Designing a Tangible Interface for Manager Awareness in Wilderness Search and Rescue
Brennan Jones, Anthony Tang, Carman Neustaedter, Alissa Nicole Antle, and Elgin-Skye McLaren. (2018). Designing a Tangible Interface for Manager Awareness in Wilderness Search and Rescue. In CSCW ’18 Companion: Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 161–164.
We present a tangible interface for supporting wilderness search-and-rescue (SAR) managers in maintaining awareness of a large SAR incident, where there are numerous field teams searching for a lost person in a wilderness area. This interface consists of physical and digital representations of the search area and elements of the search activity (e.g., the locations of search teams, weather information, and clues from the field). It is intended to allow SAR managers to inspect information about the response and search area from different perspectives and aid them in planning by allowing them to physically manipulate the representations and explore the data through touch.