ACM SIGCHI Symposium on
Engineering Interactive Computing Systems 

Pisa, Italy - June 13-16, 2011   


Designing Visual User Interfaces for Mobile Applications

Luca Chittaro, University of Udine, Italy

Room: 28

Duration: half day (starting from 2:00 PM)

Abstract: People want to do more with their mobile phones and every day new mobile applications are launched in a increasingly wide number of domains. However, traditional UI knowledge is not sufficient to design effective interfaces for mobile applications because the mobility context presents developers with several peculiarities and new challenges. This tutorial will introduce participants to the design of visual interfaces for mobile applications. In particular, it will: (i) illustrate the peculiar aspects of mobile interaction that make it more difficult to build effective user interfaces for mobile users, (ii) show how the powerful graphics capabilities of today’s mobile devices can be exploited to create interfaces that help users on the move do more with their phones, requiring less time and attention, (iii) look at recent developments in the engineering of mobile UIs such as tool support for mobile interface development, including mobile end-user programming.

Instructor Bio: Luca Chittaro is full professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Udine, Italy, where he heads the HCI Lab ( He is author of more than 150 publications, and his major research interests are in information visualization, mobile devices, virtual reality, persuasive technologies, and adaptive interfaces. He has been chair (2004-2008) of the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI (ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). He is member of the Editorial Board of the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal, and has been co-chair of the MOBILE HCI International Conference on Mobile Devices and Services in 2007 and 2003, and program co-chair of the ACM Web3D International Symposium on 3D technologies for the Web in 2004 and 2005. He has received research grants from a wide range of organizations, including the European Union.

Last update: May 31, 2011