Smartphone Usability for Emergency Evacuation Applications (Short Paper)

Authors David Amores , Maria Vasardani , Egemen Tanin

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David Amores
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Maria Vasardani
  • RMIT University, Melbourne 3000, Australia
Egemen Tanin
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia

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David Amores, Maria Vasardani, and Egemen Tanin. Smartphone Usability for Emergency Evacuation Applications (Short Paper). In 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 142, pp. 2:1-2:7, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


Mobile phone ubiquity has allowed the implementation of a number of emergency-related evacuation aids. Yet, these applications still face a number of challenges in human-mobile interaction, namely: (1) lack of widely accepted mobile usability guidelines, (2) people’s limited cognitive capacity when using mobile phones under stress, and (3) difficulty recreating emergency scenarios as experiments for usability testing. This study is intended as an initial view into smartphone usability under emergency evacuations by compiling a list of experimental observations and setting the ground for future research in cognitively-informed spatial algorithms and app design.

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  • Human-centered computing → Ubiquitous and mobile computing design and evaluation methods
  • cognitive load
  • smartphone usability
  • ecological validity
  • emergency evacuation


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