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DIST Oddelek za informacijske znanosti in tehnologijo

The Monday Seminar of Computer Science of the Departments of Information Sciences and Technology from UP FAMNIT and UP IAM will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 16:00 at UP FAMNIT. The seminar will be presented by Julie DUCASSE.

Where and when: 22 Oktober 2018 at 4PM in FAMNIT-VP2

Presenter: Julie DUCASSE
Julie Ducasse je pridobila doktorat znanosti iz področja interakcije človek-računalnik v Franciji na Univerzi v Toulousu. Od septembra 2018 je raziskovalka na UP FAMNIT in dela v HICUP Lab in InnoRenew.

Title: Tabletop tangible maps and diagrams for visually impaired users

A variety of approaches exist to make these geographical and graphical representations accessible to visually impaired users, whether traditional or technological. Technological approaches can rely on digital representations only (with audio and haptic feedback) or on digital and physical representations (with tactile feedback). While digital representations have the great advantage of being instantly updatable, they provide very limited tactile feedback, which makes their exploration cognitively demanding and imposes heavy restrictions on content. On the other hand, most prototypes that rely on digital and physical representations allow for a two-handed exploration that is both natural and efficient at retrieving and encoding spatial information, but they are physically limited by the use of a tactile overlay, making them impossible to update.
Within the framework of the AccessiMap project, we proposed to bridge the gap between these two approaches by investigating how to develop physical interactive maps and diagrams that support two-handed exploration, while at the same time being updatable. To do so, we built on previous research on Tangible User Interfaces (TUI). Based on the design, implementation and evaluation of three tabletop TUIs (the Tangible Reels, the Tangible Box and BotMap), we proposed innovative non-visual interaction techniques and technical solutions that could serve as a basis for the design of future TUIs for visually impaired users. Notably, we investigated how tangible maps and diagrams can support various tasks, ranging from the (re)construction of diagrams to the exploration of maps by panning and zooming.