Editors: Nirmalya ThakurB.D. Parameshachari

In this era of rapidly advancing technology, the future of living and functional environments would involve humans interacting, coordinating, and collaborating with computers, machines, robots, and various technology-laden systems in a multitude of ways. Examples of such smart and interconnected environments include Smart Homes, Smart Industries, Smart Workplaces, Smart Buildings, and Smart Cities, just to name a few. These two books present discoveries, innovative ideas, concepts, theoretical findings, practical solutions, improvements, and novel applications in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) aimed at developing trust, user acceptance, enhancing user performance, improving quality of life, and fostering human-technology partnerships in the future of technology-laden living and functional environments.

This book, Part 1 of this 2-part book set, consists of chapters that present approaches for facilitating rich user experiences in multiple healthcare-based applications, results from digital product usability tests conducted with children having atypical development, results from usability testing of Twitter, applications of HCI in healthcare for diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis, approaches to highlight the role of end-user programmers in custom graphical user interface designs for the future of HCI-enhancing devices and a specific application of optimization techniques in artificial neural networks with a human-in-the-loop focus. This book also presents two review chapters related to assistive technologies for the visually impaired and gamified online learning user experience. Each chapter has an abstract and keywords followed by the introduction, methodologies, and other sections. Readers can determine their interest level in any chapter quickly based on the keywords and the abstract. The chapters in this book were contributed by experts in the field of HCI and its interrelated disciplines from 8 different countries – Chile, China, Croatia, India, Iran, Malaysia, Peru, and South Korea.

Human-Computer Interaction and Beyond: Advances Towards Smart and Interconnected Environments is an informative reference for scientists, researchers, and developers in both academia and industry who wish to learn, design, implement, and apply these emerging technologies in HCI in different sectors, with the goal of realizing futuristic technology-driven living and functional smart cities and environments.

About the Editors:

Nirmalya Thakur is currently affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, United States. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing. He has authored 33 publications in these fields and has received about $60,000 in funding support for his research. By serving as a reviewer for different conferences and journals, he has reviewed more than 360 papers. Nirmalya has received several national and international awards and has also been featured on Yahoo News, Business Insider, IEEE TV, and in different newspapers for his contributions to advancing research in these fields. For more details about his work, please visit: https://homepages.uc.edu/~thakurna/

Parameshachari B.D. is currently working as a Professor and Head in the Department of TCE at GSSS Institute of Engineering & Technology for Women, Mysuru. He is recognized as Research Guide at VTU, Belagavi, and currently, Five Research Scholars are pursuing Ph.D. Degree under his supervision. He was instrumental in establishing collaboration between GSSSIETW and Multimedia University, Malaysia, and University of Sannio, Italy. To add, he was instrumental in establishing the IEEE ITS Bangalore Chapter and the IEEE MYSS under IEEE Bangalore Section. He was the recipient of the IEEE Bangalore Section Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2020. More details can be found on his webpage: http://www.geethashishu.in/paramesh

Keywords:

Human-Computer Interaction, Smart Homes, Human Centered Design, Smart Cities, User Centered Design, User Interface, Human Factors, User Interaction, Human Centered AI, Data Science, User Experience, Big Data, Usability, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Environments, Assistive Technologies, Healthcare, Natural Language Processing, Computer Science.

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