IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2011: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2011 pp 248-258

An Integrated Communication and Collaboration Platform for Distributed Scientific Workgroups

  • Christian Müller-Tomfelde
  • Jane Li
  • Alex Hyatt
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23774-4_22

Volume 6946 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Müller-Tomfelde C., Li J., Hyatt A. (2011) An Integrated Communication and Collaboration Platform for Distributed Scientific Workgroups. In: Campos P., Graham N., Jorge J., Nunes N., Palanque P., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2011. INTERACT 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6946. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


We present the design, technologies and user study of an advanced collaboration platform which integrates life-size video conferencing and group interactions on a large shared workspace. The platform has been developed to support the diagnostics and research scientists in an animal health laboratory to work collaboratively across a physical containment barrier. We present the design rationale for this enhanced shared workspace which allows the sharing of a range of data and synchronous interactions on computer applications in this complex work setting. This can not be simply supported by the “board-room” type of “telepresence” technology. We describe the technical solution which has focused on the ergonomic aspect and, importantly, the integration of communication and collaboration features in the shared workspace. The platform has been under routine use and a user study has shown that these design considerations are critical for supporting the distributed scientific collaborations and may be also applicable to other scientific domains.


Human-Work Interaction DesignInteraction with Small or Large DisplaysComputer-Supported Cooperative Work
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Müller-Tomfelde
    • 1
  • Jane Li
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alex Hyatt
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO ICT CentreAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO Livestock IndustriesAustralia
  3. 3.University of TechnologySydneyAustralia