Human Augmentation

Full paper submission deadline: 1 July 2016
Deadline for submitting a brief description of the article: 15 June 2016
Publication date: February 2017

Computer plans a February 2017 special issue on human augmentation.

Human-augmentation technologies enhance human productivity,and improve or restore human capabilities. Such technologies are designed to empower individuals and improve health, quality of life, and performance.

Implementations include implants and other devices that help advance sensory capabilities, such as glasses for viewing augmented visual content, next-generation cochlear implants to improve hearing, or limb-like devices that enhance movement or muscle usage.

Other types of human augmentation, such as watches or other wearable electronics, link users to outside sources of visual, audio, or textual information.

This special issue will focus primarily on approaches that utilize computation-related solutions. Articles could address topics such as:

  • human-augmentation technologies and systems,including sensing physiology, wearable devices, human-AI interaction/integration, telepresence, sensory substitution/augmentation, decision-making models, and physical enhancement approaches such as exoskeletons;
  • overviews of application-areas, including training, education, medical intervention, force multiplication, productivity enhancement, athletics, and entertainment; and
  • technical challenges, including high-bandwidth interfaces, communication with humans, limits on human capabilities, working in harsh environments, developing effective simulation-design tools, human interaction with autonomous technology, ethical boundaries, personalization of human-augmentation technology, human performance as part of system performance, and 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Only submissions that describe previously unpublished,original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered.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. Authors should be aware that Computer cannot accept or process papers over the word limit.

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.

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit multimedia, such as a 2- to 4-minute podcast, a video, or an audio or audio/video interview of the authors by an expert in the field, which the Computer staff can help facilitate,record, and edit.


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