Research Areas | Human Computer Interaction

Human Computer Interaction

The next generation of user interfaces

For every offering we are developing, Konica Minolta Labs Europe is committed to build the next generation of user interfaces that will be transparent to the user and that will allow them to seamlessly convey any intent to a system.

We believe that such next generation user interfaces will enable a user to control any system as easily as performing any other everyday activity, such as walking, and the user will perceive these interfaces as entirely natural.

This is why we are investigating multimodal controls in all of our research areas including Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Data Systems.

In our approach, we are leveraging natural human behaviours such as:

  • touching (touch-sensitive displays with haptic feedback)
  • talking (speech recognition, natural language processing, and dialog systems)
  • looking (gaze tracking controls)
  • gesturing (gesture recognition)

We recognise that since humans differ in their preferences on how to interact with a system, we offer a flexibility of interaction through a user-based selection of the modality so that everyone can find the best fit to his or her personal characteristics or to the varying context of different situations.

By creating next generation user interfaces, we are making the interaction with digital systems open to a wider variety of users, decreasing the training time needed to master the use of such a system, and we can offer faster access to any of the functions within a given digital system.