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Visualization & Usability Group


The Visualization and Usability Group conducts research in information visualization, virtual environments, related HCI technologies, and the evaluation of these technologies in order to demonstrate the utility and feasibility of visual displays of information to industry and government.

Projects in ITL Programs

Password Usability Research -- The usability scientists at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) are conducting an independent research project on password usability. Passwords are the source of many cartoons and office jokes. These cartoons and jokes are not based on good scientific data but rather on anecdotal evidence.

Usability for Biometric Systems
— With the plans for integrating biometrics into many areas of government and public life, the importance of usability research has increased. As we began to study the usability of biometric technologies ...

Usability Metrics & Measurements (UMM) / IUSR — In October of 1997, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated an effort to increase the visibility of software usability, the Industry USability Reporting (IUSR) ...


3D Shape Research—The main focuses of Shape Analysis Research Project (SARP) are to investigate 3D shape-based retrieval and to apply shape analysis to address a number of scientific research problems.

Usability and accessibility of Voting Systems—Directed by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 NIST has been working with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to develop voting system …


Visualization and Usability Group
Sharon Laskowski, Group Leader

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8940
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8110

301-975-4535 Telephone
301-975-5287 Facsimile