department of informatics

Interactive Collaborative Environment Project

A bit of background

The focus of the Interactive Collaborative Environment (ICE) project is to explore how to design and implement a smart computer mediated collaborative environment which supports

  • multiple users interacting with a common application simultaneously
  • interaction with the common application using a variety of devices including mobile phones, tablets, touch tables and laptop computers
  • an ecology of shared and private displays
  • both co-located and telepresent interaction

Research team

We also collaborate on serveral aspects of our research with members of the Cognitive Ergonomics (Prof. Jürgen Sauer, Dr. Andreas  Sonderegger) and Document, Image and Voice Analysis (Dr. Denis Lalanne, Prof. Rolf Ingold, Matthias Schwaller) groups at the University of Fribourg.


  • Collaborative Web Browsing: Multiple Users, Multiple Pages, Concurrent Access, One Display. Schmid, O., Lisowska Masson, A., and B. Hirsbrunner. Proceedings of the 4th ACM SIGCHI symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS'12), June 2012. (to appear)
  • A Fitt of Distraction: Measuring the impact of distracters and multi-users on pointing efficiency. Lalanne, D., and A. Lisowska Masson.  Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011), May, 2011.
  • Web-Based Multipointer Interaction on Shared Displays. Bowie, M., Schmid, O., Lisowska Masson, A., and B. Hirsbrunner, Proceedings of the Interactive Papers session of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative work (CSCW 2011), March, 2011.
  • Robust and reliable solutions for middle cost large multi-touch displays. Schmid, O., Lisowska, A., Courant, M. and B. Hirsbrunner. In the proceedings of the workshop on Engineering Patterns for Multi-Touch Interfaces 2010 at the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS 2010), Berlin, Germany, June 19th-23rd, 2010.