Interview with Marcos SERRANO, the HMI as a challenge for tomorrow’s world

We are proud to present the interview of Marcos SERRANO, researcher at IRIT in the Collective Intelligence and Interaction (ICI) department, ELIPSE team. In order to make you discover the work of our researchers and to feed our YouTube channel, we share with you an unpublished interview. This is the first of a series of videos presenting research work from our different departments. Today’s topic? Human-computer interaction (HCI).

What is HMI ?

HMI research aims to design and develop interactive digital systems to facilitate the use of machines. It is about developing models, computing devices and new interaction techniques to think the world of tomorrow. These new devices aim to go beyond the paradigm of keyboard, mouse, windows, icons, menus etc. They take into account research on tactile interactions with smartphones, gesture recognition or voice interaction, among others. According to Marcos SERRANO, the major challenge of HMI is to “think the world of tomorrow”, in a context where digital systems will be very heterogeneous and where keyboard/mouse use will not be possible or limited.

What are the fields of application ?

Research in HMI meets a growing need and concerns various fields of application, which go beyond computing. The democratization of augmented reality headsets is already an indicator of this relevance. These new technical devices are also applicable to the health field, in particular to help visually impaired people explore digital data. Homecare, special education, crisis management and the smart city are major application areas for HMI research projects.