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Workshop on Shareable Interfaces 19th to 20th of June.2007
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A large body of research on tangible interfaces, large displays, and interactive surfaces such as
walls and tabletops has focused on the support of collaborative work within shared physical space.
This research has been successful in developing a variety of technical solutions and conceptual
work addressing the support of collaboration with particular technologies. However, the focus has
tended to be on specific kinds of interface technologies, and less on commonalities or differences
between them regarding the support of collaborative activity.

We propose shareable interfaces as a more inclusive term focusing on the kinds of activity to be
supported rather than on the design of the interface per se (Sharp et al, 2007). Like groupware,
they are intended to support people working together on and around the same content. However,
they are designed for people who are physically co-located and co-present. It is assumed that
shareable interfaces can enhance collaboration because of the various shareable properties
afforded by the technology. In particular, a main attribute is the provision of multiple inputs that
can support simultaneous interaction with content by group members. The technologies used
include large wall displays, interactive walls and tabletops and tangibles.

This workshop, sponsored by the EPSRC Equator project, aims to draw together this work to create
a more coherent research focus on collaborative co-located technologies. We will look for
similarities and differences between technologies and focus on future directions in shareable
interface research. This will be of interest to researchers with interests in HCI, CSCW, cognitive
science, ethnography and studies of collaborative design. We also welcome participation from
those working in potential application areas such as museums, education or crisis response.

The workshop will feature three invited talks and will include activity sessions to ground
discussion and provide a shared focus. Two keynote speakers have confirmed so far:

- Chia Shen (Senior Research Scientist with Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboraties, Cambridge,
MA, involved with the DiamondTouch Table project) http://www.merl.com/people/shen/

- Sergi Jorda (associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and one of the
inventors of the reacTable and the reacTIVision software) http://www.iua.upf.es/~sergi/

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Submission and Participation

Please submit a 1-2 page position paper addressing the theme of the workshop by May 14 to
[log in to unmask] . Participation will be based on accepted submissions to
facilitate discussion.

Attendance is free and will be funded by Equator. Lunch and refreshments during the workshop
and a workshop dinner will be provided. We will provide financial assistance for PhD students to
enable participation.

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Location, Dates, and Organizing Team

Location:
  the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK
  (this is about 1 hour by train from central London)
Dates:
  19th and 20th of June 2007.

Organizers:

Paul Marshall, Eva Hornecker, Yvonne Rogers
  (Pervasive Interaction Lab, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

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Provisional Agenda

Day 1
11.00-12.30 invited speaker 1 + focussed discussion
13.30-15.00 session 1
15.30-17.00 invited speaker 2 + focussed discussion
17.30-19.00 3-5 mins presentation session (1 slide per participant)

Day 2
  9.30-11.00 session 2
11.30-13.00 invited speaker 3 + discussion
14.00-15.00 Finish off discussion and future directions

More Information on the website
http://mcs.open.ac.uk/pm5923/si2007/




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Eva Hornecker (Dr. / PhD)

Pervasive Interaction Lab, Dept. of Computing
Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK

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http://www.ehornecker.de

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