Human Augmentation

Full paper submission deadline: 1 October 2015
Publication date: April 2016

Computer plans an April 2016 special issue on human augmentation.

Human augmentation encompasses technologies that enhance human productivity and improve or restore capabilities of the human body or mind. Such technologies are designed to empower and improve human health, quality of life, and performance. These might include devices that contribute to more advanced sensory capabilities such as glasses for viewing augmented visual content, next-generation cochlear implants for hearing, limb-like devices that enhance motion or muscle capabilities with minimal invasiveness, or learning- or cognition-improvement methods. Other types of human augmentation might work with specific IT resources such as big data assets. These include watches or other wearable electronics that link wearers to outside sources of information that might be visual, audio, or text-based. Human-augmentation technology also includes sensing systems, used in athletics, healthcare, and productivity applications; and executive-function models, used in decision making.

This special issue will focus primarily on approaches that work with computing technologies rather than just pharmaceutical, psychological, or physiologic approaches. Articles could address examples of human-augmentation technologies and systems, an overview of a specific application area, or technical challenges.

Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:

  • augmentation of high-level cognition
  • high-bandwidth interfaces and communication between humans and augmentation applications
  • sensing and modeling in augmentation systems
  • augmentation autonomy levels
  • ethical boundaries
  • personalization of human-augmentation technology
  • human control over augmentation applications
  • team-based performance augmentation

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered.

Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer-science and -engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. There is a hard 6,000-word limit (figures and tables are equivalent to 300 words each) for final manuscripts. Computer cannot accept or process papers over the word limit, so authors should be aware of this upon submission.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer's readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.


Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors:

Articles are due by October 1, 2015. Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15, September 2015.For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit

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