Innovative Approaches to Human-Computer Interfaces

Innovations in computer-human interfaces have greatly expanded the realm of possibilities for computer applications. With these interfaces, computers can be aware of your natural actions in an environment, and respond accordingly, whether you are building with blocks, playing with 3D puzzles, or dancing on a stage. More than one person can interact with the computer at a time, paving the way for more collaborative group activities. And these more natural interfaces can help make computers more accessible to people who have difficulty with traditional interfaces.

This project focuses on how we can apply these recent innovations to an area of great national importance: education. Our results include the following, which you can find out more about:

  • Research projects have produced educational games, novel input devices, and a software library for tracking visual tags in educational games. The games and the software library are available from here.
  • Education activities have resulted in the creation of a computer science course that focuses on innovative interfaces. Syllabi, lecture notes, and sample code are provided.
  • Publications include papers describing both our research and our education efforts.
  • People include professors, students, and outside organizations.

This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation award number 0203333. The opinions expressed in these pages are those of the authors, and in no way represent the opinions of the National Science Foundation.