Intelligent Multimedia Presentation Systems
Elisabeth Andre, DFKI GmbH, Germany

Multimedia presentation systems - systems which employ several media
such as text, graphics, animation and sound for conveying information
- have become widely available during the last decade. The acceptance
and usability of such systems is, however, substantially affected by
their limited ability to present information in a flexible manner. As
the need for flexibity grows, the manual creation of multimedia
presentations becomes less and less feasible.

In this tutorial, we will present a new generation of intelligent
multimedia systems that goes beyond the standard canned text,
predesigned graphics and prerecorded images and sounds typically found
in commercial multimedia systems of today. We will introduce methods
for content planning (determining what information should be presented
in a given situation), medium selection (apportioning the selected
information to text and graphics), presentation design (determining
how different media can be used to encode the selected information),
and coordination (resolving conflicts and maintaining consistency
between text and graphics).

The success of human-human communication undisputably depends on the
rhetorical and didactical skills of the speaker or presenter. To
enhance the effectiveness of user interfaces, an increasing number of
research projects have focussed on the development of personalized
user interfaces in which communication between user and computer is
mediated by life-like agents. The second part of the tutorial will
introduce the technology for the development of animated interface
agents which play the role of a communication assistant who explains,
comments and highlights the material to be presented.

We will address key applications such as electronic commerce,
information kiosks and multimedia helpware.

E. Andre: The Generation of Multimedia Presentations, in: R. Dale and
H. Moisl and H. Somers (eds.). A Handbook of Natural Language
Processing: techniques and applications for the processing of language
as text, Marcel Dekker Inc., to appear.

C. Elliott and J. Brzezinski: Autonomous Agents as Synthetic Characters,
AI Magazine, 19(2), pp. 13-30, 1998.

M.Maybury and W. Wahlster (eds): Readings in Intelligent User
Interfaces. Morgan Kaufmann. 1998

Dr. Elisabeth Andre,
DFKI GmbH,  Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
Phone: +49 681 302 5267, Fax: +49 681 302 5341, Email: