When paper meets multi-touch: A study of multi-modal interactions in air traffic control

Cheryl Savery, Christophe Hurter, Rémi Lesbordes, Maxime Cordeil, T. C.Nicholas Graham

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For expert interfaces, it is not obvious whether providing multiple modes of interaction, each tuned to different sub-tasks, leads to a better user experience than providing a more limited set. In this paper, we investigate this question in the context of air traffic control. We present and analyze an augmented flight strip board offering several forms of interaction, including touch, digital pen and physical paper objects. We explore the technical challenges of adding finger detection to such a flight strip board and evaluate how expert air traffic controllers interact with the resulting system. We find that users are able to quickly adapt to the wide range of offered modalities. Users were not overburden by the choice of different modalities, and did not find it difficult to determine the appropriate modality to use for each interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2013 - 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages18
Volume8119 LNCS
EditionPART 3
ISBN (Print)9783642404764
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2013 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sep 20136 Sep 2013
Conference number: 14th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 3
Volume8119 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


ConferenceIFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2013
Abbreviated titleInteract 2013
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town


  • air traffic control
  • augmented paper
  • digital pen
  • interactive paper
  • Paper computing
  • tangible interfaces

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