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User Experience Design at Microsoft: Rescheduled to February 2008

Posted: December 11th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Originally scheduled for November/07 but canceled due to weather, we’ve rescheduled Qixing Zeng’s presentation to February 21, 2008.

RSVPs requested for Roger Martin's visit on December 20

Posted: December 7th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

We’ve reconfirmed with Roger Martin that he’ll visit with us on December 20, so be sure to mark that date in your calendar. Roger will be speaking about “Design Thinking: The Next Competitive Advantage.” Click for more details such as directions and Roger’s abstract.Everyone is invited to this free event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Wanda Eby at Communitech so we can gauge attendance and book an appropriately-sized room at the Accelerator Centre.

Seminar: Towards Usable and Useful Multi-Touch Systems

Posted: December 5th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Events | 1 Comment »

Thanks to Stacey Scott, Assistant Professor in Systems Design Engineering at UW, for the heads-up about this upcoming seminar.

Time and Place

Fri, Dec 14, 10:00-11:00amUniversity of Waterloo, J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall (RCH), Rm 309Speaker: Daniel Wigdor, University of Toronto


In this talk, I will describe our early-stages work seeking to begin to move past the “wow” factor for multi-touch devices, towards systems which are truly usable by and useful to their users. I will describe our table-centric interactive space, and our efforts to apply the results and techniques of various fields of psychology to build a usable multi-surface collaborative environment. I will also describe a new paradigm for multi-touch, the two-sided input device, and our table and portable implementations of this class of system. Finally, I will describe the next steps of our project, including large display interaction for focused multi-user collaboration.

About the Speaker

Daniel Wigdor is a Ph.D. candidate at the DGP lab in the department of computer science at the University of Toronto, and a fellow at Harvard’s Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC). Since 2005, he has worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) as part of the DiamondSpace project, working to extend tabletop collaboration through the addition of ancillary vertical displays.