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Identifier 000357767
Title Development of a smart office application to support multiuser collaboration using ambient intelligence technologies
Author Τουρλάκης, Παναγιώτης
Thesis advisor Στεφανίδης, Κωνσταντίνος
Abstract Ambient Intelligence (Aml) aims to offer people the ability to interact with computer-augmented environments in a natural way, such as by using vocal commands or hand gestures, in order to accomplish various everyday life tasks. Most people spend a big part of their lives in their working environments and, as shown by recent technology trends, they tend to use more naturally operated equipment, such as touch screens and multi-touch surfaces, to simplify their work. However, when it comes to collaboration, most available tabletop interaction solutions are not suitable for large groups of users, since each user needs a personal workspace, while the cost and complexity of commercial interactive surfaces increase along with their size. This thesis proposes a tabletop collaboration system, called SMURF Table, that employs Aml technologies to provise an interactive surface for meetings among multi-user groups in an office environment. The software system consists of two applications, the SMURF Table application and the SMURF Document Manager. The SMURF Table application creates an interactive surface that is projected on a large desk, providing each user with a personal workspace along with an area for public use. Users are recognized by identification cards that allow thw table to automatically load their documents, while each user is provided with a special pen and a personal keyboard for interaction. On SMURF Table documents are automatically rotated to fit each viewer's perspective, while information sharing is achieved by creating document copies that are updated in real time. The application communicates with sensors in the Aml office environment in order to identify users and allow them to interact with the virtual surface. The SMURF Document Manager is a tool that allows users to connect to the SMURF Table server and manage their documents remotely over an Internet connection. Users have the ability to download documents fron the the SMURF Table to their personal computers, as well as upload new documents in order to use them in meetings. SMURF Table has been specifically developed in order to provide users with an efficient solution for group meetings, by supporting collaboration through an easy to use interface that requires no unnecessary initialization or configuration from the users. Aml technologies are used to allow users to associate their documents with personal cards rather than carrying laptops or storage devices, as well as to supposrt conducted in the context of this thesis confirm the usability of the developed system, as well as its efficiency as a support tool for collaborative meetings.
Language English
Issue date 2010-07-16
Collection   Faculty/Department--Faculty of Sciences and Engineering--Department of Computer Science--Post-graduate theses
  Type of Work--Post-graduate theses
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