Summary of the Multimodal Interaction Working Group face to face meeting, June 2-4, 2003

The Multimodal Interaction Working Group held a face to face meeting
in Redmond, Washington, June 2-4, 2003, hosted by Microsoft. There were 
43 attendees from 31 organizations.  This note summarizes the 
results of this meeting.

All of the group's current activities were reviewed and
prioritized. High priority activities include work on defining the
integration of input/output objects into a multimodal interaction
document and work on the integration of components providing system
and environment information into MMI documents. This work builds on
the W3C Note on the Multimodal Interaction Framework [1] published in
May.  Because the system and environment work is closely related to
Device Independence (DI)[2], the MMI Working Group is working with 
the DI group in this area, for example, to consider the possible role of 

Other high priority activities for the group include the continuing
work on EMMA (Extensible MultiModal Annotation) for representing and
annotating user input, and on the representation of digital ink. The
MMI group expects to publish the first Working Drafts of these
specifications in the next few weeks.

At a lower priority, the MMI group is doing a feasibility study of
approaches to handling composite input; that is, coordinated input
from multiple modalities, such as speech combined with a pointing

The next face to face meeting will take place October 6-8, 2003, in
Budapest, hosted by ScanSoft.

[1] Multimodal Interaction Framework Note:
[2] Device Independence Working Group:

Best regards,

Debbie Dahl, MMI Working Group Chair

Received on Monday, 30 June 2003 14:17:10 UTC