Up to now, Environs has been made public (hcm-lab.de/environs) and open source (hcm-lab.de/git/environs/environs) and the most important concepts as well as design rationales have been published in the proceedings of the EICS conference in 2014.

Potential usage examples have been presented and discussed, e.g. in the domain of Internet of Things (ITS 2014, Dresden) or collaborative visualization of energy consumptions (INTERACT 2015, Bamberg).

In order to further promote Environs and discuss the applicability of the concepts behind, the Environs framework has been submitted and (fortunately) accepted for discussion in workshops at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference in Madeira, Portugal, 14.th – 18.th November 2015.

–> Interact 2015 conference
–> Cross-Surface: Workshop on Interacting with Multi-Device Ecologies in the Wild
—-> A Framework Towards Challenges and Issues of Multi-Surface Environments
–> Shared Infrastructures for Tangible Tabletops & Interactive Surfaces

Environs has been accepted for a workshop at the Interact 2015 conference in Bamberg for publication, 15.th September 2015.
–> Interact 2015 conference
–> Workshop on Fostering Smart Energy Applications

Dang, Chi-Tai, Masoodian, M., and André, E., 
Private Focus Portals to Shared Energy Visualizations. 
Adjunct Conference Proceedings of INTERACT 2015, 
INTERACT Workshop on Fostering Smart Energy Applications, 
FSEA 2015 (Bamberg, Germany, 15 September),
University of Bamberg Press, To appear.

I’ve been to banff/canada for a week to attend the international conference on interactive tabletops and surfaces 2009. Apart from the high quality of that conference, there were a lot of social happenings with the researchers, e.g. having interesting and productive talks while enjoying canadian beer in some of the beautiful pubs and restaurants in banff. Also the banquet with banquet speaker Chia Shen was great. I haven’t had such a delicious dinner so far and i’m pretty sure that it was quite expensive.. Thank goodness it was paid by the conference hehe

Oh and the view onto toronto at night (from the airplane) is soo beautiful.

On tuesday i presented results of my research from the university of augsburg and of course i was quite nervous hehe. Here are some pictures of my presentation and talk afterwards.
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This is an elk in the gray of dawn. Unfortunately there wasn’t sufficient light for a perfect picture…
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A great diner burger 🙂
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The conference hotel – the fairmont springs banff!
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Banff at night…
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A view from the bridge in banff..
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Some mountains…
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I was lucky enough to attend the "German-Israeli Minerva School for Ubiquitous Display Environments" from end of august on and it was a great experience to learn from the lectures and different cultures. It was also an experience to see how other researchers move towards possible solutions within the workshop and collaboratively create and work on ideas. Many thanks to all the responsible staff at this place. Oh and really delicious food…
And of course (a little late) here are some impressions i took with my camera hehe..

The minerva crew:
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Some impressions from Israel, Haifa, Jerusalem, …:
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