Integrating Temporality and Causality to the Design of Interactive Systems


Contact: Mathieu Nancel | email | webpage

The project addresses a fundamental limitation in the way interfaces and interactions are designed and even thought about today, an issue we call procedural information loss: once a task has been completed by a computer, significant information that was used or produced while processing it is rendered inaccessible regardless of the multiple other purposes it could serve. It hampers the identification and solving of identifiable usability issues, as well as the development of new and beneficial interaction paradigms. We will explore, develop, and promote finer granularity and better-described connections between the causes of those changes, their context, their consequences, and their timing. We will apply it:


June 9th 2023 Philippe Schmid successfully defended his PhD. Congrats!
Développement d'historiques de commandes avancés pour améliorer le processus d'édition numérique
Oct. 1st 2021 Alice Loizeau starts her PhD on the topic of understanding and designing around error in interactive systems.
Sept. 28th 2021 The Causality project is extended by six months (end in Sept. 2024).
August 2021 Research article accepted at the ACM UIST 2021 conference: Relevance and Applicability of Hardware-independent Pointing Transfer Functions. Hanada R, Masson D, Casiez G, Nancel M, Malacria S. In Proc. of ACM UIST '21.
Sep. 1st 2020 Alice Loizeau joins the Loki lab and the Causality team for a 6-month internship on addressing and preventing interaction interferences.
July 2020 Two research articles accepted at the ACM UIST 2020 conference:
June 18th 2020 The Causality project is automatically extended by six months (end in May 2023) due to the COVID-19 sanitary crisis.
June 1st 2020 Rohan Hundia joins the Loki lab and the Causality team for a 3-month internship on assessing interaction interferences in text entry.
Oct. 1st 2019 Philippe Schmid starts a PhD on advanced histories of commands.
Mar. 25th 2019 Philippe Schmid joins Loki and the Causality project for an internship about instantaneity in GUIs.
January 2019 We start collaborating with Carola Trahms, PhD candidate at TU Berlin, on quantifying the expected accuracy of input predictors.
Dec. 15th 2018 This website is now online. It will be fleshed out progressively.
Dec. 3rd 2018 Raiza Sarkis Hanada joins the Loki group as a postdoc, and will work with us on better understanding the effects of pointing transfer functions.
Dec. 1st 2018 Official start of the project (and funding).


The project is lead by Mathieu Nancel, a permanent researcher (“Chargé de Recherche”, CR) in the Loki research group at Inria Lille – Nord Europe. The project is a collaboration with three other researchers from Loki:

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