The efficiency of multimodal interaction for a map-based task

Philip Cohen, David McGee, Josh Clow

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Abstract

This paper compares the efficiency of using a standard direct-manipulation graphical user interface (GUI) with that of using the QuickSet pen/voice multimodal interface for supporting a military task. In this task, a user places military units and control measures (e.g., various types of lines, obstacles, objectives) on a map. Four military personnel designed and entered their own simulation scenarios via both interfaces. Analyses revealed that the multimodal interface led to a 3 to 4-fold speed improvement in the average entity creation time, including all error handling. Time to repair errors also was significantly faster when interacting multimodally. These results indicate a substantial efficiency advantage for multimodal over GUI-based interaction during map-based tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'00 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'00
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages26-27
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)1581132484, 9781581132489
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2000 - The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Apr 20006 Apr 2000
Conference number: 18th

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2000
Abbreviated titleCHI 2000
CountryNetherlands
CityThe Hague
Period1/04/006/04/00

Keywords

  • Graphical user interface
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Spoken language

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