A unified model for user identification on multi-touch surfaces: a survey and meta-analysis

Ahmed Kharrufa, Thomas Ploetz, Patrick Olivier

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User identification on interactive surfaces is a desirable feature that is not inherently supported by existing technologies. We have conducted an extensive survey of existing identification techniques, which led us to formulate a unified model for user identification.We start by introducing this model that (1) classifies existing user identification approaches in five categories according to the identification technology, (2) identifies eight characteristic identification system parameters, and (3) proposes a way for visualizing the system's characteristics as points on a radar chart to allow for quick comparison and contrast between systems. This model is then used to present our survey of existing user identification approaches and visualize their characteristics, highlighting their strengths and limitations. The model also makes it possible to visually represent requirements of systems that require user identification, identify existing approaches that can meet an application's requirements, and help report on and evaluate new approaches to user identification systematically. 2017 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Number of pages39
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Authentication
  • IMU
  • Interactive Surfaces
  • Multi-touch Interaction
  • User Identification
  • Wrist-worn Devices

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