Advancing Research in the area of HCI
100 years ago nobody would have imagined that it may make sense to talk to machines. Today, in the days of speech recognition and speech synthesis to be found in cars, computers, phones and many other devices this is already normal. But it doesn’t stop there. Recognizing gestures is also no problem for devices that have a camera. Still, traditional means of interacting with a computer, like keyboards and pointing devices have not gone away, nor are they expected to go away any time soon. But they may take new forms, like virtual keyboards on touchscreens, that allow to not only press keys but just swipe over them. Or use handwriting. How this mix of interaction modes will develop in the future needs a lot of research still. All of them can still be improved and made easier for their human users. All of us will profit from that research: the visually impaired can have their messages read to them, people who have problems to type can dictate letters, drivers will be able to focus on the traffic all the time when they can give commands by voice, people on the move will be able to stay in touch with home and work easily and so on.
Under this program The Nuance Foundation will make grants to universities, other institutions of higher learning and non-profit research organizations. Such grants will fund research projects that are intended to advance general public knowledge in the field of computer science, with particular emphasis on computer technology and applications relating to “human-machine interaction.” In the case of research grants to universities, it is anticipated that such projects will be undertaken by graduate students selected by, and under the control and supervision of, university faculty members. The Foundation will not pay any portion of the grant funds to, or otherwise interact directly with, such student researchers.
Other charitable purposes
From time to time, the Foundation may make contributions to tax-exempt organizations for use in carrying out charitable, educational or other exempt purposes not related to research in the field of HCI.