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Vistribute enables the automatic distribution of visualizations across different devices by incorporating the properties and relationships of visualization views and connected devices.

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We present Vistribute, a framework for the automatic distribution of visualizations and UI components across multiple heterogeneous devices. Our framework consists of three parts:
(i) a design space considering properties and relationships of interactive visualizations, devices, and user preferences in multi-display environments;
(ii) specific heuristics incorporating these dimensions for guiding the distribution for a given interface and device ensemble; and
(iii) a web-based implementation instantiating these heuristics to automatically generate a distribution as well as providing interaction mechanisms for user-defined adaptations.

In contrast to existing UI distribution systems, we are able to infer all required information by analyzing the visualizations and devices without relying on additional input provided by users or programmers. In a qualitative study, we let experts create their own distributions and rate both other manual distributions and our automatic ones. We found that all distributions provided comparable quality, hence validating our framework.

Presentation @ ACM CHI ’19

We presented our Vistribute paper at the ACM CHI 2019 conference (Glasgow, Scotland, UK) in the Session Displays, Devices, and Interaction for Visualization. The slides are available here.

Source Code & Online Demo

The source code of the Vistribute prototype is publicly available on Github: github.com/tomhorak21/vistribute.
An online demo can accessed on the Webstrates demo server; see the instructions in the Github repo for more details.

Blog Post on Medium

We have also published a blog post about Vistribute on Medium.

Publication & Additional Material

Supplementary Material