New Human/Computer Interfaces

The following is a sampling of vendors and research institutions working on advanced computer interface technologies:

Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science -- A great deal of speech-recognition research, including a Universal Speech Interface for dealing easily with simple customer service needs and using speech recognition in noisy environments.

IBM's Almaden Research Center -- Major user interface projects include eye-tracking interfaces as well as easier worldwide collaboration and the simplifying of administration for very large database installations.

IDRG Eye-Tracking Project -- De Montfort University in Leicester, England, is working on technology that allows disabled users to have visual control of any off-the-shelf commercial software.

Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Bell Labs -- Projects include network-based speech recognition for applications such as customer service tools.

MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory -- Researching numerous aspects of digital technologies, including a project to analyze users' activity on a Web site to determine whether they've visited before and what they're interested in, and to then dynamically generate navigation for them. One recent thesis project involved analyzing an individual's e-mail in-box based on who e-mail was from, what was in the message and how the user reacted to messages from that sender in the past.

MIT Project Oxygen -- Project Oxygen is working on a broad range of "human-centered computing," including a system that can understand a combination of gestures and spoken commands. Sponsors include Acer Inc., Delta Electronics Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., the Nokia Research Center, Philips Research (Royal Philips Electronics) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Information Processing Technology Office.

Nuance Communications Inc. -- A speech-recognition, voice-authentication and text-to-speech vendor. Text-to-speech can be used to access e-mail over a phone in addition to aiding visually disabled users.

SpeechWorks International Inc. -- Products and research include speech recognition for customer service applications.

SRI International -- Technology focuses include natural-language speech recognition across a wide variety of devices and applications.

Stanford University's Archimedes Project -- Recent work includes a Natural Interaction Platform that allows users to control computers by speaking aloud that was developed jointly with Dejima Inc. in San Jose.

State University of New York at Stony Brook's Eye Tracking Project -- The project is working to use low-cost electro-oculography technology, which measures slight changes in electrical charges that correspond to eye movement.

University of California at Santa Cruz Perceptual Science Laboratory's speech research links.

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