Pen and Paper for Next Generation Presentation Tools

Type of Thesis: 
Master Thesis

Presentations are used in many situations where knowledge is transferred orally. Even with the rise of mobile devices such as tablets and laptops, the use of pen and paper is far from dead. As an example, a lot of students still print slides before a lecture in order to annotate them during the presentation. However, the use of pen and paper is not limited to the audience. There are various types of digital pens that allow the presenter to navigate and make annotations to the slides, either directly on the screen or on paper as for example realised in the PaperPoint presentation tool. 

As part of this thesis, you will investigate the use of pen and  paper by the presenter by means of a literature study and a survey with presenters from various domains. Next, you will focus on the more recent trends in presentation tools. This includes, for instance, zoomable user interface and highly interactive and dynamic content. Although paper-based solutions exist for the classic presentation tools it is clear that their concepts can not always be applied to these new presentation. For instance, it is easy to create handouts from a set of PowerPoint slides, but how does one create a printable version of a zoomable user interface? Furthermore, some of the content might not be simple static text or images but could for instance be a dynamic and interactive visualisation. As part of this thesis you will investigate how to convert such presentations to a paper interface in a way that still allows presenters to interact with it using a digital pen. 



Contact: Reinout Roels (

Background Knowledge: 
  • Java
  • Web Technologies (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, ...)
Technical challenges: 
  • You will work with digital pen and paper, and their SDKs
  • You will work with the MindXpres presentation tool which is based on modern web technologies
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