A new Interaction Paradigm for Distributed User Interfaces by Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer, University of Konstanz

Event details

  • When: 11th March 2013 15:00 - 16:00
  • Where: Phys Theatre C
  • Series: CS Colloquia Series
  • Format: Colloquium, Seminar

This seminar is suitable for CS3053-RPIC


Distributed User Interfaces (DUIs) are typically used in ‘Interactive spaces’ which are physical environments or rooms for collaborative work that are augmented with ubiquitous computing technology. Their purpose is to enable a computer-supported collaboration between multiple users that is based on a seamless use of different devices for natural ‘post-WIMP’ interaction, e.g., multi-touch walls, interactive tabletops, tablet PCs or digital pen & paper. However, to this day, there are still no well-established guidelines or toolkits for designing and implementing such distributed user interfaces (DUIs). Therefore the talk will introduce the Zoomable Object-Oriented Information Landscape (ZOIL), a novel design & interaction paradigm and software framework for post-WIMP DUIs in interactive spaces.

ZOIL is part of our greater vision ‘Blended Interaction’, a new conceptual framework for understanding and designing post-WIMP interaction. Based on models, theories and frameworks from Cognitive Science, Cognitive Linguistics and Human-Computer Interaction, this framework defines ‘good’ interaction and argues for shaping UIs in a way that takes into account the users’ body and social skills, the users’ physical & social environment and the users’ cognitive abilities for conceptual integration. UIs for Blended Interaction make use of the users’ familiarity and dexterity when interacting with the non-digital physical and social world while they seamlessly integrate the expressiveness and power of the virtual and digital world.  This design approach is based on blends of real-world characteristics with the digital world in four different design domains: Individual Interaction, Social Interaction, Service & Workflow and Physical Environment.

After relating ZOIL to this greater vision of future Human-Computer Interaction, the different ZOIL design principles will be introduced and illustrated with the help of a variety of use cases.


Harald Reiterer defended his Ph.D. thesis at the Department of Computer Science of the University Vienna, Austria in 1991. He holds a Mag. degree (M.Sc. equivalent) from the University of Vienna in Computer Science and Economics. Prior to his appointment as full professor at the Computer and Information Science Department of the University of Konstanz in 2009, he was associate professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science of the University of Konstanz (1997-2009), assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Vienna (1995-1997), and senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (1990-1995) in Bonn, Germany. His main research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Usability Engineering, Information Visualization, and Visual Analytics. He published articles in the top journals and Conferences of these areas and works as a reviewer for various journals and conferences.

Contact Information:

Harald Reiterer

University of Konstanz

Department of Computer & Information Science

78465 Konstanz, Germany

Phone: +49 7531 883704

Email: Harald.Reiterer@uni-konstanz.de  

Web: http://hci.uni-konstanz.de