Founded in 2007, the Collaborative Systems Laboratory (CSL) is a research laboratory focused on designing technology to enhance collaborative and social activities. Historically, CSL research has focused on the development of novel user interface technologies and interaction designs that support collaboration and social interactions, especially in small-group, face-to-face contexts. This goal was accomplished through the development 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.

More recently, CSL researchers have also been exploring new technologies for improving animal health and welfare in animal farming contexts. This new research direction sits at the intersection of the emerging fields of animal-computer interaction and precision livestock farming.  

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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