Intelligent Systems for Assisted Cognition
|Start||July 12th 2009 (iCal)|
|End||July 12th 2009|
|Papers due:||May 20th 2009|
|Submissions due:||May 20th 2009|
|Notification:||April 20th 2009|
The IJCAI 2009 Workshop on Intelligent Systems for Assisted Cognition
There is an emerging field of interdisciplinary research on devices and environments designed to help people with cognitive disabilities due to aging, disease, or accident live with greater independence, safety, and community integration. This field, sometimes called "cognitive orthotics" or "assisted cognition", is inherently interdisciplinary, and involves researchers from computer science (including artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and pervasive computing), medical caregiving (including gerontology, rehabilitation medicine, nursing, and public health), rehabilitation engineering, and architecture and design.
Today's assistive technology for people with cognitive impairments has limited functionality (for example, simple timer-based reminder systems) or requires extensive manual customization (for example, wander-alert systems that sound an alarm if a user moves out of a pre-designated neighborhood). Researchers are beginning to envision systems that will use a variety of wearable or environmental sensors to infer a user's context and cognitive state, so that prompts, reminders, and other forms of automatic intervention will be appropriate and non-distracting. Machine learning will be used to create customized user profiles with little manual input, and to update profiles as users' conditions change. Tasks that will be addressed include navigation, remediation of memory impairments, behavioral self-regulation, and monitoring and guidance in the performance of activities of daily living.
This workshop will bring together researchers in AI who traditionally attend IJCAI with researchers from the pervasive computing, human-computer interaction, universal access, and medical communities. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the workshop will provide cash awards to distinguished submissions.