By Dan R. Olsen Jr. (auth.), Dr. Panos Markopoulos, Prof. Dr. Peter Johnson (eds.)

Does modelling, formal or differently, play a task in designing interactive platforms? A proliferation of interactive units and applied sciences is utilized in an ever expanding range of contexts and mixtures in specialist and every-day lifestyles. This improvement poses an important problem to modelling methods used for the layout of interactive platforms. The papers during this quantity talk about quite a number modelling methods, the representations they use, the strengths and weaknesses in their linked specification and research recommendations and their function in assisting the layout of interactive systems.

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UML Event Sequence Diagram The resulting UML model serves as a feasibility analysis that can be feed back to the WP designer. Our intent is to support a technical engineering dialog between WP design and 00 design, based on quantifiable value to the WP and technical feasibility for the software. 5 Near-term Plans for Further Technology Development It could be very valuable during the dialog with the domain expert if the 00 designer could talk about a credible estimate of development costs and time schedules for the software.

As such, all models are ambiguous and any work done with the model, for example to prove correctness, completeness or whatever points to the correctness of the model which may in turn point to the correctness of the machine but, in the context eX socially organised activity, which is discretionary, contingent, and messy proves very little about the whole system. The model is not the system. Those limitations notwithstanding, we use representations in all kinds of dialogue, not least in design dialogue.

Thinking about it in this way, suggests that the activity of modelling has parallels with the activity of ambulance control. Both can be seen as processes of developing, maintaining and transforming representations. But while ambulance controllers have developed practical representati9ns for practical purposes, we often struggle with theoretica1 representations which have become disconnected from the practical purposes of the activity being modelled but not from the practical purposes of model makers.

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