The participants in this theme have a strong record in innovative approaches to improving Human Computer Interaction (HCI) over a range of applications and challenges. The group has developed innovative design methodologies, including work on visual perception and visual coding, the quantification of user mental models and creating new tools for usability engineering. Additionally, novel research has been conducted on context sensitive mobile computing and learning systems. Two of the partners have specialised in investigation of quantitative methods, and the third partner has explored new qualitative methods in this field; bringing them together will produce a very useful combination of these approaches.
The participants between them have worked both on Natural Language Processing and Natural Language Generation, and are in an excellent position to integrate these technologies with more conventional HCI methods and exploit them in realistic applications. We have explored a number of aspects of both multimodal input to computers and multimedia output. Bringing our skills and experience in these areas together will make for a rich mix.
Members of the group are deeply committed to multidisciplinary working, and between us have established good working partnerships with colleagues in biology, medicine, psychology, education, therapy, rehabilitation, art and design. This wide range of contacts and established goodwill will be inherited by the proposed JRI. In the field of HCI, we are separately expert in developing assistive systems for people with speech, hearing, language, visual and literacy problems, and also are developing systems specifically for the older population. We have established that systems developed for people with disabilities have the potential to be useful for all of us, and particular for users in unusual or stressful environments.
Patrik Holt, RGU
Manuel Trucco, UoD
Tim Norman, UoA