Special Issue "Assistive Augmentation Technologies"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jochen Huber

Synaptics, Zug, Switzerland
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Interests: Human-Computer Interaction; Assistive Technology; User Experience Design
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suranga Nanayakkara

Augmented Human Lab, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, the University of Auckland (UoA), Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Interests: Human-Computer Interaction; Assistive Technology; Accessible AI; Design Thinking
Guest Editor
Assist. Prof. Dr. Roy Shilkrot

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
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Interests: Human-Computer Interaction; Computer Vision; Computational Art and Design; Assistive Technology
Guest Editor
Dr. Markus Funk

Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
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Interests: Human-Computer Interaction; Assistive Technology; Augmented Reality; Quadcopters

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Assistive Augmentation is an emerging research thrust that sits at the intersection of accessibility, assistive technologies and human augmentation. The central theme is that of putting sensorial capability on a continuum of usability for certain technology—not in individual silos per targeted audience of an assistive technology. For example, consider a reading aid for people with visual impairments that enables access to printed text. Apart from its main purpose, the same aid can be used by sighted users for other applications such as language learning or reading with eyes closed. In essence, the Assistive Augmentation as a field is concerned with the design, development and study of technology that substitute, recovers, empowers or augments physical, sensorial or cognitive capabilities, depending on specific user needs.

The overall goal of this special issue is to explore and disseminate assistive augmentation technologies. Technologies that are used in submissions to this special issue comprise but are not limited to the following technology enablers:

  • Multi-sensory cueing or augmentation systems (haptics, taste, smell, …)
  • Wearable actuators
  • Touch, tangible and gesture interfaces
  • Wearable sensors, ambient-device interaction
  • Sensory substitution systems
  • Sensor fusion for multi modal assistive augmentations
  • Cross-assistive devices
  • Smart spaces, collaborative interface technologies
  • Projector-camera systems, visual mapping
  • Wearable and situated displays (e.g., eyewear, smart watches, pico-projectors)

Submissions can for instance focus on novel designs, technology implementations and applications thereof, case studies and empirical evaluations of assistive augmentation technology. Application domains can focus on but are also not limited to:

  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Ageing in place
  • Learning beyond the classroom
  • Tools and workplaces
  • Augmented and enhanced perception and interaction
  • Automobiles and autonomous vehicles
  • Perception of virtual spaces, objects, …
  • Technology acceptance and social implications
  • Artistic and creative applications

Dr. Jochen Huber
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suranga Nanayakkara
Assist. Prof. Dr. Roy Shilkrot
Dr. Markus Funk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Assistive Technology
  • Assistive Augmentation
  • Human Augmentation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • User Experience Design
  • Multi-Modal Interaction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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