Section: Software and Platforms

Activity Modeling

K-MADe for Describing Human Operator or User Activities

Participant : Dominique Scapin [correspondent] .

K-MADe tool (Kernel of Model for Human Activity Description Environment). The K-MADe is intended for people wishing to describe, analyze and formalize the activities of human operators, of users, in environments (computerized or not), in real or simulated situation, in the field, or in the laboratory. Although all kinds of profiles of people are possible, this environment is particularly intended for ergonomics and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) specialists. It has been developed through collaboration between ENSMA (LISI XSlaboratory) and Inria.

This year we participated in the AFIHM Working Group on Task Models (http://www.gt-mdt.fr/fr/ ) "Groupe de Travail de l'AFIHM sur les Modèles de Tà¢ches"). Since the early work on MAD, domain modeling task is the subject of much research (particularly in the French-speaking community), in particular the definition of formalisms and tool construction, three of which are now operational and maintained: K-MADe, eCOMM and hAMSTERS, posing an alternative to CTT. Many teams use these formalisms in a variety of goals and task models occupy a place in the field of Model Driven Engineering, and support the teaching of HCI. The WG goals are to serve as a forum between research approaches, development teams and potential users, especially for non-IT users; fostering collaboration to validate approaches; encourage feedback in teaching task models; provide the French-speaking community and eventually the international community a set of centralized, shared resources about the notion of modeling tasks.