Special Issue "Smart Devices Interaction"

A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Matthias Baldauf
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Guest Editor
Institute for Information and Process Management, University of Applied Sciences St.Gallen, Switzerland
Interests: human-computer interaction; mobile and pervasive computing; e-government
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schmidt
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Guest Editor
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Interests: human–computer interaction; mobile HCI; ubiquitous computing; pervasive computing; wearable computing
Prof. Dr. Christian Kray
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Guest Editor
University of Münster, Germany
Interests: human–computer interaction; location-based systems; situated computing; geoinformatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In about one decade, mobile phones have emerged to become smart everyday companions equipped with high-resolution cameras and displays, wireless high-speed connections and a variety of built-in sensors. Since then, our way to interact with such devices has been changing tremendously: Instead of pressing hardware keys, we unlock our devices by looking at them, we interact with digital content through gestures and we ask virtual mobile assistants for help.

At the same time, we increasingly employ portable and wearable smart devices to interact with real-world environments. We explore our immediate surroundings by gazing through smartphones and dataglasses, we pay with smartphones by touching payment terminals, and use them to remotely control home appliances, toys and even drones.

This Special Issue is focused on the next generation of interactions with smart devices. Its goal is to explore and evaluate novel interaction techniques and interactive services for modern mobile and wearable devices. We encourage authors to submit original research articles, as well as surveys. We are interested in experiences gained during designing, prototyping and evaluating such novel interactions in lab and field studies. Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel interaction techniques for mobile and wearable devices
  • Advanced interactive context-aware mobile services
  • Unobtrusive, implicit, and natural interactions styles for smart devices
  • Multi-modal interactions and interactive services for smart devices
  • Collocated multi- and massive user interactions with smart devices
  • Multi- and cross-device scenarios and services
  • Artificial Intelligence for smart device interactions
  • User studies and case studies on the usage of smart devices and services
  • Technical frameworks for realizing novel mobile interactions and experiences
Dr. Matthias Baldauf,
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schmidt
Prof. Dr. Christian Kray
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Mobile interaction techniques
  • Mobile User Experience (UX)
  • Mobile Interaction Design
  • Multi-modal mobile interaction
  • Wearable devices
  • Location-based services
  • Context-aware mobile services
  • Computational mobile interaction
  • Gesture, speech and gaze-based interaction
  • Multi- and cross-device interaction

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EyeSpot: Leveraging Gaze to Protect Private Text Content on Mobile Devices from Shoulder Surfing
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(3), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti2030045 - 09 Aug 2018
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As mobile devices allow access to an increasing amount of private data, using them in public can potentially leak sensitive information through shoulder surfing. This includes personal private data (e.g., in chat conversations) and business-related content (e.g., in emails). Leaking the former might [...] Read more.
As mobile devices allow access to an increasing amount of private data, using them in public can potentially leak sensitive information through shoulder surfing. This includes personal private data (e.g., in chat conversations) and business-related content (e.g., in emails). Leaking the former might infringe on users’ privacy, while leaking the latter is considered a breach of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation as of May 2018. This creates a need for systems that protect sensitive data in public. We introduce EyeSpot, a technique that displays content through a spot that follows the user’s gaze while hiding the rest of the screen from an observer’s view through overlaid masks. We explore different configurations for EyeSpot in a user study in terms of users’ reading speed, text comprehension, and perceived workload. While our system is a proof of concept, we identify crystallized masks as a promising design candidate for further evaluation with regard to the security of the system in a shoulder surfing scenario. Full article
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Technology for Remote Health Monitoring in an Older Population: A Role for Mobile Devices
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2018, 2(3), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti2030043 - 27 Jul 2018
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The impact of an aging population on healthcare and the sustainability of our healthcare system are pressing issues in contemporary society. Technology has the potential to address these challenges, alleviating pressures on the healthcare system and empowering individuals to have greater control over [...] Read more.
The impact of an aging population on healthcare and the sustainability of our healthcare system are pressing issues in contemporary society. Technology has the potential to address these challenges, alleviating pressures on the healthcare system and empowering individuals to have greater control over monitoring their own health. Importantly, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets can allow older adults to have “on the go” access to health-related information. This paper explores mobile health apps that enable older adults and those who care for them to track health-related factors such as body readings and medication adherence, and it serves as a review of the literature on the usability and acceptance of mobile health apps in an older population. Full article
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