PhotoPal: companionship, sharing and the digital echo.

Mival, Oli, O'Keefe, Brian, Bradley, Jay, Roa-Seiler, Nena and Benyon, David (2008) PhotoPal: companionship, sharing and the digital echo. In: Proceedings of the Collocated Social Practices Surrounding Photos Workshop. ACM.

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    This short paper introduces the research of the 14 partner,
    EU Framework 6 project, COMPANIONS. It focuses on
    the development of PhotoPal, a multimodal system
    harnessing the cutting edge of speech recognition, natural
    language understanding and dialogue management,
    alongside advances in touch, multi-touch and gesture driven
    interactions. PhotoPal allows for a far more natural
    engagement with a user’s digital photo collection, the tasks
    associated with it and the tools enabling those tasks to be
    achieved. Removing the mediation of a keyboard and
    mouse paradigm and introducing a speech, touch and
    gesture driven interaction experience enables the intuitive
    familiarity of dealing with analogue photographs whilst
    retaining the huge storage, metadata addition, editing,
    sorting and distribution advantage of the digital format.
    Utilising the power of natural language understanding has
    the considerable addition of enabling a user to establish not
    only a hugely rich and sophisticated pool of metadata, but
    also a very personal and unique audio narrative. The
    combination of this image specific metadata (such as
    content, time, location) alongside more abstract elements
    (such as why a photo was taken or what emotion it
    provokes) gives rise to the potential of establishing rich life
    narratives, or Digital Echo.
    Furthermore, the conversational nature of the interaction
    experience positively encourages and facilitates a social
    experience, both with the PhotoPal system itself (and it’s
    representative avatar) and with family, friends and beyond,
    both locally and remotely. This experience not only goes
    beyond locale, but also time and potentially life time

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: paper presented at CHI 2008, Florence, April 2008
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Companionship; photography; multimodality; internet; avatar; natural language understanding; HCI;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
    Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
    Item ID: 3780
    Depositing User: Computing Research
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 11:57
    Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:55

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