The future Cyber-Commons will support continuous interaction,
respond to human gesture, and encourage mobility among team members and
autostereoscopic 3D display technologies, table displays, high-definition teleconferencing systems, laptops, and ubiquitous handheld devices, as well as
support both collocated and distance knowledge discovery. The future Cyber-Commons (see Figure 2)
will be a digital assistant of sorts, anticipating and
enabling those who work within it, benefiting global
scientific collaboratories and providing an opportunity for new computer science research.
The future Cyber-Commons will support continuous interaction, respond to human gesture, and
encourage mobility among team members and information. It will connect distributed teams over high-speed networks and support persistent digital artifacts,
so when the power is turned off, the information on
the display walls will not be lost. It will enable the
seamless viewing of ultra-high-resolution 2D images
and 3D stereoscopic images without special glasses. It
will also support ubiquitous and intuitive interaction
devices, creating a powerful and easy-to-use informa-tion-rich environment for scientific discovery and
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JASON LEIGH ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is Director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory and an associate professor of computer science at the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
MAXINE D. BROWN ( email@example.com) is Associate Director of the
Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at
This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation awards
CNS-0420477, OCI-0441094, and OCI-0225642. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and
do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies and companies.
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