Sessions overview

People as content

Format: Oral presentation 45 min | Language: English | Tags: social, psychology, ubiquity
Speaker: Anton Nijholt | HMI, University of Twente

In the first part of this talk we survey our research efforts on human?computer interaction: natural, affective and social interactions. The assumption is that sensor-equipped environments are able to detect, interpret and anticipate our intentions and feelings. This allows more natural interaction between humans and intelligent environments that support human activity. However, it also allows these environments to collect more information about their human partners than these human partners may find desirable. Environments collect our lives; environments process our lives. In the second part of our presentation we look at situations where it is quite acceptable or even desirable that part of the intentions and feelings of an interacting partner remains hidden for the other. This can happen in everyday life, but also in sports and entertainment. Non?cooperative behavior is often more natural than cooperative behavior. In this talk we will also discuss the many useful uses of non?cooperative behavior, both from the point of view of a smart environment and from the point of view of human partners, users, or inhabitants of smart environments.

About Anton
Speaker - The Web and Beyond 2010Anton Nijholt started his professional life as a programmer at TNO-Delft (The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research). Then he decided to study at the Delft University of Technology (mathematics and computer science) and to spend the rest of his life close to computers. He held positions in computer science departments at the University of Twente, the University of Nijmegen, the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (all in the Netherlands), the McMaster University (in Canada) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (in Belgium).

Presently he is working as full professor of computer science at the University of Twente. His main research interests are multi-party interaction, multimodal interaction and entertainment computing. He coordinates the Human Media Interaction research group (with help from others), consisting of about 40 assistant/associate professors, Ph.D. students, secretaries and researchers employed by national and European projects. He was also main organizer of the Twente Workshops on Language Technology (TWLT). In 1994 he founded the publishing company Neslia Paniculata. In the period 1995-1996 he was a NIAS-fellow in Wassenaar. Apart from his university activities he spends time on inspiring and advising start-up companies in the areas of language processing, virtual reality and ambient intelligence. Presently he is also scientific advisor of Philips Research Europe, in particular of the Experience Processing group of the Philips Lifestyle programme.

Anton Nijholt has many interests. Whenever he thinks there are not yet enough people that share his views or interests in certain topics he organizes a workshop on those topics. He is always interested to join others in their scientific activities. See a list of his recent activities.

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