Aurélien Tabard

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We report on our studies of the evolving work practices of biologists and the role paper and electronic lab notebooks play in supporting their individual and collaborative activity. We describe the participatory design and longitudinal field testing of <i>Prism</i>, a hybrid laboratory notebook that lets biologists capture, visualize and interact with(More)
Data sculptures are a promising type of visualizations in which data is given a physical form. In the past, they have mostly been used for artistic, communicative or educational purposes, and designers of data sculptures argue that in such situations, physical visualizations can be more enriching than pixel-based visualizations. We present the design of(More)
We present the <i>eLabBench</i> -- a tabletop system supporting experimental research in the biology laboratory. The <i>eLabBench</i> allows biologists to organize their experiments around the notions of <i>activities</i> and <i>resources</i>, and seamlessly roam information between their office computer and the digital laboratory bench. At the bench,(More)
Time serves as a basis for measuring the occurrence and evolution of natural phenomena, and governs the coordination of many of our everyday life activities. As the capacities of our digital tools have grown, they have begun to make readily available to us unprecedented quantities of new, rich, structured temporal information about the people and things in(More)
In this paper we present a field trial of the eLabBench, a digital tabletop-based laboratory bench designed to support the exploratory practices of molecular biologists in the laboratory. The eLabBench supports the organization of personal information, capture of experimental work for later access, and the use of a variety of computational resources(More)
Peripheral interaction, like ambient information systems (AIS), aims at leveraging the periphery of our attention. While ambient information systems address the perception of information, peripheral interaction targets lightweight interaction outside of the current focus of attention. A number of prototypes have demonstrated the value of peripheral(More)
PageLinker is a browser extension that allows to contextualise navigation by linking web pages together and to navigate through a network of related web pages without prior planning. The design is based on extensive interviews with biologists, which highlighted their difficulties finding previously visited web pages. They found current browser tools(More)
Experiences in our Micromégas project have shown that a detailed interaction log can be valuable to both users and designers of interactive systems. In this paper, we describe two different attempts at logging traces of Web activity, the first by instrumenting a specific browser, Camino, and the other by creating a cross-platform Firefox extension. We(More)
We present StreamLiner, originally developed as an interactive ‘focus+context’ tool for visualizing biologists' laboratory notebooks and other time-based activities, both on-line and off-line. We describe how to adapt StreamLiner as a teaching tool for biology students: Streamliner provides a unified way to visualize any type of stream, including the course(More)