Human-Computer Interaction Essay

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON SMART SENSING AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, VOL. 1, NO. 1, MARCH 2008 Human-Computer Interaction: Overview on State of the Art Fakhreddine Karray, Milad Alemzadeh, Jamil Abou Saleh and Mo Nours Arab Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Lab., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada karray@uwaterloo.ca, malemzad@uwaterloo.ca, jaabousa@uwaterloo.ca, mnarab@uwaterloo.ca Abstract The intention of this paper is to provide an overview on the subject of Human-Computer Interaction. The overview includes the basic definitions and terminology, a survey of existing technologies and recent advances in the field, common architectures used in the design of HCI systems which includes unimodal and multimodal configurations, and finally the applications of HCI. This paper also offers a comprehensive number of references for each concept, method, and application in the HCI. Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Multimodal HCI, Ubiquitous Computing 1 Introduction Utilizing computers had always begged the question of interfacing. The methods by which human has been interacting with computers has travelled a long way. The journey still continues and new designs of technologies and systems appear more and more every day and the research in this area has been growing very fast in the last few decades. The growth in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) field has not only been in quality of interaction, it has also experienced different branching in its history. Instead of designing regular interfaces, the different research branches have had different focus on the concepts of multimodality rather than unimodality, intelligent adaptive interfaces rather than command/action based ones, and finally active rather than passive interfaces. This paper intends to provide an overview on the state of the art of HCI

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