Shared Interfaces for Co-located Interaction

  • Massimo Zancanaro
Part of the Cognitive Technologies book series (COGTECH)


Co-located, collaborative work around shared surfaces has become a major topic of the research agenda in the fields of teamwork and collaborative learning. In this chapter, we introduce the difference between multi-touch and multi-user interfaces and we present three cases of co-located interactions on shared interfaces. The first two cases present examples of multi-user applications: StoryTable is a multi-user application for children to practise their narration skills in a collaborative way; the NNRT table is a multi-user application to foster a shift in the attitudes of participants via a narration task (it is used in peace-education programs). Finally, we describe a new approach to shared interfaces explicitly aimed at influencing immediate behavior in an informal, non goal-oriented co-located small group.


Voice Activity Detector Frustrate Total Internal Reflection Collaborative Skill Narration Task Touch Event 
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The work presented in this chapter is a summary of several projects worked together with many colleagues at FBK-irst (formerly ITC-irst) and the University of Haifa. In particular: Oliviero Stock, Fabio Pianesi, Daniel Tomasini, and Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss.


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  1. 1.FBKPovoItaly

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