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User interfaces for distributed applications
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

At work and in private life people often work together to accomplish specified goals. In these situations it is very important for the members of the group to have a good understanding about the workspace. This understanding is called awareness. This includes knowledge about the workspace objects and their states, as well as knowledge about the other people in the workspace, their current actions and their intentions. This information is used by every individual to plan and coordinate their own actions so they can be as useful to the group as possible. Getting the information about the workspace is not a problem in real world environments as this information is gathered by our five senses, mostly our eyes and ears, without we are thinking about it. After the breakthrough of computers however, it has become possible to work together without being physically near each other. People can therefore sit in different parts of the world and work together in the same workspace. When real world collaboration is mapped to the computer world in this way the awareness information about the workspace disappears. People can no longer see and hear each other. The lost awareness information must be recreated in some way to make these kinds of distributed applications useful, and that is what this project and report is about. The first part of the report gives a theoretical background to what awareness is and how it is used. The second part describes what has been done in the past to give awareness information to the distributed application users. Finally, the third part describes the development of some new techniques, some of them based on old, to give the application users a better understanding about the workspace they are working in.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, awareness, workspaces
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51126ISRN: LTU-EX--03/046--SELocal ID: 853f025a-04f7-4314-9a4d-88eb3756a9ebOAI: diva2:1024489
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Computer Science and Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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