Research Experience

09/2013 - Present Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 & CNRS, France
Associate Professor, Computer Science Laboratory (LIRIS).
07/2013 Independent Consultant for Factor Product, Munich, Germany
03/2012 - 06/2013 University of Munich (LMU), Germany
Post doctoral fellow, Human Computer Interaction Group.
10/2009 - 03/2012 IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Post doctoral fellow, pervasive Interaction Technology lab (pITlab).
09/2005 - 09/2009 INRIA and LRI (Université Paris-Sud & CNRS), Orsay, France
Ph.D. student, in|situ| group, Wendy E. Mackay.


11/2009 Ph.D. in Computer Science
Université Paris-Sud (Paris XI)
09/2005 Master in Computer and Information Science (mention bien, i.e., with honors)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
09/2005 Magistère in Applied Computer Science (mention bien, i.e., with honors)
Université René Descartes
09/2002 DEUG in Mathematics applied to Social Sciences
Université René Descartes


PLACED (ERA-NET) French coordinator, 2017-2020

PLACED is an ERA-NET project in collaboration with Aarhus University, Chalmers University, Université de Lyon and the National School of Libraries in France (ENSSIB). The project aims to reinvent the services provided by city libraries. We will design and develop news types of place- and activity-centric digital services. Whereas library services typically focus on providing access to a collection of physical media, PLACED services support activities (e.g. hackathons, public readings, discussion groups) in the library. The groundbreaking aspect is that these services capture knowledge generated through these activities, make them a part of the library’s collection, and allow future library users to explore and access them.

REPI (FUI) co-PI, 2016-2019

REPI is a FUI project. Our goal is to design and study how Orchestration and Activity Based Computing could be integrated into new platforms and services for high-schools.

Activity-Enriched Computing (NSF) self-funded participant, 2013-2017

Although myriad extraordinary benefits have resulted from the web and expanding network connectivity, the intertwining of computers with virtually every aspect of life also brings a growing stream of interruptions. These interruptions and the fragmenting of activity they produce are increasingly accepted parts of modern life. A critical research challenge for human-centered computing is how to smooth and mitigate the impact of interruptions as well as assist in resuming interrupted activities. Meeting this challenge will require moving beyond the traditional document-centric view of information to address the complexity of real activity, its often fragmented history, and the need to access information arrayed across digital and paper media.

This project will explore the design of systems that will allow people to exploit visual and episodic memory to benefit from the capture of the history and context of their computer-mediated activities. The heart of the project is rethinking the nature of data as stored in computers from being a state to being an inspectable activity history of interaction that can be presented to users. Activity-enriched computing has the potential to reshape how we use computers by creating systems that react to and are augmented by the history of past events, changing the computer environment to one in which history is always available to assist if needed. The primary scientific contributions will be to (a) develop an activity-enriched computing framework for designing a new class of systems in which history is a first-class element, (b) prototype and evaluate activity-enriched applications, and (c) extend theory and methods for representing, visualizing, and analyzing activity histories. Scientific contributions will include a novel activity-enriched computing framework that will (a) capture the rich detail of computer-mediated activity, (b) identify and make meaningful and useful episodes available, (c) link the worlds of paper and digital documents, and (d) exploit summarization and visual access mechanisms to support navigation of activity histories and ease resuming interrupted activities. The overarching objective is to lessen the impact of interruptions and aid reestablishment of context.

Episteme (ANR) participant, 2014-2018

Épistémologie transdisciplinaire des technologies numériques pour la conception d’un nouvel environnement de catégorisation contributive et d’instruments contributifs de recherche, d’enseignement et de diffusion associés.

Jenlab (ANR) participant, 2014-2018

Apprentissage avec les Jeux Épistémiques Numériques (Usages-Technologies-Méthodologies).


Google Scholar

Journal Articles

_ Rule A., Tabard A., and Hollan J. (2017) Using Visual Histories to Reconstruct the Mental Context of Suspended Activities Human-Computer Interaction. 0(just-accepted), 0-25.
_ Stusak S., Tabard A., Sauka F., Khot R., and Butz A. (2014) Activity sculptures: Exploring the impact of physical visualizations on running activity IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics. 20(12), 2201-2210.

