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Computers In the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL)

Objective

The objective of this project is to create environments in which computers serve humans who focus on interacting with other humans instead of having to attend to and being preoccupied with the machines themselves. Instead of computers operating in an isolated manner and "humans [thrust] in the loop [of computers]", we will put Computers in the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL). We will design Computer Services that will observe humans and guess the state of their activities and intentions. Using the complete perceptual context, the CHIL computers will be enabled to provide assistance implicitly, requiring a minimum of human attention or interruptions.
To achieve this overall vision, a broad set of key scientific issues is proposed:
- Multimodal Perceptual User Interfaces that observe, recognize, fuse, and interpret all available cues and clues to explain human-human activities and intentions. Fundamental new algorithms are needed to achieve these capabilities
- Quantifiable cognitive and social models of human interaction, productivity and workload. Issues of privacy and control must be explored to understand socially appropriate interaction principles
- A suite of Services that instantiate CHIL Computing based on perceptual context awareness and understanding of human activity. These services must balance implicit and explicit computer interaction, and must deliver information in an appropriate manner. Services include better ways of connecting people (without phone-tag), supporting human memory and providing support, e.g. in offices or during lectures.
- An infrastructure that supports CHIL Services including "Autonomic Computing", self-healing and self-maintaining software, flexible architecture and a networked infrastructure integrating devices intermittently and dynamically. The resulting shift from HCI only, to increased reliance on human-human interaction is expected to lead to human productivity gains and reduced computer frustration. The objective of this project is to create environments in which computers serve humans who focus on interacting with other humans instead of having to attend to and being preoccupied with the machines themselves. Instead of computers operating in an isolated manner and "humans [thrust] in the loop [of computers]", we will put Computers in the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL). We will design Computer Services that will observe humans and guess the state of their activities and intentions. Using the complete perceptual context, the CHIL computers will be enabled to provide assistance implicitly, requiring a minimum of human attention or interruptions.
To achieve this overall vision, a broad set of key scientific issues is proposed:
- Multimodal Perceptual User Interfaces that observe, recognize, fuse, and interpret all available cues and clues to explain human-human activities and intentions. Fundamental new algorithms are needed to achieve these capabilities
- Quantifiable cognitive and social models of human interaction, productivity and workload. Issues of privacy and control must be explored to understand socially appropriate interaction principles
- A suite of Services that instantiate CHIL Computing based on perceptual context awareness and understanding of human activity. These services must balance implicit and explicit computer interaction, and must deliver information in an appropriate manner. Services include better ways of connecting people (without phone-tag), supporting human memory and providing support, e.g. in offices or during lectures.
- An infrastructure that supports CHIL Services including "Autonomic Computing", self-healing and self-maintaining software, flexible architecture and a networked infrastructure integrating devices intermittently and dynamically. The resulting shift from HCI only, to increased reliance on human-human interaction is expected to lead to human productivity gains and reduced computer frustration.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Fraunhoferstrasse 1
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany

Participants (15)

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Cmu Lti/ Nsh 4502, 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Université De Paris Sud Bâtiment 508
91403 Orsay
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG
Germany
Address
Wilhelm-runge-strasse 11
89013 Ulm
EVALUATIONS AND LANGUAGE RESOURCES DISTRIBUTION AGENCY
France
IBM CESKA REPUBLIKA, SPOL. S R.O.
Czechia
Address
V Parku 2294/4
148 00 Praha 4, Chodov
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Zirst - 655 Avenue De L'europe - Montbonnot Saint Martin
F-38334 St. Ismier Cedex
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
Address
655 Ave De L"europe
F-38334 St. Ismier Cedex
ISTITUTO TRENTINO DI CULTURA
Italy
Address
Via Sommarive, 18
38050 Povo (Trento)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Drottning Kristinas Väg 31
SE-100 44 Stockholm
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SOCIETY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
Greece
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Department Of Communication, Building 120, Stanford Universi
94305-050 Stanford
UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)
Germany
Address
Am Fasanengarten 5
76131 Karlsruhe
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Campus Nord, Edifici D5, Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
655 Ave De L'europe
F-38334 St. Ismier Cedex