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


A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2017

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


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

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