The CHI 2008 (Computer Human Interaction) conference is going on this week in Florence, Italy. Microsoft Research has a strong presence at the conference with 20 papers accepted (12% of total accepted papers).
Microsoft Research wrote 16 of the 20 papers with academic partners from 12 universities around the globe. Amongst the research projects Microsoft is presenting at the ACM organized CHI 2008 conference are BlindSight, Mischief and MySong.
BlindSight: Eyes-Free Access to Mobile Phones:
The project is written in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, this paper examines audible ways of accessing information stored on mobile devices during a conversation. The need to check a calendar or contact list on a mobile device while speaking with someone on that device is not uncommon. blindSight allows users to access information on their device audibly rather than visually, without interruption of a conversation. Audible feedback is heard only by the user, not the person on the other end of the line. A video demonstration and additional information on blindSight can be found at this page.
Mischief: Supporting Remote Teaching in Developing Regions.
This paper outlines a joint project with Microsoft researchers and academic partners from China, India and the U.S. to create an application for remote classroom learning. Even when instructors in rural areas are available, they can lack subject expertise, may be overworked or have high rates of absenteeism. The Mischief system connects a classroom of students to a central monitor, allowing teachers in another location to lead and interact with the class. The Mischief user interface allows numerous students to engage simultaneously, supports anonymous responses, and communicates a focus of attention.
MySong: Automatic Accompaniment Generation for Vocal Melodies.
Created in tandem with the University of Washington, MySong brings a first glimpse of the songwriting experience to people who might not otherwise ever try to create their own music. A user sings into a microphone, and MySong automatically selects chords to accompany the recorded voice, then lets the user manipulate those chords using interactions designed to be intuitive to non-musicians. This lets users with no musical background experiment with music composition. A video demonstration, audio samples and additional information about MySong can be found at page.
See all Microsoft CHI 2008 papers here. More details about the CHI 2008 conference is available on this Site.
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