PALS Anywhere


Project Name: Personal Assistant for online Services

Abbreviation: PALS Anywhere

Start date: November 1, 2003

End date: March 31, 2006

Project Description:
Device characteristics, such as screen size and means of interaction, and the context in which a device is used, seriously affect the user's mental representation of an information environment and its intended use. We hypothesize that user characteristics are valuable resources for adapting navigation aids to these environmental factors. Our project goal is to design mechanisms for adapting information presentation to device characteristics and its context of use, thereby considering that user goals and the resulting expected navigation behavior might be subject to change. Past research has generally been overly technology-oriented, forgetting that the original goal was to deal with usability problems. We try to overcome this problem by separating research in a cognitive track and a technological track, carried out in parallel by researchers from both disciplines.

Project Funding
PALS is funded by the Innovation-oriented Research Program Human-Machine Interaction of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.


  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research - TNO Human Factors
  • University of Utrecht
  • KPN-Research
  • Rabobank
  • LogicaCMG


The following HMI-member(s) is/are coordinator of this Project

Betsy van Dijk



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