Intent Inference Techniques and Applications at MERL

Neal Lesh, Charles Rich, and Candace L. Sidner

This paper overviews some research at MERL related to the task of inferring the intentions of people interacting with computers and/or each other. First, we discuss techniques developed as part of the Collagen project for inferring the intentions of individuals engaged in oneon- one collaboration. We then describe two projects, Human-Guided Search and the Personal Digital Historian, which support face-to-face group collaboration. These two projects currently do not employ, but could benefit from, techniques for inferring the intentions of groups of people engaged in collaborative activities.

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