages = {413--425}}