FloTree

A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes

Kien Chuan Chua, Yongqiang Qin, Florian Block, Brenda Phillips, Judy Diamond, E. Margaret Evans, Michael S. Horn, Chia Shen

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Abstract

We present FloTree, a multi-user simulation that illustrates key dynamic processes underlying evolutionary change. Our intention is to create a informal learning environment that links micro-level evolutionary processes to macro-level outcomes of speciation and biodiversity. On a multi-touch table, the simulation represents change from generation to generation in a population of organisms. By placing hands or arms on the surface, visitors can add environmental barriers, thus interrupting the genetic flow between the separated populations. This results in sub-populations that accumulate genetic differences independently over time, sometimes leading to the formation of new species. Learners can morph the result of the simulation into a corresponding phylogenetic tree. The free-form hand and body touch gestures invite creative input from users, encourages social interaction, and provides an opportunity for deep engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces
Pages299-302
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2012
Event7th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2012 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2012Nov 14 2012

Publication series

NameITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces

Conference

Conference7th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period11/11/1211/14/12

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Keywords

  • evolution
  • interactive
  • population genetics
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Chua, K. C., Qin, Y., Block, F., Phillips, B., Diamond, J., Evans, E. M., ... Shen, C. (2012). FloTree: A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes. In ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (pp. 299-302). (ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces). https://doi.org/10.1145/2396636.2396684

FloTree : A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes. / Chua, Kien Chuan; Qin, Yongqiang; Block, Florian; Phillips, Brenda; Diamond, Judy; Evans, E. Margaret; Horn, Michael S.; Shen, Chia.

ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. 2012. p. 299-302 (ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chua, KC, Qin, Y, Block, F, Phillips, B, Diamond, J, Evans, EM, Horn, MS & Shen, C 2012, FloTree: A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes. in ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, pp. 299-302, 7th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2012, Cambridge, MA, United States, 11/11/12. https://doi.org/10.1145/2396636.2396684
Chua KC, Qin Y, Block F, Phillips B, Diamond J, Evans EM et al. FloTree: A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes. In ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. 2012. p. 299-302. (ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces). https://doi.org/10.1145/2396636.2396684
Chua, Kien Chuan ; Qin, Yongqiang ; Block, Florian ; Phillips, Brenda ; Diamond, Judy ; Evans, E. Margaret ; Horn, Michael S. ; Shen, Chia. / FloTree : A multi-touch interactive simulation of evolutionary processes. ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. 2012. pp. 299-302 (ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces).
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