Demonstrational Interfaces Group
Carnegie Mellon's Demonstrational Interfaces group is investigating
ways to use Demonstrational Interfaces to improve human-computer
interaction. In a Demonstrational System, the user gives an example
of how the system should operate, and the system automatically
generalizes from the example to produce a parameterized procedure.
For instance, in the Macintosh Finder, the user might move "foo.PS"
and then "bar.PS" to the trash can. The system might notice that a
similar operation was performed twice and automatically create a
procedure to delete all the "*.PS" files. Demonstrational Interfaces
can be used in many application areas, including business graphics,
data and scientific visualization, drawing packages, text formatting,
simulations and control panels, computer games, and spreadsheets.
Currently, we are developing a demonstrational text formatter, a
demonstrational visual shell, an architecture to support general
script-based demonstrational programming, and a demonstrational
interface for data visualization.
The Demonstrational Interfaces Project is primarily funded by the
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Interactive Systems Program.
A recent workshop
for the NSF ISP program was held in Cambridge.
Additional industry contributions are gladly accepted. Please contact
Brad A. Myers <email@example.com>.
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