Synopses & Reviews
Despite massive efforts over decades, understanding of thehuman-machine interface continues to grow slowly. Desktop computers synchrony, however, has seen some advances in more naturalhuman-machine interfaces, but the fact remains that there are still gaps in what we know and do. These fifteen essays cover some of themost up-to-date efforts in bridging the gap between human and machines, including better encoding of expectations on the part ofconsumers, and an advanced design that will unlock recognition of the emotions of users. There is also some interesting research on instant recognition of symbols and seems to go faster than reading.Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Embodied conversational agents (ECA) and speech-based human machine interfaces can together represent more advanced and more natural human machine interaction. Fusion of both topics is a challenging agenda in research and production spheres. The important goal of human machine interfaces is to provide content or functionality in the form of a dialog resembling face-to-face conversations. All natural interfaces strive to exploit and use different communication strategies that provide additional meaning to the content, whether they are human machine interfaces for controlling an application or different ECA-based human machine interfaces directly simulating face-to-face conversation.
Coverbal Synchrony in Human-Machine Interaction presents state-of-the-art concepts of advanced environment-independent multimodal human machine interfaces that can be used in different contexts, ranging from simple multimodal web-browsers (for example, multimodal content reader) to more complex multimodal human machine interfaces for ambient intelligent environments (such as supportive environments for elderly and agent-guided household environments). They can also be used in different computing environments from pervasive computing to desktop environments. Within these concepts, the contributors discuss several communication strategies, used to provide different aspects of human machine interaction.