The User Experience Lab (UX-Lab)
Informatics Institute - UvA
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About the UX-Lab
The UX-Lab is currently moving to a new location at Science Park 904.
It is designed to be used for research and demonstrations within the
Informatics Institute. It is especially aimed at hosting experiments
with users interacting with multimedia and mobile technology.
Users of the lab can make use of digital video cameras, tripods,
internet, tables, robots, and touch screen devices.
Robots that are currently in the institute's inventory are the iCat, the Ozbot, the Pleo dinosaur, the WowWee humanoid, the AIBO, and several Nao humanoids.
Beamers, lighting, game controllers, and room dividers are on the wishlist of things to be included to the inventory in the future.
Smartphones may also be available for testing mobile applications.
The lab also houses comfortable couches and a coffee table, to welcome
your participants, or to do experiments in a living room-like setting.
Who can use the lab?
Reservations for the lab can be made by any staff member, postdoc, PhD
student, or Master's student of the Informatics Institute at the UvA.
Bachelor students may also be able to use the lab, but have to contact
their supervisor to make the reservation.
Other people who are interested in using the lab should contact the lab manager.
Instructions for making lab reservations
Note: during the move, not all of the lab facilities may be available.
A reservation for the lab is made in one of the following ways:
In both cases, make sure to enter the following information:
- If you are using Gmail, you can use the
UX-Lab's Google Calendar (preferred). You need to register once, by sending an email to
the lab manager requesting access to the UX-Lab Google Calendar. Once
the lab manager sends you the address with the modifiable calendar,
you can use this to enter events on the calendar yourself.
- If you don't use Gmail or Google calendar and don't intend to,
you can send a request to the lab manager
with all the details about your experiment or demonstration, as
specified below. In this case, the lab manager will add your event
to the calendar for you.
In case you would like to make a reservation at a time that has been reserved already, you can contact the person who made the earlier reservation to negotiate. In principle, however, whoever books first, gets the lab.
- date(s) and time(s) that you intend to use the lab (point and drag a time slot in the calendar, or use Edit event details)
- a title for your experiment (title field)
- a short but clear description of your experiment, consisting of a few lines (Edit event details, enter in description field)
- the resources you would like to use to carry out the experiment, e.g., how many cameras?, tripods?, etc. (description field)
- your name and contact details, including your research group, email and phone number -important! (description field)
- set the options 'Show me as busy' and 'privacy: default'
If you don't have physical access to the lab, you should ask the
secretary (or your supervisor, in case you're a Master's or Bachelor
student) to grant you access to the lab (C3.201). Make sure to do this
a few days in advance, because it may take 24 hours before your access
rights are updated.
The calendar below shows all currently known reservations. The version
shown here is read-only. If you want to make a reservation, see the instructions for making a reservation.
Pictures of the UX-Lab
Design of rear projection setup (top view).
Design of rear projection setup (front view).
- Always close the lab when you leave it, even if only for a minute
- Look after the safety of yourself and your participants at all
- Please plan ahead and book the lab ahead of time for your
- Keep the lab clean (no food is allowed in the lab)
- For each experiment please create a folder on the lab network
drive to put all your instruments (questionnaires codebooks and
such), raw data and video feed
- After you have run an experiment, please post a short report of
your experiment on the lab blog (to do: create lab blog)
- Please note that each experiment will have to adhere to the
ethical guidelines for research with human subjects.
To be safe, fill in this
form for each study you intend to run and we'll have this
evaluated by the Ethical Committee's Internal Review Board of the
University of Amsterdam. You want to allow at least three weeks for
this process. All the information for this will be made available on
the User Evaluation Lab blog and the information session. (to do:
create lab blog)
- Ethical guidelines for user studies:
- Examples of consent forms for participants in user studies:
- Links to other research labs for user experience studies:
Lab manager: Anders Bouwer.
Contact the lab manager by email in case you have any questions about the lab: a.j.bouwer AT uva.nl
Last conciously modified on December 16, 2011.