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IST 2005-2006 Work Programme 2.5.7 Multimodal Interfaces ( Call 5 - closed )

Objectives
To develop natural and adaptive multimodal interfaces, that respond intelligently to speech and language, vision, gesture, haptics and other senses.
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  • Natural interaction between humans and the physical or virtual environment , through multimodal interfaces that are autonomous and capable of learning and adapting to user intentions and behaviour, in dynamically changing environments. They should feature unconstrained, robust and ergonomic interaction, recognise user reactions and respond to them intelligently and naturally. Such interfaces should include mechanisms for selecting cognitively sound combinations of interface modalities according to the user's preferences and context. This presupposes a systematic approach to experimentation in both the fusion of information related to different modalities and their channelling to multiple modalities, with due consideration of synchronisation problems. Special attention should be given to integrated and multidisciplinary interface systems design in order to ensure the coherence of the proposed solutions, as well as sensitivity to context and adaptivity.
  • Multilingual communication systems for unrestricted domains, including real-time understanding of spontaneous spoken and gesture input in specific task-oriented settings. Research should address novel learning paradigms, e.g. utilizing statistical methods and/or exploiting contextual information, human and linguistic knowledge in a more effective way than currently done. Portability of new languages taking advantage of methods and techniques developed for languages already covered is a further challenge to be addressed, e.g. in the context of new EU languages.

Work on user modelling, system design, visual recognition and tracking, language understanding and spoken language translation is envisaged. Proof of concept is expected in application domains characterised by multiple user scenarios, including interfaces for home and nomadic environments, as well as interfaces for creativity and entertainment. Instruments: IPs , STREPs .

IPs are expected to address system-level objectives in natural interaction and multilingual communication. They may be supplemented by STREPs in focussed areas such as language understanding and spoken language translation.

IST-2002-2.3.1.6 - Multimodal interfaces ( Call 1 - closed )

Objectives
To develop natural and adaptive multimodal interfaces, that respond intelligently to speech and language, vision, gesture, haptics and other senses.
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  • Interaction between and among humans and the virtual and physical environment , through intuitive multimodal interfaces that are autonomous and capable of learning and adapting to the user environment in dynamically changing contexts. They should recognise emotive user reaction and feature robust dialogue capability with unconstrained speech and language input.
  • Multilingual systems facilitating translation for unrestricted domains, especially for spontaneous or ill-formed (speech) inputs, in task-oriented settings.

Work can span from basic research in areas such as machine learning and accurate vision and gesture tracking, to system level integration with proof of concept in challenging application domains, including wearable interfaces and smart clothes, intelligent rooms and interfaces for collaborative working tools, and cross-cultural communications.

IPs are expected to address the objectives within a holistic approach enabling, where justified, competition within and across projects. NoEs should aim at lowering barriers between hitherto split communities and disciplines and advance knowledge in the field. They should help establish and reinforce shared infrastructures, including for training and evaluation, annotation standards and appropriate usability metrics and benchmarks. STREPs are expected to bootstrap research in identifiable or emerging sub-domains and to prepare associated communities.


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