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Franz J Kurfess
Cal Poly SLO
San Luis Obispo, California

Franz J. Kurfess joined the Computer Science Department of California Polytechnic State University in the summer of 2000, after a short stay with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and a longer stay with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Before that, he spent some time with the University of Ulm, Germany, as a postdoc at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, CA, and at the Technical University in Munich, where he obtained his MS and PhD in Computer Science.

At Cal Poly, he is the coordinator of the human-computer interaction lab, and teaches courses in the areas of artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, user-centered design and development, and human-computer interaction. His main areas of research are artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, with particular interest in the usability and interaction aspects of knowledge-intensive systems. He is currently investigating a framework for the analysis of “interaction spaces,” consisting of the physical space where interaction between humans and computational systems takes place, and a conceptual space delineated between the shared communication channels, symbol systems, vocabularies and languages, and the conceptual model of the domain and the world. So far, humans have been able to accommodate the limitations of computational systems concerning such interactions fairly well. When expanding interaction to situations where robots (or computational systems in general) have to communicate with other robots, it becomes much more critical to have a coherent framework for interaction in place.


Typing Tutor: individualized tutoring in text entry for older adults based on input stumble detection
Hagiya T., Horiuchi T., Yazaki T.  CHI 2016 (Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Santa Clara, CA,  May 7-12, 2016) 733-744, 2016. Type: Proceedings

As older users adopt smartphones, they need to acquire new skills for interacting with touch-based devices. This paper describes the development of a support system, Typing Tutor, to improve text entry for older users in Japan transitioning from f...


Systematic automation of scenario-based testing of user interfaces
Campos J., Fayollas C., Martinie C., Navarre D., Palanque P., Pinto M.  EICS 2016 (Proceedings of the 8th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, Brussels, Belgium,  Jun 21-24, 2016) 138-148, 2016. Type: Proceedings

In May 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S equipped with the autopilot feature was killed when his vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer [1]. Tesla confirmed that the vehicle’s autopilot was active and that its brakes were not activated, ne...


Speaky for robots: the development of vocal interfaces for robotic applications
Bastianelli E., Nardi D., Aiello L., Giacomelli F., Manes N.  Applied Intelligence 44(1): 43-66, 2016. Type: Article

Within the last few years, spoken interaction between humans and computing devices like smartphones has become fairly common. Spoken interaction with robots has not seen wide use, although it can have a more limited scope of interactions with a si...


Differences and similarities between finger and pen stroke gestures on stationary and mobile devices
Tu H., Ren X., Zhai S.  ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 22(5): 1-39, 2015. Type: Article

Before the advent of the iPhone, touch-based interaction between users and personal computational devices was dominated by pen-shaped styli, such as in handheld devices by Palm, or in laptops that could be converted to tablet-style devices. Althou...


ICT services for open and citizen science
Morzy M.  World Wide Web 18(4): 1147-1161, 2015. Type: Article

While science in general is the domain of highly qualified experts, opportunities exist for ordinary citizens to participate in scientific research. In areas like biology and ecology, the wide participation of amateurs has contributed to surveys o...


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