Founded in 2007 at the University of Waterloo, the Collaborative Systems Laboratory (CSL) is a research laboratory focused on human-centred design of emerging technology, with a significant focus on enhancing collaborative and social activities. Historically, CSL research focused on the development of novel user interface technologies and interaction design to support small-group, face-to-face collaboration and social interactions. This goal was accomplished through the design of large-format surface computing systems (e.g. digital tabletops, walls, and multi-display environments). This research sits at the intersection of the computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and surface computing sub-fields within the broader academic field of human-computer interaction.
Since relocating to the University of Guelph in 2016, a world leader in veterinary health and agricultural systems, CSL researchers have also begun exploring new technologies in the agricultural domain, including technologies to improve animal health and welfare. This new research direction sits at the intersection of the emerging fields of animal-computer interaction (ACI) and precision livestock farming (PLF).
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, the SSHRC IMMERSe research network, and the NSERC SWaGUR CREATE academic training program.
Please see the CSL Publications page for more details about our work, and the Positions Available page for opportunities to join CSL.
CSL is a former member of the NSERC SurfNet and the LEIF Canada-EU Surface Computing Canada-European Exchange programs.
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