Interaction and collaboration design patterns

Two decades ago, air traffic control was one of the first domains concerned with the migration of critical activities from pen and paper to digital systems. Now that touch screens, pen computing, animated feedback and gesture recognition are commonplace, researchers in aeronautics progressively focus on the next questions: situation awareness and collaboration efficiency.

Carrying with a tradition of research aimed at providing designers with interaction patterns, we conduct design-oriented research rather than research-oriented design: our goal is to devise new grounded design principles by designing meaningful interactive systems. Our last works on the topic include designing interactions to foster collaboration, and designing mixed interaction to analyze and understand the role of tangible and virtual objects.

Related projects

  • Strip'TIC, an environment for air-traffic control based on mixed interaction
  • Mammi, with Eurocontrol, IntuiLab, Thales RT and Intactile Design: multitouch interaction for air traffic controllers
  • ShareIT, with IntuiLab, Thales Avionics and Stantum: multitouch in the cockpit
  • Leif, a Canada-EU student exchange program dedicated to interactive surfaces.

    Related publications

  • Catherine Letondal, Christophe Hurter, Remi Lesbordes, Jean-Luc Vinot, Stephane Conversy
    Flights in my Hands: Coherence Concerns in Designing Strip'TIC; a Tangible Space for Air Traffic Controllers, In Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI 2013, honorable mention award.
  • Christophe Hurter, Rémi Lesbordes, Catherine Letondal, Jean-Luc Vinot, Stéphane Conversy
    Strip'TIC: Exploring Automatic Paper Strip for Air Traffic Controllers
    Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2012). Capri Italie. ACM, p. 225-232, 2012. ACM Press, 2012.
  • Stéphane Conversy, Hélène Gaspard-Boulinc, Stéphane Chatty, Stéphane Valès, Carole Dupré, Claire Ollagnon.
    Supporting Air Traffic Control Collaboration with a TableTop System.
    Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    ACM Press, 2011
  • Pierre Bucher, Stéphane Chatty
    Qu'est-ce qu'une surface d'affichage ? Une analyse rétrospective.
    Actes de la 21ème Conférence Francophone sur l'Interaction Homme-Machine (IHM 2009)
    ACM Press, 2009.

    Contact: stephane dot conversy at