NUI Research Snapshots


July 16, 2012


Gabe Cohn, Gerardo Gonzalez, Joseph LaViola, and Patrick Baudisch


Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Washington, Lancaster University, University of Central FLorida


Stewart Tansley from Microsoft Research chairs this session at Faculty Summit 2012.

This session presents a view into Microsoft Research’s natural user interface (NUI) research portfolio by showcasing four partnerships, two in Europe and two in the United States. The presentations will highlight collaborative work on the following projects:

  • Recent work toward scaling multitouch at whole room scales
  • Research on using the human body as an antenna, exemplifying how touchless gesture interfaces could become ubiquitous
  • A specific application of touchless gesture interfaces in surgical settings
  • A pen-based prototype diagramming tool that uses constraint inference and a novel beautification algorithm to enable the drawing of precise geometric diagrams

While just a sampling of research in NUI today, this session aims to illustrate the diversity of the field and to inspire attendees by the fascinating opportunities and challenges in this field of research.


Gabe Cohn, Gerardo Gonzalez, Joseph LaViola, and Patrick Baudisch

Patrick Baudisch is a professor in Computer Science at Hasso Plattner Institute in Berlin/Potsdam and chair of the Human Computer Interaction Lab. His research focuses on the miniaturization of mobile devices and touch input. Previously, Patrick Baudisch worked as a research scientist in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Research Group at Microsoft Research and at Xerox PARC and served as an Affiliate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Washington. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.