Context-awareness and Mobile HCI: Implications, Challenges and Opportunities

Xiangang Qin*, Chee Wee Tan, Torkil Clemmensen

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Context-awareness endows mobile devices and services with the capability of interacting with users in an efficient, intelligent, natural and smart fashion. Consequently, context-awareness makes a significant difference to mobile HCI. However, the challenges brought by context-awareness to users of mobile devices are rarely examined in depth. In this paper, previous conceptions of context and their contribution to context-awareness in mobile HCI is scrutinized and a preliminary context-computer interaction (CCI) model is advanced to illustrate the interaction characterized by mobile context-awareness. Furthermore, the paper examines the limitations of information processing models and review alternative models of context. We also address user experience challenges related to the enablement of mobile context-awareness and highlight avenues for future research issues. Specifically, we found that context-awareness has been employed broadly in developing applications and services on mobile platform, has had a huge impact on mobile user experience, and has altered the interaction between humans and computers by giving the latter a more active role to play. The significance of context-awareness in the usage of mobile systems calls for systematic and in-depth appreciation of its impact on mobile HCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI in Business, Government and Organization : Interacting with Information Systems
EditorsFiona Fui-Hoon Nah, Chuan-Hoo Tan
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9783319584805
ISBN (Electronic)9783319584812
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event4th International Conference on HCI in Business, Government and Organizations. HCIBGO 2017 - Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 9 Jul 201714 Jul 2017
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International Conference on HCI in Business, Government and Organizations. HCIBGO 2017
LocationVancouver Convention Centre
OtherHeld as Part of HCI International 2017
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Context-awareness
  • Mobile HCI
  • User centric

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