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ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

Augmenting Human Cognition - ICT to support capture, reflection and recall

Room 1.02, 21/10/2015 (14:00-14:45)


Technology has always had a direct impact on how and what humans remember. Technology radically changes the nature and scale of the cues that we can preserve outside our own memory in order to trigger recall.

In recent years three separate strands of technology have developed to the extent that collectively they open up entirely new ways of augmenting human memory:

(i) capture - technologies such as the Narrative Clip, social networks and interaction logs enable near-continuous collection of memory cues

(ii) storage - advances in data storage and processing enable widespread mining of individual and collective cues for proactive presentation

(iii) presentation - the presence of ubiquitous displays (both in the environment and via personal devices such as Google Glass) provides many new opportunities for displaying memory cues to trigger recall.

The time is ripe to attempt the creation of memory augmentation technology that provides the user with the experience of an extended and enhanced memory, but which is based on improvements in the collection, mining, and presentation of appropriate information to facilitate cued memory recall.

In this multi-disciplinary networking session, we will discuss the advances necessary to lay the scientific foundations for a new technology eco-system that can transform the way humans remember in order to measurably and significantly improve functional capabilities while maintaining individual control.


We have ample experience of organizing participatory workshops, from half-day sessions to week-long retreats. After a short introduction (5 min), we plan to make the best use of the 45 minutes by dividing attendees into small subgroups that will jointly discuss a particular issue for 20 minutes, before drafting a “Pecha-Kucha”-style slide deck of “Challenges” and “Possibilities for Research and Innovation”, consisting of 12 slides that will be shown for 10-15 seconds each, making for a 2-3 minute talk (depending on the number of subgroups formed). With no more than 7 members in a group, we expect about 5-6 groups hence about 10-15 minutes of presentation time. Outcomes will be captured through collection of presentation slides and other materials generated during the session. These will be used to produce a short video summarising the workshop output. The video and text summary will be published on the web, and we will also seek an academic venue to publish a writeup of the event.

Expected outcome

The event built new connections between European researchers, innovators and decision makers interested in exploring the area of augmented human cognition. During the session participants worked together to develop the community's understanding of the challenges, approaches, and possibilities in the space, as well as a shared awareness of work in this area across Europe. Participants generated a wealth of ideas for future research directions in the field and the level of discussion was intense. The feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive with everyone agreeing that they had successfully networked with new people. For more information download our event report.

Organised by: Nigel DAVIES (Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications, United Kingdom)

Cluster: Components and Systems


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