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IN-SITU Research team

Situated interaction

  • Leader : Wendy Mackay
  • Research center(s) : CRI Saclay - Île-de-France
  • Field : Perception, Cognition and Interaction
  • Theme : Interaction and visualization
  • Partner(s) : Université Paris-Sud (Paris 11),CNRS
  • Collaborator(s) : U. PARIS 11 (P.-SUD), CNRS

Team presentation

Over the past 20 years, computer power has increased by a factor of 1000, input and output devices have remained the same and the "desktop" model of graphical user interface has become so prevalent that it is difficult to imagine a replacement. Such interfaces have reached their limits for several reasons: users are increasingly diverse, hardware platforms are multiplying (PDA, tablet-PC, etc.), the quantity of data is exploding, and the computer has become a powerful medium for human communication.

The IN-SITU project-team develops new interaction techniques, new tools and new methods for designing interactive systems. The goal is to develop situated interfaces, i.e. interfaces that are adapted (or adaptable) to their contexts of use, taking advantage of the complementary aspects of humans and computers. In the long run, the project seeks to create a new generation of interactive systems as an alternative to the current generation of desktop environments.

IN-SITU is an interdisciplinary team located at the Laboratory for computer science (Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, LRI) on the Orsay campus of Université Paris-Sud.

Research themes

New interaction paradigms - IN-SITU explores novel interaction techniques, including multi-scale (or zoomable) interfaces, interactive information visualization, bimanual interaction, video and non-speech audio, and the integration of physical and on-line information (augmented or mixed reality). The project-team seeks to integrate these techniques and to enable groups of users to work collaboratively in a coherent, easy-to-use environment.

Participatory design - Participatory design involves users throughout the design process. Users contribute both as experts in the use of technology in context and as innovators with ideas that help lead to new designs. IN-SITU develops new participatory design methods and seeks new ways to make the role of context explicit in the design process.

Engineering of interactive systems - New tools are required to faciliate the development, integration and adoption of new interaction paradigms. IN-SITU explores component-based architectures that permit interaction techniques to be dynamically added, removed or substituted to meet the user's needs.

International and industrial relations

  • IST Project InterLiving (with KTH, Sweden, and University of Maryland, USA) : participatory design of "shared surfaces" for the home.
  • RNTL Project Indigo (avec ILOG, le CENA et le W3C) : design and development of an OpenSource toolkit for post-WIMP interfaces.
  • Collaborations (international) : Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Maryland (USA), Royal College of Art (UK), IBM Almaden Research Center (USA).
  • Collaborations (France) : CENA, Institut Pasteur, LAPS Marseille, LIRMM Montpellier.

Keywords: Interactive Systems User Interface Development Environments Computer-supported Cooperative Work