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SIRIUS: Situated Interaction Research at INRIA, UCSD and Stanford

INRIA Associate Team

The SIRIUS Associate Team was created to support research activities between the INRIA research team INSITU, headed by Wendy Mackay, the HCI group at Stanford, headed by Prof. Scott Klemmer, and the DCOG-HCI group at UCSD, headed by Prof. Jim Hollan.

A number of people have changed affiliations, although we continue to work together. Arvind Satyanarayan completed his undergraduate degree at UCSD and started a Ph.D. at Stanford in the fall of 2011. He has had several visits to Paris in 2012, including a 3-month internship in the summer, where he worked with us on the Interactive Schedule project. Bjorn Hartman completed his Ph.D. at Stanford and joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2011, so Wendy Mackay and Michel Beaudouin-Lafon began weekly visits to his lab there to work on the BayScope project. Lora Oehlberg completed her Ph.D. at Berkeley in October, 2011 and just started an INRIA-Silicon Valley post-doc at INSITU. Daniel Strazzula completed his Masters at Stanford and began a Ph.D. on a CORDI grant at INSITU in October 2012 (after a short research internship with the group at the end of the summer). Next year, Prof. Scott Klemmer will leave Stanford and join the faculty at UC San Diego, along with Prof. Jim Hollan. We will continue to work with Bjorn Hartman and Maneesh Agarawala at Berkeley, Jim Hollan and Scott Klemmer at UC San Diego and Monica Lam and Stu Card at Stanford.

We are continuing to work on three of the four themes identified in the original proposal :

  1. Interaction with Wall-Sized Displays
    • BayScope (NSF) project
    • Wilder (DigiScope) project
    • Interactive Schedule (CHI13) project
  2. Design Workbench
    • Combinatorix project
  3. Interactive Paper
    • DRAO (ANR) project

(The Ethnographer's workbench is subsumed under other activities.)

Here is a brief summary of the activities in 2011-2012.


  • Wendy Mackay (DR INRIA, Chef INSITU) and Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Prof U. Paris-Sud, InSitu) completed their two-year stint as Visiting Professors at Stanford University in July (2010-2012). They also visited Prof. Bjorn Hartman's lab at Berkeley on a weekly basis until June 2012.
  • Wendy Mackay and Michel Beaudoin-Lafon visited James Hollan (Prof. UCSD) and Nadir Weibel (Post-doc, UCSD) at UCSD in xxx.
  • Prof. Maneesh Agrawala, Bjorn Hartman, Fanis Tsandilas (CR INRIA, INSITU) and Wendy Mackay and Adrien Bosseau (CR INRIA REVE) met about the DRAO ANR project at the INRIA Silicon Valley meeting, Spring 2012.
  • Daniel Strazzula (MA, Stanford) visited INSITU as an intern, prior to starting his Ph.D. in the INSITU lab with Wendy Mackay.
  • Arvind Satyanarayan (Ph.D., Stanford) came to INSITU for a 3-month internship to work on the Interactive Schedule project.
  • Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, James Hollan (UCSD) and Arvind Satyanarayan (Stanford) all attended the Dagstuhl HCI seminar in August, 2012.
  • Denis Bouchinet (MA, U. Paris-Sud) was a student intern at Bjorn Hartman's lab at Berkeley, working on the BayScope project.
  • Emilien Ghomi (Ph.D. student, INSITU) visited Stanford and worked with Michel Beaudouin-Lafon 22 April - 5 May, 2012.
  • Julie Wagner (Ph.D. student, INSITU) and Stéphane Huot (MC, INSITU) visited Wendy Mackay and Michel Beaudouin-Lafon at Stanford in 11-24 May, 2012.

Successful Grants

  • Bjorn Hartman, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon and Wendy Mackay submitted a successful NSF grant to support travel between France and Berkeley in conjunction with the BayScope project.
  • Adrian Bosseau (INRIA, Sophia Antipolis) submitted a successful ANR grant with members from INSITU Fanis Tsandilas (INRIA) and Wendy Mackay, and

Prof. Maneesh Agrawala (Berkeley), called DRAO, to create interactive graphics tools to support sketching. The kickoff meeting was held in Nov. 2012 and included interviews with designers from Toyota.

