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Institut für Pervasive Computing

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
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Raising Attention: Interviews

Information overload and attention scarcity are social and industrial issues threatening human well-being and productivity. The current project 'Raising Attention' aims at opening the door for comprehensive research and development in the integration of human attention as the key factor for the design of future technical HCI and ICT systems. We pursue the next step in the evolution from 'classic' AI to a new abstraction layer which can be summarized as 'Cognitive ICT'. This requires a general and highly interdisciplinary scientific and industrial mobilization to achieve the necessary rising of public and political awareness.

10 leading experts of Austrian institutions give insight into the role of attention from different perspectives.

Watch the interviews

Further Information:

http://www.raising-attention.org/
info@raising-attention.org

 
IEEE Pervasive Computing Special Issue: Attention Management

The study of Human Attention within the Pervasive Computing domain has importance that is theoretical as well as practical. While considered a mental variable that could not be quantified and measured in metric terms in the early nineteen-hundreds -and was thus considered outside the bounds of scientific inquiry- human attention has constituted a fundamental element of psychological research since then. Today, everyone has an intuitive understanding of what attention is, how it can be assessed and how it impacts perception, memory, expectation, awareness, relevance, decision-making and other behaviours. Yet, there is hardly any human capacity as complicated to describe. Competing sensual stimuli which are controlled via top-down (conscious) and bottom-up (unconscious) sensory and perceptual processes, and the allocation to their respective importance makes attention hard to parametrize or even to measure. Formalizing human attention is extremely difficult, since it not only involves evidence based research (like the analysis of measurable, indicative signs of attention), but also theory based research of human cognitive capacities.

This special issue of IEEE PERVASIVE focusses on novel approaches to attention modelling, attention representation, attention recognition or estimation, together with attention management as a -theoretical as well as practical- system design principle.

Alois Ferscha
(Guest Editor)

IEEE Pervasive Computing Special Issue Vol 14, No 1, Jan-Mar 2014
Cover & Content [pdf] [html]
Guest Editor's Introduction, p. 19ff [pdf]
Spotlight: Attention, Please!, p. 48ff [pdf]

 
Research
“Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy”. Our society has evolved from suffering from information scarcity in the... more ...
High resolution, internet enabled, interactive display systems have become broadly deployed in public places, mostly for location specific announcement and commercial advertisement... more ...
The objective of this project is the research and development of crowd safety solutions in the domain of (urban) mass events. It was found that many crowd disaster - such as the 2012... more ...
This industrial research project with RECTICEL Schlafkomfort GmbH -Schlaraffia addresses the problem of getting the right sleeping product according to the body shape. more ...
Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems. The FOCAS project is a coordination action which aims to integrate, coordinate and help increase visibility to research carried out in the... more ...
The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis-Relief System: Unleashing the Power of Information for a Sustainable Future. The FuturICT flagship proposal intends to unify hundreds of the... more ...
Self-Aware Pervasive Service Ecosystems. The objective of SAPERE is the development of a highly-innovative theoretical and practical framework for the decentralized deployment and execution... more ...
Human Computer Confluence Research in Action. HCC, Human-Computer Confluence, is an ambitious research program studying how the emerging symbiotic relation between humans and computing... more ...
Pervasive Adaptation Network for the Organisation of the Research Agenda and the Management of Activities. The goal of PANORAMA is to bring together the wide range of researchers in the... more ...
Activity and Context Recognition with Opportunistic Sensor Configurations. The project aims at developing mobile systems to recognize human activity with dynamically varying sensor setups. more ...
Complex Socio-Technical System in Ambient Intelligence. There are a number of projects that acknowledge the tight entanglement between social and technical systems. more ...
Pervasive Display Systems. The objective is the development of a highly-innovative framework for the networked, decentralized operation of heterogeneous, long-lived and adaptive DISPLAY... more ...
Implicit activity-based energy management. The PowerSaver research project proposes a power management solution based on sensors for activity and context recognition, in order to avoid... more ...
IT for Implicit Interaction based Energy Management. This project will investigate on potentials to reduce energy inefficiency by the development of methods and solutions based on implicit... more ...
Jobs & Careers
Am Institut für Pervasive Computing der Technisch- Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Linz gelangt die Stelle eines Multimedia-Technikers bzw. more ...
News and Press
We would like to invite you to the Annual Pervasive Computing Open Night in conjunction with JKU Master Day! When: Thursday, December 11, 05:00pm Where: Science Park 3, 6th... more ...
Österreich ist das Land der Berge – und damit auch ein Land der Tunnel. Viele AutofahrerInnen fühlen sich in Tunnels unbehaglich. Dass dieser Effekt tatsächlich besteht, haben nun... more ...
Am 10. September fand der 45. Innovationspool der Plattform für Innovationsmanagement (PFI) mit Fachvorträgen und Diskussionen zum Thema "Big Data – neue Erkenntnisse für Innovation nutzen"... more ...
This workshop asks questions on the potential and opportunities of turning massively deployed wearable systems to a globe-spanning superorganism of socially interactive personal digital... more ...
The 10th Symposium on Computer Science in Sport of the German Society of Sport Science (dvs) will be held in Vienna from 10th-12th September 2014. more ...
LINZ. Professor Ferscha entwarf bereits 2004 gemeinsam mit Silhouette eine Datenbrille. Der US-Konzern Google erregte Aufsehen, als er 2012 seine Datenbrille Google Glass einer breiten... more ...
Current Issues
Information overload and attention scarcity are social and industrial issues threatening human well-being and productivity. The current project 'Raising Attention' aims at opening the... more ...
Allgegenwärtige Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) haben die vor Jahre prognostizierte Informationsflut zu einem Informationstsunami anwachsen lassen. more ...
 
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