Structured Coding Example:  Observations for tabletop surface computers 

Research Questions

What cancer lab slide sorting tasks and sub-tasks take the most time?  What slide sorting tasks have the most potential for automation within future surface computing and augmented reality laboratory workbench systems?

Approach

Aligned complicated medical ethics requirements to mount a camera in an active hospital cancer lab sorting real patient tissue samples.  Conducted a three level structured video coding process of slide sorting activities.

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Slide sorting activities of a cancer lab and a prototype surface computing system

Impact

Identified a new workflow to reduce slide sorting times by 30%.  Informed design parameters for future surface and augmented reality computing systems by Agilent Technologies and Dako, world leaders in pathology solutions.  Published the study in a peer-reviewed journal, Behaviour and Information Technology.

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Visualizations of qualitative codes to understand cancer lab slide sorting