Multi-device configuration work in distributed interaction

Project start: 

01 September 2011

iCareNet Fellow: 

Abstract of the Project

The workflow of clinicians in a patient ward can be described as nomadic. In addition to sitting in an office or fixed location (knowledge work), clinicians also roam through the hospital while doing their work (mobile work). This work typically includes collaborations with a large number of people and usage of physical tools and computing devices that are spread over multiple locations. Clinicians roam from one location to another while interacting with both mobile and stationary tools and devices.

Most of these tools and devices are, however, intrinsically disconnected from each other, forcing clinicians to manually reconfigure the active work setting according to the situation. This results in work interruptions, information fragmentation and a disconnected workflow crossing several information resources. Furthermore, there is little support for the ongoing collaborative context, situation or specific role of the device. In this research project, we are investigating how activity-centric computing can be used as a context-aware approach to this multi-device configuration problem in distributed interaction in hospitals.

In this project we focus on:

•       an Activity Theory informed conceptualisation of the multi-device configuration problem in hospital wards;

•       an activity-centric infrastructure that supports the prototyping of distributed interactive systems; and

•       two multi-device user interface concepts to explore the activity-centric approach to this multi-device configuration problem.

Research Achievements to date

1.     Ethnographic field study in

2.     Review and design space analysis of related work

3.     Participated in smart space research [1,3]

4.     Constructed a service-based infrastructure that allows to prototype distributed interactive applications [4]

5.     Short-term collaboration on interaction blindness within iCareNet

6.     Completed 30 ECTS credits


[1]     The Design and Architecture of ReticularSpaces – an Activity-Based Computing Framework for Distributed and Collaborative Smart Spaces

J.E. Bardram, S. Houben, S. Nielsen and S. Gueddana, To appear in the proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems. EICS’12, 25-28 June 2012. ACM Press.

[2]     co-Activity Manager: Integrating Activity-Based Collaboration into the Desktop Interface

S. Houben, J. Vermeulen, K. Luyten and K. Coninx,  to appear in the proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces. AVI’12. 21-25 May 2012. ACM Press.

[3]     ReticularSpaces: Activity-Based Computing Support for Physically Distributed and Collaborative Smart Spaces

J.E. Bardram, S. Gueddana, S. Houben and S. Nielsen,  In the proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’12, pages 2845-2854, ACM Press, NY, USA, 2012.

[4]    A Situated Model and Architecture for Distributed Activity-Based Computing

S. Houben, M. Esbensen and J.E. Bardram. To appear in the proceedings of Modiquitous ’12, the 2nd international workshop on model-based interactive ubiquitous systems at EICS’12.