Generative, Adaptive Human Computer Interaction
by Conceptual Analogy

Katy Boerner

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This paper describes research on generative and adaptive human computer interaction (HCI). Generative interaction refers to the generation of useful knowledge structures (e.g., a configuration or a plan) to satisfy a user's goal. Adaptive interaction entails the personalization of content and presentation of it (Langley 1997). Content involves the knowledge structures and inferences used to support human problem solving. The presentation of content refers to the implemented human-computer interface. The research combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and Virtual Reality (VR) technology. In particular the approach of Conceptual Analogy (Börner 1997) is applied to provide generative and adaptive support for human problem solving in an assistant-like fashion. VR technology enables the computer interface to be adapted to the perceptual effector systems of human users.

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