In the tutorial, we will discuss recent developments in the design of intelligent multimedia interfaces that go beyond the standard canned text, predesigned graphics and prerecorded images and sounds typically found in commercial multimedia systems of today. We will show that it is possible to adapt many of the fundamental concepts developed to date in NL processing, user modeling and discourse research in such a way that they become useful for multimedia presentations as well. We will address key applications such as communication assistants for the Internet, multimedia helpware, information retrieval and analysis, authoring, training, monitoring, and decision support. There is also a peripheral aspect of personalizing user interfaces when the system personifies itself audio-visually, e.g. as an animated life-like character.
The tutorial will introduce the technology for the development of
animated interface agents who play the role of communication assistants
explaining, commenting and highlighting the material to be
presented. The tutorial will be augmented by numerous videos and
interactive demos of research prototypes and commercial applications.
The tutorial assumes no prior knowledge on multimedia interface agents,
but a basic knowledge of AI concepts, including AI planning, NL
processing, graphics generationand user modeling, will enhance the value
of this course for participants.
About the Lecturers
is the Director of the German Research Center for AI (DFKI) and a
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Saarbruecken. He is a
AAAI Fellow, a Trustee of IJCAII, the Chair of ECCAI and the Programme
Co-Chair of ACL/EACL-97. He has published more than 150 technical papers
on intelligent user interfaces. His current research includes multimodal
interfaces, user modeling, and speech translation. He is a Co-Editor of
the Readings in Intelligent User Interfaces.
Elisabeth Andre has been a member of the 'Intelligent User Interfaces' group at DFKI since 1989. Her research interests include: multimedia communication, intelligent user interfaces, natural-language processing and life-like characters. Since January 1994, she has been member of the executive board of the ACL Special Interest Group on Multimedia Language Processing (SIGMEDIA).
Both presenters are actively involved in numerous industrial projects dealing with various applications of intelligent user interface technology.