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What cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when one lifetime is joined to another - Harold Kushner
This work would not have been possible with the support and guidance of many people and organizations. This page acknowledges the fact this work is a small part of a larger community of large display interaction research.
A great number of people need to be thanked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboraties (MERL) for all of their support with my PhD research on multimodal digital table interaction. I have received a great deal of support from Chia Shen, my supervisor at MERL and a member of my supervisory committee. Special thanks goes to John Barnwell, Paul Dietz, Alan Esenther, Clifton Forlines, Bret Harsham, Yuri Ivanov, Darren Leigh, Kathy Ryall, Sam Shipman, Daniel Wigdor, Chris Wren, William Yerazunis and many others.
As a member of the Interactions Laboratory at the Unversity of Calgary, I am grateful for the thoughtful support and feedback from many of my peers. This work would not have been possible without their continued support and input. I received a great deal of guidance from my supervisor and mentor Dr. Saul Greenberg. Special thanks goes to Michael Boyle, Sheelagh Carpendale, Rob Diaz-Marino, Kathryn Elliot, Mark Hancock, Jonathan Histon, Gregor McEwan, Petra Neumann, Carman Neustaedter, Tobias Isenberg, Stacey Scott, Stephanie Smale, Tony Tang, Nelson Wong, and Jim Young. Thanks for the collaborations, friendships, helpful advice and support, your contributions will not be forgotten.
During my MSc, Smart Technologies Inc. sponsored part of my Industrial NSERC and provided an opportunity for me to spend a couple months of each year working with members of the leading electronic whiteboard manufacturer. My experiences with leading technologists at Smart Technologies has no doubt influenced my views and attitudes towards large display technologies today. I am grateful for opportunity to have had a chance to be involved with such a thriving large display company. Especially, I would like to thank Doug Hill, Taco Van Ieperen, Chuck McKinnon, Gerald Morrison, Cory Sanoy, Keith Wilde and many others.
This research would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors: The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Alberta Ingenuity Fund (AIF), and the Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE). They have given me the opportunity to explore innovative ideas in the area of large display interaction without the financial risks associated with starting my own business. The learning opportunities that I have recieved will no doubt be invaluable in all my future endeavours.