Researchers Rui Alves and Pedro Valente, under the orientation of Nuno Nunes were awarded with the Best Full Paper Award at EICS 2013.
EICS 2013 is the fifth international conference devoted to engineering usable and effective interactive computing systems. It is one of the main conferences in the area of Human-Computer Interaction sponsored by ACM.
Topics of interest include multi-device interactive systems, new and emerging modalities (e.g., gesture), entertaining applications (e.g., mobile and ubiquitous games), safety critical systems (e.g. medical devices), and design and development methods (e.g., extreme programming).
The paper entitled Improving Software Effort Estimation with Human-Centric Models: a comparison of UCP and iUCP accuracy, is part of a study of several concrete projects developed in the company Logica (now CGI, one of the major group of information technology in the world) from which the authors extrapolated effort estimations that evidence the benefits of using human-centric models to enhance the software development practice, in particular for long lasting challenges like generating accurate project estimates early in the development lifecyclee. The impact of this research is significant as it allows companies to estimate with much greater precision production costs of an interactive software engineering area where these models are still incipient. This work was developed in collaboration with the CGI / Logica Service Design Lab, a research initiative under the partnership Carnegie Mellon Portugal installed in Madeira with the support of program + Conhecimento through the structural funds Intervir +