Author of the Month: Kim-Phuong VuPublished: February 15, 2012
Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design (2nd Edition)
Kim-Phuong Vu, Professor, Psychology
Published in 2011 by CRC Press (and co-edited with Purdue University’s Robert Proctor), the 794-page Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design covers basic human factors issues relating to homepage and website design, universal access and accessibility, types of input devices for accessing the web, and how to organize and search for information on the web. It also explores newer features which have become prominent in the next generation of web technologies. These include multimodal interfaces, mobile capabilities and the rise of m-commerce, social networks, online games, web portals, and use of online agents/avatars to improve the user experience. Divided into 12 sections, this book covers historical backgrounds of the web, provides overviews of the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics, and goes into specific topics relating to the web, including the importance of incorporating usability evaluations in the design process, content preparation for the web, web search, designing for accessibility, designing for e-commerce, task and meaning analysis for web-based interactions, performance modeling, information security, emerging technological developments and applications for the Web, and evaluating the costs and benefits of incorporating human factors for the web.
“The handbook includes 38 chapters written by more than 80 distinguished scholars and practitioners from nine countries (USA, Belgium, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain). As such, this handbook serves as a valuable resource to researchers and practitioners in web design because it summarizes the current state of knowledge relating to Human Factors in Web Design and includes more than 3,000 references to specific research papers,” said Vu, who joined the Psychology Department in 2005. Vu is also co-author of the book, Stimulus-Response Compatibility Principles from CRC Press in 2006. She was named recipient of the 2009 Earl Alluisi Early Career Achievement Award from Division 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the world’s largest association of psychologists. In 2009, she was also awarded the CSULB Early Career Excellence Award, and in 2011, the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Award. She earned her B.A. in 1999 from CSULB, and her M.S. and Ph.D. (the latter in 2003) from Purdue University.