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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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