WILD - Wall-Sized Interaction with Large Datasets

WILD is an experimental high-resolution, interactive platform for conducting research on collaborative human-computer interaction and the visualization of large datasets. The platform will be accessible to scientists from other disciplines, including astrophysicists, biologists, chemists, as well as computer scientists, to visualize, explore and analyze their data.

Interaction and Collaboration

WILD focuses on interaction, providing users with a 3D real-time motion capture system, multi-touch tabletop displays and other devices. Unlike other wall-sized displays, users will be able to interact and collaborate directly, to both visualize and manipulate heterogeneous data sets.

Multi-scale Interaction lets users navigate through large and complex datasets by visualizing them at different scales. The high-resolution wall affords multi-scale interaction through simple locomotion: approaching the wall reveals details. Motion tracking will enable us to design new visualization and navigation techniques that use full-body motion to control scale.

Multi-surface Interaction manages data displayed on multiple surfaces such as the wall, tabletop display, and mobile devices (PDAs, iPod Touch, mobile phones, etc.). A key issue is to provide efficient techniques to help users transfer information seamlessly from one surface to another. The motion tracking system will offer a unique opportunity to investigate new multi-surface interaction techniques.

Multi-user Interaction supports users collaborating to achieve a task, users interacting simultaneously on the same dataset, and the exchange of data among users. WILD will focus on collaborative interactions involving multiple display and input surfaces. Typical situations include two users working on the same dataset, one sitting at the table with a global view of the wall display, the other standing closer to the wall, getting detailed information about a region of the screen.

Participatory Design

Our research method is based on involving end users, such as astrophysicists and biologists, throughout the design process. Together, we will design the collaborative interaction and visualization techniques that will support their activities: We will analyze their needs and create early prototypes; We will observe their use of the prototypes and collect their ideas for improvement; We will conduct controlled experiments and longitudinal studies; We will refine the prototypes. In the end, we will have designed and validated techniques that better suit the needs of scientists in various disciplines based on real usage scenarios.

Hardware platform

WILD is composed of the following hardware components:


The three scientific partners of the project are:

Eight laboratories from the Plateau de Saclay Campus are associated to the project:


Funding for the project comes mainly from Région Ile-de-France and the Digiteo research park in science and technology of information.

Additional funding comes from the National Research Agency (ANR), CNRS, INRIA, Université Paris-Sud, and the INRIA-Microsoft Research joint laboratory.