Human and Machine Cognition

Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)

"Human-centered computing embodies a “systems view,” in which human thought and action and technological systems are seen as inextricably linked and equally important aspects of analysis, design, and evaluation. This framework is focused less on stand-alone exemplars of mechanical cognitive talent, and is concerned more with computational aids designed to amplify human cognitive and perceptual abilities. Essentially these are cognitive prostheses, computational systems that leverage and extend human intellectual capacities, just as eyeglasses are a sort of ocular prosthesis.

IHMC researchers receive funding (current funding in force exceeds $24,000,000) from a wide range of government and private sources. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, NSF, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, NIMA, NIH, DOT, IDEO, Noikia, Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu, Procter & Gamble, Boeing, SAIC, and IBM among others."

Among the many research areas ongoing at IMHC is:

Human-Centered Visualization for Complex Multivariant Systems:

"Many human-computer interfaces are limited to non-intuitive displays, either for historical reasons or due to the complexity of the information presented. These displays force the human to adapt, slowing the interaction. A human-centered approach to visualization amplifies and extends human perceptual, cognitive, and performance capabilities, casting information into a form that utilizes our perceptual system's information processing capabilities.

Human-centered displays will enhance performance in real time complex tasks that involve many data streams and complex data interaction rules."

If this isn't enough to get you excited, check out Augmented Cognition International:

"Augmented Cognition is an emerging field of research that seeks to extend a user’s abilities via computational technologies that are explicitly designed to address bottlenecks, limitations, and biases in cognition. The goal of augmented-cognition research is to develop computational methods that address information processing bottlenecks inherent in the human-computer interaction. These include limitations in attention, memory, learning, comprehension, visualization abilities, and decision making.

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 devised strategies to aid users and improve their performance. Augmented cognition research includes the study of methods for addressing cognitive bottlenecks via technologies that assess the user’s cognitive status in real time. A computational interaction employing such a system monitors the state of the user, through behavioral, psychophysiological and/or neurophysiological data acquired from the user in real time, and adapts or augments the computational interface to significantly improve their performance on the task at hand."

AugCog International is sponsored by: Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing, U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, Honeywell, Office of Naval Research, Daimler Chrysler, PM Training Systems and Lockheed Martin.

While there are myriad aspects to improving man/machine cognition and synergy, including sensors, context-awareness, and all kinds artificial intelligence development, it all comes down to the display, and it always will.

The goal of integrating a computer's capabilities with those of a human being requires portable, high-resolution, high-brightness, see-through visualization capabilities that can only be achieved through Microvision's scanned beam display technology.