Call for Papers: Augmented Cognition

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Submissions Due: 1 November 2022

Important Dates

  • Title and abstracts due: 1 November 2022 (via email)
  • Full manuscripts due: 30 November 2022 (via submission site)
  • Publication: July-September 2023

Have you ever wondered how our brains pay attention to any source of information? How do our brains select helpful information, or what happens in our brains when we make a memory? Attention and memory are the cognitive processes that enable us to experience the past, present and future.

The limitations of these processes constrain our brain’s capacity to constantly process, manage and store the flow of information we confront. Augmented cognition aims to use computational technologies to enhance these cognitive processes and augment human capabilities in various tasks.

With the advent of new wearables, novel sensing modalities and portable neuroimaging technologies, we see incredible opportunities in this newly emerging area with a profound impact on how we learn, interact, behave and live as social beings. However, it also uncovers myriads of challenges – some
are technical, some are political, and some are ethical.

In this special issue, we seek to reflect on some of these challenges and catalyse new research concerning augmented cognition. The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing any aspect of this exciting field, as long as the connection to pervasive computing is clear and central to the paper. Review or summary articles—for example, critical evaluations of the state of the art or insightful analysis of established and upcoming technologies—may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance.

We envisage that submissions to this special issue will span a wide range of cognitive processes. This could include attention and engagement, human memory, perception, decision making, reasoning, reading, language acquisition, learning, and meta-cognition. Submissions related to cognitive processes not listed are also welcomed.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited) to the following:

  • Tools, techniques, sensors and devices to monitor/measure brain activity and cognition
    (including measures of performance and decline)
  • Tools, techniques and devices to manipulate and influence brain activity and cognition
  • Brain-computer interaction
  • Deep brain stimulation (including tools, techniques, sensors/devices and applications thereof)
  • Cognitive prosthetics, cognitive aids and pervasive technologies for cognitive rehabilitation
  • Experiment and research methods (including, but not limited to, signal processing techniques
    and AI/ML modeling) to study cognition and engagement
  • Novel dataset description for brain signal analytics & human memory management
  • New architecture and system design principles for augmented cognition applications
  • Interaction and UX design for augmented cognition applications
  • Case studies in the areas of cognitive augmentation
  • Emerging applications in the areas of cognitive augmentation
  • Security and privacy challenges for cognitive models and augmentation
  • Ethical and societal Issues concerning augmented cognition

Submission Guidelines

For author information and guidelines on submission criteria, please visit the Pervasive Computing’s Author Information page. Please submit papers through the ScholarOne system, and be sure to select the special issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal.


Please contact the guest editors at

Guest Editors:

  • Sarah Clinch, University of Manchester
  • Jamie A Ward, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Fahim Kawsar, Nokia Bell Labs and University of Glasgow