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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
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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]

 
Mangelware Aufmerksamkeit: Vom Umgang mit einer kostbaren Ressource

Unter diesem Titel stand die Sendung matrix auf Ö1 am 16. März 2014, in der Professor Ferscha über aktuelle Forschung auf diesem Gebiet berichtet.

"Information frisst Aufmerksamkeit, " erkannte schon vor über 40 Jahren der US-amerikanische Entscheidungsforscher und spätere Nobelpreisträger Herbert Simon. Je mehr Botschaften auf uns einstürmen, desto schwerer fällt es unserem Gehirn, die relevanten Informationen herauszufiltern. In Zeiten, in denen Nachrichten und Signale quasi andauernd auf uns einströmen, scheinen Aufmerksamkeit und Konzentration genauso knappe und endliche Ressource zu sein wie Öl oder Gold.

Auch in der Diskussion um mobile Geräte und die neuen Medien scheint das Thema Aufmerksamkeit ein Dauerbrenner zu sein. Anna Masoner hat sich abseits beliebter kulturpessimistischer Haltungen mit Lösungsvorschlägen von Informatikern befasst.

Ö1, matrix, 2014-03-16: Sendungsausschnitt

 
COFET 2020

COFET aims at supporting the future development of the FET programme based on a focused dialogue between science, policy, industry, and society. COFET will realize a set of conferences and workshops addressing current and forthcoming challenges for interdisciplinary, ICT-related visionary research as exemplified in the FET programme of the EU's Framework Programme.

The last COFET was held in Pisa, January 30-31, 2014 and will be followed up by the 3rd COFET conference later in 2014.

COFET 2020 Homepage [htm]
Interview with Prof. Ferscha at 1st COFET 2020 [htm]

 
Raising Attention: Open Round Table

Allgegenwärtige Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) haben die vor Jahre prognostizierte Informationsflut zu einem Informationstsunami anwachsen lassen. Die menschliche Aufmerksamkeit ist zu einem knappen Gut geworden.

Das Institut für Pervasive Computing der JKU Linz (IPC) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Research Studio für Pervasive Computing Applications (PCA) initiierten ein Sondierungsprojekt 'Raising Attention' als Vorbereitung einer Forschungs- und Entwicklungsoffensive zur Gestaltung aufmerksamkeits- ökonomischer IKT (Economics of Attention).

In Kooperation mit dem ITCluster Wien findet am 20.1.14 ein Round Table-Gespräch statt, das der Information über "Raising Attention" sowie dem Aufbau eines Netzwerkes entlang der Wertschöpfungskette der "Attention Economy" dienen soll.

Event info

Datum: Montag, 20. Jänner 2014
Ort: Vienna Expat Center, Schmerlingplatz 3, 1010 Wien


Agenda
17:00Begrüßung und Eröffnung
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha,
Institut für Pervasive Computing, JKU Linz
[Videoclip]
17:15Impulsvorträge

Paying Attention: Visitors and Museums
Mag. Florian Pollack,
Head of Communications,
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

[Videoclip]

Catching the Customers Attention
Mag. Angelika Sery-Froschauer,
CEO SERY* Creative Communications,
Obfrau FV Werbung & Marktkommunikation WKÖ

[Videoclip]

Attending while Driving
Thomas Stottan,
CEO, AUDIO MOBIL

[Videoclip]

Happy to Share with You
Mag. Philipp Bodzenta,
Director Public Affairs & Communications,
Coca-Cola GmbH

[Videoclip]
18:30Podiumsdiskussion

Dr. Rudolf Klausnitzer,
Journalist, Kultur- und Medienmanager

[Videoclip]

Mag. Gerald Reischl,
Editor in Chief, futurezone.at, Editor Kurier

[Videoclip]

Gerfried Stocker,
Künstlerischer Leiter, AEC Linz

[Videoclip]

Diskussionsleiter:
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha

19:15Networking

Moderiert wird die Veranstaltung von DI Benedikt Gollan, Pervasive Computing Applications, Research Studios Austria.


 Rückfragen bitte an info@raising-attention.org.

Weitere Informationen:

Raising Attention Invitation[pdf]

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

Kontakt zu PCA und IPC:

Prof. Alois Ferscha,
Institute for Pervasive Computing,
Johannes Kepler University Linz

DI Benedikt Gollan,
Pervasive Computing Applications,
Research Studios Austria

 
Research
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Jobs & Careers
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News and Press
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Conferences
21. Jun 2014 - 25. Jun 2014, Vancouver, BC, CA more ...