grasping the bytes: emerging applications of interactive information technologies

Course material for a seminar I gave periodically at institutions such as INSEAD, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Université de Poitiers... This is intended primarily for the students who have attended the course, however, why not leave it freely accessible ?


We propose a panorama of current orientations of applied HCI research. Beneath the waves of novel application paradigms, such as the world wide web or ubiquitous computing, lie some fundamental technologies that we believe should greatly amplify the impact of those application paradigms in the years to come. By means of several examples, we will present some of the directions we think most relevant : morphology of interaction, information visualization, interactive design of direct manipulation interfaces, component-oriented development and business rules management systems.

intended use

I suggest you browse through the pages in the proposed order, listening and viewing the powerpoint presentations, then focus on one or more topics more in depth: read the proposed papers (or at least the abstract), download and install the proposed free software, try it or follow its tutorial. Finally, some of the slides do not come (yet) with an audio track, rendering the explanation rather sketchy. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification during the chat sessions.


  1. Introduction
  2. Morphology of Interaction
    paper: Designing Interaction, not Interfaces
    download and try Alias SketchBook Pro
  3. Visual Data Analysis
    paper: grokking the Infoviz (the economist, March 2003)
    go to the discovery pages and follow the tutorial
    download and try ILOG Discovery.
  4. Business Graphic Objects
  5. Software Components
  6. Business Rules
    presentation as a (independant) FAQ
    view the Intellinsure demo.
    (Only if you have some programming experience with Java) Download and try BRStudio
  7. Conclusion
    paper: "building systems that users want to use".

Copyright 2005. Thomas Baudel.