January 2004 - Vol. 47 No. 1

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Opinion Editorial pointers

Editorial Pointers

We’ve devoted much coverage in this magazine to tracing the refinement and redesign of computer interfaces to achieve more fluid, natural forms of interaction with users (aka humans). The goal in all cases—regardless of the discipline—is always to move the technology closer to human-human forms of communication and interaction. This month we focus on a […]
News News track

News Track

An increasing number of users are listening to anti-piracy campaigns instead of music, according to survey results from the New York-based research firm, NPD Group. When it first began tracking music deletions last May, NPD found 606,000 U.S. households eliminated music stored on their PCs. Three months later, 1.4 million households deleted all music files […]
Opinion Forum


Hans Moravec’s "Robots, After All" (Oct. 2003) seemed to me to be yet another version of "Someday computers will wake up," with the same intellectually faulty arguments and foundational quicksand AI has always suffered. It included a nice graphical depiction of the argument, plotting mental power and MIPS on the same scale, but it was […]

ACM Annual Report For Fy03

We ushered in FY03 with a series of priorities and projects in place and a determination to set ACM on a course to expand and enhance member satisfaction and improve its financial outlook. Now, as we usher in this new calendar year, I am most pleased to announce the Association not only realized many of […]
Research and Advances Multimodal interfaces that flex, adapt, and persist


New multimodal interfaces are being built for strength. As the articles in this section attest, strength in a multimodal interface derives from a number of factors, including their compatibility with users’ abilities and existing work practices, and the flexibility these hybrid interfaces permit. The robustness of a multimodal interface also increases substantially as the number […]
Research and Advances Multimodal interfaces that flex, adapt, and persist

Multimodal Conversational Systems For Automobiles

Currently available in-vehicle speech recognition systems are designed around a single-utterance-command paradigm [2], with as many as 200 commands1 that must be learned or referenced in a manual—an unpractical option while driving. The combination of a flexible dialogue-based speech system with a visual and haptic touch screen, while still an area of active research [1, […]
Research and Advances Multimodal interfaces that flex, adapt, and persist

Guidelines For Multimodal -ser Interface Design

In today’s pursuit of more transparent, flexible, and efficient human-computer interaction, a growing interest in multimodal interface design has emerged [5]. The goals are twofold: to achieve an interaction closer to natural human-human communication, and to increase the robustness of the interaction by using redundant or complementary information. New interaction paradigms and guidelines are necessary […]
Opinion Inside risks

Believing in Myths

We love our myths. In fact, we get downright grumpy when they are challenged. Unfortunately, in order to make progress, we sometimes need to overcome our dearly held perceptions, confront reality, and try to come up with new approaches grounded in that reality. In computer security, we don’t do a particularly good job of that. […]

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