Microsoft Research at CHI 2011

Natural User Interface with surface manipulationCHI 2011, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction. CHI 2011 emphasizes using human-computer interaction as a tool for connecting people, cultures, technologies, experiences, and ideas. 

Microsoft Research contributed to this year's event through a diverse range of papers, notes, presentations, projects, and organizational leadership.  Exploring how user interfaces can become more natural and the ways in which computers can work even more seamlessly on our behalf, Microsoft Research is developing technologies that advance the state of the art of computing and change our interaction with society and the environment.  

Read on to discover the latest in human-computer interaction and Natural User Interface (NUI) developments.

Explore Microsoft Research's CHI Papers and Notes, 2004 - 2011

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CHI 2011: Enhancing the Human Condition
From May 7 to 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CHI 2011 presents new research in human-computer interaction that uses a diversity of technologies and disciplines to connect people, cultures, experiences, and ideas.

The Bill Buxton Collection

Bill Buxton is a relentless advocate for innovation, design, and—especially—the appropriate consideration of human values, capacity, and culture in the conception, implementation, and use of new products and technologies. In 2008 he became the 10th recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, "for fundamental contributions to the field of Computer Human Interaction," and in January 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.

During the last 30 years, Bill has amassed an impressive collection of input and interactive devices, creating a history of pen computing, pointing devices, and touch technologies.  Part of Bill's collection will be on display at CHI 2011. 

The Buxton Collection website, meanwhile, offers a chance to experience this impressive collection from your computer.  As you move through the website, you can see which devices Bill found interesting, useful, or important, while gaining insight into how new technologies emerge. 

The Buxton Collection

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