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Digital systems for supporting communities' connectedness in public spaces

Föreläsare: Maximilian Müller and Nuno Otero
Titel: Digital systems for supporting communities' connectedness in public spaces


Many public spaces are shared by very distinct groups of people. Sometimes this sharing does not really involve any sort of engagement or awareness. Different reasons for such lack of awareness and engagement exist: non-existence or acknowledgement of common interests, seasonality regarding the use of the space or distinct group identities that do not facilitate connecting. Digital technologies deployed in such environments propose to create engaging scenarios and interactions among people, fostering community awareness.

Shared interactive systems with digital display installations can provide a simple and effective way to generate shared experiences in public spaces. Already being used to distribute information in many environments, interactive display installations allow users to consume (and interact with) content casually and spontaneously in surroundings that they share as a group. This creates new collaborative scenarios where content seen by co-located people near the display can become a common reference for conversation, discussion or comments.

As one example, we will present and discuss systems for collaborative longitudinal (playful) interactions with display installations. The goal of such systems is to foster spontaneous in-situ collaboration among potentially unfamiliar people in order to connect people and further create community awareness.

Short bios

Maximilian Müller is a PhD Student in Computer and Information Science at Linnaeus University, Sweden, since May 2013. He is also a member of CeLeKT at the Media Technology department since October 2011. Maximilian holds a MSc in Media Informatics from the University of Applied Sciences (Beuth Hochschule) Berlin, Germany. Currently, his research projects are centred around interactive digital public displays. This divides into both the development of applications and systems as well as the subsequent evaluation of the technology once applied. In addition, he has interests in the fields of interactive systems design including multi-touch surfaces and large screen environments on the one hand and novel interaction technologies and conceptual HCI frameworks on the other.

Nuno Otero has a Bachelors' degree in Psychology from Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada and a Doctorate degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Media Technology, Linnaeus University in Sweden. He is interested on theories and conceptual frameworks in HCI, from more traditional approaches taking a user centred perspective to more recent trends focusing on user's experiences with technologies. In a nutshell, the question driving his research concerns the understanding of how the properties of distinct devices, computational artefacts and embedded external representations impact on people's activities (from work related activities to ludic contexts). Furthermore, he is also keen on understanding how distinct methodologies suit the investigation of different issues along the artefact design cycle and how the design solutions can the documented and reused by design teams.


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