Informatics, TU Vienna

Novel Graphical & Sound Interfaces for Tabletops

This presentation will describe ethnographic research that seeks to understand how data is entered into primary care electonic patient records (EPRs).


Work on interactive tabletops and surfaces has focused mostly on two-dimensional issues, such as multi-finger gestures and tangible interactions. Interesting as it is, however this picture is missing several dimensions. I will describe work on 2D and 3D semi-immersive environments and present novel on-and-above-the-surface interface techniques based on bi-manual models. I will also discuss means to allow for more expressive interactions, including novel uses of sound and combining hand and finger tracking in the space above the table with multitouch gestures on its surface continuously. These combinations can provide alternative design environments and allow novel interaction modalities.


Joaquim Jorge is a Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST/UTL), the School of Engineering of the Technical University of Lisboa, Portugal, where he teaches User Interfaces and Computer Graphics. He received PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1995. He is Editor in Chief of Computers & Graphics Journal and a member of the ERCIM Editorial Board. He is a senior member of ACM/SIGGRAPH and IEEE Computer Society as well as Portuguese national representative to IFIP´ TC13 (Human Computer Interaction). Joaquim Jorge's interests are in Calligraphic and Multimodal User Interfaces, Visual Languages and Pattern Recognition techniques applied to Human-Computer Interaction. He was elected Fellow of the Eurographics Association in 2010.


This lecture is organized by the Human Computer Interaction Group at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology.
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