As the global digital network reaches ever more people, there is an increasing need to support communication across language barriers. Past systems include both formal and informal methods, such as pictographic languages, emoticons, icon-based systems, and graphics-enhanced text. This tutorial analyzes opportunities and issues, and it presents a survey of past efforts to use visual representations as the basis for cross-language communication. Issues to be addressed include ontology design, graphic design for both desktop and handheld mobile-device delivery, interaction techniques, networking infrastructure, market outlook for applications, and social impact.
The tutorial should be accessible to all interested participants.
Dr. Tanimoto is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the International Association for Pattern Recognition. He has written or coauthored over 100 papers; he is the author of a textbook entitled "The Elements of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction Using LISP'' published in 1987 (with Common Lisp editions in 1990 and 1995) and its accompanying software.