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Trent Apted

PhD Graduate
Trent is exploring the potential of the "tabletop interface" as a platform for face-to-face collaboration, multimedia display &exchange, information visualisation &entertainment.
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School of Information Technologies
Level 3 West, Building J12
University of Sydney
NSW, 2006, Australia

The digital camera has changed the nature of photography and the photographic process, and the need for more suitable ways to share digital photographs is well understood. Digital photos may be printed, but this adds an expense, and reduces the search and distribution capabilities of photos in digital form, so some opt not to print at all. Thus some of the traditional methods of sharing photographs, such as photo albums, have been lost; along with the emotional attachment and social interaction that is possible with physical items.

We have recently begun to see hardware support for the tabletop user interface, offering a number of new ways for humans to interact with computers. Our interface, currently in the form of a high-fidelity prototype, leverages the multi-user and direct-interaction capabilities of the tabletop, as well as aspects of multimodal and pervasive computing to provide a natural interface for sharing digital photographs in a collocated social setting. However, designing such an interface and making it effective is not a straightforward task. Such an interface needs to overcome problems of clutter and orientation inherent in tabletop interfaces, and provide an experience that allows the users to ignore the computer and conduct their dialogue unhindered for a truly social interaction.

In March 2005, Trent Apted started his PhD at the University of Sydney after working with NICTA for one year as a research engineer on Project Nightingale; a joint research project with the University of Sydney and the Smart Internet CRC. In his PhD work, Trent is exploring the potential of the "tabletop interface" as a platform for formal and informal face-to-face collaboration, multimedia display and exchange, information visualisation and entertainment.

After studies in 2003, Trent was awarded the University Medal and first class Honours in the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) at the University of Sydney. For his honours thesis he investigated learning techniques for interactive tangible user interfaces, or "Smart Toys", and graduated with the highest fourth-year weighted average mark in the Faculty of Science. While undertaking his degree he did tutoring and gained experience in a range of computer science disciplines including machine learning, knowledge representation, database design, computer security, networking and user interfaces as a result of coursework and research projects while participating in the Science Talented Student Programme.

During the last two years of his undergraduate degree, he published papers in four international conferences and submitted a paper to the International Journal on Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (special issue on Concepts and Ontologies in WBES), which appeared in 2004. He has since published work in a number of workshops and conferences, as his tabletop research matures.

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2012

Apted, Trent; Bunton, James; Darke, Greg; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Systems and Methods for Collaborative Interaction Patent

US 2012/0110471 A2, 2012, (EP2304520A1, EP2304520A4, US20110239129, US20120331395, WO2009140723A1).

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2011

Collins, Anthony; Ackad, Christopher James; Apted, Trent; Sztajer, Paul; Ward, Peter; Weng, Hanley; Kay, Judy

Core functionality and new applications for tabletops and interactive surfaces Inproceedings

UbiComp '11, 13th international conference on Ubiquitous computing, pp. 607–608, ACM Press, Beijing, China, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0630-0.

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2009

Apted, Trent; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Heuristics to Support Design of New Software for Interaction at Tabletops Inproceedings

CHI '09 Workshop on Multitouch and Surface Computing, 2009.

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2008

Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy

PhoTable: Enhancing the Social Interaction around the Sharing of Digital Photographs Inproceedings

CHI '08 workshop on Collocated social practices surrounding photos, 2008.

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Apted, Trent; Bunton, James; Darke, Greg; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Systems & Methods for Collaborative Interaction Journal Article

(P77249.AU), 2008.

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Apted, Trent Heath

Cruiser and PhoTable: Exploring Tabletop User Interface Software for Digital Photograph Sharing and Story Capture PhD Thesis

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, 2008.

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2007

Collins, Anthony; Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy

Tabletop File System Access: Associative and Hierarchical Approaches Inproceedings

TABLETOP '07: Proceedings of the Second Annual IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems, pp. 113–120, IEEE Computer Society, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 2007, ISBN: 0-7695-3013-3.

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Apted, Trent

Systems and methods for remote file transfer Patent

2007904928, 2007.

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Apted, Trent

An interface element for a computer interface Patent

2007904925, 2007.

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Apted, Trent

A system and method for manipulating digital images on a computer display Patent

2007904927, 2007.

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Apted, Trent

A system and method for capturing digital images Patent

2007904929, 2007.

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2006

Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy; Assad, Mark

Sharing Digital Media on Collaborative Tables and Displays Technical Report

School of IT, The University of Sydney (602), 2006.

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Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy; Quigley, Aaron

Tabletop Sharing of Digital Photographs for the Elderly Inproceedings

CHI '06: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 781-790, ACM Press, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2006.

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2005

Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy; Quigley, Aaron

A study of elder users in a face-to-face collaborative multi-touch digital photograph sharing scenario Technical Report

School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney (567), 2005, ISBN: 1864877162.

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Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy; Assad, Mark

Sharing Digital Media on Collaborative Tables and Displays Inproceedings

Online Proceedings of the UbiComp 2005 Workshop on The Spaces In-Between: Seamful vs. Seamless Interactions, Tokyo, Japan, 2005.

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2004

Apted, T; Kay, J; Lum, A

Supporting metadata creation with an ontology built from an extensible dictionary Inproceedings

de Bra, P; Nejdl, W (Ed.): Proceedings of AH 2004, 3rd International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems, pp. 4-13, Springer-Verlag, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2004.

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Apted, T; Kay, J

MECUREO Ontology and Modelling Tools Journal Article

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning (Special Issue on Concepts and Ontologies in WBES), 14 (3), pp. 191-211, 2004.

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Landfeldt, B; Kay, J; Kummerfeld, R J; Quigley, A; West, D; Apted, T; Sinclair, G

Special Issue on Pervasive Computing for Successful Aging Journal Article

IEEE Pervasive Computing, 3 (2), pp. 48-50, 2004.

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2003

Apted, T; Kay, J; Lum, A

Visualisation of Learning Ontologies Inproceedings

Hoppe, U; Verdejo, F; Kay, J (Ed.): Proceedings of AIED 2003, 11th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, pp. 359-361, IOS Press (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Sydney, 2003.

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Apted, T; Kay, J; Lum, A; Uther, J

Visualisation of ontological inferences for user control of personal web agents Inproceedings

Banissi, E; Borner, K; Chen, C; Clapworthy, G; Maple, C; Lobben, A; Moore, C; Roberts, J; Ursyn, A; Zhang, J (Ed.): Proceedings of IV '03, 7th International Conference on Information Visualization, pp. 306-311, IEEE Computer Society (Washington, DC, USA), London, England, 2003.

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2002

Apted, T; Kay, J

Generating and Comparing Models within an Ontology Inproceedings

Kay, J; Thom, J (Ed.): Proceedings of ADCS 2002, Australian Document Computing Symposium, pp. 63-78, ADCS, Sydney, 2002.

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Apted, T; Kay, J

Automatic Construction of Learning Ontologies Inproceedings

Aroyo, L; Dicheva, D (Ed.): Proceedings of the ICCE (International Conference on Computers in Education) 2002 Workshop on Concepts and Ontologies in Web-based Educational Systems, pp. 55-62, IEEE Computer Society (Washington, DC, USA), Auckland, New Zealand, 2002.

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