Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI)

The University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering, Microsoft and the State Goverment of Victoria have collaborated to develop the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI), a place of collaborative research for creating and understanding innovative Natural User Interfaces (NUI) that facilitate human communication, collaboration and social interaction.

NUIs are technologies that support ‘natural’ human interactions, such as body-movement, speech, touch and gaze. In the SocialNUI research centre, we focus on the social aspects of NUI interactions. How can NUIs be designed to better support collaboration, engagement and interactions between people? We investigate this question in a variety of contexts through a range of exciting research projects.