A Specification Paradigm for the Design and Implementation of Tangible User Interfaces

Speaker: Orit Shaer , Wellesley

Date: Friday, May 01, 2009

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Refreshments: 3:45 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Michael Bernstein, (617) 253-0452, msbernst@mit.edu

Relevant URL: http://www.eecs.tufts.edu/~oshaer/

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Reminder Subject: TALK: A Specification Paradigm for the Design and Implementation of Tangible User Interfaces

Tangible user interfaces have shown the potential to significantly enhance computer-mediated activities such as learning, problem solving, and design. However, tangible user interfaces are currently considered challenging to design and build. Designers and developers of these interfaces encounter several conceptual, methodological and technical diffculties. Among others, these challenges include: the lack of appropriate interaction abstractions, the shortcomings of current user interface software tools to address continuous and parallel interactions, as well as the excessive effort required to integrate novel input and output technologies. In this talk, we discuss the design space of tangible interaction in the broader context of the reality-based interaction framework. We then present a series of tangible user interfaces that we developed to encourage creativity and collaboration, and introduce a new specification paradigm for designing and implementing Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) that alleviates TUI development challenges. We will also describe our current research that focuses on applying reality-based interaction techniques to scientific visualizations.

Speaker Bio:
Orit Shaer is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College. Her research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on developing interaction techniques and software tools for next generation user interfaces. Orit received her PhD (2008) in Computer Science from Tufts University. She has been a visiting researcher in the Design Machine Group at the University of Washington and in the University College London Interaction Center. Previously, she served as a system engineer at Orbotech Ltd, where she led an interdisciplinary development team. Orit is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society and ACM SIGCHI. She serves as a Program Co-Chair of TEI 2010, the international conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction. She is a guest editor of a special issue of TOCHI on User Interface Description Languages for Next Generation User Interfaces. She was also a co-organizer of the CHI 2008 workshop on User Interface Description Language for Next Generation User Interfaces. Orit is a recipient of the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship.

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