My past and current projects focus upon the use of tangible tabletops in the application domains of urban planning, technology-based assessment, collaborative problem solving, and decision-making. Here are some of the results of my past projects.
2015- : Microworlds on the TUI
Within the scope of the ERASMUS+ project ReEngage and the H2020 Marie Curie IF Project GETUI, we have investigated how small Microworlds could be rapidly instantiated on a Tangible Table, with the aim to use them for pedagogical activities.
2014- : TULIP
TULIP is a Java based software framework which we developed over the past years to faciliate the development of new TUI applications in our numerous projects. TULIP uses an abstraction layer to receive information from computer vision frameworks, such as reacTIVision, and a widget model based on MCRit to enable rapid application development.
TULIP can be downloaded from http://git.list.lu/nui/tulip
2014-2015 :Tangible simulation of climate change
In cooperation with CAPEL (Centre d’activités pédagogiques et de loisirs) from the city of Luxembourg, a TUI was co-designed to support children in understanding the impact of daily life decisions onto the CO2 emissions and the raise in temperature.
Funded by: LIST, CAPEL, Fonds National de la Recherche
2013-2015 :Tangible GIS
In 2013, a first prototype has been developed, allowing the exploration of logistical infrastructure (e.g., roads, railway stations, airports, ports, …) on an interactive map. Via physical objects, users can manipulate the map, or activate different layers of information. This application has been developed within the scope of the INTERREG projects Weastflows, Lamilo and MUSIC and aims to support stakeholders in collaboratively taking decisions.
The prototype has been presented at the fair „transport and logistics 2013“ in Munich (June 2013), as well as the fair ICT spring in Luxembourg (June 2013). From July – September 2013, it could be visited in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure.
Funded by: Interreg IVb Weastflows, Interreg IVb Lamilo, Interreg IVb MUSIC, Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg
2011-2013 : TUI-based assessment
In this application domain, the use of tangible tabletops for assessing 21st century skills, such as collaborative problem solving, is studied. In collaboration with the pupils of Lycée Technique d’Esch, two prototypes have been implemented and studied in empirical evaluations:
- 2011/2012: A simulation item requires users to understand the relations between parameters affecting the energy production of a windmill. Each tangible object represents another parameter, such as number of rotor blades, wind speed, or temperature. Through rotating the objects, users can increase or decrease the parameters and see the effects on a windmill animation, projected on the tabletop.
- 2012/2013: A second simulation item provides a more complex environment in the field of traffic using the implementation of Dresden University of Technology. Users can manipulate parameters, such as the maximum speed, the inflow of cars, or the amount of trucks in order to study the effect on the flow of cars and the eventually resulting traffic jams.
Funded by: Fonds national de la Recherche Luxembourg, CRP Henri Tudor
2006-2010: The MR-Tent
The MR Tent, a physical enclosing for a collection of MR prototyping tools, which can be used on the real site in an urban renewal process. The MR Tent provides a physical space with a table and several MR views of an urban site to help mixed groups of stakeholders collaboratively construct, explore and discuss their vision of a particular urban project. It was developed in a cooperation of Vienna University of Technology, Graz University of Technology and University of Applied Arts Vienna within the scope of EU funded project IPCity in 2006-2010.
You can find more information on http://www.icg.tugraz.at/project/ipcity/mrtent
2006-2010: The ColorTable
The ColorTable is a tangible tabletop supporting discussion and expression of different ideas around urban planning topics. It was developed at Vienna University of Technology within the scope of EU funded project IPCity in 2006-2010.
You can find more information on http://www.media.tuwien.ac.at/v.maquil/colortable.html