GVU Center Brown Bag Seminar Series: Anna Xambo

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Summary Sentence: Musical tabletops: challenges and opportunities for computer-supported collaborative music and HCI

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Anna Xambo


Musical tabletops: challenges and opportunities for computer-supported collaborative music and HCI


Musical tabletops are collaborative interactive systems. They are designed both for professional musical performance and for casual interaction in public settings. These systems support co-located collaboration, offered by a shared interface. However, we still know little about their challenges and opportunities for collaboration. In this talk, I will present the findings of three empirical studies from my dissertation. Two exploratory studies were conducted using the Reactable, a commercial musical tabletop. The first study was a multi-session exploratory study with expert musicians. The second study was a field study with visitors in a science center. A third study was performed as an experimental study with heterogeneous groups using a bespoke system. The findings show the potential of these devices for supporting peer learning, sketching musical ideas in collaboration, and democratic settings between beginner users (with no prior knowledge in music computing) and expert users.


Anna Xambó is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Music Technology / Digital Media at Georgia Tech for the EarSketch project. She completed her PhD in computer-supported collaboration on interactive tabletops for music performance at The Open University (UK). Her background is in music computing, HCI, communication and audiovisual media technologies, and anthropology. She was a research fellow for the British ESRC-funded project Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences (London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education). Her research interests include computer-supported collaborative music, tangible user interfaces for music performance, hands-on collaborative learning, and STEAM education.

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