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Seminar: Towards Usable and Useful Multi-Touch Systems

by on December 5, 2007

Thanks to Stacey Scott, Assistant Professor in Systems Design Engineering at UW, for the heads-up about this upcoming seminar.

Time and Place

Fri, Dec 14, 10:00-11:00amUniversity of Waterloo, J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall (RCH), Rm 309Speaker: Daniel Wigdor, University of Toronto


In this talk, I will describe our early-stages work seeking to begin to move past the “wow” factor for multi-touch devices, towards systems which are truly usable by and useful to their users. I will describe our table-centric interactive space, and our efforts to apply the results and techniques of various fields of psychology to build a usable multi-surface collaborative environment. I will also describe a new paradigm for multi-touch, the two-sided input device, and our table and portable implementations of this class of system. Finally, I will describe the next steps of our project, including large display interaction for focused multi-user collaboration.

About the Speaker

Daniel Wigdor is a Ph.D. candidate at the DGP lab in the department of computer science at the University of Toronto, and a fellow at Harvard’s Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC). Since 2005, he has worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) as part of the DiamondSpace project, working to extend tabletop collaboration through the addition of ancillary vertical displays.


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One Comment
  1. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “multi-touch”, check out Apple’s iPhone or the Surface table from Microsoft (I blogged about this a while ago, where you’ll also find a video of it in action.) I’m hoping to attend this seminar; multi-touch is hugely exciting and IMHO will be very important to the field of digital interaction design.

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