CHIL: Computers in the Human Interaction Loop

Project summary:

CHIL ("Computers in the Human Interaction Loop") is an Integrated Project under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. It is jointly coordinated by Universitt Karlsruhe (TH) and the Fraunhofer Institute IITB. CHIL was launched on January, 1st 2004.

The objective of this project is to explore and create environments in which computers serve humans who focus on interacting with other humans as opposed to having to attend to and being preoccupied by the machines themselves. Instead of computers operating in an isolated manner, and humans [thrust] in the loop [of computers]. CHIL puts Computers in the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL). 15 partners from 9 countries in Europe and the US collaborate in the CHIL Consortium to design Technologies and Computer Services that model humans and the state of their activities and intentions. A complete perceptual context enables a family of CHIL computing services that provide helpful assistance implicitly, requiring a minimum of human attention or interruptions.

To achieve this overall vision, a broad set of key scientific issues is proposed:

  • Multimodal Perceptual User Interfaces that observe, recognize, fuse, and interpret all available cues and clues to explain human-human activities and intentions. Fundamental new algorithms are needed to achieve these capabilities (see CHIL - Technologies).
  • A suite of Services that instantiate CHIL Computing based on perceptual context awareness and understanding of human activity. These services must balance implicit and explicit computer interaction, and must deliver information in an appropriate manner. Services include better ways of connecting people (without phone-tag), supporting human memory, & providing meeting support (see CHIL - Services) and more.
  • A supportive infrastructure that supports CHIL Services including autonomic computing, self-healing and self-maintaining software, flexible architecture, and a networked infrastructure integrating numerous devices intermittently and dynamically. The resulting shift from Human-Computer Interaction only (requiring full human attention) to increased reliance on human-human interaction is expected to lead to human productivity gains and reduced computer frustration.


Fraunhofer Institute – FhG/IITB (Admin. coord)  Germany
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – ISL (Tech. coord) Germany
Daimler Chrysler – Dialogue Germany
ELDA France
IBM CR Czech Republic
RESIT – AIT Greece
Istituto Trentino di Cultura ITC – IRST Italy
KTH Sweden
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven TUE Netherlands
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – IPD Germany
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Spain
Standford University USA
Carnegie Mellon University USA

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