A Tangible Visualisation for Personal Cross-Media Information Spaces

Type of Thesis: 
Master Thesis

On a daily basis users struggle to organise and re-find their digital as well as physical information such as documents, photos or emails. Personal Cross-Media Information Management investigates the opportunities for providing users an alternative to the mainly used Desktop Metaphor by moving away from the file hierarchies that we use to store our information. On the other hand, users have constructed their own personal organisation during their life, including physical file systems in bookcases or piles of papers on a desk. Our current research aims to develop new interaction techniques for emerging PIM systems and at the same time to offer mechanisms for digitally augmenting a user's existing organisational structures (e.g. piles of papers) in order to guide and help users in managing and re-finding their physical and digital information items.


In this thesis you will extend our PIM Visualisation with a tangible query interface as well as foresee a smooth integration with current applications such as Outlook. We could, for example, use available office objects such as a pen or a coffee cup to interact with the graph-based PIM Visualisation of design custmise physical handles. It is the purpose to come with novel and innovative interaction designs for multi-touch tables in an office setting. As  part of this project you will become familiar with interaction design, tabletop user interfaces and tangible user interfaces. 

Background Knowledge: 
  • Java and JavaFX
  • HTML and CSS
Technical challenges: 
  • You will explore tangible user interfaces
  • You will learn about tangible design  
  • You will learn design principles for tabletops
Sandra Trullemans
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