Touch Interaction for Data Engagement with Science on Spheres (TIDESS)

Imagery processed in collaboration with Gene Feldman and Norman Kuring, NASA OceanColor Group

The purpose of the TIDESS project is to investigate ways that children and adults engage with and learn from large-scale interactive displays (touch table and touch spherical display) in a science museum context. We have created a prototype on a Microsoft Surface touch table that displays ocean temperature visualizations for use in pilot studies and lab studies. We hope to use the information gathered through these studies to iteratively prototype and to inform design for these platforms that will better engage children and adults for science museum learning. We are working on the project with Dr. Kathryn Stofer at UF.

Check out the full project website!

TIDESS Publications

Refereed Conference Papers

1. Anthony, L., Stofer, K.A., Luc, A., and Wobbrock, J.O. 2016. Gestures by Children and Adults on Touch Tables and Touch Walls in a Public Science Center. Proceedings of the ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC’2016), Manchester, UK, 22 Jun 2016, to appear. [PDF]

Funding

This work is partially supported by National Science Foundation Grant Awards #DRL-1612485. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect these agencies’ views.

The Team

Dr. Lisa Anthony
Dr. Kathryn Stofer
Nikita Soni
Annie Luc

Blogposts

TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Preparing for Prototyping on the PufferSphere

Check out our recent blog post on the TIDESS website!

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TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Starting User Study Data Analysis

The TIDESS team has begun qualitative analysis on the data we collected from the tabletop user study to try to characterize the processes of how people learn from data visualizations on interactive tabletop displays. We collected both audio and video recordings, as well as logs of all the touch interactions(gestures) participants did with the prototype, […]

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TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Interactive Spherical Display has Arrived!

Check out our recent blog post on the TIDESS website!

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TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Iterative Prototyping

Check out our recent blog post on the TIDESS website!

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TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Grant Funding and Prototype Changes!

Since the last update , we have been funded by the National Science Foundation under the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program (Check out this blog post!)! This funding will enable TIDESS to investigate how children and adults can engage with data visualizations about science concepts on touch-interactive spherical displays. To […]

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Museum Learning project is now NSF funded!

After much pilot work, the IPES/TGIL Museum Learning Project (now TIDESS, see below) has now received funding from the National Science Foundation to continue our work! We will be funded under the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program, and will be taking our work on interactive tabletop exhibits for science learning […]

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