This special issue is the first opportunity to introduce the research activities of the Human Interface Society. The first article gives a microworld approach to identify design requirements for better situation awareness. Next, a focus on evaluation of organizational structure in emergency situations from the communication viewpoints is examined, followed by a presentation of a speech-driven embodied interactive actor that activates human interaction and communication. The fourth paper describes two new additions to a Remote Infrared Audible Signage System for use by people with visual disabilities. Next, this special issue focuses on the design of an interactive skill-transfer agent for parameter tuning of an image sensor used to distinguish inferior goods from regular goods in a production line. Finally, a proposed embodied virtual communication system that provides a virtual face-to-face communication environment is discussed in the sixth article, followed by an outline of information on the usability activities in Japan with a focus on the last 10 years.
Volume 17, Number 1, 2004
Contents: O. Katai, Introduction. M. Itoh, T. Inagaki, A Microworld Approach to Identifying Issues of Human-Automation Systems Design for Supporting Operator's Situation Awareness. T. Koiso, S. Nishida, M. Nakatani, Evaluation of Organizational Structure in Emergency From the Viewpoint of Communication. T. Watanabe, M. Okubo, M. Nakashige, R. Danbara, InterActor: Speech Driven Embodied Interactive Actor. T. Hatakeyama, F. Hagiwara, H. Koike, K. Ito, H. Ohkubo, C.W. Bond, M. Kasuga, Remote Infrared Audible Signage System. T. Shiose, T. Sawaragi, A. Nakajima, H. Ishihara, Design of Interactive Skill-Transfer Agent From a Viewpoint of Ecological Psychology. T. Watanabe, M. Ogikubo, Y. Ishii, Visualization of Respiration in the Embodied Virtual Communication System and Its Evaluation. M. Kurosu, T. Kobayashi, R. Yoshitake, H. Takahashi, H. Urokohara, D. Sato, Trends in Usability Research and Activities in Japan.