Conference Articles

_ Vitale F., Mcgrenere J., Tabard A., Beaudouin-Lafon M., and Mackay W. (2017) High Costs and Small Benefits: A Field Study of How Users Experience Operating System Upgrades In CHI 2017. (pp. 0-12). Denver, United States,
[CP1] [pdf] [doi]
_ Tong L., Tabard A., Georges S., and Serna A. (2017) Horizontal vs. Vertical: How the Orientation of a Large Interactive Surface Impacts Collaboration in Multi-Surface Environments In INTERACT'17: Proceedings of the 18th IFIP TC 13 international conference on Human-computer interaction. (pp. 0-24). Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.
[Acceptance rate 29%, 67/231].
_ Tong L., Serna A., George S., and Tabard A. (2017) Supporting Decision-making Activities in Multi-Surface Learning Environments In 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU). (pp. 0-12).
_ Rule A., Tabard A., Boyd K., and Hollan J. (2015) Restoring the Context of Interrupted Work with Desktop Thumbnails In 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 2045-2050). Pasadena, United States, Cognitive Science Society.
[CP4] [pdf]
_ Belin A., Prié Y., and Tabard A. (2014) Supporting the Development of Digital Skills In Digital Intelligence. (pp. 4 pages). Springer.
_ Hausen D., Tabard A., von Thermann A., Holzner K., and Butz A. (2013) Evaluating Peripheral Interaction In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. (pp. 21-28). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 25%, 45/178].
[CP6] [pdf] [doi]
_ Sicard L., Tabard A., and Hincapié-Ramos J. (2013) TIDE: Lightweight Device Composition for Enhancing Tabletop Environments with Smartphone Applications In INTERACT'13: Proceedings of the 14th IFIP TC 13 international conference on Human-computer interaction. (pp. 177-194). Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.
[Acceptance rate 31%, 128/413].
_ Tabard A., Gurn S., Butz A., and Bardram J. (2013) A case study of object and occlusion management on the elabbench, a mixed physical/digital tabletop In Proceedings of the 2013 ACM international conference on Interactive tabletops and surfaces. (pp. 251-254). ACM.
[Acceptance rate 29%, 35/121].
_ Tabard A., Hincapié Ramos J., and Bardram J. (2012) The eLabBench in the wild: supporting exploration in a molecular biology lab In CHI '12: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 3051-3060). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 23%, 370/1577].
[CP9] [doi]
_ Tabard A., Hincapié-Ramos J., Esbensen M., and Bardram J. (2011) The eLabBench: an interactive tabletop system for the biology laboratory In ITS '11: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. (pp. 202-211). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 33%, 32/96] - **Best paper award**.
[CP10] [doi]
_ Hincapié-Ramos J., Tabard A., and Bardram J. (2011) Mediated tabletop interaction in the biology lab: exploring the design space of the rabbit In UbiComp '11: Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Ubiquitous computing. (pp. 301-310). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 17%, 50/302].
[CP11] [doi]
_ Hincapié Ramos J., Tabard A., and Bardram J. (2011) GridOrbit: an infrastructure awareness system for increasing contribution in volunteer computing In CHI '11: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 1899-1908). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 27%, 410/1532] - **Awarded honorable mention** (top 5%).
[CP12] [doi]
_ Malacria S., Pietrzak T., Tabard A., and Lecolinet E. (2011) U-note: capture the class and access it everywhere In INTERACT'11: Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC 13 international conference on Human-computer interaction. (pp. 643-660). Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.
[Acceptance rate 27%].
_ Hincapié-Ramos J., Tabard A., and Bardram J. (2010) Designing for the invisible: user-centered design of infrastructure awareness systems In DIS '10: Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. (pp. 302-305). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 19%, 57/294].
[CP14] [doi]
_ Tabard A., Mackay W., and Eastmond E. (2008) From individual to collaborative: the evolution of prism, a hybrid laboratory notebook In CSCW '08: Proceedings of the 2008 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work. (pp. 569-578). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate 23%, 86/370].
[CP15] [doi]
_ Yuan S., Tabard A., and Mackay W. (2008) Streamliner: A general-purpose interactive course-visualization tool In In Proceedings of KAM'08 International Symposium on Knowledge Acquisition and Modeling. (pp. 915-919). IEEE Press.
_ Tabard A., Mackay W., Roussel N., and Letondal C. (2007) PageLinker: integrating contextual bookmarks within a browser In CHI '07: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 337-346). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[Acceptance rate: 22%, 182/840].
[CP17] [doi]

Book Chapters

_ Tabard A. and Mille A. (2015) L'expérience utilisateur - UX In Architecture de l'information : méthodes, outils, enjeux. (pp. 139 - 160). De Boek.
_ Thomas B., Welch G., Dragicevic P., Elmqvist N., Irani P., Jansen Y., Schmalstieg D., Tabard A., ElSayed N., and Smith R. (2017) Situated Analytics In Immersive Analytics. (pp. 0-25). Springer-Verlag.
_ Bardram J., Esbensen M., and Tabard A. (2017) Activity-Based Collaboration for Interactive Spaces In Collaboration Meets Interactive Spaces. (pp. 233 - 257). Springer-Verlag.
[BC3] [pdf] [doi]

