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The Nature of Natural User Interaction
{ Thu, 17 May 2012, 15h00 }

By: Bill Buxton  [ hide info ]

Bill Buxton

Country: Canada

Affiliation: Microsoft Research ( US )


Bill Buxton is a Toronto-based scientist, designer, writer, and lecturer, who has spent 30 years focusing on human aspects of technology - especially around creative applications such as music, film and industrial design. He is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Distinguished Pro-fessor of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a researcher at Xerox PARC, a professor at the University of Toronto, Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc., and a professional composer and performer. Bill is a co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, and has been awarded honourary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Queen’s University, and the Technical University of Eindhoven. In 2010, BusinessWeek named Bill among the World’s Most Influential Designers. Bill is passionate about the outdoors, especially mountains (summer and winter) and tripping in his birch-bark canoes.

As technologies evolve, so do the modalities of interaction and the associated interaction languages. What evolves far more slowly is the technology of the users. It is the latter that can provide the best guide to understanding the former. Yes, emerging technologies make it possible to better exploit the full potential of the human. And, yes, this may result in ways of interaction that are sufficiently distinct from command-line and graphical user interfaces of the past. But by the same token, just because something uses speech, gesture, multi-touch, etc., does not inherently make it “natural.” Likewise, just because something that employs a conventional command-line interface or GUI does not necessarily make it unnatural. The “nature” of the beast lies within some appropriate mix of user, task, technology and context. It is the intent of this talk to dive into the nature of this mix with the hope of shedding some light on its nature – light which might help illuminate some of our thinking as we approach designing future systems.

Hosted by: MultiModal Systems

Location: Anfiteatro Leopoldo Guimarães, CENIMAT

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