Introduction to the class & expectations

    Mandatory Readings
  • Licklider – Man computer symbiosis (link)
  • Doug Engelbart – Augmenting human intellect: a conceptual framework (link)
  • Vanevar Bush – As we may think (link)
  • Pattie Maes – Agents that reduce work and information overload
  • Andy Clark – Natural Born Cyborgs (book)
  • Steve Mann – Cyborg: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer (book)
  • Jaron Lanier – You are not a gadget (link)

Augmenting Memory

    Mandatory Readings
  • Black Mirror S1E3: The Entire History of You (link)
  • Sparrow – Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips (link)
  • WIRED – Microsoft Researcher Records His Life in Data (link)
  • Rhodes – Remembrance agent (link)
  • DeVaul – The Memory Glasses (link)
  • Bell – Total Recall (book)
  • Benedict Carey – How we learn (book)
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (book)
  • Erin Pontius – Exploring Emergent Technology: Memory Augmentation Implants (link)
  • Aromatherapy for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Sensory substitution and augmentation

    Mandatory Readings
  • Nagel, S. K., Carl, C., Kringe, T., Märtin, R., & König, P. (2005). Beyond sensory substitution–learning the sixth sense. Journal of Neural Engineering, 2(4), R13–26. (link)
  • Auvray, M., Hanneton, S., Lenay, C., & O’Regan, K. (2005). There is something out there: distal attribution in sensory substitution, twenty years later. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 4(04), 505–521. (pdf)
  • Deroy, O., & Auvray, M. (2012). Reading the world through the skin and ears: a new perspective on sensory substitution. Frontiers in Psychology, 3. (link)
  • Daniel Kish – How I use sonar to navigate the world (link)
  • Kolarik et al – A summary of research investigating echolocation abilities of blind and sighted humans (link)
  • Feelspace (link)
  • Several references from:
  • Schwartzman – See Yourself Sensing (link)
  • Ortiz et al – Recruitment of Occipital Cortex during Sensory Substitution Training Linked to Subjective Experience of Seeing in People with Blindness (link)
  • Thomson et al – Perceiving invisible light through a somatosensory cortical prosthesis (link)
  • Ward and Meijer – Visual experiences in the blind induced by an auditory sensory substitution device (link)
  • Ward and Wright – Sensory substitution as an artificially acquired synaesthesia (link)
    • Uexküll, J. von, A stroll through the worlds of animals and men: A picture book of invisible worlds. Semiotica (Vol. 89).
    • F. A. Geldard, “Some neglected possibilities of communication.,” Science, vol. 131, no. 3413, pp. 1583–1588, May 1960.
    • P. Bach-y-Rita, C. C. Collins, F. A. Saunders, B. White, and L. Scadden, “Vision Substitution by Tactile Image Projection,” Nature, vol. 221, no. 5184, pp. 963–964, Mar. 1969.
    • P. Bach-y-Rita, “Tactile Sensory Substitution Studies,” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1013(1), pp. 83–91, Jan. 2006.
    • Kaczmarek, K. A.. The tongue display unit (TDU) for electrotactile spatiotemporal pattern presentation. Scientia Iranica, 18(6), 1476–1485. 2011.
    • D. R. Chebat, F. C. Schneider, R. Kupers, and M. Ptito, “Navigation with a sensory substitution device in congenitally blind individuals,” Neuroreport, 2011.
    • J. K. O’Regan and A. Noë, “A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 939–973. 2001.
    • J. K. O’Regan and A. Noë, “What it is like to see: A sensorimotor theory of perceptual experience,” Synthese, vol. 129, no. 1, pp. 79–103, 2001.
    • S. K. Nagel, C. Carl, T. Kringe, R. Märtin, and P. König, “Beyond sensory substitution—learning the sixth sense,” Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 2, p. R13, 2005.
    • S. K. Nagel, C. Carl, T. Kringe, R. Märtin, and P. König, “Beyond sensory substitution—learning the sixth sense,” Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 2, p. R13, 2005.
    • S. E. Guttman, L. A. Gilroy, and R. Blake, “Hearing What the Eyes See,” Psychological Science, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 228–235, Mar. 2005.
    • P. Meijer, “An experimental system for auditory image representations,” Biomedical Engineering, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 112–121, Feb. 1992.
    • L. Merabet, L. Battelli, S. Obretenova, S. Maguire, P. Meijer and A. Pascual-Leone, “Functional Recruitment of Visual Cortex for sound encoded object identification in the Blind,” NeuroReport, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 132 – 138, January 2009
    • E. Striem-Amit and A. Amedi, “Visual Cortex Extrastriate Body-Selective Area Activation in Congenitally Blind People ‘Seeing’ by Using Sounds,” Current Biology, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 687–692, Mar. 2014.
    • E. E. Thomson, R. Carra, and M. A. L. Nicolelis, “Perceiving invisible light through a somatosensory cortical prosthesis,” Nature Communications, vol. 4, pp. 1482–, Feb. 2013.
    • M. Auvray and E. Myin, “Perception with compensatory devices: from sensory substitution to sensorimotor extension,” Cognitive Science, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 1036–1058, 2009.
    • Classen, Constance. The Deepest Sense: Studies in Sensory History. University of Illinois Press. Kindle Edition, Locations 468-471. 2012.
    • M. Auvray, S. Hanneton, C. Lenay, and K. O’Regan, “There is something out there: distal attribution in sensory substitution, twenty years later,” Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 505–521, 2005.
    • R. Held, Y. Ostrovsky, B. de Gelder, T. Gandhi, S. Ganesh, U. Mathur, and P. Sinha, “The newly sighted fail to match seen with felt,” Nature Neuroscience, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 551–553, May 2011.
    • Davis, L. J., “The Disability Studies Reader, 2nd ed.” New York: Routledge, 2006.

