Territoriality in Collaborative Tabletop Workspaces
Speaker: Stacey Scott , University of CalgaryContact:
Date: August 13 2004
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Host: Vineet Sinha, CSAIL
Jaime Teevan, (617) 253-1611, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Researchers seeking alternatives to traditional desktop computers have begun exploring the potential collaborative benefits of digital tabletop displays. However, there are still many open issues related to the design of collaborative tabletop interfaces, such as whether these systems should automatically orient tabletop items or enforce ownership of tabletop content. Understanding the natural interaction practices that people use during tabletop collaboration with traditional media (e.g., pen and paper) can help to address these issues. Interfaces that are modeled on these practices will have the additional advantage of supporting the interaction skills people have developed over years of collaborating at traditional tables. To gain a deeper understanding of these interaction practices Stacey's research has involved extensive observation of traditional tabletop collaboration in both casual and formal settings. This research has revealed that collaborators use three types of tabletop territories to help coordinate their interactions within a shared tabletop workspace: personal, group, and storage territories. Stacey's talk will detail results from her observational studies, implications they have for the design of tabletop interfaces, some example territory-based interfaces, and future directions stemming from this research.
Stacey Scott is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. Her research focus is on understanding the fundamental interaction behaviours underlying traditional collaboration. Her work has investigated interactions around paper-based media for the purposes of developing co-located CSCW systems which facilitate small group collaboration. Specifically, her dissertation work has explored spatial interactions of small groups collaborating at tabletop workspaces while using paper-based media. She is currently developing interaction techniques for digital tabletop displays that are based on the interaction patterns observed during these studies of traditional tabletop collaboration.
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