This full-day workshop will bring together both new and established researchers in cross-device interfaces. To foster discussion among participants, the idea for this workshop is not to have a mini conference, but to have a hands-on and demo-heavy event to which participants can actively contribute by showing and discussing their research prototypes related to the topic. The workshop will be structured into two parts.
In the first part, a particular focus will be on demonstrations and discussions of existing systems and tools that have been developed, or are currently still under development, with the goal of supporting cross-device user interfaces. It is important to note that the workshop will take a broader view on cross-device interfaces than is sometimes the case in the literature. The DUI workshop last held at EICS in London in 2013 is in topic related to this workshop. However, it set the focus on paper presentations by participants and only reserved little time for discussion, of which most was spent on defining DUI rather than how to push forward in the field.
The second part will then be a discussion moderated by the organisers to identify the key issues and important future directions with the goal of defining a common research agenda. This part of the workshop will provide an important opportunity for new researchers interested in the topic to ask questions and for already active researchers to discuss a possible research agenda focusing on systematic approaches to the development of cross-device interfaces. The discussion will, in particular, address the following issues:
- experience reports regarding implementation of systems and tools as well as user studies: debating the issues around existing technologies and possible workarounds to mitigate remaining issues and address current limitations;
- the role of end-users and developers: many solutions have been specifically designed for developers, while others directly target end-users—there are tradeoffs and limitations with each that deserve attention;
- moving forward: discussing possibilities of forming an active working group; identifying topics, interested partners and funding opportunities for joint research projects; planning future workshops addressing related topics.