On Tuesday, October 15, Sy Saulynas (Assistant Professor of Information Systems) will give a research talk at the United States Naval Academy entitled, “Towards SaulynasDeveloping Guidelines for Addressing Situationally Induced Impairments and Disabilities (SIID) and Severely Constraining Situational Impairments (SCSI)”. The introduction of commercially-viable mobile information appliances has revolutionized the way humans consume information. The mobile aspect of mobile interaction, however, often places users in less than ideal ambient conditions where environmental variability can negatively affect the completion of a desired mobile interaction (e.g. trying to read a text message while outside in bright sunlight).

This phenomena has been dubbed “Situationally Induced Impairments and Disabilities (SIID)” or simply “situational impairments”.

Further, the rapid adoption and omnipresent use of mobile devices seems to have produced a new complexity by-product termed “Severely Constraining Situational Impairments (SCSI)” where workarounds to a transaction issue are not available or easily obtained, or where a technological solution was found that only led to the introduction of new situational impairments. These phenomenon represent an accessibility challenge for effective mobile device use on the go, and the effects of these challenges can be dangerous.

Sy’s research arc addresses situational impairments from a novel perspective. Little research to date has attempted to examine the SIID phenomenon from a general classification standpoint. Nor has there been much research attempted to explore the secondary impact of amplified complexity that the increase in usage and functionality offered by mobile technology is producing.

Professor Saulynas' research aims to achieve a richer understanding of the variety and complexity of situational impairment events. The culmination of this research will provide recommendations for fostering specific guidelines so that the design of mobile human-computer interaction can: 1) better recognize the new complexity of the diverse facets that are present during mobile interaction and 2) properly and effectively account for the presence of SIID and SCSI in the design of mobile device interaction.

For more info contact Sy Saulynas, SSAULYNAS@stevenson.edu.