University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Colloquium of the Department and the PhD Program


Open-Ended Information Exploration in Exhibition Spaces: A Case for Visualization & Large Display Technology


Dr. Uta Hinrichs, University of St Andrews

date & place

Thursday, 24.01.2013, 10:00 h
Room F425


Large direct-touch information displays are becoming more commonplace in public exhibition spaces such as museums, art galleries, and libraries. Their interactive capabilities, along with their size and form factor offer opportunities to present information to exhibition visitors in an engaging yet informative way. However, the characteristics of exhibition spaces, such as broad and diverse audiences, brief interaction times, and self-guided exploration styles present challenges to the design of such information displays. Considering these challenges, my research focuses on information visualization as a means to support open-ended information explorations and casual discoveries. In my talk I will present different examples of how artistic approaches to visualization can be combined with direct-touch interaction techniques to promote engaging experiences in exhibition settings. As part of this I will discuss findings from studying such large direct-touch exhibits in-situ and provide a detailed view on how people spontaneously approach and explore visualizations on public direct-touch displays individually and in groups.