Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Intelligent environments are spaces in which computation is seamlessly used to enhance ordinary activity. They enable tasks historically outside the normal range of human-computer interaction by connecting computers to normal, everyday phenomena that have traditionally been outside the purview of contemporary user-interfaces. Their applications are not spreadsheets and word processing but intelligent rooms and personal assistants.
Interaction with these environments should be in terms of forms that people are naturally comfortable with. Their user-interface primitives are not menus, mice and windows but gesture, speech, context, and affect. At least in theory, it should be possible for a person to forget she is using a computer while interacting with one.
Building intelligent environments requires a unique breadth of knowledge that extends beyond any of the traditional boundaries of AI research areas. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers from various AI backgrounds to discuss the issues involved in creating these complex, interactive, embedded systems. We also welcome participation from those in related disciplines, particularly members of the human-computer interaction community.