Talks and Workshops

  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Instrumental Interaction in Multisurface Environments. Adobe Research (Jan 2012)
  • Wendy Mackay, Interacting with Interactive Paper. Adobe Research (Jan 2012)
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Instrumental Interaction in Multisurface Environments. CMU Silicon Valley (Feb 2012)
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Bayscope: Multisurface Interaction with Large Displays. INRIA Silicon Valley @ LBL (Feb 2012)
  • Wendy Mackay and Jesse Cirimele, Medical Applications and Paper Substrates. INRIA Silicon Valley @ LBL (Feb 2012)
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon and Wendy Mackay, ''Co-Adaptive Instruments and Multisurface Environments. UC Irvine (Apr 2012)
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Instrumental Interaction in Multisurface Environments. UC San Diego Distinguished Lecture Series (Apr 2012)
  • Arvind Satyanarayan, CHI'13 Interactive Schedule. Dagstuhl Seminar (Aug 2012)
  • Wendy Mackay, "Interactive Paper Substrates to Support Musical Creation'', Dagstuhl Seminar (Aug 2012)
  • Multisurface interaction workshop, Berkeley, 12 May 2012 (
	16 participants, with Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Stéphane Huot & Julie Wagner from InSitu, Nadir Weibel from UCSD
  • Digiscope Multisurface interaction workshop, Orsay, 24 May 2012
	25 people overall, with Bjoern Hartmann, Lora Oehlberg from Berkeley and Daniel Strazzulla from Stanford

Joint publications

  1. Schneider, Bertrand, Blikstein, Paolo and Mackay, Wendy (2012) Combinatorix: a Tangible User Interface that Supports Colaborative Learning of Probabilities. In ITS '12: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. ACM, pp.
  1. Steven Dow, Wendy Ju, and Wendy Mackay (2012). Projection, Place and Point-of-View in Research through Design. Chapter 22 in: The Sage Handbook of Digital Technology Research, Sarah Price, C. Jewitt & Barry Brown (eds). Sage Publications, 2012.

Attach:sage.chapter.2.pdf Δ


  • Wendy Mackay taught an HCI course at Stanford Prototyping Interactive Systems for 24 undergraduate and graduate students in the Winter quarter of 2012 at Stanford University, which received an excellent course rating.

Several students applied these techniques in other classes and at least two received 'best project' awards in those classes as a result.

  • Wendy Mackay taught an HCI special projects course at Stanford Special Projects in HCI, with both undergraduate and graduate students in the Spring quarter of 2012 at Stanford University, which received an excellent course rating. Projects included a startup (, a service to connect Stanford students to local Stanford alumni (, a service for connecting teachers in the local school district to Stanford students who can program specific apps for them, and a research project using an interactive table with physical widgets to teach abstract concepts in combinatorial statistics, called Combinatorix, which resulted in a paper presented at ITS'12.
  • Wendy Mackay ran a workshop for Stanford Ph.D. students on "How to ask Research Questions in HCI".

New and ongoing projects

  • Wendy Mackay and Michel Beaudouin-Lafon are working with Professor Monica Lam and her students on using Stanford's Musubi network as an interactive event at the upcoming CHI'13 conference in Paris.
  • Wendy Mackay worked with Wenqing Dai (Master's student) and J. Crimele (Ph.D. student) and Prof. Card on the Cognitive Aids project with Stanford Medical School, and have developed a prototype aid for assisting with CPR.
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon and Wendy Mackay are continuing to work with Prof. Bjorn Hartmann (Berkeley) Bayscope, a satellite extension of DigiScope. Denis Bouchinet, (Masters student U. Paris-Sud) worked with Bjorn over the summer and we are working on a publication. (This is also connected with the Digiscope project.)
  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon and Wendy Mackay are working with Arvind Satyanarayan and Daniel Strazzula on a dynamic interactive scheduling system for presenting hundreds of video clips. The project is being demonstrated and tested at the CHI'13 Program committee meeting in Paris and will be deployed for 3000 people at the CHI'13 conference in Paris next spring.