Foundations of Augmented Cognition


Information Science and Technology Study Group



National Academy of Sciences

August 15-16, 2001





Wednesday, August 15  2001  - NAS Room 150


8:00-8:30            Continental Breakfast 


8:30-9:00            Meeting Overview and Goals

                                    Eric Horvitz  


9:00-11:45            Surveying the Terrain: Results, Challenges, and Opportunities I


                        George Sperling 


                           Tom Landauer


                        Baruch Fischhoff



11:45-1:30             Working lunch following a 15 minute break



Lunch presentations (Computational Advances and Real-World Challenges)



12:00-12:45     Computational Advances and Augmented Cognition: Developments in User Modeling, Sensing, Inference, and Machine Learning

                                    Eric Horvitz 


12:45-1:15       In the Real World: Challenges of High-Stakes, Time-Critical Analysis, Communication, and Decision Making in Defense

                                    Keith Holcomb


Break (15 minutes)


1:30 - 3:00            Surveying the Terrain: Results, Challenges, and Opportunities II


                        Steve Ellis


                        Sharon Oviatt


                        John Carroll


                        Chip Levy



3:00-3:15            Breakout Groups: Overview and Goals

                                     Eric Horvitz and Misha Pavel


3:15                 Stroll to State Plaza Hotel for Breakout Meetings


3:30-6:00            Breakout Group Meetings (see suggested breakout groups)


6:00 6:45             Social hour (Envoy room, State Plaza Hotel)


6:45 8:15             Buffet Dinner (Diplomat room, State Plaza Hotel)



Thursday, August 16  2001



8:00-8:30             Continental Breakfast (Diplomat room, State Plaza Hotel)


8:30-11:30            Breakout groups continue at State Plaza Hotel


11:30               Return to National Academy of Sciences (Room 150)


11:45 -1:00            Lunch at the National Academy of Sciences


1:00-3:00         Breakout group briefs (20 minutes each)


3:00-3:25             Status of Augmented Cognition Program at DARPA

                                    Dylan Schmorrow


Conclusion and Wrap-up

Eric Horvitz and Misha Pavel


Breakout groups: Key Opportunities in Augmented Cognition



Judgment and Decision Making

            John Miyamoto, Chair

            Baruch Fischhoff

            Eric Horvitz

Misha Pavel

            Keith Holcomb


Visualization and Display

            Mary Czerwinski, Chair

Steve Ellis

            Barbara Tversky

            David Chin

            Martha Crosby

            Al Ahumada



            Denny Proffitt, Chair

Geoff Loftus

            Robert Bjork

            Lee Kollmorgan

            Dylan Schmorrow



            Eric Horvitz, Chair

Wayne Gray

George Sperling

Chip Levy

Eileen Kowler

Bob Steinman


Language and Interaction

            Tom Landauer, Chair

            Sharon Oviatt

            Ryan Nickerson

            Charles Wayne

Allen Sears


Concept Attainment, Education, and Training

            John Carroll, Chair

            Larry Maloney

            Deborah Boehm-Davis

Bill Mark



Breakout group discussion


During your breakout group meetings, please consider the following questions in your discussions and presentations:
        Regarding the potential for "augmenting cognition, what are key relevant theories, models, or empirical results on human limitations or biases in this area?  Are the results well characterized, credible, quantitative?
        What are some key opportunities for harnessing computer-based methods, components, and procedures, for bolstering cognition in light of biases and/or limitations?
        What are some concerns or challenges with regard to the adequacy of knowledge about the relevant psychology and information processing.  What additional basic psychological and theoretical work is required? What kind of applied testing or HCI experiments are required?  What studies would be most valuable?
        What are some potential challenges with regard to the required computational methods, prowess to support the different forms of augmentation you have discussed?
        Take an optimistic perspective: In a great outcome, what potential approaches to augmenting people's abilities might be developed? What kind of efficiencies might be gained if this was done well?
        Take a pessimistic perspective: What are some caveats about attempting to augment cognition in this arena? What dangers regarding efforts in this area should we be most sensitive to?
         What kind of metrics would you suggest for evaluating the success of augmented cognition efforts?