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Anticipating human needs - the new challenge of the PC

The Chil wants to go beyond the concept of man-machine interface to focus on collective communication. To do this, the computer learns to adapt to its environment and to understand the user's needs.

Developing computers that are more and more centered on humans, and capable of anticipating the needs of users. This is the project led by a team of European researchers, the Chil, Computers in the Human Interaction Loop. The idea is to go beyond the usual man-machine interface to focus on communication between people. The main objective: to improve the productivity of the user, who will no longer have to worry about his computer. To do this, the researchers observed the communication between several people during conferences, meetings and other classrooms, in order to determine the most common needs in terms of collective communication. Thus, the team was able to develop a system capable of understanding the environment in which it is located, via an audiovisual system. Source of study :

A multimodal perception interface

Indeed, the Chil is based on a "Multimodal Perceptual User Interface" which observes, recognizes and interprets the environments and human activities in which it is located, via algorithms. Another tool: an almost autonomous infrastructure, flexible, composed of self-managed software, and which allows an extended interconnectivity. The computer thus understands the context in which it is located and proposes the appropriate services to its user. For example, during a meeting, this system can filter or answer phone calls received by participants, discreetly remind users of useful facts, such as the names of other members of the meeting, and provide the entire work team with a collective virtual workspace. All with the minimum of human intervention. The researchers are also considering a number of applications based on this device.

Security and marketing

"We want to develop an intelligent, interactive system, which offers relevant services, according to the perception that it has of its environment", explains Rainer Stiefelhagen, member of the project. Thus, the start-up Videmo, a surveillance specialist, is developing an application of the system focused on security but also on marketing. Their goal: to develop an intelligent video analysis software, capable of detecting consumer behavior. This is to identify the products that attract the most in stores for example, but also to detect suspicious attitudes, in the context of fraud or theft. "There are already monitoring systems of this kind, but 95 percent of them simply record information," says Rainer Stiefelhagen. "Here, the software automatically analyzes and identifies behavior and reports it to the user."

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