We had a day-long discussion of the research factors surrounding distributed display environments. We also talked about what we need to do collectively to push the field forward and into the attention of HCI researchers.

Next Steps

The following steps were suggested as possible future steps to take in advancing this field of research about distributed display environments.
  • Develop benchmark tasks - If we develop as a group a set of tasks that can be used in the evaluation of distributed display environments and interfaces developed for them, then we might be able to more easily compare findings.
  • Build common terminology - If researchers in this area use a common set of terms for different aspects of distributed display environments, we can make our findings more accessible to those not familiar with the area but who take an interest. This step is complementary to the step above as it will further help make findings among different systems more comparable.
  • Special Journal Issue or Paper - By publishing a paper about our work and our workshop or by developing a special isue of a journal devoted to the workshop topic, we might be able to more easily make others aware of the important research being conducted in this area.
  • Making tools and interfaces available - There are two aspects to this step. The first is to encourage people to build toolkits that can help expedite the process of developing interfaces and applications for DDEs. The other is to make easily available the developed interfaces themselves so that others can iterate and expand on the ideas more quickly.
  • Build a comprehensive reference list - Certainly the people involved in this workshop are not the only ones conducting research in this area. Furthermore findings from disciplines other than computer science may be very beneficial to system and interface development. A solid reference list thus acts as a valuable community resource.

Workshop Participants and Papers

We have listed here (in alphabetical order by first author) the papers involved in the workshop. Authors who were unable to attend the workshop are italicized. Workshop organizers were Duke Hutchings, John Stasko, and Mary Czerwinski.

[ pdf ] Mark Ashdown, Yoichi Sato. Attentive Interfaces for Multiple Monitors.

[ pdf ] Brian P. Bailey. A Distributed Display System for Interactive Sketching.

[ pdf ] Blaine Bell, Steven Feiner. View Management for Distributed Display Environments.

[ pdf ] Jacob T. Biehl, Brian P. Bailey. Interfaces for Managing Information in Distributed Display Environments.

[ pdf ] Kori M. Inkpen, Regan L. Mandryk. Multi-Display Environments for Co-located Collaboration.

[ pdf ] Gerd Kortuem, Christian Kray. HCI issues of dispersed public displays.

[ pdf ] Benoit Mansoux, Laurence Nigay. Distributed Display Environments in Computer-Assisted Surgery systems.

[ pdf ] Chia Shen, Kathy Ryall, Katherine Everitt. Facets of Distributed Display Environments.

[ pdf ] Wolfgang Stuerzlinger. MULTI: Multi-User Laser Table Interface.

Research Factors

During the workshop we discusssed a very large number of factors that affect research in the area of distributed display environments. They are listed below. They are somewhat organized into higher-level categories but the discussion was not necessarily this organized. Requests for changes (additions, deletions, expansions, etc.) should be made to Duke Hutchings: hutch@cc.gatech.edu.

Physcial & logical set-up

To what degree are the following display types used?

Spatial Arrangement


Other considerations

Aspects of Collaboration

Aspects of evaluation

High-level questions and observations

Evaluation Metrics

Task aspects

Other considerations

Pictures of Posters

[ jpeg ] Evaluation

[ jpeg ] More evaluation

[ jpeg ] Physical and Logical Setup

[ jpeg ] More Physical and Logical Setup

[ jpeg ] People

[ jpeg ] Tasks

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