Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces

The Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces is a place of interdisciplinary research for creating and understanding innovative interfaces that facilitate human communication, collaboration and social interaction.

NUIs provide richer ways for interacting with the digital world in ways that are natural and appropriate to the task at hand. They include — and often combine — different input modalities such as voice input, gesture recognition, eye gaze, body-based interaction and touch. Social NUI is concerned with the social uses and applications of these NUI technologies — how we design these technologies for new social practices and how we understand the use of these technologies in key social contexts.

The centre for Social NUI is a research partnership between Microsoft and the University of Melbourne, with support from the Victorian State Government. It is a centre for academics and students wishing to collaborate with leading researchers dedicated to understanding and creating NUI for social interactions.


Rainbow coloured, birds eye view of a circle of 13 people holding their hands out in front of them, palms down.

Produced by researchers from the Microsoft Research Centre of SocialNUI in partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts is an interactive digital art installation that explores the world of human-computer interaction during Melbourne’s 2015 SummerSalt festival.

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