Research in the Collaborative Systems Laboratory (CSL) focuses on the investigation and development of technological systems that support collaborative human activity, using theoretical perspectives and research methodologies from the human factors engineering (HFE), human-computer interaction (HCI), and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) research communities.

A central focus of our research is the design of systems that support collaboration in co-located (or face-to-face) environments. The large, physically shared nature of interactive surface computing systems, such as interactive tabletops and wall computers, offer significant potential to support a wide variety of co-located collaborative activities. Thus, a significant portion of CSL research is focused on the design and evaluation of large-format surface computing systems, with a particular focus on interactive tabletop systems. Some current research directions in this regard are outlined below. Please visit the "Past Projects" page for an overview of CSL research activities, and the Publications pages to learn more about recent and past project outcomes.

Current Research Directions:

Fundamental interfaces and research methodologies for large-format surface computers and other co-located collaborative environments

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Topics Include:

  • Interaction techniques for multi-display environments
  •  Digital tabletop interfaces that leverage existing social practices
  • Mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) design methodologies and measures for assessing collaborative environments

Collaborative and decision support interfaces for complex, time-critical team environments



Topics Include:

  • Tabletop interfaces for supporting planning and decision making around dynamic, geospatial data, such as maritime defence and security operations
  •  Interruption recovery aids for mission control operations
  • Methods for deriving collaborative system requirements

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