Basser Seminar Series

Multimodal Preferences under Laboratory and Real-world Settings

Rainer Wasinger
German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday 21 December 2005, 4-5pm

Basser Conference Room (Madsen Building, Room G92)


This presentation summarizes the results of two usability studies on user preference for multimodal interaction in instrumented environments. The studies compare user preference for a variety of different multimodal combinations, conducted in a private laboratory and a public real-world setting. Studies conducted in realistic environment contexts are particularly relevant to multimodal interaction as previous research has shown many of the benefits of multimodal interaction - such as efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility - are best seen in adverse contexts. These studies are based on a system called the Mobile ShopAssist, in which subjects accompanied by a Pocket PC are free to move around and interact multimodally with shopping products. For more information, please see:

Speaker's biography

Rainer Wasinger graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2001. He works in the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) department at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH). His main research interests are in HCI and IUI, and in particular, multi-modal interaction in mobile and ubiquitous computing environments. Rainer Wasinger is currently doing his PhD in this field at the University of Saarland, Germany, under supervision of Professor Wolfgang Wahlster.