The project addresses novel interaction techniques such as multi-scale (or zoomable) interfaces, interactive information visualization, bimanual interaction, and the use of video and non-speech audio, as well as the integration of these techniques within a consistent environment. The project also addresses augmented reality, i.e. the integration of computation and interaction within physical objects and environments. Finally the project studies the integration of cooperative services to all aspects of interactive systems.
Participatory design involves users at all stages of the design process. It turns users into innovators and helps understand the situated aspect of the users' activity. The project develops participatory design methods and techniques that make the role of context explicit in the design process.
Novel interaction techniques and interaction paradigms requires the development of specific tools to facilitate their integration and adoption. The project studies component-based architectures where components that implement, e.g. interaction techniques, may be added, removed or substituted dynamically.