Events

10/19/15
This month we'll be mixing up our format and will have a sit down "fireside chat" with Dr. Michael Karasick,  Vice President Innovations, IBM Watson Group. Michael and Ken will have a casual conversation about the intersection of NUI and Watson while gaining some valuable insights into Watson's mission to use it's cognitive computing power as an adjunct and collaborative mechanism to work with and aid humans. We'll here the latest happenings in the world of Watson, maybe even discuss some applications that Michael is fond of, and Michael will be answering some choice questions from the...
09/21/15
Personalization of products, services, even functionality of everyday devices is the next frontier in UI development. The ability to quickly and secure verify an identity of a user is a key in the process. Making user authentication a friendly, or even better, a frictionless process to a user, is key to adaptation. Traditional passwords are on the way out. Biometrics will become the next identification standard. In this presentation President of Speechpro Alexey Khitrov will make a case for voice and multi-modal verification on mobile platforms and voice-based UI's. Speechpro pioneered this...
08/17/15
Quantum Interface (Qi), based in Austin, TX, has developed what it says is the world’s first and only dynamic predictive user interface. Functionally,  a dynamic predictive user interface uses directional vectors of speed, time, and angle change (instead of fixed, absolute Cartesian coordinates),  to anticipate a users intent. The company says that by leveraging NUI principals, a dynamic predictive user interface is not only the most natural, but being faster than a human is physiologically able to react, is the fastest and easiest UI in the world. Qi CTO/Founder Jonathan Josephson will be...
07/20/15
We are in the midst of an explosion of emerging human-computer interaction techniques that redefine our understanding of both computers and interaction. This talk will start by describing the notion of Reality-Based Interaction (RBI) as a unifying concept that ties together a large subset of these emerging interaction styles. Viewing interaction through the lens of RBI provides insights for designers and uncovers gaps or opportunities for future development. We'll hear some examples of reality-based interaction along with implications for the future of natural user interfaces. Then we'll...
06/15/15
Human language is the most natural of interfaces, but also the most challenging to implement in software. This talk will discuss how such an interface has been built, how challenges in understanding can be met in a practical way, and what new research has the promise to expand current frontiers in using language as a computer interface. Amelia is an artificial agent that can reduce the number of  human customer service agents needed. She can handle many problem-solving and question-answering tasks. When she cannot handle a task on her own, she can monitor an exchange between a customer and an...

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