2004 AAAI Fall Symposium

Making Pen-Based Interaction Intelligent and Natural

Any questions or comments please email Tracy Hammond (hammond@csail.mit.edu)

With the growing interest in and use of PDAs and tablet computers, pen-based interaction has become an area of increasing research interest with practical consequences. To date, however, most pen-based interaction is still done using either traditional mouse motions or with an artificial gesture language like Palmís Graffiti.

This symposium aims to explore what it would take to make intelligent pen-based interaction feel much more like the kind of writing and drawing we routinely do on paper. What would it take to make sketching on a tablet computer, for example, feel as natural as sketching on paper, yet have the computer understand what is being drawn? Can we extend the interaction so that the system also understood the often fragmentary speech and the variety of hand gestures that go with drawing in environments like collaborative design reviews? How can multimodal input such as pen strokes, speech, and gestures be naturally combined and used for mutual disambiguation? Solving these challenges would provide an enormous advance over traditional tools for tasks like design and brainstorming.

The central goal of the symposium is to provide a focus for the growing community interested in making pen-based computing more natural by making it smarter, and interested in uses of pen-based computing that go beyond handwriting recognition. It will as well be an opportunity to cross-fertilize research in AI and HCI, aiming on one hand to make human-computer interaction more natural by making it smarter, and on the other to infuse AI research with the insights and expertise of the HCI community.

We welcome technical papers describing proposed or completed research activities; scene setting papers describing the history of the field and the current landscape; position papers outlining a research agenda for the field; position papers evaluating current ideas and approaches; interactive software and hardware demonstrations; or suggestions for panel discussions.

Natural Pen-Based Interaction Moderated Email Discussion List

pen@csail.mit.edu is a new moderated public forum for researchers interested in natural pen-based interaction. Information about relevant conferences, data collection and availability, or other shared resources may be posted on this list. The purpose of this list is to form a community of researchers interested in natural pen-based interaction.

To sign up for pen@csail.mit.edu, go to http://lists.csail.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/pen


Note that these dates are different from those listed on the AAAI web page but these dates are correct.
  • May 17, 2004: 2-page abstract due, submit to Randall Davis (davis at csail.mit.edu)
  • June 24, 2004: Acceptance Decisions Emailed
  • August 31, 2004: Camera Ready Final 6-8 page paper due
  • October 21-24, 2004: Symposium in Washington D.C.

    Submission Instructions

  • Please submit your 2-page abstract to Randall Davis (davis at csail.mit.edu).
  • Format should abide by AAAI specifications.
  • PDF submissions preferred.
  • Macros available at: http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/macros-link.html

    Symposium Chairs

    Randall Davis

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    32 Vassar Street, 32-237

    Cambridge, MA 02139-4309

    (617) 253-5879

    (617) 253-5060 (fax)

    davis at csail.mit.edu

    James Landay

    Computer Science & Engineering

    University of Washington

    642 Paul G. Allen Center, Box 352350

    Seattle, WA 98195-2350

    (206) 685-9139

    (510) 217-2353 (fax)

    landay at cs.washington.edu

    Thomas Stahovich

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    University of California, Riverside

    A349 Bourns Hall

    Riverside, CA 92521

    (909) 827-7719

    (909) 787-2899 (fax)

    stahov at engr.ucr.edu

    Rob Miller

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology


    MIT Lab for Computer Science

    200 Technology Square

    Cambridge, MA 02139

    (617) 324-6028

    rcm at mit.edu

    Eric Saund

    Palo Alto Research Center

    3333 Coyote Hill Rd.

    Palo Alto, CA 94304

    (650) 812-4474

    (650) 812-4334 (fax)

    saund at parc.com