Making Public Displays Interactive Everywhere, by Sebastian Boring

Making Public Displays Interactive Everywhere – Tracking Technologies and Sensing Concepts that allow for Deployment in Many Spaces

The talk will be broadcast through Bambuser.


With the increasing number of large displays in our public everyday life, the need for interaction techniques to control such displays emerges. One promising way of accomplishing this is to make use of personal, mobile devices. However, while there is a lot of research on this topic, it has yet failed to bring those technologies fully into the public, i.e., by allowing for interactions in a broad variety of public spaces. The problem is further that such technologies cannot be evaluated in public spaces simply due to the difficulty of deploying them there. In this talk, I will take a detailed look at the challenges designers face when developing for different settings. I will discuss considerations that both technology and interaction concepts should follow to be deployable in many spaces. Based on these, I will present a tracking technology and discuss several prototypes built with that technology. These prototypes then lead to an overarching interaction concept that – combined with the tracking – allows for public deployment regardless of the space’s unique characteristics.


Sebastian Boring is an Assistant Professor in the HCC Group at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on novel interaction techniques around the display's boundaries. He is particularly interested in considering the surrounding of displays as new interaction canvas instead of only looking at the display itself. His research includes both the development of sophisticated sensing and tracking technologies as well as the design and evaluation of such interaction techniques. Before coming to Copenhagen, Sebastian was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Interactions Lab at the University of Calgary working with Dr. Saul Greenberg and Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale.,Sebastian received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Munich, Germany where Andreas Butz supervised him. While pursuing his PhD, he was a visiting researcher in the Media Team at the University of Oulu, Finland in 2007 (working with Jukka Riekki and Timo Ojala), and in the Human Computer Interaction Lab, Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam in 2009 (working with Prof. Dr. Patrick Baudisch and Sean Gustafson). More Information at

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:00 to 12:00
Kista Showroom, Kista Science Tower Kista