This site provides more information on the tutorial, “Cross-Device Interfaces: Existing Research, Current Tools, Outlook“, by Michael Nebeling, to be held at the 2016 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, taking place from November 6 to 9 in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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About the Tutorial

In this tutorial, I will describe key technical and design challenges of developing cross-device interfaces, which are not only able to adapt to a wide variety of device characteristics and user preferences, but can actually migrate a user’s tasks from one device to another and even distribute the interface between multiple devices jointly used by one or more users. Starting with a review of the cross-device design concepts, authoring tools and interaction techniques presented in the ISS and larger HCI literature, I will give a comprehensive overview of the state of the art. I will then analyze the current tools for design and development of cross-device interfaces, and present one of these tools, XDBrowser, in detail. Participants will get hands-on experience with designing cross-device versions of existing interfaces using such authoring tools created for non-technical users. Finally, I will discuss open issues and provide an outlook based on the results from recent cross-device workshops I co-organized or participated in at CHI, EICS, and DIS.

Michael Nebeling
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Director, Michigan Information Interaction Lab

More Information

More information about the tutorial can be found in this ACM ISS’16 tutorial proposal (PDF).

More information about the tutorial presenter can be found on his personal web page.

If you’re interested in his research, please also check out the web site of his new lab, the Michigan Information Interaction Lab,  at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Coordination with Cross-Surface Workshop

Important! Please note that there are plans to make it possible for attendants to participate in both this tutorial on cross-device interface research and the Cross-Surface 2016 workshop, both scheduled for Sunday, 6 November 2016. So this is not an either/or decision you have to make–we are working with the conference organizers to allow attendees to participate in both this tutorial and the Cross-Surface workshop.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at nebeling@umich.edu.