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Title: Human centred software testing using augmented reality
Authors: Camilleri, Kurt
Keywords: Computer software -- Testing
Augmented reality
Human-computer interaction
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Camilleri, K. (2019). Human centred software testing using augmented reality (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Software testing is a demanding activity where testers have to handle considerable volumes of information coming from a wide variety of sources in order for them to carry out their day-to-day jobs effectively. This influx and volume of information may cause what is known as information anxiety. This project builds upon previous work to investigate how context-relevant and just-intime (JIT) information presented through augmented reality (AR) interfaces affects the testers’ productivity and performance while at the same time mitigating risks associated with information anxiety. In order to investigate the above statement, a lab-based study was designed and carried out with twenty full-time software professionals. Participants who took part in this single blind study were randomly assigned to either the control group or the experimental group. The control group had access to context-relevant and just-in-time information through a second monitor, while the experimental group viewed the same information through HoloLens – an enterprise level AR headset. Results show that the productivity levels of testers using AR interfaces for contextrelevant JIT information was slightly lower when compared with testers using a second screen monitor. There are several factors leading to this finding, particularly the level of familiarity with using a second monitor to interface with information as well as the novelty of AR headsets together with the interaction experience afforded. Cognitive workload during task performance was, on the other hand, similar for both groups, which provides an interesting insight into the potential of AR headsets for productivity tasks in this domain.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacICT - 2019
Dissertations - FacICTCIS - 2019

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