A considerable part of office work revolves around documents, most of which are created and edited on computers. Although the device landscape has considerably changed in the past years with the advent of multitouch devices, "productivity" office work, including and especially document authoring, is still predominantly performed on regular PCs using WIMP-based software. With the growing market significance of large interactive surfaces such as digital tabletops and the emergence of new promising input paradigms combining pen and touch, the potential to bring the NUI revolution to the office world is there. In this talk I will show how UI designers can leverage the interactive capabilities of those new platforms to build intuitive and efficient tools for the production of rich documents. In particular, I will demonstrate how common document editing operations can be realised using hybrid pen and touch gestures based on properties of bimanual interaction. Issues and limitations of the proposed approaches will also be discussed with a view to helping inform the design of future interactive document engineering systems.


Fabrice Matulic is a researcher in the department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, where he recently obtained his PhD. Previously, in 2004, he obtained a double Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Grenoble INP-ENSIMAG. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he worked several years as a R&D engineer for the company Ricoh in Tokyo. His general research interests lie in the areas of document engineering and HCI, in particular surface and stylus computing. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and patents, most of which as sole or first author/inventor. His work was also featured twice on national Swiss TV.