Human-Machine Interaction Research Notes from Shahram

Shahram is a researcher at Microsoft specializing in
* Novel user interfaces and input
* Interactive displays/surfaces
* Tabletop computing systems
* Tangible computing
* Multi-display environments
* hardware and recognition techniques for interactive systems
* Technologies for domains outside the office e.g. the home or public spaces
* Mobile User Interfaces and infrastructures

About His Current and Past Projects….

ThinSight: this project navigates a new technique for optical sensing through thin form-factor displays. It accepts the detection of fingers, objects near the display surface. Basically a regular LCD screen is turn into a sensing surface that can be used for multi-touch and tangible computing applications. Emphasis is both on the underlying hardware and software aspects , as well as the interaction techniques and application scenarios it enables.

Applications and interaction techniques for surfaces: They have been exploring different Application Scenarios and interaction methods for ThinSight and the MS Surface TableTop. VideoPlay is a tangible method for editing videos on a TableTop Computer. Family Archive is a system which allows the input and safe archiving for both digital and physical media, it also allows natural interaction to those media.

Few more of his Projects:-
The Collaborative Slate (C-Slate): Using of Direct input horizontal surfaces for Remote Collaboration.

Situated appliances for the home:
Umbrella project that covers some of the novel work that the group does in looking at situated displays and technologies for the home

Dynamo: Allowing co-located people to collaborate and share information fluidly using a combination of large multi-user and input digital surfaces and personal technologies

Designing and developing gaming and mixed reality user experiences that bring together people outdoors with those online.

Speakeasy: Interconnection technology that enables digital devices and software services to easily interoperate over both wired and wireless networks.

Source: Shahram’s HomePage