Understanding Roles and Rules for Shared Display Environments

Project Leader Project Co-leader
Sidney Fels
University of British Columbia
Ravin Balakrishnan
University of Toronto

Large-screen displays help people to work together in a common space in novel ways. Small, mobile displays offer different challenges and opportunities. New metaphors, interaction paradigms, and mechanisms for effective sharing of displays are being developed that depend on the form factors and affordances of displays, the tasks being pursued, and the roles of people engaged in the tasks.

The term ‘display’ is not restricted to visual displays. It covers visual, audible, haptic, and  olfactory modalities. Participants with sensory deficits can benefit from redundant, multimodal display as well as alternate display techniques
that equally support all participants. Both collocated and distributed environments are being considered.

SHRDSP will investigate a range of computer display modalities and techniques to enhance human-human communication.