3 The Archivus meeting browser
One of the research avenues in the study of interactive multimodal information management, particularly in the meeting capture and retrieval scenario, is to investigate ways in which recorded and processed meeting data can be browsed or searched by those interested in its content. In the IM2 NCCR, this resulted in the creation of different types of meeting browsers, each focusing on a different approach to browsing and searching. This chapter introduces Archivus, one of the IM2 meeting browsers, and discusses the approach we took to leverage the availability of multimodal interaction at the level of the browser’s user interface, and in particular the use of natural language as an input modality. To assess the merits of the available modalities, Wizard of Oz experiments involving users of the Archivus meeting browsers have been setup and are analyzed in the second part of this chapter.