Cognition, Technology & Work

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 15–22 | Cite as

Expressive interfaces

  • Antonio Camurri
  • Barbara Mazzarino
  • Gualtiero Volpe
Original Article


Analysis of expressiveness in human gesture can lead to new paradigms for the design of improved human-machine interfaces, thus enhancing users’ participation and experience in mixed reality applications and context-aware mediated environments. The development of expressive interfaces decoding the highly affective information gestures convey opens novel perspectives in the design of interactive multimedia systems in several application domains: performing arts, museum exhibits, edutainment, entertainment, therapy, and rehabilitation. This paper describes some recent developments in our research on expressive interfaces by presenting computational models and algorithms for the real-time analysis of expressive gestures in human full-body movement. Such analysis is discussed both as an example and as a basic component for the development of effective expressive interfaces. As a concrete result of our research, a software platform named EyesWeb was developed ( Besides supporting research, EyesWeb has also been employed as a concrete tool and open platform for developing real-time interactive applications.


Expressive gesture Interactive multimedia systems Expressiveness in performing arts Human–computer interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Camurri
    • 1
  • Barbara Mazzarino
    • 1
  • Gualtiero Volpe
    • 1
  1. 1.InfoMus Lab – Laboratorio di Informatica MusicaleDIST – University of GenovaGenovaItaly

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