Title page for ETD etd-06052012-162857

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Toole, Cornelius
Author's Email Address ctoole1@tigers.lsu.edu, cornelius.toole@gmail.com
URN etd-06052012-162857
Title Software Architectural Support for Tangible User Interfaces in Distributed, Heterogeneous Computing Environments
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ullmer, Brygg Committee Chair
Allen, Gabrielle Committee Member
Karki, Bijaya Committee Member
Zhou, Kemin Dean's Representative
  • software abstraction
  • interoperability
  • publish-subscribe
  • software toolkit
  • software architecture styles
  • software architecture
Date of Defense 2012-04-16
Availability unrestricted
This research focuses on tools that support the development of tangible interaction-based applications for distributed computing environments. Applications built with these tools are capable of utilizing heterogeneous resources for tangible interaction and can be reconfigured for different contexts with minimal code changes. Current trends in computing, especially in areas such as computational science, scientific visualization and computer supported collaborative work, foreshadow increasing complexity, distribution and remoteness of computation and data. These trends imply that tangible interface developers must address concerns of both tangible interaction design and networked distributed computing. In this dissertation, we present a software architecture that supports separation of these concerns. Additionally, a tangibles-based software development toolkit based on this architecture is presented that enables the logic of elements within a tangible user interface to be mapped to configurations that vary in the number, type and location of resources within a given tangibles-based system.
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