31.08.14 - 05.09.14, Seminar 14362

Augmenting Human Memory - Capture and Recall in the Era of Lifelogging

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This seminar aims to bring together researchers interested in exploring how technology can fundamentally change the way we interact with human memory. Recent developments in capture technology and information retrieval allow for continuous and automated recordings and playback of many aspects of our everyday lives. By combining this with basic research in memory psychology, today's memory augmentation technologies may soon be elevated from a clinical niche application to a mainstream technology, initiating a major change in the way we use technology to remember and to externalize memory. Future capture technologies and corresponding control mechanisms will allow us to automate the acquisition of personal memories and subsequently trigger feedback of such memories through ambient large displays and personal mobile or wearable devices in order to aid personal memory acquisition, retention, and attenuation.

The emergence of this new breed of memory psychology-inspired capture and recall technology offers the possibility of a radical transformation in the way we understand and manage human memory acquisition and recall. Future research in this area may fundamentally change our understanding of human memory and have a transformational impact on all spheres of life – the workplace, family life, education, and psychological well-being – by improving the acquisition of new knowledge, the retention of existing knowledge, and the loss of unwanted knowledge.

The seminar will bring together researchers from a wide range of computing disciplines, such as mobile and pervasive computing, privacy and security, social computing and ethnography, usability, and systems research, as well as related disciplines such as psychology and economics, in order to discuss how these trends are changing our existing research on capture and playback technologies, privacy and society, and existing theories of memory. In particular, the seminar will focus on three core aspects of memory capture and recall technology:

  • Collection: What is the best mix of technologies for capturing relevant human experiences to improve human memory? How can we create a novel class of capture systems that specifically support human memory functions while offering a fine-grained level of control over their recording and fully respecting personal privacy?
  • Presentation: What are appropriate tools and methods for integrating, correlating, and visualizing captured sensor data and other information sources into a coherent "memory prosthetics" streams? Such streams will be based on theoretical principles of human memory organization, in order to positively influence the acquisition, retention and attenuation of knowledge from personal experiences.
  • Theory: How can we use these new systems to validate psychological theories of human memory, in particular with respect to the feasibility of targeted attenuation of unwanted memories?

In this seminar we hope to explore the scientific foundations for a new technology eco-system that can transform the way humans remember in order to measurably and significantly improve functional capabilities while maintaining individual control.