Please consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups the following opportunity to submit to and join our workshop at UbiComp 2014 in Seattle with the title:
WAHM 2014: Workshop on Ubiquitous Technologies for Augmenting the Human Mind
The submission deadline is July 14, 2014.
CfP: WAHM 2014: Workshop on Ubiquitous Technologies for Augmenting the Human Mind | UbiComp '14
CALL FOR POSITION PAPERS
UbiComp, 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014)
Workshop page: http://recall-fet.eu/wahm2014/
* Workshop submission deadline: July 14, 2014
* Feedback to authors: July 21, 2014
* Camera ready version: August 04 2014
* Workshop at UbiComp 2014: September 14, 2014
SUMMARY AND THEME
Ubiquitous sensing will soon allow us to record any moment of our lives. These moments can be restored and used to create radically new ways of aiding human memory. The goal with memory aids is: recalling what matters. This implies retrieving relevant information at the right time to the right extent and in a context-driven way. We are looking for visions and research projects that aim to re-think and re-define the notion of memory augmentation. The goal is to combine technological innovations in ubiquitous computing with basic research questions in memory psychology, thereby elevating memory augmentation technologies from a clinical niche application to a mainstream technology and initiating a major change in the way we use technology to remember and to externalize memory. This workshop will bring together researchers, designers and practitioners at the intersection of technology and cognitive psychology to discuss elements and viewpoints of forms of e-memory and new forms of memory aids.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
To approach the challenges of augmenting the human mind, we will focus on the following themes, depending on participants' contributions:
* Applied cognitive memory theories: how can technology augmented recall be used to both re-enforce and attenuate memories? Uncued recall is particularly vulnerable to age-related decline. Technology could be used to help remedy this memory loss by providing older users with time-relevant and context-appropriate cues.
* Novel capture technologies: Lifelogging technologies, such as Microsoft's SenseCam, have been researched for a while. Nowadays, an increasing number of commercial products are available quantifying people's lives. Fitbit, Jawbone and various smartphone apps allow people to track their activities and habits. So the question arises how to merge this data to automate the acquisition of personal memories?
* From an information retrieval and processing perspective we want to discuss potential technologies relevant for memory processing and retrieval. Through adaptive algorithms automated daily summaries can be compiled from lifelogging footage.
* On the output side we are looking for Innovative User Interfaces for e-memories, including technologies for information priming. For example, how can feedback through ambient large displays and personal mobile devices aid personal memory acquisition, retention, and attenuation?
* Designing knowledge acquisition points: wherever people consume information or make new experience they advance their personal knowledge. Acquisition points include but are not limited to museum visits, reading activities, or classroom technologies.
* Commercial application areas for e-memories: While many of the application domains for such technologies are for the public good, the same technologies can also be employed in the commercial context. For example, technology could be used to support a new form of advertising in which users have memories triggered explicitly to drive purchasing decisions.
* Privacy and security: Widespread pervasive sensing, personal recording technologies and systems for the quantified self raise new challenges to people's security of personal memory data. When private memory records are stored for later retrieval, they need to be protected from unauthorized access and tinkering.
GOALS AND EXPECTED AUDIENCE
The goal of the WAHM 2014 workshop is to formulate visions and develop a research agenda for the technologies that nurture the augmentation of the human mind.
The above-mentioned themes will be used as a starting point for the workshop discussions. For this workshop we want to bring together and discuss leading edge technologies that aim at supporting and augmenting human memory in order to not only help people with cognitive disabilities, but furthermore to bring applications to the mainstream to be incorporated into peoples everyday lives with respect to their health, work and lifelong learning. This workshop is targeted at researchers, designers and practitioners at the intersection of technology and cognitive psychology to discuss elements and viewpoints of forms of e-memory and new forms of memory aids.
Workshop candidates are requested to send a position paper (no longer than 4 pages in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format) to the organizers about their research and link to the workshop theme. In addition to describing their work candidates will be asked to write about challenges and opportunities they see for technology that augments the human mind, in order to prepare the candidates the workshop theme. Participants will be selected on the basis of the relevance of their work and interests and familiarity with the WAHM workshop topics.
All submissions should be sent as PDF to [log in to unmask] with "WAHM 2014 Submission" as email subject.
TIMELINE AND DEADLINES
Workshop submission deadline: July 14, 2014
Feedback to authors: July 21, 2014
Camera ready version: August 04 2014
Workshop at Ubicomp 2014: September 14, 2014
Tilman Dingler, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Kai Kunze, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Nigel Davies, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Marc Langheinrich, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Niels Henze, University of Stuttgart, Germany
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