A novel user interface for group collaboration

Bogdan Dorohonceanu, Boi Sletterink, Ivan Marsic

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Flexible user interfaces that can be customized to meet the needs of the task at hand are particularly important for real-time group collaboration. This paper presents the user interface of the DISCIPLE (DIstributed System for Collaborative Information Processing and LEarning) system for synchronous groupware along with the multimodal human-computer interface enhancement. DISCIPLE supports sharing of JavaBeans-compliant components [17], i.e., beans and applets, which at run-time get imported into the shared workspace and can be interconnected into more complex components. As a result, importing various components allows user tailoring of the human-computer interface. We present a software architecture for customization of both group-level and application-level interfaces. The application-level interface includes a management system for sharing multiple modalities across concurrent applications. This multimodal management system is loadable on demand yet strongly embedded in the DISCIPLE framework to allow a pervasive multimodal user experience. This creates a very flexible user interface, enabling the users to tailor it to their specific needs. Finally, we report the informal laboratory experience with the framework tested on a variety of applications and discuss its limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2000
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)0769504930
StatePublished - 2000
Event33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2000 - Maui, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2000Jan 7 2000

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605


Conference33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


  • CSCW
  • End user programming
  • Groupware
  • Multimodal user interfaces
  • User interface design


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