AIR Framework: Assess, Identify and Remediate the Usability of Graphical User Interfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-13-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5149
Amount: $999,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-017
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Harmonia Holdings Group
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000, Blacksburg, VA, -
DUNS: 556397615
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 PI
 (540) 951-5901
 mabrams@harmonia.com
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Title: CEO
Phone: (540) 951-5915
Email: psaboo@harmonia.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We present the Graphical User Interface Test Assess and Remediate (GUITAR) framework to integrate disparate tools and manual non-computer based methods for usability assessment along with providing methods for assisting in the remediation of problems discovered. GUITAR is multifaceted approach to increasing usability by leveraging integrated tools and both automated and manual assessment strategies along with external environmental conditions data to identify and assist in the remediation of issues before they are encountered in the field. GUITAR is fully extensible, so that 3rd parties can add their own tools to GUITAR. GUITAR is designed to incorporate traditional usability assessment tools (e.g., GOMS tools, video recording tools, etc.), graphical user interface design tools (e.g., LiquidApps, Visual Studio), and allow creation of data capture methods for non-computer based assessment methods. Once issues are captured GUITAR utilizes previous issue solutions and guidelines to assist in remediation of discovered issues. GUITAR focuses on using commonly available technologies to maximize its adoption.

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