Track C: Intelligent Interaction

Introduction
Computers operate in everyday life as universal media machines presenting multi-media information and as communication devices connecting people. Interaction between the human user and the computer nowadays is a prominent topic of interest to researchers and designers. The design of intelligent interactive systems that allow users to interact naturally with the computer is the main focus of this track. The design of this new generation of advanced systems involves various issues from the field of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence.
 
Reseach areas
The research of our group concerns understanding human behaviors and generating system responses, supporting an ongoing dialogue with the user. It stems from the premise that understanding the user –by automated evaluation of speech, pose, gestures, touch, facial expressions, social behaviors, interactions with other humans, bio-physical signals and all content humans create– should inform the generation of intuitive and satisfying system responses. Our focus on understanding how and why people use interactive media contributes to making interactive systems more socially capable, safe, acceptable and fun. Evaluation of the resulting systems therefore generally focuses on the perception that the user has of them and the experience that they engender. These issues are investigated through the design, implementation, and analysis of systems across different application areas and across a variety of contexts.
A major research area is social robotics. We strive to make robots behave as socially appropriate as possible in a given situation. The basis for modeling such behavior is the in-depth analysis of human-human and human-robot interaction, taking the user, the system, and the situation into account. Our work results in autonomous robots that are social and that can assist humans in their life, with applications ranging from helping the elderly in their homes to engaging visitors in outdoor touristic sites.
 
Projects
Students choosing track C can participate in an existing project in one of the research areas. More information about social robotics and other research areas can be found on http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/Research
 
Information
For further information on the content of this track, you may contact Herman Koppelman h.koppelman@utwente.nl