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HCII-2014 Conference Success!

73 Countries Participated in

14 Conferences - 1476 Papers


August 2-7, 2015 -

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Augmented Cognition in Action - Movie

It is time to SAVE THE DATE for the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). 

HCI International 2015, jointly with the affiliated Conferences, which are held under one management and one registration, invite you to Los Angeles, California, USA, to participate and contribute to the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of HCI, through the following modes of communication: Plenary Keynote Presentation, Parallel Sessions, Poster Sessions, Tutorials and Exhibition. 


The Conference will start with three days of Tutorials (2-4 August). Parallel Sessions, Poster Sessions and the Exhibition will be held during the last three days of the Conference (4-7 August). 


In addition to the 9th International Conference on Augmented Cognition, the affiliated conferences include:


  • 12th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics

  • 9th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction

  • 7th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

  • 7th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Design

  • 7th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media

  • 6th International Conference on Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management

  • 4th International Conference on Design, User Experience and Usability

  • 3rd International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions

  • 3rd International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust

  • 2nd International Conference on HCI in Business

  • 2nd International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies


Proposals for Participation: Interested Session Chairs should notify Augmented Cognition Program Chairs ( and of their interest and plan to pull together sessions with seven papers. Individual researchers should submit 800 word abstracts by October 17th 2014. Session Chairs and Program Chairs will work with authors to coordinate optimal sessions. Notification of review outcome will likely be in late November and camera-ready five-page papers will be due approximately the first week of February. 

Proceedings: The HCI International 2014 Conference Proceedings, will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Papers will appear in volumes of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Extended Poster abstracts will be published in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.


Plan to Attend and Participate in Augmented Cogntion 2015!


Foundations of Augmented Cognition Chapter Downloads Explode in 2013!

Consistently one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook Collection. In 2013 we had over 133,961 chapter downloads. If you want your research to be exposed to a massive audience across the world, publish here! 


These books constitute the proceedings of the International Conference on the Foundations of Augmented Cognition, held as part of HCI International. These papers address the latest research and development efforts and highlight the human aspects of design and use of computing systems. 

  • Foundations of Augmented Cognition. Advancing Human Performance and Decision-Making through Adaptive Systems; 8th International Conference, AC 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

  • Foundations of Augmented Cognition; 7th International Conference, AC 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

  • Foundations of Augmented Cognition. Directing the Future of Adaptive Systems; 6th International Conference, FAC 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA.

  • Foundations of Augmented Cognition. Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience; 5th International Conference, FAC 2009 Held as Part of HCI International 2009 San Diego, CA, USA.

  • Foundations of Augmented Cognition; 3rd International Conference, FAC 2007, Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Beijing, China. 

Augmented Cognition


Limitations in human cognition are due to intrinsic restrictions in the number of mental tasks that a person can execute at one time, and this capacity itself may fluctuate from moment to moment depending on a host of factors including mental fatigue, novelty, boredom and stress. As computational interfaces have become more prevalent in society and increasingly complex with regard to the volume and type of information presented, researchers have investigated novel ways to detect these bottlenecks and have devised and continue to determine strategies to aid users and improve their performance by effectively accommodating capabilities and limitations in human information processing and decision making.


A main goal of the field of Augmented Cognition (AugCog) is to research and develop technologies capable of extending, by an order of magnitude or more, the information management capacity of individuals working with 21st Century computing technologies. AugCog science and technology (S&T) research and development (R&D) is therefore focused on accelerating the production of novel concepts in human-system integration and includes the study of methods for addressing cognitive bottlenecks (e.g., limitations in attention, memory, learning, comprehension, visualization abilities, and decision making) via technologies that assess the user's cognitive status in real time. A computational interaction employing such novel system concepts monitors the state of the user, through behavioral, psychophysiological and/or neurophyiological data acquired from the user in real time, and then adapts or augments the computational interface to significantly improve their performance on the task at hand.

A new short film sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Human Performance Training and Biosystems Directorate showcasing emerging capabilities:

  • Long-term, personalized training

  • Immersive training

  • Real-time Cognitive Status measurement

  • Real-time Physical Status measurement

  • Human/machine teaming to provide assistance in 

    • Decision making

    • Task redistribution

  • Language/cultural skills

  • UAV reconfiguration

  • Real-time patient status information transfer (field to hospital)

  • Injury/physical status scanner

  • Holographic representation of patient status


An Augmented Cogntion Vision

Quantifying Human Information Processing

   - Dennis K. McBride & Dylan Schmorrow; Editors


Rapid advances in IT that allow complex information to be presented in high volume and density are challenging human ability to absorb and analyze data as never before. Designing technologies and systems to provide optimal sensory information to human users will be increasingly important. But to do this, quantitative relationships between brain behavior at a molecular level and observable human behavior must be better identified. This was previously considered to be a futuristic, and somewhat unrealistic, goal, however, recent advances in cognitive neuroscience have provided new opportunities for researchers. 


Refinements in imaging technology and simulation tools, and the learning yielded from them, provided the Quantifying Human Information Processing (QHIP) research teams strong starting points from which to further assess the ability to quantify human information processing. Led by experts in psychology, cognitive science, and information processing, among other fields, researchers sought to quantify the information flow in the nervous system, the limits of that flow, and how it is affected by emotions. The QHIP effort looked at specific aspects of the brain's information processing ability including measuring task-related and unrelated thought, assessing mental workload, and finding optimal information processing. 


The researchers found important indicators of both the capacity and limits of the human brain, and offer new ways to think about the brain. This work is a valuable contribution to the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and cognition, and will serve as a resource for human factors engineers designing the next generation of information, safety, analysis, and control systems because it starts to answer how to maximize information processing without overloading the central nervous system.



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