Motor augmentation and substitution

    Mandatory Readings
  • Jaron Lanier – Homuncular Flexibility (link)
  • Guterstam, A., Petkova, V. I., Ehrsson, H. The Illusion of Owning a Third Arm. PLoS ONE. 6 (2). 2011. (link)
  • Hugh Herr – Exoskeletons and orthoses: classification, design challenges and future directions (link)
  • Stelarc – Third Hand / Exoskeleton (link)
  • IKO Creative Prosthetic System (link)
  • Hyungkoo Lee (link)
  • Faye Wu, Harry Asada – “Hold-and-Manipulate” with a Single Hand Being Assisted by Wearable Extra Fingers. In Proc. ICRA ’15 (link)
  • Machine to be another (link)
  • Beetle wrestler (link)
  • Pedro Lopes, Alexandra Ion, Patrick Baudisch – Impacto: Simulating Physical Impact by Combining Tactile Stimulation with Electrical Muscle Stimulation. In Proc. UIST ’15 (link)
  • Pedro Lopes, Patrik Jonell, Patrick Baudisch. Affordance++: Allowing Objects to Communicate Dynamic Use. In Proc. CHI ’15 (link)
  • Emi Tamaki, Miyaki Takashi, Jun Rekimoto – PossessedHand: techniques for controlling human hands using electrical muscles stimuli. In Proc. CHI ’11. (link)

Brain Interfaces

    Mandatory Readings
  • TBD
  • TBD

Students present a design exercise related to the first 4 weeks

  • Buxton – sketching user experiences
  • Don Norman – The Design of Everyday Things

Student Presentations:
Empathy Machine- Dishita and Scott (link)
AlterEgo- Arnav, Marc, Oscar (link)
Transposed Sensoriums- Ani, Thomas (link)
Luke Wang (link)
PneuSkin- Ricardo and Cagri (link)
Brain Computer Intelligent Loop- Andres (link)
Synesthetic Interfaces- Athina and Harpreet (link)

Changing thought patterns and behavioral habits

    Mandatory Readings
  • BJ Fogg – Persuasive technology (pdf)
  • Daniel Kahneman – Maps of Bounded Rationality – A Perspective on Intuitive Judgement and Choice (pdf)
  • Bailey, J.O., Bailenson, J.N., Flora, J., Armel, K.C., Voelker, D., & Reeves, B. – The impact of vivid and personal messages on reducing energy consumption related to hot water use. (pdf)
  • Yee, N., Bailenson, J.N. – The Proteus Effect: Self Transformations in Virtual Reality (pdf)
  • – How advances in virtual reality will change how we work and communicate (link)
  • Dweck – Growth mindset
  • Kanneman – Thinking fast & slow
  • David Eagleman – Incognito
  • Pavlok (link)

The potential of subliminal interfaces: Exploiting the science of physical intelligence

    Mandatory Readings
  • Andreas Riener, Guido Kempter, Timo Saari, and Kenneth Revett – Subliminal Communication in Human-Computer Interaction (pdf)
  • Thalma Lobel – Sensation (link) (link to intro) (contact TAs for physical copy)
  • Mlodinow – Subliminal: how your unconscious mind rules your behavior (link)
  • Russel Foster TED Talk (link)
  • Movie: Inception
  • Horiwaka, T. – Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep (link)
  • Susanne Diekelmann, Jan Born – The Memory function of Sleep. (link)
  • Anat Arzi, Limor Shedlesky, Mor Ben-Shaul, Khitam Nasser, Arie Oksenberg, Ilana S Hairston, and Noam Sobel – Humans can learn new information during sleep. (link)
  • Robert Stickgold – To sleep: perchance to learn (link)
  • Marcello Spinella – Relationship between smell identification and empathy (link)
  • Anat Arzi, Yael Holtzman, Perry Samnon, Neetai Eshel, Edo Harel, and Noam Sobel – Olfactory Aversive Conditioning during Sleep reduces cigarette-smoking behavior (link)
  • Jasper H. B. de Groot, Monique A. M. Smeets, Annemarie Kaldewaij, Maarten J. A. Duijndam and
    Gün R. Semin – Chemosignals Communicate Human Emotions (link)
  • Smiljana Mutic, Valentina Parma, Yvonne F. Brünner and Jessica Freiherr – You Smell Dangerous: Communicating Fight Responses Through Human Chemosignals of Aggression. (link)
  • “Hacking into your happy chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin”. (link)
  • Are Humans Pheromones real? (link)
  • Masashi Nakatani –

Second design exercise

Symbioses in Science Fiction

  • Her (2013)
  • Nathan Shedroff, Christopher Noessel – Make it So (link)
  • HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey –
  • The Veldt/The World that the Children Made
  • David Cronenberg – eXistenZ
  • Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman – Being John Malkovich
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • sight (link)
  • Joseph Ruben – Dreamscape
  • Tomorrowland (2015)
  • Memento (2000)
  • Lucy (2014)
  • The man who changed his mind (1936)
  • Lathe of heaven
  • Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy

Augmenting expression
Hybrid creativity: human-machine artists
Guest lecture: Harshit Agrawal & Tal Achituv

  • Margaret A. Boden – CREATIVITY IN A NUTSHELL (pdf)


Final project presentations

a model for the future of human-computer interaction