9/8 – INTRODUCTION

Introduction to the class and expectations. What is cognitive augmentation and why should you care? Historical context. Ethics considerations. 

Intro to Cognitive Augmentation : Pattie Maes

9/15 – AUGMENTING ATTENTION & MEMORY

We will discuss the various systems that have been built in the research community to enhance a person’s memory. Some of these help a person improve their innate ability to remember things, while others act as an external memory that a person can rely on when their own memory is declining.

Seeing Ourselves, Telling Our Stories : Adam Haar Horowitz
Memory Augmentation Systems : Pattie Maes
Attention and AttentivU : Nataliya Kosmyna

9/22 – ENHANCING REASONING & DECISION MAKING

The field of AI aims to reproduce human-level intelligence in machines. But a more exciting and important goal may be that of IA or intelligence augmentation. How can people augmented with technology make smarter and better-informed decisions? We will survey related topics such as Extended Intelligence and more.

Feeling, Thinking : Valdemar Danry
Thinking about Thinking with a Thinking Machine : Pat Pataranutaporn

9/29 – SUBCONSCIOUS INTERFACES & EMBODIED COGNITION

Today’s devices and interfaces require our undivided focus and attention. Can we design systems that interact with us without requiring our complete attention? How can we exploit the theories of the embodied mind and physical intelligence in our designs of HCI systems? We will review theories of embodied cognition, and discuss how wearable and immersive devices can alter our bodily self-perception and how such means to “write to the body” can be used to change our beliefs and behavior.

The Body, The Mind and The Awareness : Abhi Jain

10/6 – ENGINEERING SLEEP & DREAMS

Can we design interfaces for sleep and harness the power of dreams to help with learning, memory, creativity, and processing of emotions?

Engineering Sleep and Dreams : Adam Haar Horowitz

10/13 – AUGMENTING THE SENSES & PERCEPTION

How can we help people restore a sense or develop one they never had? We will talk about sensory augmentation, sensory substitution, sensory and motor implants and more.

10/20 – PROJECT PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS

Students present proposals for some sort of novel Cognitive Augmentation system. What is the motivation? Who do you intend to help with what? What is the core idea of the proposed solution? How could the system be realized? What is some related work and relevant background research? 

10/27 – SUPPORTING COMMUNICATION

Can systems help us with becoming better communicators? Can they help us become better, more confident speakers? Can they teach us to be more empathetic communicators? 

Supporting Communication via AI-Generated Media : Joanne Leong
The Body, Social Cognition, and Communication : Caitlin Morris
Augmenting Communication : Camilo Rojas

11/3 – BCIs as HCIs

Computers today communicate with our brains indirectly. But what if they could read and write to our brains directly? What is the state of BCIs? What are the different types of BCI for reading and for stimulation? What are these systems capable of?

BCIs for Cognitive Augmentation : Angela Vujic and Nataliya Kosmyna
Galea : Guillermo Bernal
BCIs that stimulate : Abhi Jain

11/10 – BIOLOGICAL AND MOTOR AUGMENTATION

Can we create integrated systems for assisting/augmenting our actions and skills using electromechanical/biological substrates?

11/17 – INTERIM PROJECT PRESENTATIONS 

Student groups present their intermediate designs and implementations for some sort of novel Cognitive Augmentation system. 

11/24 – OPEN OFFICE HOURS

12/1 – REFLECTION, ETHICS & PHENOMENOLOGY

Many devices that enhance our cognitive functions (EMS, Brain implants, etc.) are often abandoned because they create experiences of self-estrangement. We will talk about our sense of agency and body-ownership with integrated devices. We will also have a closing discussion on the ethics of integration and augmentation with machines.

12/8 – FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

Students present their final projects. An implementation and some evaluation is required, as well as a short paper (CHI late breaking work format) describing: What is the motivation for this work? What is the related work and relevant background literature? What is the core idea and how was it realized? What did you learn?