With the rise of chatbots and voice interaction, conversations with machines become more human-like. But when people communicate, in addition to their voice they use everything they have, including gestures, emotions and facial expressions. The support of such multimodal communication will be an important requirement for human-computer interaction in the future. In this talk we outline concepts and a basic architecture of multimodal systems. We illustrate advantages of multimodal interfaces through several technological demonstrators, which have been developed in research and industrial projects of the DFKI.
Senior Researcher, DFKI GmbH
Stefan Schaffer is a senior researcher and project manager at the Cognitive Assistants department of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His main research interests include conversational, mobile, and multimodal human-computer interaction. His works have resulted in several conversational interfaces for different domains.