About us

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The Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI) was a partnership between Microsoft Research, Microsoft Australia, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government between 2014–2018, hosted by the Human Computer Interaction group in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

Creating and understanding innovative Natural User Interfaces (NUI) that facilitate human communication, collaboration and social interaction was at the core of SocialNUI’s research focus. NUIs are technologies that support ‘natural’ human interactions, such as body-movement, speech, touch and gaze. Research within the Centre explored how these interactive technologies can enable new forms of social and collaborative behaviours, including how people communicate, play, learn and work together.