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Collocated vs Remote Collaboration on wall displays

Master-level internship at in|situ|

Advisors: Anastasia Bezerianos and Olivier Chapuis


The internship will be an introduction to research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), focusing on issues related to collaborative interaction around wall-sized displays.

High-resolution wall-sized displays allow multiple users to see, manipulate and understand large amounts of data. While there is a lot of work on collaborative interaction with smaller displays, for instance tabletops and whiteboards, little is know about collaborative work using wall-sized displays.

The goal of the internship is to better understand the difference between collocated collaborative interaction in front of a wall-sized display and remote collaboration interaction in front of two interconnected wall-sized displays. We hypothesize that concepts such as perception, awareness between co-workers and territoriality (space utilization) will play an important role in this context.

The intern will:

  • Review the main related work on remote and collocated collaborative interaction around shared displays
  • Develop a simple prototype to better understand the role of co-worker awareness and territoriality in simple collaborative tasks (this might lead to the design of novel interaction techniques).
  • Design, run and analyze the results of lab experiment(s) to test hypothesis related to awareness and territoriality and/or to evaluate novel designs.

Required skills:

  • Java programming
  • Basic background in Human-Computer Interaction

The internship will take place in the insitu team, under the supervision of Anastasia Bezerianos [1] and Olivier Chapuis [2].