Special Issue "Coupling Computation and Human Cognition through Interaction Design"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Kamran Sedig

Department of Computer Science and The Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, N6A 5B7, Canada
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Guest Editor
Dr. Paul Parsons

Department of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University, 401 N Grant St, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Interests: human-computer interaction; human-centered design; information visualization; visual interface design; interaction design; educational and learning technologies; applied cognition and perception

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many fields are encountering complex activities that involve intrinsically hard data analysis tasks—e.g., discovery-based research; emergency management; cybersecurity; and uncertain, risk-based decision-making. These activities are often open-ended, ill-specified, non-linear, and data-driven; they comprise a network of interdependent tasks; and they are domain-knowledge intensive and cognitively demanding. It is impossible for humans to perform such complex activities without support from powerful computational tools. There is a need for a coupling between human cognition and powerful computational tools, where the strengths of both are leveraged and tasks are distributed between human cognition and computation. Complex activities demand constant human-data interaction and decision-making—e.g., navigating and making sense of datasets; interpreting, selecting, constructing, and/or validating machine learning models; transforming input and output components (e.g., visualizations); deploying available resources; and managing tasks. These activities require a strong “human-in-the-loop” presence, where human perception, knowledge, and insight play a crucial role in accomplishing goal-oriented tasks.

The focus of this issue is on human cognition and computation teaming together to achieve goals of complex activities. We are interested in cases where human cognition and computation form a partnership and jointly carry out tasks. In such contexts, coupling is achieved through interaction between humans and computational artifacts. Thus the focus of the special issue is on coupling computation and cognition through interaction design. Submissions should address how computation and cognition work together through the deliberate design of interaction techniques and strategies.

We encourage authors to submit original research articles, works in progress, surveys, reviews, and viewpoint articles. This special issue welcomes general theories, models, and frameworks as well as applications in specific domains such as healthcare, education, neuroscience, bioinformatics, intelligence analysis, cybersecurity, and others. Topics of interest for the special issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Coupling human cognition and machine learning
  • Interactive visual data analysis
  • Interactive visualization and visual analytics
  • Human-in-the-loop analytics
  • Joint cognitive systems
  • Interactive model steering
  • Interactive data-driven learning
  • Human-computer joint reasoning
  • Human-computer knowledge discovery
  • Mixed-initiative interaction
  • Cognitive tools
  • Cognitive systems engineering

Dr. Kamran Sedig
Dr. Paul Parsons
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Sensemaking Strategies for the Interpretation of Visualisations

Author: Margit Pohl, Johanna Doppler-Haider

Abstract: Making sense of visualisations is often an open and explorative process.
This process is still not very well understood. On the one hand, it is
an open question which theoretical models are appropriate for the
explanation of these activities. Research in cognitive psychology
describing logical reasoning or cognitive biases is not able to describe
the open-ended explorative nature of sensemaking activities. On the
other hand, there are only few detailed investigations of interaction
processes with information visualisations. We will try to relate
approaches describing the usage of heuristics and inductive reasoning
with exisiting empirical studies describing sensemaking of visualisations.

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