Laser Cabinet

Laser Cabinet


Chicago 2012 – Workshop at ECAL




JAB – a bus stop game


Inverse Everything – No Friction

Explorable Information Space

My research explores interactive techniques designed to overcome limitations of current conventional search tools as primary access points to information, and better support a wider range of information seeking behaviors, including exploratory search, serendipity and orientation. I summarize that goal as Making information explorable, and define explorability as the quality of physical space that enables humans to become acquainted with it through movement and exploration.

An explorable information space implies situated information, which enables orientation: Choosing a direction instead of formulating queries; Meaningful overviews instead of narrow looks; Persistent spaces allowing growing familiarity, sense-making and collaboration, instead of quick disposable search sessions.

The promise of an information space with such properties is carried by the notion of entity-oriented information. I address the state of explorability of the information space through the evaluation of entity affordances and visualization techniques. To that end, I demarcate three properties of explorability, i.e., Direction, Orientation and Continuity, which I use as design drivers in the development of various prototypes and user experiments.

The research process has yielded eight publications, including seven design cases with user experiments, and a position paper. The work summarized in my dissertation consists of an extensive design exploration of the topic at hand, and proposes a variety of interaction techniques that have shown to support information exploration, and together demarcate an alternative paradigm for future information practices.

My dissertation being under review, please refer to my published work for more details: Publications.



Khalil Klouche, PhD
An interaction designer and a researcher in human-computer interaction.
My research focuses on the design and evaluation of user interfaces for information exploration.
My background includes design, development and prototyping of playful systems, tangible devices, interactive installations, as well as graphic design and typography.

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, University of Helsinki.
Supervisor: Prof. Giulio Jacucci

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki.
Supervisor: Prof. Lily Diaz

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