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Vistribute: Distributing Interactive Visualizations in Dynamic Multi-Device Setups

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  • Tom Horak, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Andreas Mathisen
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  • Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose
  • Raimund Dachselt, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland, College Park, United States

We present Vistribute, a framework for the automatic distribution of visualizations and UI components across multiple heterogeneous devices. Our framework consists of three parts: (i) a design space considering properties and relationships of interactive visualizations, devices, and user preferences in multi-display environments; (ii) specific heuristics incorporating these dimensions for guiding the distribution for a given interface and device ensemble; and (iii) a web-based implementation instantiating these heuristics to automatically generate a distribution as well as providing interaction mechanisms for user-defined adaptations. In contrast to existing UI distribution systems, we are able to infer all required information by analyzing the visualizations and devices without relying on additional input provided by users or programmers. In a qualitative study, we let experts create their own distributions and rate both other manual distributions and our automatic ones. We found that all distributions provided comparable quality, hence validating our framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages13
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2019
Article number616
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-5970-2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LandUnited Kingdom
ByGlasgow, Scotland

    Research areas

  • Cross-device interaction, Cross-device visualization, Distributed user interfaces, Infovis, Multi-display environments

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