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Università Degli Studi di Bari

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The Intelligent Interfaces group works in the area of user-adapted interaction. They have studied how computer users may be described in models that are revised dynamically and how computer messages may be generated automatically, by adapting to individual and group characteristics of users. Uncertainty and incomplete knowledge and formal methods to represent and reason on it are the key issues considered As far as the type of message is concerned, they have dealt with natural language texts, hypermedia and dialogs with Embodied Conversational Agents. The following are ongoing research projects - a cognitive model of mixed emotion activation, which considers how personality and context factors may influence endogenous and exogenous triggering of emotional states; a model of ‘natural’ argumentation, in which non-strictly rational factors (such as ‘deception’ and ‘emotional state of the two interlocutors’) are considered, to study how they affect the argumentation strategy selected and its formulation in natural language; a model of how emotions affect the dynamics of belief and goal activation/deactivation and their prioritization, in emotional dialogs; a standard mark-up language to specify the connection between message content and the way the message should be expressed (in natural language texts or through body signs of ECA); a study of how emotions affect interaction in ubiquitous and mobile computing contexts. The group has a strong interdisciplinary outlook, and have established long-standing cooperations with psycholinguists (to develop inner models of human reasoning), linguists and experts in computer graphics. They have worked with the Experimental Psychology group in the University of Reading to develop studies according to an ‘iterative design’ method, by performing periodical evaluation studies.

Fiorella de Rosis is full Professor of Informatics at the University of Roma 3. She teaches ‘Human- Computer Interaction’ at the 2nd year and ‘Intelligent Interfaces’ at the 5th year of Informatics, University of Bari. She coordinates the PhD School of Informatics and is responsible for the Intelligent Interface Research Group, in the Department of Informatics of that University. Her interests are in the domain of user modeling and user-adapted interaction, natural language generation and dialog simulation. More recently, she oriented her interests towards the simulation of affective factors in HCI: she organized several Workshops and was the Guest Editor of two Special Issues of International Journals (UMUAI and AAI) in this area.

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