Founded in 2007, the Collaborative Systems Laboratory (CSL) is a research laboratory focused on designing technology to enhance collaborative and social activities. Our research aims to understand the human and social factors of face-to-face and distributed teamwork and to apply this knowledge to the creation of technologies to enhance group communication, coordination, interaction, and socialization.
CSL has research facilities in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. CSL is also affiliated with the University of Waterloo's Games Institute and the SSHRC IMMERSe research network.
Current CSL research efforts are focused on the development of novel interface and interaction techniques for interactive, large-screen wall and tabletop systems, and multi-surface environments (e.g., digital tables coupled with mobile tablets) and applying these interface technologies to real-world domain contexts such as military command and control settings, emergency response, and gaming. Other CSL research focuses on development of collaborative and decision support interfaces for complex, time-critical team environments. Please see the CSL Publications and Research pages for more details.
CSL is a former member of the NSERC SurfNet and the LEIF Canada-EU Surface Computing Canada-European Exchange programs.