101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication - the Changing Research Workflow

Jeroe Bosnam and Bianca Kramer from Utrecht University Library have recently presented a poster  with the intention to address the questions of what drives innovation in scholarly communication and how these innovations change research workflows and may contribute to more open, efficient and good science.

As they explain, changes in this landscape are driven by technology, policies, and culture, but in the end only take place because researchers and other stakeholders decide to adapt their workflows or recommend changes to others. As shown in the poster, the developing landscape is for an important part expressed through changing tool usage. New tools are constantly being developed by researchers themselves, small start-ups or big players, as reflected in the images above.

Attention decay in science

A recent article (March 2015) entitled 'Attention decay in science' concludes that "the exponential growth in the number of scientific papers makes it increasingly difficult for researchers to keep track of all the publications relevant to their work".

"Consequently," the say, "the attention that can be devoted to individual papers, measured by their citation counts, is bound to decay rapidly". The risk here, in a time where the number of publications is booming, is to overlook important data and theories due to the much larger pool of papers among which attention has to be distributed and the limited capacity of scholars to keep track of it.

Apparently, the citation rate of papers increase just after publication to decrease rapidly after a few years. The authors specify that "the decay is also becoming faster over the years, signaling that nowadays papers are forgotten more quickly. However, when time is counted in terms of the number of published papers, the rate of decay of citations is fairly independent of the period considered. This indicates that the attention of scholars depends on the number of published items, and not on real time".

influencing people's moral choices by tracking their gaze

We report here an extract from an article by the BPS (British Psychological Society) discussing some interesting findings from a recent study (by Pärnamets et al., 2015) which showed that the process of arriving at a moral decision is not only reflected in a participant’s eye gaze but can also be determined by it.

Where we look betrays what we're thinking. For instance, given a choice between two snacks, people spend longer looking at the alternative that they ultimately choose. A new study digs deeper into this process and asks: is gaze direction also related to moral choices, and does it actually influence those choices?

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Today April 1st 2015, partners in the MindSee project from the University of Helsinki are in Atlanta at iUI 2015 presenting a paper titled "Exploring Peripheral Physiology as a Predictor of Perceived Relevance in Information Retrieval".  iUI 2015 is the 20th annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community and serves as a premier international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces. iUI is where the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community meets the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community.

Dont miss Oswald Barral's presentation today at 10am. Full program available here .

Featured Talks - MindSee's affiliates visiting HIT in Padova

David Kirsh, Professor and past chair of the Department of Cognitive Science at UCSD and Benjamin Blankertz,  Professor at TU Berlin with a chair in Neurotechnology were recently invited by The Human Inspired Technology Lab in Padova to present their work as part of HiT's Featured Talks.

Both Professors are affiliated with the MindSee project: Professor Kirsh is member of the Advisory Board, while Prosessor Blankerts is one of the partners in the Consortium. His talk gave an overview of the current state of BCI technology beyond medical applications and outline a path to explore and foster this direction of research toward realistic applicability. Blankertz is also this year's organiser of the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction. Having participated to last year's workshop as a key note speaker, Prof. Kirsh explored the basic principles of symbiotic using examples from evolution, contextual robotics, and devices that support disintermediation and distributed and augmented cognition. 

Their visit to Padova was one of the many examples of collaboration that the project seeks in order to disseminate results and strengthen collaboration between universities in Europe as much as overseas.

MindSee at PhyCS 2015

Representatives from the MindSee project were in Angers, France last week  attending and representing the project at the 2nd International Conference on Physiological Computing.

MindSee was one of the projects presented as part of the European Project Space Session, on Day 1 of the conference. This was a precious opportunity for the consortium to disseminate results as well as project's ideas to a community very much in line with MindSee's proposition and areas of research.

Partners  also participated to the Doctoral consortium, presenting a paper titled: Bringing Psychological, Affective and Motivational Relevance Frameworks to Real Information Retrieval Systems (Oswald Barral). The paper was very positively received, so much that it won the Best Doctoral consortium award!

The paper will be included in the CD-ROM of the proceedings of the conference as well as in the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.               MindSee also showcased a dedicated booth with demos and posters to increase visibility and discuss potential collaboration with other EU/FET projects. The stand was particularly successful, bringing interest from many attendees.

PhyCS 2015: 2nd International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems

The MindSee project will be present at PhyCS in Angers, France  11 - 13 February 2015.

PhyCS is the annual meeting of the physiological interaction and computing community, and serves as the main international forum for engineers, computer scientists and health professionals, interested in outstanding research and development that bridges the gap between physiological data handling and human-computer interaction.

Look out for our stand, showcasing posters and demos on our latest research and findings. 

We will also be presenting the MindSee project on the first day of the conference, Wednesday the 11th,  as part of the European Project Space Session. 

See you in Angers!

1st Symposium on Brainwave Visualisation and Sonification Art

Given the relevance to our project, we would like to share this two days event to be held at Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Center on the 4th of February and the 22nd of April 2015.

rtists from fields as diverse as performance, music composition and dance are opening routes to create new audiovisual forms via Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs). Transmission explores new strategies and existing avenues in the field of brainwave interpretation for arts and research. Bournemouth Media School, a center for excellence in media production hosts a 2 day conference to debate synergies, current developments and future objectives on the intersection between art and technology.

Transmission brings together artists and researchers in the field of BCI visualisation and sonification, providing the opportunity to present ongoing projects, exchange ideas and to define the cornerstones of future developments. The Transmission Symposium offers a worldwide unique forum for an emerging network between arts and science.