Designing multi-device environments to enhance collaborative decision making

06. Juli 2017, 10:00 , 11:30

Veranstalter:  Prof. Orit Shaer, Wellesley College
Ort:  OFFIS, Escherweg 2, Raum F02

Large-scale multitouch displays are becoming increasingly available, offering the promise of enhancing co-
located collaboration by enabling multiple users to manipulate information using natural interactions such as
touch and gestures. Combining a number of multi-touch displays, large and small, facilitates the development
of interactive spaces where users can move freely across tasks and working styles. However, the availability
of these exciting devices is not enough to design effective collaborative environments. We also need a deep
understanding of how different design characteristics of the environment affect users’ ability to collaborate.
In this talk I will present novel multi-device systems that we designed and implemented in order to enhance
co-located collaborative learning and decision making in various settings ranging from museums to meeting
rooms. I will also describe new research methods, which we developed to investigate the impact of such
systems on the behavior of individuals and groups involved in co-located collaboration.
Brief biography:
Orit Shaer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the Media Arts and Sciences at
Wellesley College. She also directs the Wellesley College Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab. Her re-
search HCI focuses on 3D, tangible, tabletop, and mobile interaction as well as on computer-supported col-
laborative learning. Shaer is a recipient of several National Science Foundation and industry awards including
the prestigious NSF CAREER Award, Agilent Technologies Research Award, and Google App Engine Ed-
ucation Award. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Tufts University. She has been a research
fellow in the Design Machine Group at the University of Washington and in the University College London
Interaction Center.
Eingeladen von: Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll