- Research Around the World -


University of South Australia (Australia) - The University of South Australia's Advanced Computing Research Center is currently researching 3D Interactive Animation for Visualization of Parallel Programming Development, Animating Direct Manipulation in Human Computer Interfaces, and Use of Augmented Realities for Navigational Aids in a Wearable Computer System.

University of Namur (Belgium) - The VESALE project (Visual user interface design Education Supported by a computer-Aided Learning Environment) is using the tools of HCI to develop software tools to support computer-aided teaching.

Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia (Canada) - This project, the Virtual Hand Laboratory, is studying hand movement, 3-D human-computer interaction techniques, and improved systems for computer-aided design of 3-D objects and for computer animation of human figures.

University of Tampere (Finland) - The Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction is currently investigation a number of topics. They include: Adaptive Speech User Interfaces, Gaze Assisted Access to Information in Multiple Languages, Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction, Tactile User Interfaces, User Interfaces for Ubiquitous Computing, and Computer Aided Learning.

European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering (France) - EURISCO studies the ergonomics and designing questions of the following issue: is it better or safer to adapt the machine to the human? Or is it more practical to simply expect the human to adapt to the machine, since humans are known for their adaptability?

University of Kassal (Germany) - The University of Kassal's Institute for Measurement and Automation has a number of current projects, including: Virtual Process Visualisation, which uses virtual reality to combat the situation of growing number of processes coupled with fewer operators; Situation-Dependent Human-Machine Interface, which is trying to improve HMI by dynamically representing technical systems in supervision and control systems; and Co-operative Airport Operation, which is developing an optimal realization of the flight and dispatching operations of a modern commercial airport.

University of Patras (Greece) - The Human-Computer Interaction Group is researching Mediterranean Campaign of Photochemical Tracers, Development of an intelligent distributed tutoring system for the higher education, Contigency analysis of power systems using intelligent techniques, Design of the Athens Air Pollution Monitoring Centre, Development of a Computer-based Training module in Microelectronics, Knowledge Dicscovery from telecomunication data, and Development of a distributed distance learning system.

University of Bari (Italy) - The Department of Informatics' Research Group on Intelligent Interfaces is currently working to: create an interface which can input facial expressions, gestures, and speech; to test the conversational agent in the laboratory to see for which aspects of HCI difference embodied agents are appropriate; and to help other researchers to develop new products by designing new architecture and components.

University of Osaka (Japan) - Their HCI Department is working towards developing more suitable Fitts' Law Models, recording user's operations in a non-experimental atmosphere, and formally describing the human-computer dialog.

Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) - One of the projects the Center for User-System Interaction is working on is Multimodal Interaction, in which input and output systems are being developed that takes them away from the standard manual input and visual output. Speech recognition and 3D visualizations are among the methods being researched.

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) - The Group for Interactive Tools and Applications is developing an Environment to Build Advanced Internet Courses in Science and Technology. It is also working on a project named HIT (Herramienta Interactive basada en Tareas - Task-Based Interactive Tools), whose goal is to create tools make it possible to write a self-modifying program that changes based on the user's actions.

Uppsala University (Sweden) - The Human-Computer Interaction group is researching interfaces for train operators. In order for trains to be as safe and efficient as possible, the interface between the human operator and the machine controls should be as clear and easy as possible.

Goteborg University (Sweden) - They are studying cultural variation and communication technology in Sweden, China and Japan. It studies both how technology affects communication and communication between users of different countries.

The University of York (U.K.) - The Human-Computer Interaction Group is currently working on Mathematical Models of Interactive Systems, Interaction Analysis and Human Error Tolerance, Multimodal Interfaces, and Communication by Computer.

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