Query by Visual Example: Assessing the Usability of Content-Based Image Retrieval System User Interfaces

Colin C. Venters, Richard J. Hartley, Matthew D. Cooper, William T. Hewitt

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This paper reports a study designed to investigate the requirements of a user interface for a content-based image retrieval system, and presents the preliminary results of an inquiry into the usability of the query by visual example paradigm. Twenty eight evaluation sessions were conducted to test the usability of two user interfaces. The study was segmented by image type, user group and use function. Usability was measured using a combination of both objective and subjective measuring instruments: benchmark tasks, critical incidents, and the Questionnaire for User Interface Satisfaction (QUIS). Preliminary findings suggest that both user interfaces had an overall positive usability score, although there were a number of areas that would improve the overall score. The results also indicate that the efficacy of some currently used features are questionable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Multimedia Information Processing - PCM 2001
Subtitle of host publicationSecond IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia Beijing, China, October 24–26, 2001 Proceedings
EditorsHeung-Yeung Shum, Mark Liao, Shih-Fu Chang
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
VolumeLNCS 2195
ISBN (Electronic)9783540454533
ISBN (Print)3540426809, 9783540426806
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd IEEE Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia - Beijing, China
Duration: 24 Oct 200126 Oct 2001
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Volume2195 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd IEEE Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia
Abbreviated titleIEEE-PCM 2001
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