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Advanced human machine interaction for an image interpretation workstation

: Maier, Sebastian; Martin, Manuel; Camp, Florian van de; Peinsipp-Byma, Elisabeth; Beyerer, Jürgen


Broome, Barbara D. (Ed.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Next-Generation Analyst IV : 18-19 April 2016, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2016 (Proceedings of SPIE 9851)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-0092-8
Paper 985105, 8 S.
Conference "Next-Generation Analyst" <4, 2016, Baltimore/Md.>
Fraunhofer IOSB ()
image interpretation; human-computer-interaction; usability

In recent years, many new interaction technologies have been developed that enhance the usability of computer systems and allow for novel types of interaction. The areas of application for these technologies have mostly been in gaming and entertainment. However, in professional environments, there are especially demanding tasks that would greatly benefit from improved human machine interfaces as well as an overall improved user experience. We, therefore, envisioned and built an image-interpretation-workstation of the future, a multi-monitor workplace comprised of four screens. Each screen is dedicated to a complex software product such as a geo-information system to provide geographic context, an image annotation tool, software to generate standardized reports and a tool to aid in the identification of objects. Using self-developed systems for hand tracking, pointing gestures and head pose estimation in addition to touchscreens, face identification, and speech recognition systems we created a novel approach to this complex task. For example, head pose information is used to save the position of the mouse cursor on the currently focused screen and to restore it as soon as the same screen is focused again while hand gestures allow for intuitive manipulation of 3d objects in mid-air. While the primary focus is on the task of image interpretation, all of the technologies involved provide generic ways of efficiently interacting with a multi-screen setup and could be utilized in other fields as well. In preliminary experiments, we received promising feedback from users in the military and started to tailor the functionality to their needs.