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date: 15 December 2017

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Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth in the development of multimodal systems. Improving technology and tools enable the development of more intuitive styles of interaction and convenient ways of accessing large data archives. Starting from the observation that natural language plays an integral role in many multimodal systems, this chapter focuses on the use of natural language in combination with other modalities, such as body gestures or gaze. It addresses the following three issues: (1) how to integrate multimodal input including spoken or typed language in a synergistic manner; (2) how to combine natural language with other modalities in order to generate more effective output; and (3) how to make use of natural language technology in combination with other modalities in order to enable better access to information.

Keywords: multimodal interfaces, human–computer interfaces, multimodal grammar, multimodal reference expressions, embodied conversational agent, human–robot interaction, affective computing

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