Human-computer interaction (HCI) has not really changed for several decades and we continue to use the highly successful graphical user interface commonly referred to as the WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointer) interface. However, for several reasons this paradigm will not meet the uses of computers in the future. First, computers are getting smaller and the size factor makes graphical user interfaces impractical. Computing is becoming more pervasive with wireless communication and this also reduces the size of computing devices. Second, the push to make computers easier to use is leading us in the direction of interacting with machines in human modalities, such as speech, handwriting, and gestures. As we begin to explore new interaction techniques for small mobile devices and for devices embedded in automobiles and homes, we need to better understand the available techniques and combinations of techniques.
The team activities will consist of the following: