Current Projects

  • 2017-: Eye-Tracking for Adaptive User Interfaces: Dr. Jacek Gwizdka (UT Austin PI), GRA PhD student TBA. Read more…
  • 2016-: Learning about Search as Learning: (LaSaL) | Dr. Jacek Gwizdka, GRA PhD student Nilavra Bhattacharya, past Masters student Xueshu Chen.
  • 2016-: Mind wandering in Information Seeking(DeMIS): Dr. Jacek Gwizdka (UT Austin PI), GRA Masters student Xueshu Chen.
  • 2015-: Multi-criteria relevance judgment on web search (REMINDS): Dr. Jacek Gwizdka (UT Austin PI), GRA PhD student Yung-Sheng Chang.
  • 2015-: Consumer Health Information Evaluation: Understanding Consumers: Quality Evaluation of Online Health Information Using a Mixed-Method Approach | Dr. Yan Zhang & Dr. Jacek Gwizdka (UT Austin Co-PIs) with Dr. Carla Teixeira Lopes (U Porto Co-PI). GRAs: PhD students Yung-Sheng Chang & Yalin Sun, past: Masters student Zequn Ye.
  • 2014-: Child-friendly search engine results pages (SERPs): Towards better understanding of Google search results readability by children. Prof. Dania Bilal (UTK, PI) & Dr. Jacek Gwizdka (UT Austin Co-PI). Funded by Google Research Award. Read more…

Past Projects

2013-2016

  • CLIS – Continuous Assessment of Cognitive Load in Information Seeking This project investigates cognitive load experienced by web information searchers. Cognitive load is affected not only by a person’s abilities and a task they perform, but also by a task stage and user interface. Eye movement and EEG data are collected from users engaged in information seeking in order to gain a new understanding of cognitive demands imposed by information search and to develop a measurement framework for non-intrusive assessment of cognitive load. Funded by IMLS Career award to Dr. Gwizdka: RE-04-11-0062-11.

2012-2014

  • Multi-tasking – Or should we say “task switching?” Recent doctoral grad Ji Hyun Park has expanded our work on humans’ ability to multi-task (see Park, J. H., & Bias, R. G. [2012]). Understanding human multitasking behaviors through a lens of Goal-Systems Theory. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Dallas, January), and defended her dissertation, Flow in Multitasking: The Effects of Motivation, Artifact, and Task Factors, in July, 2014.

2012-2013

  • Which Usability Engineering Method When? Project PI: Dr. Randolph Bias. We are frustrated that there is so little empiricism driving the choice of which usability engineering method might yield the best bang for the dollar and hour invested.

2011-2012

  • Study to Better Understand Filler Text
  • WebMD Information Gathering User Study
  • User Study on Women’s Voting Website
  • Arabic News Site Usability Study
  • User Study of Transcription with GLIFOS
  • Study of Reading Comprehension on eReaders
  • User Study of a Collaboration on a Touch Screen System
  • Study of Web Form Application on Mobile Devices