Multimodal interaction: A new focal area for AI

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AI research has often been driven by popular visions - HAL 2001, Asimov's Robot, Star Trek - and by critical application areas - medical expert systems, spoken dialogue systems, etc. These visions and applications serve to inspire and guide researchers, posing challenges, illustrating technical weaknesses, and generally channeling creative energy. Without doubt, the widely held vision of the autonomous robot, has exerted a substantial integrative force, such that numerous disciplines, ranging from mechanical engineering to cognitive science, can see how their intellectual endeavors can contribute to the overall endeavor. In this brief position paper, and in the accompanying talk, I would like to propose that the next generation of intelligent multimodal user interfaces can offer a similar intellectual focus for AI researchers. After providing a brief overview of our work in this area and two examples, I would like to suggest the potential impact that such interfaces could have in the relatively near-term.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Proceedings
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2001 - Seattle, United States of America
Duration: 4 Aug 200110 Aug 2001
Conference number: 17th (Proceedings)

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NameIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1045-0823


ConferenceInternational Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2001
Abbreviated titleIJCAI 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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