MuSAMA: High-Resolution Displays in Smart Appliance Ensembles

The DFG Research Training Group MuSAMA (Multimodal Smart Appliance Ensembles for Mobile Applications) is based on the hypothesis that ubiquitous machine intelligence, envisioned for our future everyday environments, will be provided by dynamic ensembles: Local agglomerations of smart appliances, whose composition is prone to frequent, unforeseeable, and substantial changes. Members of such ensembles need to be able to cooperate spontaneously and without human guidance in order to achieve their joint goal of assisting the user. The resultant concept of autonomous cooperative assistance poses new challenges for the research on ubiquitous and ambient information technology.

Large high-resolution displays (LHRDs) are used in a wide application area like product engineering, geospatial imaging or scientific visualization. The advantage of scientific visualization on high-resolution displays is the presentation of complex data in a higher level of detail as well as in the context of surrounding information. The focus of this project is the development of methods and techniques for integrating large high-resolution display environments in smart appliance ensembles. The thesis focuses on the investigation of multi-modal 3D interaction techniques. The display environment can be used as an (inter-) active or passive device, depending on the user’s current position, task, and workload.

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