The Seventh Wonder of the Computer Interface, Shahram Izadi
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The user interface (UI) is the fundamental way in which humans interact with the digital world. However, despite its importance, we have seen few innovations in this domain since the birth of the mouse nearly half a century ago. In this talk I will highlight six major UI disruptions and, by drawing on a number of trends (and with the help of the audience), we will uncover a seventh exciting new disruption that is emerging.
I will then demonstrate the work within my group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, which is motivated by making this seventh disruption a reality. Our group is a Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) group with a 'twist': rather than solely focusing on the study and evaluation of interactive systems and techniques, we embrace a more technology-focused approach, which is as much about building the underlying technologies and systems as it is about studying their use.
This modern and technically inspired approach to HCI is still very much multi-disciplinary in nature, but across subfields in computer science and engineering. All this makes it an incredibly rewarding time to be a researcher in the HCI field: you get to play with the newest technologies, such as exotic cameras, displays and sensing hardware; readily embrace approaches outside of your discipline (e.g. within computer vision, machine learning, signal processing, or computer graphics); and just perhaps, if you are really lucky, invent technologies that will cause the eighth, ninth or tenth disruption.