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CHIL - Computers in the Human Interaction Loop

CHIL - Computers in the Human Interaction Loop is a FP6 IST project. Explore and create environments in which computers serve humans who focus on interacting with other humans as opposed to having to attend to and being preoccupied by the machines themselves.

Goals: 
Instead of computers operating in an isolated manner, and humans [thrust] in the loop [of computers]. CHIL puts Computers in the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL). To achieve this overall vision, a broad set of key scientific issues is proposed: (i) Multimodal Perceptual User Interfaces that observe, recognize, fuse, and interpret all available cues and clues to explain human-human activities and intentions. Fundamental new algorithms are needed to achieve these capabilities- Quantifiable cognitive and social models of human interaction, productivity and workload. Issues of privacy and control must be explored to understand socially appropriate interaction principles; (ii) A suite of Services that instantiate CHIL Computing based on perceptual context awareness and understanding of human activity. These services must balance implicit and explicit computer interaction, and must deliver information in an appropriate manner. Services include better ways of connecting people (without phone-tag), supporting human memory and providing support, e.g. in offices or during lectures; (iii) An infrastructure that supports CHIL Services including "Autonomic Computing", self-healing and self-maintaining software, flexible architecture and a networked infrastructure integrating devices intermittently and dynamically. The resulting shift from HCI only, to increased reliance on human-human interaction is expected to lead to human productivity gains and reduced computer frustration.
Date: 
Thursday, 18 December, 2003 to Sunday, 31 December, 2006
Partners: 
  • Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH), Germany (Scient. coord.)
  • Fraunhofer Institute - FhG/IITB, Germany (Admin. coord.)
  • Istituto Trentino di Cultura, ITC-irst, Italy
  • ELDA, France
  • CNRS-LIMSI, France
  • I.N.P.G., France
  • GPS-TSC, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, UPC, Spain
  • UPC-TALP, Spain
  • Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan, KTH, Sweden
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, TUE, Netherlands
  • RESIT, Greece
  • IBM, Czech Republic,
  • DaimlerChrysler, Germany
  • Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Stanford University, USA
Funding: 
FP6-IST-2002-2.3.1.6 Multimodal interfaces Integrated Project