Silver Computing

Silver Computing is a project from the NUS HCI Lab to explore the issue of designing for elderly people in the field of Human Computer Interaction. This research is supported by a grant by the NUS Young Investigator’s Award.

Our mission is to make better interaction techniques of computers for elderly people. We are working on 2 projects:

  1. Adaptive Interface: creating a multi-dimensional adaptive interface, which can adapt to the user’s visual, auditory and cognitive abilities in order to make it easier to use the interface
  2. Silver Traveller: a design project on elderly and travelling, where we would like to participate in elderly people’s activities related to travelling to understand the problems and challenges they face

Adaptive Interface

In order to meet the needs of aging computer users, novel interfaces are required for the elderly so that they can contribute to, and function in, a society that is increasingly dominated by information technology.

We understand aging as a multi-dimensional, non-uniform and individualized process, hence, there is a need for technology to address these characteristics of aging.

Our project aims to create a multi-dimensional adaptive interface for the aged. It will consist of 2 software components:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic tool: a set of diagnostics tests to assess the effect of aging on operating computing tasks by testing the users with common user interface tasks using a set of conventional and unconventional input devices.
  • Adaptive interface optimizer: based on the individual user’s ability and the input devices he/she posesses, the optmizer makes appropriate adjustments to the existing interface to make it easier to use.