A Responsive Templating Approach for Generating Collaborative Spaces

  • Oluwatimilehin SalakoEmail author
  • Michael Gardner
  • Victor Callaghan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 532)


The business world is a competitive world and the success of entrepreneurs and businesses today is linked to their ability to be inventive which, in turn, means that innovation has become increasingly important for businesses. One response to this has been the introduction of special environments, tailored to support innovation, namely Innovation-Labs (i-Labs). Research has shown that creativity thrives in spaces that are playful and customizable, rather than in the somewhat sterile environments of most workplaces. In this paper, we describe a Responsive Templating Model (RTM) for creating an online immersive collaborative business innovation space that can be customized and dynamically adapted to the needs of individuals and specific business innovation sessions. Our approach has been inspired by earlier pioneering work in innovation Labs, virtual reality, HCI, end-user programming and the World Wide Web. This paper presents a model that allows space and task reconfigurations to be undertaken by a facilitator using template interfaces that are both dynamic and extensible, so as to support human–machine and machine–machine interactions thereby enabling the creation of personalised business innovation spaces.


Innovation-Labs HCI Templating Reconfigurable spaces Customisation End-user programming Product innovation Business innovation spaces 



We are pleased to acknowledge the UK government for the provision of a PhD scholarship to the lead author who is a Commonwealth Scholar. We also wish to express our appreciation to Dr Marc Davies and the Creative Science Foundation for making their resources, and especially their “Spacestation” VR platform, available to this project (but not shown in the images in this paper). In addition we wish to thank Dr Anasol Pena-Rios for her generosity in supplying the BReal platform code which we have used as the basis of the server technology. We are also indebted to Gurpreet Gill for providing background information about the foundational UEA work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oluwatimilehin Salako
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Gardner
    • 1
  • Victor Callaghan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

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