top left corner top right corner

Feature-Rich Multimedia Authoring Tools and UI Designs

December 18, 2015
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

The Division of Engineering at Saint Mary’s University, along with the CIS/SMC Joint Chapter and Communication Chapter and Computer Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title: Feature-Rich Multimedia Authoring Tools and UI Designs
Speaker: Dr. Yasushi Akiyama
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm, December 18th, 2015
Place: Saint Mary’s University, Loyola Building (L179)
Cost: Free. Registration required to estimate attendance.
Refreshments: Refreshments and Pizza will be served.
RSVP: Please register here for the event.


Many novice users struggle with multimedia authoring (MMA) tasks. MMA tools often have extensive feature sets and correspondingly complex user interfaces that impede these users’ creative endeavours.

First, I will discuss issues often observed in the design of feature-rich software tools such as MMA tools. I will then introduce several common approaches to address the barriers they pose for novice users. Finally, I will discuss a new approach that I developed to provide support for novice users so they can utilize existing MMA systems more effectively.


Dr. Akiyama is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher and a part-time faculty in the Department of Math and Computing Science at Saint Mary’s University.

His research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of digital tools that support creative tasks. His most recent project investigates and proposes a new concept of multimedia authoring environment that incorporates the Interactive Task-Viewer (ITV). The ITV is a support tool that visualizes complex multimedia authoring tasks and allows users to interact with it in order to obtain more task contextual information. Users can also use the ITV to perform certain MMA operations capitalizing on the task contextual information, rather than searching through menus and controls of the complex UI of existing MMA tools.

Location Information:

A campus map of Saint Mary’s University can be found at the following url: Two-hour parking is available on many of the city streets around the campus.

bottom left corner bottom right corner