Public Display Application Life Cycle

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Type: 
Master, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate
Main researcher: 
Jorge S. Cardoso
Team elements (%affectation): 
Alice Perpétua (100%)
Abstract: 

Currently, the public display monitors which we find in places like shopping centres, cafés, universities, hospitals, waiting rooms and even on the street usually broadcast a predefined sequence of content (mostly non-interactive content). In the last years there has been a growing effort of research to make these displays more dynamic and interactive, increasing their attractiveness and consequent value. The result of this effort has produced various types of content and interactive systems for public monitors and more recently applications for public monitors.
 However, as yet there is no well-defined interactive application concept for public monitors incorporating all the specificities of the medium. Specifically, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the public display application life cycle.

This work intends to explore this area, analysing existing application platforms (mobile, web) and studying the possibility of adapting those platforms’ concepts to public monitors. The study will consider the various stakeholders: the owners of the monitors, who wish to have some control over their monitor; display applications developers; and end users.
The result of this study should lead to the implementation of one or more concept types demonstrating the feasibility of the solutions.
Implementation should be based on the existing public display application controller, implemented as an extension for Google Chrome.

Objectives: 
  1. Define one (or more) execution models for public display applications specifying the various states of the life cycle or cycles of the application.
 
  2. Implement the model as an extension for Google Chrome which will permit scheduling applications for public display monitors, defining an API JavaScript with the events associated to the various states of the life cycle.

  3. Implement some prototype applications demonstrating the feasibility of the proposed models.
  4. A scientific article describing the model, software architecture and results.
Activities: 

September 2013 - January 2014

Results: 

Master's Thesis: Alice Perpétua (2014) A Runtime Lifecycle for Interactive Public Display Applications. Master thesis, FEUP - University of Porto.

Conference article: Alice Perpétua, Jorge C. S. Cardoso, Carlos C. Oliveira (2014) A Runtime Lifecycle for Interactive Public Display Applications. In Proceedings of The Ninth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services - ICIW 2014.

Software: Public display application scheduler: https://code.google.com/p/public-display-scheduler/

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State: 
Ongoing
Research group: 
Visual and Interactive Art
Summary: 

Currently, the public display monitors which we find in places like shopping centres, cafés, universities, hospitals, waiting rooms and even on the street usually broadcast a predefined sequence of content (mostly non-interactive content). In the last years there has been a growing effort of research to make these displays more dynamic and interactive, increasing their attractiveness and consequent value. The result of this effort has produced various types of content and interactive systems for public monitors and more recently applications for public monitors.

09/2013 to 01/2014