Cross-fertilisation between Potioc and the University of Lorraine
Teegi - © Potioc
This is the story of a human and scientific encounter. When Stéphanie Fleck, the Associate Professor leading the University of Lorraine's PErSEUs* team, came to Talence barely a year ago to present her work to the IMH'13 conference (organised by Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest and the Francophone Association for Man-Machine Interaction), she discovered the work of Martin Hachet, who was heading the Potioc project team.
They both share the common aim of trying to "manipulate the invisible" to make it known to as many people as possible, through new modes of interaction based specifically on interactive 3D technologies. This is really Martin Hachet's specialist field, whereas Stéphanie Fleck specialises in education, teaching science through enhanced learning environments. Stéphanie, for her part, created AIBLE, a prototype using augmented reality on small, easy-to-handle cards, to teach 8-to-12-year-olds the complexity of the solar system. Martin Hachet's team developed Toucheo and PapARt, which are used as mediation tools at Cap Sciences, the Bordeaux centre for scientific culture.
The teaching method, combined with the new 3D learning enhancement technologies, is an emerging sector of education. Both Stéphanie Fleck and Martin Hachet are forging ahead as pioneers, each feeding off the other's ideas in what might be described as a cross-fertilising and highly complementary approach. The result of their collaboration is that Potioc and Stéphanie Fleck have between them created Teegi, a little character that can be manipulated to understand one's own brain activity. A paper on this work was published at UIST 2014, a major conference in the field of human-computer interfaces held in Honolulu (Hawaii) in October. And the arrival of Lorraine developmental engineering in the Potioc project team will complete the AIBLE learning package before it is rolled out in the French national Education system. Martin Hachet and Stéphanie Fleck are now embarking on the teaching of optical phenomena through spatial augmented reality technologies in the HOBIT (Hybrid Optical Bench for Innovative Teaching) project, in collaboration with physicists from the University of Bordeaux.
* PErSEUs: Psychology, Social Ergonomics for User Experience; she is also an instructor at ESPE - University of Lorraine