Benyon: Adaptive Systems; a solution to usability problems

by Carson Reynolds

Benyon tries to survey the different components needed for different types of adaptive systems (reflexive, self-regulating, self-mediating, self-modifying). He also provides some development techniques, such as the specification of physical alternatives to meet task model. Unfortunately, this paper doesn’t really succeed. Some of the requirements asserted do not seem necessary or sufficient for adaptation. However, some of the decompositions provided may be useful in taxonomizing adaptive interface systems. Additionally the paper argues that adaptive systems are an important alternative in developing usable systems. The support for this argument, woefully, is not very rigorous or cogent.