Paper: An Ambient Workplace for Raising Awareness of Internet-Based Cooperation

I recently came into possession of this paper I wrote along with some colleagues from CRP-GL a number of years ago.  Although from 2006 it may still be of use to some others on here.

An Ambient Workplace for Raising Awareness of Internet-Based Cooperation
Benoît Otjacques, Rod McCall and Fernand Feltz

Abstract. This paper discusses a prototype desktop ambient display system
known as the Ambient Workplace (AW) that is used to visualise some aspects
of cooperation among a group of co-workers. The AW draws on the ambient
technology paradigm by providing a visualisation that represents the
interactions of the co-workers (either individuals or groups) in their peripheral
attention zone. The paper discusses the development of a prototype system
based on a series of indices and uses a maritime flags metaphor. The paper also
presents some early results from a user study.

Appeared: In the Proceedings of CDVE.2006, Mallorca.Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Verlag. 

Download paper from here.

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New Paper/Nouvel Article: Applications embarquées/mobiles dans la voiture : quels outils pour la conception et l’évaluation?

Applications embarquées/mobiles dans la voiture : quels outils pour la conception et l’évaluation? Louveton, N., Koenig, V., Avanesov, T., McCall, R. 7ème Colloque de Psychologie ergonomique EPIQUE 2013 Activités humaines, Technologies et Bien-être Bruxelles, 10 – 12 juillet 2013

Abstract: Les systèmes d’infotainment embarqués dans les véhicules sont amenés à se multiplier davantage dans les années à venir. Bien que cette tendance mette en évidence la nécessité de comprendre et d’optimiser la charge attentionnelle placée sur le conducteur, force est de constater qu’il existe peu de données et d’outils communs pour la conception et l’évaluation de tels systèmes. Nous présentons deux directions que la communauté doit poursuivre pour améliorer cette situation ainsi qu’une plate-forme de simulation automobile que nous développons et dont l’architecture favorise la ré-utilisation des composants logiciels et la reproductibilité des résultats.

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Texas “Outlaws” Tampons

Do you remember the saying “guns don’t kill Tampons do”? Well apparently over in America’s sanest state the senate is to restrict the bringing in of feminine hygiene products in order to prevent angry women from throwing them at their dumb ass Senators during the up and coming abortion debate. It is of course apparently still ok to bring in a gun. The action follows a record 13-hour filibuster by State Sen. Wendy Davis who was aided by women in the gallery throwing the said items when she talked out a previous attempt to pass the anti-abortion legislation.

More information can be found at: Think Progress

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Early LuxFibre Experiences

Decent Internet speeds could be coming to or are already in your street…. but they ain’t cheap.

Until recently I had slow standard DSL and no ability to get any TV, fortunately as of this week though I had P&T’s new LuxFibre service installed. TV costs roughly another €20 extra. The basic package is about €60 per month for 50/25mb (upload/download), which is a marked improvement on the 8/0.5 mb I had until recently. In particular Skype calls and other video services should be markedly better due to the higher upload rate.

As for installation be warned that this can take a while, in my case it took 7 hours to get the cables fully into my apartment and I live on the third floor which makes it altogether more tricky for them. They did however turn up exactly on time and they tried endlessly till it worked. You may however experience problems with your existing router as in my case this blocked anything above 4mb (download), even if officially it supported much more.

Speedwise so far it’s not too bad, download hits a max of 42mbps and uploads are almost as promised (well when checked via  I will write more about the experience shortly after I receive the installation bill:) I suspect that part will be what I enjoy least.

Alternatives are available like the old Eltrona cable TV system which offers good download rates but uploads remain slower. Also they cap the bandwidth per month. Other providers also offer high speed Internet but I have heard mixed stories about the promised versus actual speeds and quality of the customer service. Remember that P&T is the incumbent and often provides the cables in the streets, therefore if the problem is serious it may end up being referred to them anyway and if you are a customer of another provider expect a lot of buck passing when things go wrong.

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Driver Diaries in Luxembourg

Our study into commuter behaviour in Luxembourg has now started. If you have an Android phone and would like to take part please visit:

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