The Disappearing Tabletop

Social and Technical Challenges for Cross-Surface Collaboration


After 20 years of research, it is unclear what role the tabletop should play in the home or workplace. Progress has been made towards hardware and software interfaces, connectivity with nearby devices, and understanding human behaviour on and around the table — yet, in practice tabletops see limited use. This ISS 2017 workshop seeks to explore the development and use of tabletops from historical, technical, and social perspectives. Workshop goals include synthesizing opinion and experience from new and established researchers on future directions of tabletop research, and an open discussion of questions such as to what applications are tabletops best suited? and how can tabletops be better integrated into larger workflows and digital ecosystems?



Important Dates

Workshop Paper Submission: 28 August 2017 (Extended)
Author Notification: 20 August 2017
ISS Early Registration: 21 August 2017
Workshop: 17 October 2017