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The multi-display environment Deskotheque combines personal and tiled projected displays into a continuous teamspace. Its main distinguishing factor is a fine-grained spatial (i.e., both geometric and topological) model of the display layout. Using this model, Deskotheque allows seamless mouse pointer navigation and application window sharing across the multi-display environment. Geometric compensation of casually aligned multi-projector displays supports a wide range of display configurations. Mouse pointer redirection and window migration are tightly integrated into the windowing system, while geometric compensation of projected imagery is accomplished by a 3D compositing window manager. Thus, Deskotheque provides sharing of unmodified desktop application windows across display and workstation boundaries without compromising hardware-accelerated rendering of 2D or 3D content on projected tiled displays with geometric compensation.

Insititution: Graz University of Technology
Link: http://www.studierstube.org/deskotheque
Year: 2007 - 2011


Manuela Waldner, Raphael Grasset, Markus Steinberger, Dieter Schmalstieg
Display-Adaptive Window Management for Irregular Surfaces
In Proceedings of the 2011 Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference (ITS 2011)
October 2011
paper [PDF - 11.9 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Dieter Schmalstieg
Collaborative Information Linking: Bridging Knowledge Gaps between Users by Linking across Applications
In 4th IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis 2011)
pages 115-122
March 2011
paper [PDF - 5 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Ernst Kruijff, Dieter Schmalstieg
Bridging Gaps with Pointer Warping in Multi-Display Environments
In Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI 2010)
pages 813-816
October 2010
paper [PDF - 0.2 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Dieter Schmalstieg
Experiences with Mouse Control in Multi-Display Environments
In Proceedings of Workshop on coupled display visual interfaces 2010 (PPD 2010), in conjunction with AVI conference
pages 6-10
May 2010
paper [PDF - 1.9 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Christian Pirchheim, Ernst Kruijff, Dieter Schmalstieg
Automatic configuration of spatially consistent mouse pointer navigation in multi-display environments
In Proceeding of the 14th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces (IUI 2010)
pages 397-400
February 2010
paper [PDF - 0.2 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Alexander Lex, Marc Streit, Dieter Schmalstieg
Design Considerations for Collaborative Information Workspaces in Multi-Display Environments
In Proceedings of Workshop on Collaborative Visualization on Interactive Surfaces (CoVIS 2009), in conjunction with VisWeek
October 2009
paper [PDF - 2 MB]

Christian Pirchheim, Manuela Waldner, Dieter Schmalstieg
Deskotheque: Improved Spatial Awareness in Multi-Display Environments
In Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality Conference (VR 2009)
pages 123-126
March 2009
paper [PDF - 0.4 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Christian Pirchheim, Dieter Schmalstieg
Multi projector displays using a 3D compositing window manager
In Proceedings of the 2008 workshop on Immersive projection technologies/Emerging display technologiges (EDT-IPT 2008), in conjunction with SIGGRAPH
pages 1-4
August 2008
paper [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Manuela Waldner, Christian Pirchheim, Marc Streit, Dieter Schmalstieg
Multiple View Visualization On A Multi- Display Setup
In International Workshop on Giga-Pixel Displays & Visual Analytics (GIANT 2008)
April 2008



Multi-user interaction with private and public display spaces.

Spatial model

3D reconstruction of display surfaces.


Collaborative information analysis.

Project List

Manuela Waldner 2004 - 2011