Interaction Design and Evaluation of Socio-technical Systems


The research work of IDEAS is grounded in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI),

The group is coordinated by Prof. Effie Law, focusing primarily on usability and user experience (UX) methodologies, which can be applied to a broad range of domains. Of particular interest to the IDEAS members are technology-enhanced learning for STEM subjects, gaming and culture, affective computing, and participatory design. IDEAS has been working on several new initiatives in further advancing research on UX, especially on the theme of measurability and predictability of UX, theoretical models underlying UX, and the interplay between UX evaluation and software development. This work is supported by a set of equipment such as mobile eye-tracker, galvanic skin response sensors, brain activities, etc.

Staff Members

Former Members

PhD Students


  • Dursun Akaslan: E-Learning Models for Electrical Engineering in Higher Education Institutions (Supervisors: Effie Law)
  • Abdullah Al Sokkar: User Experience Modelling for E-commerce (Supervisors: Effie Law)
  • Stephanie Heintz: Impact of Game Type for Digital Educational Games on Learning Outcome and Player Experience (Supervisors: Effie Law, Michael Hoffmann)

  • Kornchulee Khanana: Development of Design Heuristics for Digital Educational Games for School Children of 7 to 11 Years Old (Supervisors: Effie Law, Neil Walkinshaw)
  • Matthias Heintz: Participatory design for distributed requirements engineering (Supervisors: Effie Law, Thomas Erlebach)

In Progress

  • Samaneh Soleimani: Emotive design of e-commerce websites (Supervisors: Effie Law, Leandro Minku)
  • Dinna Mohd-Nizam: Digital educational games for pre-school children with the Eye-tracking Methodology (Supervisors; Effie Law, Thomas Erlebach)
  • Pamela Y. Andrade Sevillano:
    The Impact of Computer-Assisted Instructions and Gamified Learning Networks in Collaborative Environments (Supervisors: Effie Law, Michael Hoffmann)
  • Pornpon Thamrongrat: The Effectiveness of Augmented Reality with Gamification in Enhancing Children’s Problem Solving Skills (Supervisors: Effie Law, Stephan Reiff-Marganiec)



IDEAS is equipped with a set of basic and advanced instruments for designing and evaluating usability and user experience, including Tobii desktop T60 and Mobile X-30 Eye-tracker and Tobii Studio; Haptic prototyping kit for mid-air haptic feedback (20x20 array);  Finger TPS II; Emotiv EEG neuroheadset sets; Accelerometer sensor for real-time movement; Shimmer Bio Starter Kit sensors; Microsoft Kinect for Windows (2 sets); Pico projector (LightCrafter); Basic Arduino Starter Kit; High definition digital cameras; Audio-recording devices;

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