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Dr Anthony Collins
Smart Services CRC

Contact Details

E-mail: anthony.collins@sydney.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9036 9745

School of Information Technologies
Room 311, Level 3 West, Building J12
University of Sydney
NSW, 2006, Australia

Web-site: http://sydney.edu.au/it/~anthony

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Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), novel user interfaces to file systems and personal information, collaborative and group-oriented software, tabletop interfaces, pervasive and ubiquitous computing.

About

Dr Anthony Collins is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Computer Human Adapted Interaction (CHAI) research group at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Smart Services CRC Multi-Channel Content Delivery and Mobile Personalisation project. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) (Hons 1) degree in 2006, followed by a PhD in 2011, both from the University of Sydney. His PhD thesis, titled "New dimensions of file access at tabletops: associative and hierarchical; private and shared; individual and collaborative", explored the nature of file system access in pervasive computing, focusing on collaborative tabletop interaction. In his current position, he continues to conduct research in Human-Computer Interaction, particularly in the areas of pervasive and surface computing. His research currently investigates new software interfaces for real-world tabletop applications, encompassing themes such as: digital document access; multi-user collaboration with documents around a tabletop; export and organisation of content at a tabletop; using private devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets) in conjunction with shared collaborative displays; gesture learnability for tabletops in public spaces; and user modeling for personalisation of tabletops. He is also a leading researcher in the ongoing commercialisation of a comprehensive tabletop software platform developed within the CHAI research group.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

K. Grace, R. Wasinger, C. Ackad, A. Collins, O. Dawson, R. Gluga, J. Kay, and M. Tomitsch. Conveying interactivity at an interactive public information display. In The 2nd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2013, 2013. [View Details]

A. Collins, A. Clayphan, J. Kay, and J. Horder. My museum tour: Collaborative poster creation during school museum visits. In Educational Interfaces, Software, and Technology 2012: 3rd Workshop on UI Technologies and Educational Pedagogy, 2012. [View Details]

L. Hespanhol, M. Tomitsch, K. Grace, A. Collins, and J. Kay. Investigating intuitiveness and effectiveness of gestures for free spatial interaction with large displays. In PerDis '12: Proceedings of the 2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, pages 6:1-6:6, New York, NY, USA, 2012. ACM. [View Details]

R. Wasinger, M. Wardrop, A. Collins, M. Fry, J. Kay, and B. Kummerfeld. Multi-channel coverage for a dangerous Australians museum exhibit. In PATCH 2012: 4th International Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage, 2012. [View Details]

A. Collins. New dimensions of file access at tabletops: associative and hierarchical; private and shared; individual and collaborative. PhD thesis, School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, 2011. [View Details]

A. Collins, C. J. Ackad, T. Apted, P. Sztajer, P. Ward, H. Weng, and J. Kay. Core functionality and new applications for tabletops and interactive surfaces. In UbiComp '11, 13th international conference on Ubiquitous computing, pages 607-608, New York, NY, USA, 2011. ACM Press. [View Details]

A. Collins, J. Kay, C. Stewart, E. Fitzgerald, and C. Ackad. A system, method and computer program for interacting with data (tabletop “multi-page”), 2011. [View Details]

A. Clayphan, A. Collins, C. J. Ackad, B. Kummerfeld, and J. Kay. Firestorm: a brainstorming application for collaborative group work at tabletops. Technical Report 678, School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, August 2011. [View Details]

A. Clayphan, A. Collins, C. Ackad, B. Kummerfeld, and J. Kay. Firestorm: A brainstorming application for collaborative group work at tabletops. In ITS '11: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, pages 162-171, New York, NY, USA, 2011. ACM. [View Details]

R. Martinez, A. Collins, J. Kay, and K. Yacef. Who did what? who said that? Collaid: an environment for capturing traces of collaborative learning at the tabletop. In ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2011, pages 172-181, 2011. [View Details]

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