Towards a Periodic Table of Gestural Interaction.

Dietrich Kammer, Mandy Keck, Rainer Groh

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The periodic table is the first means of chemists to structure their field of research. It comprises all chemical elements with their most prominent features. The system is so important that students of chemistry usually learn it by heart during their university education. Scientists in the field of human-computer interaction lack such a concise system that covers all aspects of gestural interaction. Although considerable research exists, scientists rarely agree on common aspects and systems to classify, collect, and share their research. This position paper attempts to pacify rivaling scientific views towards gestural interaction and its properties, benefits, and applications. By collecting meta-properties of multimodal gestures, the proposed periodic table tries to provide a common ground for classification and debate among researchers and practitioners working with gestural interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces - Rome, Italy, Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 Jun 2014 → …
Conference number: 1


Conference1st International Workshop on Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces
Abbreviated titleEGMI
Period02.06.2014 → …


  • Gestures
  • Gestural Interaction
  • taxonomy
  • Multimodal
  • Classification
  • Formalization


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