Matthias Heintz

Research Associate

Bio

Matthias Heintz is a research associate at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Leicester (UK). He obtained his Diploma and Master’s degree in Computer Science in Media from the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences-Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Media in Germany. Before joining the University of Leicester he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany on various research and industrial projects regarding i.a. user interface design and evaluation, education, and mobile software engineering. His research interests are human-computer interaction (HCI), Participatory Design (PD), and technology-enhanced learning (TEL) with a focus on usability and user-experience (UX) in general and end-user involvement in particular.

Research

In conjunction with my PhD work I am working in the Go-Lab project supporting the evaluation of webapps and online lessons with students and teachers. As part of this work I developed a tool to support these evaluations called PDot (Participatory Design online tool). My current research focus is how this tool compares to the traditional paper-based Participatory Design approaches and how it can support researchers to analyse and developers to work with the user feedback gathered. In case you would be interested to try out the tool for yourself, please just drop me an email.

PDot is an online tool that allows users to give feedback on prototypes of various maturity level and webapps in participatory design workshops or more general usability and user experience evaluations. Its main feature for end users is to provide instructions on how to evaluate the prototype, creating an overlay on top of the prototype enabling graphical feedback and providing additional means to give feedback (ranging from textual comments to specifying your mood). Its main feature for researchers is to pre-process the feedback and present it in an aggregated way to support the data analysis task.

Publications

Matthias Heintz, Effie L.-C. Law, Sten Govaerts, Adrian Holzer, and Denis Gillet. 2014. Pdot: participatory design online tool. In CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14), 2581-2586. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2559206.2581266

Matthias Heintz, Effie L.-C. Law, and Stephanie Heintz. 2014. Review of Online Tools for Asynchronous Distribute Online Participatory Design. In: Dominik Renzel, Ralf Klamma (eds.), "Large-Scale Social Requirements Engineering", IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on Social Networking E-Letter, vol. 2, no. 3, September 2014. http://stcsn.ieee.net/e-letter/stcsn-e-letter-vol-2-no-3/review-of-online-tools-for-asynchronous-distribute-online-participatory-design

http://ivu.di.uniba.it/LandscapeOfUXRequirements/Papers%20per%20sito%20web/W09_paper_05.pdf

Matthias Heintz, Effie L.-C. Law, Samaneh Soleimani. 2015. Paper or Pixel? Comparing Paper- and Tool-Based Participatory Design Approaches. In Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015, 501-517. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22698-9_34

Matthias Heintz, Effie Law, Nervo Verdezoto. 2017. Comparing Paper and Software Tool for Participatory Design from Scratch. To be presented at BritishHCI 2017 (reference will be updated once paper is published).

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Department of Computer Science,
University of Leicester,
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Leicester,
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F: +44 (0)116 252 3604
E: mmh21 at le dot ac dot uk

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