Workshop Articles and Demonstrations

_ Rule A., Tabard A., and Hollan J. (2016) Traces: A Flexible, Open-Source Activity Tracker for Workplace Studies In 1st International Workshop on Quantified Workplace.
_ Leclaire J. and Tabard A. (2015) R3S. js-Towards Responsive Visualizations In Workshop on Data Exploration for Interactive Surfaces DEXIS 2015.pp. 16-20.
_ Rümelin S., Beyer G., Hennecke F., Tabard A., and Butz A. (2012) Towards a Design Space for Non-Flat Interactive Displays In ITS 2012 Workshop on Beyond Flat Displays.
_ Andersen E., Sörensen R., Tabard A., Hincapié-Ramos J., Kjems J., and Bardram J. (2012) Bioengineering at the Digital Laboratory Bench (invited presentation) In FNANO 2012, the 9th Annual Conference on the Foundations of NanoScience.
_ Pietrzak T., Malacria S., Tabard A., and Lecolinet É. (2010) What do U-Note? An Augmented Note Taking System for the Classroom In PaperComp 2010: 1st International Workshop on Paper Computing.
_ Hincapié-Ramos J., Tabard A., and Alt F. (2010) Contextual-analysis for infrastructure awareness systems In CHI 2010 Workshop - Bridging the Gap: Moving From Contextual Analysis to Design.
_ Letondal C. and Tabard A. (2009) Temporal Data and Data Temporality: Time is change, not only order In CHI 2009 Workshop - Interacting with Temporal Data.
_ Tabard A. and Tsandilas F. (2007) Demonstration of the Reactivity Notebook. In COPADD 2007: 2nd International Workshop Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents.
_ Roussel N., Tabard A., and Letondal C. (2006) All you need is log In WWW 2006 Workshop on Logging Traces of Web Activity: The Mechanics of Data Collection.


_ Rule A., Tabard A., and Hollan J. (2016) Thinking in 4D: Preserving and Sharing Mental Context Across Time In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion. (pp. 389-392). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[P1] [pdf] [doi]
_ Boyd K., Rule A., Tabard A., and Hollan J. (2016) Sharing, Human Values, and Computer Activity Tracking In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion. (pp. 233-236). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[P2] [pdf] [doi]
_ Tong L., Serna A., George S., Tabard A., and Brochet G. (2014) Interactive Surface Composition Based on Arduino in Multi-Display Environments In Proceedings of the Ninth ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. (pp. 369-374). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[P3] [pdf] [doi]
_ Hincapié-Ramos J., Tabard A., Bardram J., and Sokoler T. (2010) GridOrbit public display: providing grid awareness in a biology laboratory In CHI '10 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.pp. 3265-3270. New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[P4] [doi]

Workshop Organization and Proceedings

_ Kuntz P., Prié Y., and Tabard A. (2013) Atelier Fouille visuelle de données temporelles In Atelier associé à IHM'13, 25e conférence francophone sur l'Interaction Homme-Machine.
[WS1] [pdf]
_ Thomas J., Pan Y., Erickson T., Blevis E., Letondal C., and Tabard A. (2013) Avec Le Temps!: Time, Tempo, and Turns in Human-computer Interaction In CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 3303-3306). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[WS2] [pdf] [doi]
_ Mackay W., Van Kleek M., and Tabard A. (2009) Interacting with Temporal Data In CHI '09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 4783-4786). New York, NY, USA, ACM.
[WS3] [pdf] [doi]

Domestic conferences

_ Molinari G., Trannois M., Tabard A., and Lavoué E. (2016) EMORE-L: un outil de reporting des émotions pour l'apprentissage à distance In Actes de la 28ième conférence francophone sur l'Interaction Homme-Machine. (pp. 167-176).
_ Lachand V., Serna A., Tabard A., and Marty J. (2016) De l'efficacité de visualisations indicielles ou symboliques pour la régulation d'activités collaboratives In Actes de la 28ième conférence francophone sur l'Interaction Homme-Machine. (pp. 144-154). ACM.

Tech Reports

_ Letondal C., Tabard A., and Mackay W. (2019) Quand tu l'as écrit, tu l'as lu ! 0. LRI research report 1526.
_ Kindberg T., Bardram J., Büttrich S., Esbensen M., Houben S., Khaled R., Pederson T., Perrone G., Hincapié-Ramos J., and Tabard A. (2010) Mesh Mobs - Virtually augmented crowds. TR-2011-146. IT University Technical Report Series.

Honors & Scholarships

ACM ITS’11 Best Paper Award
ACM CHI'11 Best Paper, Honorable Mention
2006 Finalist of Mattel's Student Design Competition
2005 Ph.D. scholarship (bourse ministèrielle)


Programing JavaScript, Python, Flash/Flex, JAVA (mostly Android SDK and Processing), C# (and .Net), C.
Web Node.js, Backbone, React, D3, Google App Engine.
Electronics Arduino, AVR Microcontrollers.
Design tools Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Inkscape, Axure.
Hardware prototyping 3D printing and laser cutting.


French native
English fluent
Spanish fluent
German conversational