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Multimodal Interaction and Interfaces

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Multimodal interaction and interfaces is a course at the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing (TMH), CSC, worth 7.5 ECTS credits. It is given in period 2.

The course is focused on the interaction between humans and computers, using interfaces that employ several modalities and human senses, such as speech, gestures and touch.

The course will give the students theoretical and practical introductions to different types of HCI interfaces for 

  • user input, such as speech recognition, motor sensors or eye and gesture tracking, and

  • computer output, such as augmented reality representations, speech synthesis, sounding objects and haptic devices.

In particular the effects of combining different modalities are addressed.


After completing the course, the students should be able to 

  • Describe the functionality of state-of-the-art multimodal HCI interfaces 
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing or proposed multimodal interfaces 
  • Implement interfaces employing new interaction techniques with different modalities


The course is focused around a group project to create, analyze and/or evaluate a multimodal or innovative interface for a given task.

In order to prepare for the project, introductory lectures and laboratory exercises present different interface technologies, and home assignments are solved to provide an adequate background and planning.