Natural User Interfaces for Children (multiple projects)
Unpaid with future paid opportunities
My lab focuses on advanced interaction technologies such as touch, speech, and gesture, especially for children in the context of educational interfaces. Our projects advance human-computer interaction (HCI) research questions of how users want to interact with these natural modalities, and computer science research questions of how to build recognition algorithms that can understand user input in these ambiguous modalities. Top priorities currently: (a) participatory design activities with children for natural user interfaces; (b) prototyping speech interfaces for children; and (c) user studies evaluating how children interact with different natural interface technologies (tabletop computers, speech, VR/AR, etc.). Projects can be customized for background and interest of the student, pending lab needs at the time. Helpful skills (encouraged but not required) include: programming fundamentals, experimental design, data analysis, experience working with children, good people skills, attention to detail, organization, time management. High-achieving freshman encouraged to apply! Students considering graduate school strongly encouraged to apply!