“Interface Currents: Supporting Fluent Face-to-Face Collaboration”

  • ©Uta Hinrichs, Sheelagh Carpendale, and Stacey D. Scott

  • ©Uta Hinrichs, Sheelagh Carpendale, and Stacey D. Scott




    Interface Currents: Supporting Fluent Face-to-Face Collaboration



    While large displays, such as tabletops and walls, are being developed to technically support collaborative work, the design of interfaces that support face-to-face collaboration is still a challenge [Scott et al. 2003]. We present Interface Currents – flexible containers which provide controllable, automated movement of interface items – in order to support the creative flow during collaborative tasks and to enable intuitive organizing and sharing of digital information around large horizontal displays.


    de Bruijn, O., and Spence, R. 2001. Serendipity within a ubiquitous computing environment: A case for opportunistic browsing. In Proceedings of UbiComp’01, Springer-Verlag, 362–370.
    Hinrichs, U., Carpendale, S., and Scott, S. D. 2005. Interface currents: Supporting co-located collaborative work on tabletop displays. Tech. Rep. 2005-773-04, Department of Computer Science, Universtity of Calgary, AB, Canada.
    Scott, S. D., Grant, K. D., and Mandryk, R. L. 2003. System guidelines for co-located, collaborative work on a tabletop display. In Proceedings of European Conference Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW), 159–178.

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