Developments in sensing, data-mining and presentation technologies have enabled new innovation in lifelogging and experience capture with the specific goal of extending human cognitive capability. However, we develop not only through our own, but also others’ experience – indeed, sharing experiences and knowledge have always been essential for human development. What then is the role of technology in extending both the individual, and the shared, mind? Progress in technology for augmentation of the human mind will require wide-ranging expertise. In this workshop we encourage the participation of researchers from a wide range of computing disciplines, including (but not limited to) virtual reality, mobile computing, privacy and security, social computing and ethnography, usability, and systems research. Furthermore, those from related disciplines such as psychology and economics are also strongly encouraged to submit and attend.


We encourage all submissions on areas pertaining to the augmentation of the human mind, including but not limited to:

Sensing Technologies: How do we utilise ubiquitous sensing devices to capture transferable cognitive and emotional state? How do signals gathered from such devices relate to cognitive processes? How can we design sensing and interaction modalities to better understand human behavior and sharing expections for specific use cases? What are the important activities to focus on (e.g. fatigue detection, attention and concentration tracking)? How can functionality be provided within battery and processing constraints?

Applied cognitive theories: What is the interplay between technology interventions and existing cognitive function? How does our understanding of cognitive processes shape technology design and deployment? To what extent are cognitive functions able to be replicated, extended and even created?

Innovative user interfaces: On the output side, we are looking for innovative user interfaces for mind augmentation, including technologies for information priming and for lifelogging. For example, how can feedback through ambient large displays and personal mobile devices aid personal knowledge acquisition, retention, and attenuation?

Knowledge acquisition points design: Experiences and information consumption advance personal knowledge. Examples for acquisition points are: museum visits, reading activities, or classroom technologies. What is the design space of such aquisition points? How do these relate to attention? How do we extend knowledge acquisition experiences beyond the individual?

Commercial applications: The lab findings of memory augmentation research could be translated to impactful commercial products. Examples include: apps to support Alzheimer patients' recall their failing memories, augmenting meetings to detect and enhance the personal comprehension, mitigating potential misunderstandings. What such applications exist? What are the business models to drive their development and success? To what extent should applications be driven by commerical interest?

Privacy: Large-scale data capture and transfer has obvious privacy implications that, although often identified (e.g. bystander privacy, capture of private space, plausible deniability) are still unsolved. How will such issues be addressed in a world why technology becomes still more pervasive and unobstrusive? How do we ensure user control over data despite growing corporate interest? Societal implications: Beyond privacy and data mangement, augmentation technologies raise important societal issues. For example, if extending ones' mind with existing knowledge is dependant on access to technology, then how do we prevent such technologies from amplifying existing (negative) digital, educational and social divides?


Workshop candidates are requested to send a position paper (4-8 pages in the ACM SIGCHI non-archival Extended Abstracts template (landscape format)) to the organizers about their research and link to the workshop theme. Papers should consider the challenges and opportunities they see for technology that augments the human mind. Participants will be selected on the basis of relevance. Accepted submissions will be included in the UbiComp 2017 Adjunct Proceedings and listed in the ACM Digital Library. All submissions should be sent as PDF to with "WAHM 2017 Submission" as email subject.

Workshop submission deadline: July 14, 2017
Feedback to authors: July 21, 2017
Camera ready version: August 04 2017
Workshop at Ubicomp 2017: September 11/12, 2017


Passant ElAgroudy, Stuttgart University, Germany
Sarah Clinch, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Tilman Dingler, Stuttgart University, Germany
Tsutomu Terada, Kobe University, Japan
Kai Kunze, Keio University, Japan

PC Members

Dr. Tonja Machulla, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Dr. Matthias Kranz, University of Passau, Germany
Christian Jilek, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Evangelos Niforatos, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Francisco Kiss, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Jakob Kerolus, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Katerina Gorkovenko, University of Dundee, Scottland
ighton Phiri, University of Capton, South Africa
Pascal Knierim, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Romina Kettner, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Rufat Rzayev, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Sohei Wakisaka, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Japan
Thomas Kosch, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Yomna Abdelrahman, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Benjamin Tag, Keio Unversity, Japan



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