Thesis Update and Multi-Touch BumpTop

October 1, 2009 ⋅ 1 Comment »

It’s been a while since I posted a real update here — it’s about time I filled you all in on what I’ve been up to.


In April, I finished my master’s in Compter Science (Human-Computer Interaction) at the University of Toronto. My thesis was a study of how people use tabs in during web browsing, which I’ve written about several times. The best summaries are here and here, or you can check out all my research-related posts. I submitted a paper to CHI 2010, so hopefully I’ll be making a trip down to Atlanta next spring.

So what have I been up to since then?

The Real World

I didn’t mention anything on this blog, but if you follow me on Twitter, you might have heard that I joined the team at BumpTop back in May. One of the big things I worked on this summer was adding Windows 7 multi-touch support to BumpTop. Last night we announced it publicly, and the reaction has been amazing! It got covered on TechCrunch, Venture Beat, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and it’s on the front page of TechMeme as I write this.

Oh, and check out the sweet infographics I made — putting my art-school-dropout skills to good use:

BumpTop Multi-touch Gestures


  1. Moiz - October 21, 2009:

    Great infographic, Pat!