I was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on March 20th, 1979. I live in Povo (Trento), via alla Val 35, 38050, Italy.
tomasini at itc.it
danieltomasini at gmail.com
I work as computer scientist at FBK-irst (formerly known as Istituto Trentino di Cultura) since May 2004. My major activities concern interaction and graphic design, rapid prototyping, and development of co-located multi-user interfaces with a user center design approach.
I started to work on tabletop interaction in 2003, investigating how to implement a collaborative multi-user drag action on a virtual object. Then I developed and designed, jointly with Massimo Zancanaro and Chiara Leonardi, the Collaborative Workspace (CW), a system for support small group meetings. In parallel with the development of CW, I designed the RotatableWindowsToolkit, a toolkit that allows end-developers to rapidly implement tabletop interfaces. The library manages multi-user events, content rotation and spatial animation by using WPF technology. I designed and developed, jointly with Cesare Rocchi, the Conflit Resolutor, a tabletop interface for narration negotiation and reconciliation in conflict situations . The application was developed for Merl DiamondTouch using the RotatableWindows Toolkit. In the 2006 I developed the Digital Puzzle, an experimental prototype for the investigation of the role of ownership markers in interaction on shared co-located interfaces. This prototype was designed in collaboration with the CHIMe Lab at Stanford University. In the same year, together with Oswald Lanz and Alessandro Cappelletti, I investigated how to integrate collaborative interfaces in a Smart Room. Our first prototype was the Collaborative Workspace connected with FBK SmartTrack. In the 2007 I developed with Adriano Albertini a system to support brainstormings. This system allows users to create graph items of affinity diagrams on tabletop interface, to send them to a wall projected interface, and to manipulate them directly on the wall. At the present time, I am developing a FTIR based multi-finger device.
2004 - Graduation (Bachelor) in 'Information and Organization Engineering' at the Universita' degli Studi di Trento. Title of the thesis: 'Graphic interfaces for multi-user devices: problems and case studies'. Thesis Advisor: Massimo Zancanaro. The research work for my BSc thesis was done at FBK-irst, Trento.
1999 - Diploma in 'Telecommunications and Electronics' at the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale 'G.Marconi', Rovereto, Italy;
1996 - Diploma in 'Electronic equipments maintenance' at the Istituto Professionale 'G.Veronesi' (Vocational School), Rovereto, Italy;
Computer Science and Programming Skills
Good knowledge of Microsoft programming technologies, such as the Microsoft .Net 2.0 and 3.0 environments, with a special acquaintance with Windows Presentation Foundation in the field of multi-user interaction.
Good technical knowledge of various single- and multi-finger and multi-user input devices (MERL DiamondTouch, FTIR Vision Based, E-beam Pen, SmartTech SmartBoard).
Good background on user centred design methodologies and iterative prototyping in the context of a multidisciplinary workgroup.
Good knowledge of Macromedia Flash and Fireworks, Java, Asp.Net.
Basic knowledge of database design.
2004/2006 - the Collaborative Workspace, a face-to-face application to support meetings.
2006 - The Digital Multi-user Puzzle, an experimental prototype for ownership markers investigation in a shared co-located space.
2007 - The Conflit Resolutor, a collaborative table for narration negotiation and reconciliation in a conflict.
2007 - The Braistorming interface, a tabletop based prototype for support brainstorming.
2008 - The FBK MultiTouch table and the new RotatableWindows Toolkit, a complete system for developing multitouch interfaces in .Net 3.5.
2008 - The CoffeeTable, an Intelligetent Tabletop Interface to stimulate natural conversations at the museum cafe.