• User interacting with a transparent ice wall.

  • Gesture based pseudo-transparent UI for revealing a window to another location.

  • A pseudo see-through view on a commodity handheld display.

Interactions and Applications for See-Through Technologies

This workshop explores new interaction and application concepts on see-through technology, i.e. technology that utilizes transparent display materials or creates the illusion of transparency. The workshop facilitates the creation of new research directions in the area of HCI aspects of see-through technologies across disciplines and fosters the emerging researcher and developer community in the area.

Call for Participation

The workshop explores the interaction and design of applications and technologies that utilize see-through materials or use the illusion of transparency. See-through technologies such as Google Glass, transparent displays and mobile augmented reality are becoming more popular, and designs utilizing see-through materials and playful concepts that create the illusion of transparency are emerging. The workshop aims at addressing both user-centred and technical challenges of see-through technologies and investigates novel application domains and interaction metaphors. We welcome participants working on see-through computing from various different disciplines inside HCI to network, such as mixed reality, 3D UIs, UX design, and wearable computing, and foster a research community around the topic. The topic can be approached from different angles, e.g. design, prototyping, and user studies. Interesting research aspects include, but are not limited to:

  • Challenges and benefits of see-through technologies for UI design and HCI.
  • Identifying key use cases, application domains and use contexts for see-through technologies.
  • Designing, prototyping and evaluating interaction with see-through technologies.
  • Affordances and metaphors for intuitive and usable see-through interaction.
  • See-through user experience vs. seeing the surface.
  • Overcoming technical challenges of currently available display technologies.

  • The submissions (3-5 pages in CHI Extended Abstract format) are submitted through Easy Chair submission system by 14th of August 2014 28th of August 2014, and are reviewed by workshop organizers and a program committee. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and register for at least one day of the conference and the workshop. The submission page can be found here: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=seeti2014ws


The workshop schedule is as follows:
  • 9:15 Bus transportation to Arabia
  • 10:00-10:15 Workshop opening
  • 10:15-11:15 Paper session I
  • 11:15-11:30 Coffee
  • 11:30-12:15 Paper session II
  • 12:15-13:15 Group work session I
  • 13:15-14:15 Lunch
  • 14:15-14:45 Group work I presentations and discussion
  • 14:45-15:45 Group work session II
  • 15:45-16:10 Coffee
  • 16:10-16:40 Group work II presentations and discussion
  • 16:40-17:00 Demos
  • 17:00-17:30 Workshop wrap-up and Closing Discussion
  • 18:00-18:20 Buses leave from Arabia to Hotel Scandic Grand Marina

Paper session I

Valentin Schwind, Patrick Bader, Stefan Schneegass, Katrin Wolf and Niels Henze: Towards Transparent Handheld See-Through Devices | slides

Virve Inget, Jonna Häkkilä, Juho Rantakari and Jani Väyrynen: Charting the Current Trends in See-through Heads-Up Concepts | slides

Farnaz Vahabpour, Juho Rantakari, Ashley Colley and Jonna Häkkilä: Exploring Everyday Use Cases for Smart Glasses | slides

Ionut Damian, Tobias Baur, Chiew Seng Sean Tan, Johannes Schöning, Kris Luyten and Elisabeth Andre: Towards Peripheral Feedback-based Realtime Social Behaviour Coaching | slides

Paper session II

Ashley Colley, Yun He and Jonna Häkkilä: Exploring Experiences with Transparent Natural Materials | slides

Markus Wallmyr: Interactions and Applications for See-Through interfaces: Industrial application examples | slides

Esa-Matti Sarjanoja, Janne Aikio, Eveliina Juntunen and Vesa Pentikäinen: VTT Lab SeeThrough Environments | slides

Results from the group work I: Learning Cafe on Challenges, Benefits of and Materials for See-Through Interaction



Materials and Objects

Results from the group work II: Concepts

Images from the workshops can also be found here.

Important Dates

The workshop is over. It was great fun with you all.
NEW EXTENDED submission deadline: Thursday, August 28 2014
Notification of acceptance: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Note that all submission deadlines are firm. All submission deadlines are 23:59:59 UTC/GMT

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