‘Liquid Text’ Project Wins GTRIC Competition

February 14, 2011

Ph.D. student Craig Tashman took first prize in Georgia
Tech’s 2011 Research & Innovation Conference (GTRIC), held Feb.
8 in the Student Center.

Tashman’s project, “LiquidText:
Active Reading through Multitouch Document Manipulation
,” (website temporarily under construction) presents
an innovative way to read and annotate documents, taking full advantage of
tablet PCs and other, larger touch-screen interfaces to significantly enhance
reader experiences with text documents. Tashman took home a $15,000 prize as
GTRIC’s first-place winner.

We are creating a different way to
interact with text, where the document is no longer a fixed, monolithic unit,
but rather a flexible, fluid representation controlled by the reader through
multi-finger touch and gesture input,” said Tashman, a doctoral student in
computer science. “Early studies have already shown broad interest in our technology from people in many areas of knowledge work.
Consequently, we are currently refining our designs and are working to
commercialize the technology.”

Overall, the College
of Computing did very
well at GTRIC 2011.
Svetlana Yarosh and Kimberly Weaver, both Ph.D. students in human-centered
computing, took home $5,000 fellowship awards, while Ph.D. student Yogesh
Mundada (computer science) and master’s student Justin Ratcliffe (human-computer interaction) and Yogesh Mundada received $1,500 travel
awards.

Organized and hosted by the GT Student Government
Association, GTRIC featured two poster sessions that included approximately 400
graduate research projects and awarded some $85,000 in total prizes and grants.