UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 12th January: Samantha Chan, Augmenting Human Memory through Cognition-Aware AI-based Technologies
Samantha Chan, University of Auckland
Location: On Zoom

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 12th January: Samantha Chan, Augmenting Human Memory through Cognition-Aware AI-based Technologies

Abstract

Memory is a cognitive ability used in our everyday lives. However, our memory capabilities eventually decline and the adaptive nature of these capabilities results in memory troubles. With the growth of the ageing population, new requirements and opportunities arise. In this talk, I introduce how we can augment memory in complex everyday situations through systems that are aware of our cognitive contexts and interfaces that integrate with our perception and behaviours. These systems sense cognitive contexts, such as cognitive load and visual recognition processes, using physiological signals (biosignals) and provide support by enhancing our memory through memory training and assisting with memory tasks. I will also describe our work to encourage user receptivity to these interventions, for example, using familiar AI-generated voices for reminders. This talk offers new perspectives and design insights on supporting our cognitive abilities and experiences.

Publications
Chan, Sam WT, et al. "KinVoices: Using Voices of Friends and Family in Voice Interfaces." Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 5.CSCW2 (2021): 1-25. https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3479590?casa_token=rbxjN9Xmfz8AAAAA:EZLdbvu4OywzwfebiA6Smu6aZ-ntQ7nfcP6Gh6Ey6G835NfN9TUwf4CbzHHR5wpAaRkefcUJUr430DE

Chan, Samantha WT, et al. "Prompto: Investigating Receptivity to Prompts Based on Cognitive Load from Memory Training Conversational Agent." Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies 4.4 (2020): 1-23. https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/3432190?casa_token=JtYPHIFx18kAAAAA:wMyv9_PFVZE32wNexkroNvIX3Uh7z51gVM34gG9iKxyZkCSVBn9mv4feUJ0OrqAuinWrWzOI87OoY8s

Biography

Samantha Chan is a PhD candidate in HCI and Bioengineering at the Augmented Human Lab, University of Auckland. She creates and explores technologies that enhance human memory and cognition to make a positive impact on people's lives and advance human potential. She was a Junior Researcher in the R4D team at Mercari Inc. She completed her Bachelors in Engineering at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She was also an undergraduate researcher at SUTD-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Design Center in Robotics, Participatory Action Research and Personal Fabrication.