The 113th RCKC Colloquium "Lifelogging: Creating the Personal Digital Assistant"

Title "Lifelogging: Creating the Personal Digital Assistant"
Speaker Cathal Gurrin (Visiting Foreign Research Fellow at RCKC and Lecturer at Dublin City University, Ireland )
Date Monday, June 30th, 2014. 15:15-16:15
Location Meeting room 7B310 on the 3rd floor of 7B bldg. in Kasuga Area
Abstract Lifelogging is a form of pervasive computing which represents a phenomenon whereby people can digitally record their own daily lives in varying amounts of detail, for a variety of purposes. In a sense it represents the ultimate “black box” of a human’s life activities and it offers huge potential for mining or inferring knowledge to assist us in daily life. We are currently observing a convergence of technologies which are creating the conditions for the emergence of lifelogging as a mainstream activity; computer storage has become cheap, there are readily available sensing technologies for both the person as well as location and environment and there is growing interest in the phenomenon of sensing and recording oneself, the quantified-self movement. In this talk I will introduce and motivate the concept of maintaining lifelogs, which are set to revolutionize our personal lives, healthcare, learning and productivity. I will discuss my own motivation for becoming a lifelogger, as well as what I have learned from this process. With the viewpoint of an Information Retrieval scientist, I will motivate and describe the technical challenges to be addressed and introduce the research to address these challenges, research that points to the potential advances when cognitive science meets computer science. Finally, I will introduce the technologies under development at various locations that attempt to efficiently gather flexible and extensible lifelogs. My experiences motivate this talk, as well as a passion for researching the technical challenges of Lifelogging.
Participation The seminar will be presented in English. No charge to participate and no reservation is needed.