The authors have worked together since 1991 in developing multimodal systems, making them usable, and investigating modalities. They also co-authored (with Hans Dybkjśr) Designing Interactive Speech Systems. From first ideas to user testing (Springer 1998).

Niels Ole Bernsen

Niels Ole Bernsen

Niels Ole Bernsen was trained as a philosopher and wrote several books on knowledge and the philosophy of mind, including a book on cognitive situations for which he was awarded the "big" doctorate (dr.phil.) in 1978.

Working in the European Commission in Brussels 1986-1989, he formed a European network tasked with forecasting the future of the emerging field of cognitive science, which the participants did in a series of books published by Lawrence Erlbaum, and helped create and launch the EU's first programme in basic research, ESPRIT Basic Research in Microelectronics, Computer Science, AI and Cognitive Science. As twice-awarded Research Council Professor in cognitive science, he founded and directed the Center for Cognitive Science at Roskilde University, Denmark, 1990-1997.

By 1997, the center's research profile had become one of understanding and constructing multimodal interaction and making it usable, so when moving to Odense University (Denmark) as professor in 1997, he founded the Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory, or NISLab, which he directed at the University until he left in 2007, turning NISLab into a private organisation.

He has been a participant in, or leader of, some 26 EU research projects and networks of excellence, and is (co-)author of about 600 publications - books, papers and reports.

Laila Dybkjśr

Laila Dybkjśr

Laila Dybkjśr received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from Copenhagen University in 1991. Between 1991 and 2007 she worked on many national and international research and development projects in the area of spoken dialogue systems and other systems with advanced multimodal interfaces including speech. Her focus was on analysis, specification and test of research prototypes. In particular she had an interest in human-computer interaction and in usability.

She has (co-)authored more than 200 publications. She has served as President of SIGdial, the ISCA and ACL special interest group on discourse and dialogue, from 1999 to 2003, and she is on the editorial board for the Journal of Dialogue Systems.

Since 2007 she has pursued her interest in test, evaluation and quality management through working on commercial software. She is today employed as a test manager at the Danish Ministry of Taxation, SKAT.