School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Marie-Luce Bourguet, PhD


Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Room Number: n/a, off-site


3D Graphics Programming Tools (BUPT joint programme)

Interactive Media Design and Production (BUPT joint programme)


Research Interests:

My main research interest is in multimodal interaction and its application to language learning. Multimodality is concerned with the integration of several modalities of communication such as speech, handwriting, drawing, gaze and 3D hand gestures in the user interface. A good combination of these modalities has the potential to greatly improve the flexibility, robustness, efficiency and naturalness of human-machine interaction. A multimodal system can also take advantage of the properties of each individual modality and of their possible combinations to reduce error recognition rates (e.g. for speech, handwriting and hand gesture recognition) and prevent the false interpretation of messages (modality co-operation).

Currently, I am working on:

(1) Developing tools for the design and implementation of multimodal applications

e.g. Marie-Luce Bourguet 'Towards a Taxonomy of Error Handling Strategies in Recognition-Based Multimodal Human-Computer Interfaces' in Signal Processing Journal, vol. 86, no. 12, December 2006.

(2) Computer assisted language learning for young bilinguals

e.g. Marie-Luce Bourguet, Manjit Plaha & Nick Bryan-Kinns, 'Computer Assisted Learning for Young Bilinguals' in Academic Exchange Quarterly vol. 9, no. 3, September 2005.


  • Bourguet ML (2008). Handling uncertainty in multimodal pervasive computing applications. nameOfConference
  • Bourguet M-L, Chang J (2008). Design and usability evaluation of multimodal interaction with finite state machines: a conceptual framework. nameOfConference
  • Bourguet M, STOCKMAN AG, Frauenberger C (2007). A Survey on Common Practice in Designing Audio in the User Interface. 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference, Lancaster, September 2007
  • BOURGUET M (2007). Introducing Strong Forms of Bilingual Education in the Mainstream Classroom: A Case for Technology. 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
  • Bourguet ML (2006). Towards a taxonomy of error-handling strategies in recognition-based multi-modal human-computer interfaces. nameOfConference
  • BOURGUET M (2006). A Study into Multimodal Behaviour in Error Correction. International Workshop on Multimodal Corpora: From Multimodal Behaviour Theories to Usable Models. In association with the 5th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
  • BOURGUET M (2005). An Overview of Multimodal Interaction Techniques and Applications. nameOfConference
  • BOURGUET M, Bryan-Kinns N, Plaha M (2005). Computer Assisted Learning for Young Bilinguals. nameOfConference
  • PEARMAIN A, Lalmas M, Kazai G et al. (2004). Scalable and Personalised Boradcast Services. Proc. ECIT 2004, Brighton 31 March - 2 April 2004
  • BOURGUET M (2004). CALLto support simultaneous bilingualism and biliteracy. JALTCALL 2004 Human Computer Interaction Conference
  • BOURGUET M, Lalmas M, Kazai G et al. (2004). Scalable and Personalised Broadcast Services. European Conference on Interactive Television: Enhancing the experience
  • Lalmas M, BOURGUET M, Kazai G et al. (2004). Searching annotated broadcast content on mobile and stationary devices. International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS): International Conference on Applied Computing
  • Bourguet ML (2004). Software design and development of mutimodal interaction. nameOfConference
  • Bourguet ML, Plaha MK (2004). Technology-mediated multilingual learning experiences: the OCOL (one character one language) model. nameOfConference
  • BOURGUET M (2003). How Finite State Machines Can Be Used to Build Error Free Multimodal Interaction Systems. 17th British HCI Group Annual Conference
  • BOURGUET M (2003). Designing and Prototyping Multimodal Commands. Human Computer Interaction INTERACT 03
  • BOURGUET M (2003). Multimodal Interaction to Support Multilingualism Acquisition and development in Young Children. Small Users- Big Ideas, Interaction Design and Children
  • Lalmas M, BOURGUET M, Kazai G et al. (2003). Using Metadata to Provide Scalable Broadcast and Internet content and Services. 4th European Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services
  • Kazai G, Lalmas M, Bourguet ML et al. (2003). Using metadata to provide scalable broadcast and internet content and services. nameOfConference
  • BOURGUET M (2002). Outil de Prototypage pour la Conception et l' Evaluation d' Interfaces Utilisateurs Multimodales. 14th French speaking conference on human-computer interaction