Pr Jean Vanderdonckt - Model-Driven Engineering of User Interfaces: Some Retrospective and Prospective Views


Pr Jean Vanderdonckt


Bio : Jean Vanderdonckt is Full Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium where is Head of Louvain Interaction Lab (LiLab) and President of Louvian School of Management Research Institute (ILSM). He is co-editor in chief of Springer Series in Human-Computer Interaction.
In order to be relieved from empirical and opportunistic development of user interfaces and to promote a genuine and rigorous approach throughout the development life cycle, model-driven engineering of user interfaces is typically structured along three dimensions:

Conceptual modelling of user interfaces and interaction: models should capture the essence of what user interfaces and interaction will be and should be compliant with a meta-model expressing its semantics ; abstract and concrete syntaxes could then be defined to express these semantics, typically through a User Interface Description Language (UIDL); stylistics study how such syntaxes could be graphically conveyed.

Step-wise and structured approach: a set of rules and general principles should guide the modelling approach in order to master all the steps required to achieve the full development life cycle.

Software tools: a software suite is expected to support the aforementioned step-wise approach in order to properly conduct the development life cycle. This presentation provides a retrospective view on model-based and model-driven engineering of user interfaces since its inception and sketches some prospective views to their future avenues.