Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Natural Interaction

  • Stefano BaraldiEmail author
  • Alberto Del Bimbo
  • Lea Landucci
  • Nicola Torpei
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_243


Natural human-computer interaction; NHCI


The aim of Natural Human-Computer Interaction (NHCI) research is to create new interactive frameworks that integrate human language and behaviour into tech applications, focusing on the way people live, work, play and interact with each other. Such frameworks have to be easy to use, intuitive, entertaining and non-intrusive.

The design of natural interaction systems is focused on recognizing innate and instinctive human expressions in relation to some object, and return to the user a corresponding feedback that has the characteristics of being both expected and inspiring. All of the technology and the intelligence is built inside the digital artifacts and the user is not asked to use external devices, wear anything, or learn any commands or procedures. An interesting challenge for NHCI is therefore to make systems self-explanatory by working on their “affordance” [11] and introducing simple and intuitive interaction...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Baraldi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alberto Del Bimbo
    • 1
  • Lea Landucci
    • 1
  • Nicola Torpei
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Catarci
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e GestionaleUniversita di RomaRomaItaly