Agnes Lisowska

Agnes LisowskaI have been working at ISSCO/TIM at the University of Geneva since January 2003. During my time here I've been involved in several scientific research projects, completed a PhD thesis on the use and usefulness of multimodal input in a GUI-based natural language enabled interface for searching and browsing multimedia meeting data, and also worked as a teaching assistant.

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Research interests

I'm interested in human-computer interaction in general, and more specifically in how novel technologies can best be leveraged to help people use technology in a way that is not only efficient, but also natural. In the past, I have been involved in the design and evaluation of multimodal interfaces for PCs, and in particular interfaces incorporating the use of voice and/or a stylus into the more traditional mouse and keyboard environment. I recently started to move into the area of design for mobile devices and have become increasing interested in pervasive computing.

Design Philosophy

Effective software UI design evolves from finding the right balance between matching user needs and applying the appropriate technologies to meet those needs.

The roles of requirements gathering/analysis, UI design, experience design, development, and evaluation are all interconnected and non-linear, constantly feeding into one another and informing application design throughout the development lifecycle. Clear and timely communication between all those involved in these roles is essential to creating a successful product.

Areas of Experience

In recent years I've had the opportunity to work on several different stages of the application design lifecycle, during which I developed experience in the following areas:

     Requirements gathering: questionnaires, observation, interviews, data analysis/synthesis

     Design specification: sketching, storyboards, low-fidelity prototypes

     Implementation: Java

     Evaluation: evaluation planning, scenario and protocol development, running experiments, questionnaires, observation, interviews, data analysis and interpretation

Please contact me directly if you are interested in seeing my design portfolio.


Brief descriptions of some of the projects that I've worked on:

Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2)

Archivus screen The Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2) project is a Swiss National Science Foundation project in the field of Human-computer Interaction. I was part of a small group that designed, implemented and evaluated a multimodal dialogue-driven system for multimedia meeting data browsing and retrieval called Archivus. (more...)


Relative Ordering Tool for 			Evaluation screen The Parmenides project was a European Union project concerning 'Ontology driven temporal text mining on organizational data for extracting temporal valid knowledge'. Our role in this project was user-oriented system evaluation, which involved determining an evaluation plan and appropriate evaluation metrics for the system under development. Our group's work resulted in the conception, design and initial implementation of two software tools. (more...)


Mobile MedSLT screen The MedSLT system is a speech-to-speech translation system for the medical domain. It was initially developed for use on a desktop or laptop computer, but work has recently begun to move the system onto smaller mobile devices such as PDAs. I have been working with the project team to design the interface and interactions for the mobile version of the system.


Regulus GUI screen Regulus is an open-source Prolog-based toolkit for building spoken dialogue systems. Recent developments include the addition of a graphical user interface for the Regulus environment, which had previously been command-line based. I have been performing heuristic evaluations of early versions of the Regulus GUI.

Selected Publications

A complete list of publications can be found here.

Academic Background



I also work as a teaching assistant at the School of Translation and Interpretation (ETI) at the University of Geneva and have been involved in the following courses:

  • Environnement informatique du traducteur (The Translator's Computing Environment) - Spring 2006 and 2007

  • Technologie de l'information et de la communication (Information and Communication Technologies) - Winter 2007 and 2008

In addition to working in academia, I've also worked in industry - Abbreviated CV.

When I'm not working...

I'm usually taking photographs (some of my photos are below), traveling, writing, cooking and weather permitting, alpine skiing, rollerblading or hiking, among other things.

tulip fern leaf snowy mountain peak main square in Warsaw courtyard, University of 		Toronto ruins in Tulum, Mexico coast near Tulum, 			Mexico sunset on Swedish 		coast

Contact Information

E-mail: Agnes(dot)Lisowska(at)unige(dot)ch