Tabletop Interfaces for Maritime Operations

Tabletop Interfaces for Supporting Collaborative Decision Making in Maritime Operations

Members Involved:

  • Antoine Allavena
  • Katie Cerar
  • Victor Cheung
  • Stacey Scott

In collaboration with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Atlantic and in partnership with Gallium Visual Systems, CSL members are developing and evaluating digital tabletop user interfaces for supporting planning and decision making in maritime operations.  The software interfaces are being developed for Anoto digital ink pen-based tabletop systems. The software aims to make coordination between task groups a much simpler process. In the current software prototype, called ASPECTS (ASset Planning Employing a Collaborative Tabletop System), a map displays a naval situation and users can add and edit tracks coming from a simulated sensor array. Users can also access available information about the ships identified in the picture to assist in planning and decision making.


Scott, S.D., Allavena, A., Cerar, K., Franck, G., Hazen, M., Shuter, T., Colliver, C. (2010).Investigating Tabletop Interfaces to Support Collaborative Decision-Making in Maritime Operations.  In Proceedings of ICCRTS 2010: International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (CD-ROM Proceedings), Santa Monica, CA, USA, June 22-24, 2010.

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