Collaborative behavior, performance and engagement with visual analytics tasks using mobile devices

Lei Chen, Hai Ning Liang*, Feiyu Lu, Konstantinos Papangelis, Ka Lok Man, Yong Yue

*Corresponding author for this work

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Interactive visualizations are external tools that can support users’ exploratory activities. Collaboration can bring benefits to the exploration of visual representations or visualizations. This research investigates the use of co-located collaborative visualizations in mobile devices, how users working with two different modes of interaction and view (Shared or Non-Shared) and how being placed at various position arrangements (Corner-to-Corner, Face-to-Face, and Side-by-Side) affect their knowledge acquisition, engagement level, and learning efficiency. A user study is conducted with 60 participants divided into 6 groups (2 modes × 3 positions) using a tool that we developed to support the exploration of 3D visual structures in a collaborative manner. Our results show that the shared control and view version in the Side-by-Side position is the most favorable and can improve task efficiency. In this paper, we present the results and a set of recommendations that are derived from them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number47
JournalHuman-centric Computing and Information Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Collaborative visualizations
  • Computer-supported cooperative work/learning
  • IoT
  • Mobile tablets
  • User engagement
  • User study
  • Visual analytics


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