Usability in Israel

  • Omri Eliav
  • Tomer Sharon
Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


This chapter describes the current state of usability in Israel. It provides a history of activities and covers the unique perspectives and problems relating to the country. In addition to reviewing academic and industrial activities some sample projects are highlighted.


Risk Perception Human Factor Traffic Sign Accountability Bias Human Engineer 
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  1. 1.Google Inc.Mountain ViewUSA

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