Managing a Document-Based Information Space

Matthias Deller, Stefan Agne, Achim Ebert, Andreas Dengel, Hans Hagen, Bertin Klein, Michael Bender, Tony Bernadin, Bernd Hamann

In: J. M. Bradshaw , H. Liebermann , S. Staab (editor). Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI-2008) 13th January 13-16 Maspalomas Spain Pages 119-128 ACM Press 2008.


We present a novel user interface in the form of a complementary virtual environment for managing personal document archives, i.e., for document filing and retrieval. Our implementation of a spatial medium for document interaction, exploratory search and active navigation plays to the strengths of human visual information processing and further stimulates it. Our system provides a high degree of immersion so that the user readily forgets the artificiality of our environment. Three wellintegrated features support this immersion: first, we enable users to interact more naturally through gestures and postures (the system can be taught custom ones); second, we exploit 3D display technology; and third, we allow users to manage arrangements (manually edited structures, as well as computer-generated semantic structures). Our ongoing evaluation shows that even nonexpert users can efficiently work with the information in a document collection and that the process can actually be enjoyable.


German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz